Category: Enterprise Resource Planning

Optimizing ERP at a Global Company – Challenges for Project Managers

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This article shares some of the challenges project managers face on global ERP projects. Anticipating these challenges ahead of time can help ensure your project’s success. These challenges fall into two broad categories: the challenges that come with a global ERP system and the challenges that come with a global workforce.
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Measuring the Chance of Project Success Using the 4 P’s

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All projects have a chance of failure. You can either recognize that chance and attempt to proactively mitigate it, or you can go blindly forward and risk stumbling. I prefer to measure my chances, so over the years I have developed a scorecard of critical attributes that I use to objectively measure the chance of project success. At the end of this article I will tell you how you can get a free copy of the scorecard for your own use.
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Four Steps to Improve Data Accuracy: A Case Study

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Recently a client hired me to help them get their ERP implementation unstuck. The client had implemented a new ERP system at the first of several planned sites over a year ago but were unable to get the results they needed from that implementation to get permission to start the second site. Over the years I’ve been consulting, I have developed a method that I use to help my clients improve their processes. The steps in my method are: Align, Train, Enable, and Inspire. I’ll explain each one in context of this case study.
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 5: ERP Can Improve Customer Service

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Modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are designed to help improve customer service. Customer service is a lot more than how you treat your customers at the point of sale. Customer service is also delivering a quality product, at a fair price and delivering it when it is promised. Those are the areas where ERP shines.
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The System Design Will Make or Break ERP

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As several of my clients are building their systems infrastructure to better support their aggressive growth, it just so happens I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about design lately. Design will make or break your ERP success. Today’s systems have come a long way — they have a more simplified “front” with extreme complexity and flexibility built in behind the scenes. Thus, it is important to start with the optimal design in order to avoid serious complications down-the-line. System design is similar in concept to the foundation of the house. If it isn’t solid, no matter how pretty the…
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 8: Improving ERP Utilization

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A client recently contacted us at the ACA Group because they were not getting the results they had hoped for when they implemented a new enterprise wide Enterprise Resource Planning system. How we helped them makes a good case study on how to improve ERP utilization that can be applied to any organization that is not getting the results they want from their systems or processes.
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 6: Managing Differently After Implementing ERP

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What do you, yes you, the senior executives of the company do differently the day after your new ERP is up and running? The correct answer is everything, but we’ll focus on three specific items. Organizational Design Process Design Business Metrics
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 7: How to measure the performance of your ERP System

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You went through all the effort and expense of implementing a new ERP system, so how is it working out? Do you have a way of measuring how well it’s being used? The best way to measure ERP performances is a dollarized measure of planned orders and exception messages that are not being worked.
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 4: Four Steps for a Successful ERP Implementation

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Experienced executives know an ERP implementation is a complex undertaking whose success is by no means assured. Studies have shown that it is an endeavor that fails almost as often as it succeeds. Talk to any executive who has been through an implementation and they will be sure to have war stories to share . Companies spend up to six percent of one year’s gross revenue on an implementation – an investment too large to be wasted in a failure. The only way to ensure successful ERP implementation is to follow these four steps: Define success Plan for success Execute…
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 2: Three reasons to implement a new ERP system

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A new Enterprise Requirements Planning (ERP) system can be an expensive and risky undertaking. I advise my executive clients that the decision to replace the existing system or to implement their first ERP system should be driven by one or more of the following three Decision Drivers. To improve profitability and cash flow To solve problems with existing systems To improve operations
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