ERP Webinars and Events Schedule

The below list represents upcoming webinars and events hosted by Panorama Consulting. On-demand ERP webinars also are available. If you’re looking for one of our recorded podcasts, please visit our ERP Podcasts page.

What the Emergence of SaaS and Cloud ERP Technology Really Means for Your Organization . . . and Your Job

There’s no denying it: cloud technology is a game-changer in the ERP industry. Offering a reasonably priced deployment option in a sea of multi-billion dollar initiatives, cloud ERP means more organizations can benefit from the many efficiencies of enterprise software. Likewise, more companies open themselves up to the risk of poorly chosen, implemented and managed ERP software.

In this interactive 60-minute webinar, ERP expert Eric Kimberling, managing partner at Panorama Consulting Solutions, will cut through the marketing jargon and deliver the real scoop on the effects SaaS and Cloud ERP can (and likely will) have on your organization and your job.

Discussion topics include:

  • Overview of both on-premise and cloud / SaaS ERP options
  • Take-down of the marketing hype around cloud and SaaS ERP options
  • Specific challenges of cloud / SaaS ERP
  • Tips to find the right ERP solution

The webinar will also feature a Q&A.
Start Date: Thursday, 11 September 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Five Key Organizational Change Management Challenges in the Public Sector

Public sector transformation initiatives and IT projects are challenging. Organizations often fail to take into account the critical role that organizational change management plays in implementation success. Hosted by Rich Farrell, Senior Manager of Client Services at Panorama, this interactive webinar examines:

  • The need for a government-oriented model for change management initiatives
  • Comparison of implementation benchmarks of successful vs. failed ERP initiatives
  • Overview of the most important ERP implementation success factors
  • Detailed discussion of five common organizational change management challenges in the public sector
  • Recommendations on how organizations can leverage organizational change management tools and processes to mitigate these challenges

The webinar will be followed by a Q & A session.
Start Date: Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Location: webinar
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Confessions of an SAP Expert Witness

There is no question that a properly installed SAP package can help a company transform and gain more value from its operations. But no company should invest in SAP without understanding the risks. Panorama consultants specialize in providing project assessments and expert witness testimony for failed SAP projects and are thus all too familiar with the missteps businesses can make in its implementation and usage.

This 60-minute webinar hosted by Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, will provide insight gleaned from his years “on the stand” providing expert opinion on SAP failures.

The webinar will cover the following with regards to SAP implementations:

  • Investing time in ERP software selection
  • Adequately managing project scope and cost
  • Creating realistic budget and implementation plans
  • Defining and testing business requirements and workflows

Start Date: Thursday, 18 September 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Lessons Learned From Best-in-Class ERP Implementations

Hosted by Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, this interactive webinar will explore the key differentiators between ERP implementations that meet (or beat) expectations and those that don’t perform as well. Using Panorama’s 2012 ERP Report as a backdrop, the session will highlight data from studies of over 2,000 ERP implementations to outline what organizations can do to achieve the results of best-in-class ERP implementations.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Key findings from our annual ERP Report
  • Results of best-in-class ERP implementations vs. average implementations
  • Differentiators of best-in-class ERP implementations
  • Tips to make your ERP implementation more successful
  • Question and answer session

Start Date: Thursday, 02 October 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Organizational Change Management: A Critical (and Often Overlooked) ERP Implementation Success Factor

This 60-minute interactive webinar will explore the ways that organizations can be more effective in addressing the people and organizational aspects of their ERP implementations. The webinar will be hosted by January Paulk, Senior Manager, Organizational Change and Business Process Management Services and Rick Platz, Organizational Change of Panorama Consulting Solutions, an independent ERP consulting firm.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Overview of common people and organizational challenges of average ERP projects
  • Best practices in ERP organizational change
  • Things to consider in your ERP organizational change management plan
  • Common challenges for global and multi-site ERP implementations
  • Question and answer session

This session is ideal for those that are either in the process of or are about to implement an ERP, CRM, or enterprise solution.
Start Date: Thursday, 02 October 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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An Effective Organizational Change Management Approach

Join January Paulk, senior manager of organizational change and business process management services, and Rick Platz, manager of organizational change at Panorama Consulting Solutions, for a 60-minute, interactive webinar discussing the necessity of organizational change management in an ERP implementation. The webinar will also review Panorama’s holistic approach to organizational change encompassed in Panorama’s PERFECT Change Methodology. Topics of discussion include:

  • What is organizational change management?
  • The role of organizational change management in an ERP project
  • Key factors to consider in your organizational change management approach

Start Date: Thursday, 09 October 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Business Process Reengineering: A Key Component of ERP ROI

Join Rick Platz, manager of organizational change of Panorama Consulting Solutions for a 60-minute, interactive webinar discussing the necessity of business process reengineering in an ERP implementation. Well-conceived and executed business process management gives organizations the opportunity to gain true efficiencies and improvements – but only if they know how to take advantage of it. Topics of discussion include:

  • The role of business process reengineering in ERP implementations
  • Key differences between business process reengineering and business blueprinting
  • The illusion of “pre-configured solutions” and “industry best practices”
  • Overview of organizational change related to ERP implementations and business process redesign
  • Question and answer session

This webinar is a must for organizations intent on reaping measurable business benefits and ROI from their ERP implementations.
Start Date: Thursday, 16 October 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Lessons Learned From Failed ERP Implementations

There is no question that a properly installed ERP package can help a company transform and better maintain its overall operating functions. However, no company should invest in an ERP project without a realistic understanding of both the risks and the rewards offered by this software, as well as how to effectively manage its implementation and usage.

