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ERP Project Success: How to Be Part of the 20%

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More and more clients are pursuing ERP implementation projects as executives realize they need better tools to support business objectives– growth, service, margins, cash and the like. When implemented well, ERP systems can support substantial business growth without the additional investment in resources. Certainly, as the minimum wage goes up and workers’ compensation and healthcare are such significant issues, it is something many executives are thinking about! However, ERP systems can do much more – they can help collaborate with customers and suppliers. Those with the best-extended supply chains will thrive in the end, and so it makes sense to…
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Project Success Is All About the People

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In reviewing project successes and failures, it turns out that project success has little to do with the technical aspect of projects. Instead, it is all about the people. Within the last year, we’ve been called by clients struggling with issues ranging from poor delivery performance to sagging margins, while other clients want to ensure they are prepared for strong revenue growth. Every one of these clients required some sort of project to deliver the intended results – growth, profits, margins, cash flow, and efficiencies. Company sizes ranged from $7 million to $50 million to $250 million dollar facilities of…
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Serving up an ACE in Your ERP Selection and Design

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Our most successful clients are constantly thinking about where they are headed. They think about why they are going there — how does it fit with their vision? How does it have meaning for their customers? Employees? Supply chain partners? They also think about emerging trends — what is most likely to impact their business? What do they have control over? What opportunities can they leverage? Can they turn lemons into lemonade? How? Our role is to stay ahead of the curve so that I can help my clients achieve dramatic results. Thus, we’ve incorporated the following best practices and…
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Why ERP Selection is a Strategic Topic

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ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems are the backbone of every manufacturer and distributor. Just take a look at what happens if the system is down for a few hours. People pack up and go home. That is a bit discouraging as we should know how to run manual processes; however, that’s a topic for another day. The bottom line is that we use ERP systems to place customer orders, purchase materials, plan production, ship product and invoice customers. They are cornerstone to success. Not only do we use ERP systems for these core functions but there are also opportunities to…
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The Power of BI (Business Intelligence)

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In today’s Amazon-impacted world, if you cannot make rapid yet effective decisions, you’ll be left in the dust. It is no longer acceptable to wait for IT to write a report in order to make a decision. Executives must have the “right” information at their fingertips to guide their companies to success. Does your company have this capability? I find that it is often called BI (business intelligence). Sometimes it is called dashboard reporting. Certainly those executives who have access to a dashboard with graphics and capabilities to slice and dice information in order to make decisions have an edge.…
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4 Critical Success Factors Key to ERP Success

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I’ve always focused part of my business on ERP selection projects as these leverage the unique combination of my strengths — understanding the cross-functional and cross-organizational view in combination with the strategic priorities to identify the critical success factors. We then align these factors with the optimal business process design and system functionality to ensure success.   I’m in the final stages of developing a new proprietary process for ERP selection, called ACE (assess and align critical success factors to achieve your desired endgame). The key to success lies with critical success factors. Think about the following when thinking about…
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Should You Upgrade Your ERP System?

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Since I’ve been working on several ERP selection and design projects lately, it has reminded me of how challenging these projects can be. It is no wonder 80% of them fail! There are countless details, complex designs, cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration required and varying skills and leadership styles required to survive, let alone thrive. Thus, it made me think about ERP system goals. When should you upgrade/implement an ERP system? Support growth: No matter how lovely QuickBooks reports look and how easy it is to use, it will not support profitable and rapid growth in manufacturing over the long haul. QuickBooks…
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