Tag Archive: best_practices

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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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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Interested in Growth? Beef Up Systems and Project Management

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Companies are in growth. Every single client is growing – many quite dramatically while others a bit slower, yet growth just the same. Although rapid growth is exciting, it can also be one of the most challenging. Systems can provide the perfect tool to leverage for success – and project management is your ticket to ensure success. Growth can be challenging for companies both large and small. Whether the client is still relatively small and concerned with cash flow or whether they are much larger and trying to purchase buildings and machines, growth will bring growing pains. Customers do not…
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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 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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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 3: The Executive’s Three Roles in Successful ERP Implementation

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One of the most critical success factors for an ERP system implementation is an engaged and committed executive sponsor. The executive sponsor has at least three critical roles: Defines the vision and provides active sponsorship Selects and supports the team Endorses the team’s decisions and makes timely decisions
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Four Steps for Successful ERP Implementation

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An ERP implementation is a complex undertaking whose success is by no means ensured. The only way to ensure successful ERP implementation is to define success by defining the return on investment, then to plan, execute, and manage for success.
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Use a dollar focus to measure the performance of your ERP System

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Profit and cash flow are the most important measures of a business. Planned orders and exception messages are the most important way ERP affects those measures. The best way to determine how well your ERP system is being used is a dollarized measure of planned orders and exception messages that are not being worked.
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