This 60-minute webinar hosted by Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, will provide insight into the key steps business should take to realize the full benefits of an ERP system.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Investing time in ERP software selection
  • Adequately managing project scope and cost
  • Creating realistic budget and implementation plans
  • Defining and testing business requirements and workflows

Start Date: Thursday, 23 October 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Spooky ERP Warning Signs and Quality Assurance

Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) is the key to reduce the risk of ending up on the news as another failed public sector implementation costing tax payers millions of dollars. With increased public scrutiny and the number of failed public sector implementations on the rise, it is more and more important to have a fail-safe plan. Join Vanessa Giacoman, managing member of Panorama Government Solutions, for a 60-minute, interactive webinar discussing the necessity of independent verification and validation (IV&V) in any ERP implementation.

True independent and well-executed IV&V programs give agencies the opportunity to bring projects in on time, on budget and to specs – but only if they know how to construct a plan that will hold the vendor and key stakeholders accountable.

Topics of discussion include:

  • The role of IV&V in the ERP software implementation lifecycle
  • The difference between verification & validation AND quality assurance and project oversight
  • The need for innovation in IV&V methodology for public sector
  • Common challenges with IV&V and project management
  • Question and answer session

Start Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Location:
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Panorama’s ERP Vendor Showdown

Join us for free, scripted and live demos from top ERP vendors on November 3-7. Following each 90-minute demo, participants will have the opportunity to submit quantitative scores and feedback.

We will announce the featured ERP vendors shortly.
Start Date: Monday, 03 November 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Confessions of a SAP Expert Witness

There is no question that a properly installed SAP package can help a company transform and gain more value from its operations. But no company should invest in SAP without understanding the risks. Panorama consultants specialize in providing project assessments and expert witness testimony for failed SAP projects and are thus all too familiar with the missteps businesses can make in its implementation and usage.

This 60-minute webinar hosted by Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, will provide insight gleaned from his years “on the stand” providing expert opinion on SAP failures.

The webinar will cover the following with regards to SAP implementations:

  • Investing time in ERP software selection
  • Adequately managing project scope and cost
  • Creating realistic budget and implementation plans
  • Defining and testing business requirements and workflows

Start Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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ERP Software Selection Success: Ten Tips From the Pros at Panorama

This 60-minute interactive webinar will explore the ways companies can evaluate and find the right ERP software for their organizations. The webinar will be hosted by Eric Kimberling managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, an independent ERP consulting firm.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Overview of the ERP software market
  • Challenges of finding the right ERP software
  • Key considerations in evaluating ERP software options
  • Pros and cons of various types of ERP solutions, including traditional, Software as a Service (SaaS), and open source
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in the ERP software selection process
  • Negotiating effectively with your selected ERP vendor
  • Question and answer session

Start Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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How to Define the Best IT and ERP Strategy Roadmap for Your Organization

Some organizations jump right into ERP selection and implementation initiatives without first fully considering the strategic alternatives available to them. However, some best-in-class organizations are first defining a strategic roadmap before embarking on ERP, CRM, SCM, HCM, or other enterprise software engagements. By taking a more deliberate and measured approach, these organizations are setting themselves up for success without taking on unnecessary costs or risks.

This 60-minute session, facilitated by Eric Kimberling, Managing Partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, will illustrate how organizations can define the best enterprise strategic roadmap for their organizations. Leveraging lessons from Panorama’s extensive IT and ERP strategy experience with clients across the globe, this webinar will address the following topics:

  • Current trends in the enterprise software and ERP system industry
  • Identify the best strategic options based on enterprise software industry trends, and more importantly, best-practices among industry peers
  • Weighing the pros and cons of various strategic alternatives as it relates to IT and enterprise systems
  • Define the business case and cost-benefit of the various strategic alternatives
  • How to define a roadmap for implementing the chosen strategic alternatives

Start Date: Thursday, 04 December 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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The Snowy (or not so snowy) Path to ERP Implementation Planning

Join Eric Kimberling, managing partner of Panorama Consulting, to learn how to save time and money with proper ERP implementation planning and preparation. Kimberling will offer advice and insight applicable to all types and sizes of ERP projects (including SAP implementations, Oracle E-Business Suite implementations, Microsoft Dynamics implementations and Tier II implementations). Topics of discussion include:

  • ERP project management, controls and governance methodologies
  • Resource allocation and budgeting
  • Business process and workflow definition / improvement
  • ERP system design and configuration requirements
  • Organizational change management, communications and training
  • Benefits realization
  • Data migration strategy
  • The session will be followed by a Q&A.

Start Date: Thursday, 11 December 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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New Year, New ERP Project: Tips to Choose the Best ERP Consultant for Your Organization

Choosing an ERP consultant for your ERP implementation can be a tricky proposition.  Given the fact that most ERP consultants contribute to ERP failures, are more concerned with the interests of the ERP vendors they partner with, and don’t have a robust or proven implementation methodology, choosing the right firm is one of the most important – yet difficult – decisions that any CIO or CFO will make to ensure the success of their implementation. Join Eric Kimberling, Managing Partner at Panorama Consulting Solutions as he discusses the most important criteria to consider when evaluating potential ERP consultants for the various stages of your enterprise software initiatives. We will also outline the pros and cons of some of the leading ERP consulting providers and provide a checklist to help narrow down the best ERP consultants based on your needs.
Start Date: Thursday, 18 December 2014
Location: Online Webinar
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Panorama’s ERP Vendor Showdown

Join us for free, scripted and live demos from top ERP vendors on January 12-16. Following each 90-minute demo, participants will have the opportunity to submit quantitative scores and feedback.

We will announce featured ERP vendors shortly.
Start Date: Monday, 12 January 2015
Location: Online Webinar
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