Specialists in IT Strategy and ERP.
This month's features.
The Game is Changing and so are we! IMPORTANT NEWS! We've launched our new WEB SITE Well that's news. But the more important news is why we've changed and what's driving those changes. It's a reflection of the changing of the overall IT and ERP industry. To get the low down, please read our feature story. And in our TIPS column, John Pellegrino talks about The Design Chunk of a solution - something that John excels at.
No guest column this month - stay tuned as our partners contribute to our message of Excellence in ERP.
The Game is Changing and so are we! By Paul Sita, Principal, Innovative IT Consulting, LLC. Paul can be reached at 631-549-1685 or email@example.com.
The Way Forward. It's not just the recession. It's not just the internet. It's everything coming together. Convergence, social networking, unlimited bandwidth, software as a service. And consolidation in the ERP space. Most of all, it's a new generation of company leaders, management and people, with a whole new set of expectations, skills and understanding. Net, net - we're shifting our focus from the leaders in independent ERP services, to a company with strategic alignments with the leaders in the ERP industry. The best of the best and only the best.
SAP, SAP, SAP. SAP 's message is our message. Best run companies are the winners. It's not just the software, it's business process excellence. Software is a tool and it's all about what you do with it. It's really that simple. The feature wars are over. Our focus has always been on helping our client's stand our from the crowd, and our increased emphasis on strategic partners and alliances bear this out - starting with SAP. ERP and SAP. They go hand in hand.
More to come. Today's business leaders grew up using computers. They multi-task and expect software to be simple, and they want everything THEIR WAY. WE AGREE. We're committed to combining our experience in listening and developing a deep understanding of our client's needs to the imperatives of today and meeting and exceeding their expectations with PARTNERS LIKE SAP AND OTHER LEADERS IN THE ERP SPACE. Our affiliation is a recognition of our capabilities, skills and successes, and we're proud of it! But this is only the beginning . . . . .
Implementing ERP – “Chunk” 1, Design Your Solution
A couple of months ago I introduced the topic of 4 major “chunks” for implementing an ERP system. This month I will discuss a couple of tips for the first “chunk”, the design.
It’s in the eye of the beholder. If you are working on a customization or a fully home-grown system most people understand the need for a design of the desired results. But why would you need to design the implementation of a third party pre-packaged solution, especially if they tout systems with best practices? The answer is that there are many setup and process choices for you to consider within a best practice. One example is the allocation of inventory to ship your product. You can allocate each order as you enter it, you can do a manual batch allocation, or an automated batch allocation. Maybe you need one way for one product line and another for a second product line. There can be many of these types of design decisions depending on the software you are implementing.
A shortcut can be filled with potholes. When driving your car a road that is a short cut, in miles, to your destination can be filled with potholes, literally or figuratively, and therefore make the overall trip longer. This is true of the foundation “chunk” called design. Avoid shortcuts here! Make sure that all implications of your choices are understood by all decision makers.
IT is the guiding light. In my first tip on this subject I mentioned a team of people from the major disciplines of your organization. It is this team’s job to make the design decisions; it is not an IT function. Typically an IT person is leading the implementation effort and it is their job to guide the team and make sure the decisions are made. This is done by asking the right questions such as how do you do this function now and how would you like to do it to be more efficient? And, if you don’t have the time or skills in your in-house IT department to lead this there is help from the Innovative IT Consulting staff.
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A group of people key to the successful implementation of ERP in an organization. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (CHAMPIONS)
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