Navigating the Three Stages of ERP Stress

1.   Alarm Stage. This is our first response to a stressor. It is the stage in which our “fight-or-flight” instincts kick in because we have encountered a stressful situation and our body is reacting in defense. This isn’t any different from an organization’s typical reaction to an ERP implementation. In order to adhere to an unrealistic budget…

Three Tips for AVOIDING ERP Failure

All of us have participated in projects that have not gone as smoothly as we had hoped. Most of us will probably experience failed projects again in our lives because failure is part of the learning process both for individuals and organizations. However, not learning from mistakes and repeated patterns will cause projects to fail…

Five Tips for Keeping Your ERP Implementation On-Schedule

A successful and on-time ERP project never happens by accident. Behind every successful public sector ERP implementation there is a project manager who has taken the time to define project scope, assess resource commitment and set expectations and priorities. Although keeping a large-scale ERP project on-schedule is challenging for even the best project manager, we…

Three Tips for Avoiding ERP Failure

All of us have participated in projects that have not gone as smoothly as we had hoped. Most of us will probably experience failed projects again in our lives because failure is part of the learning process both for individuals and organizations. However, not learning from mistakes and repeated patterns will cause projects to fail…

The Seven Deadly Sins of ERP Project Management

Almost all project management disasters have a common pathology. Even if the participants are well-intentioned, the same issues surface in the after-action reviews of failed projects. Poor project management is composed of seven common sins that organizations should review before and during a project to avoid ERP failure. Envy. The first deadly sin is a…

How to Successfully Implement an ERP System in a Faraway Land

ERP implementations are tough. They are long, drawn-out affairs with seemingly endless challenges. But as difficult as they can be stateside, they can be even more so overseas. Cultural signifiers, strategies for success and core values may be vastly different than they are in the “homeland.” So how can an international ERP consultant successfully shepherd…

The High Price of Poor Communication in ERP Implementations

Communications is often cited as a critical success factor in ERP implementations. In fact, according to our experience and research, ineffective organizational change management and poor communications are often among the top contributors to ERP failures. Supporting Panorama’s view that effective communication is fundamental to ERP implementation success, the Project Management Institute recently published a…