The Goldilocks Paradigm Challenged or failed ERP projects continue to be a plague and demand a shift in the industry. Why do we continue to embrace the “tried and true” sales and implementation processes? It’s time we focus inward and select a better implementation partner. With...

The Issue The recent purchase of a big, important partner in our industry was followed by a slew of articles about the transaction with glowing accounts by the owner extolling his own business acumen. Those articles were nearly impossible to read without bringing to mind numerous...

Full disclosure: I am not a video gamer, too old and more interested in analog pursuits. My actual breakfast bagel and coffee are 100% more appealing to me than the picture of your breakfast delicacy posted on Instagram. But I have kids with an Xbox and over...

Sitting back and trying to understand the details behind Microsoft’s Dynamics Office 365 announcement.   With all the money and resources at their fingertips Microsoft gets one critical thing wrong in their Dynamics Office 365 strategy. My guess is that once again love of technology and/or a...

Why do sophisticated ERP projects require an “ERP Architect”? And why are ERP Architects the difference between sitting at the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby on either Secretariat or on a camel? Think about your current ERP implementation or any other that you have been...

Does it? I bet it does! A lot. How do I know? Experience. Nothing adheres to the old adage that “A Camel is a Horse Designed by a Committee” quite like ERP software implementations. The problem typically starts with the RFP. Or as I liked to call it in a...

Twitter Synopsis: Developers develop or how strength leads to weakness. From day one of the Microsoft acquisition of Axapta it has been my opinion that if ERP software were sold strictly to developers then AX partners would never lose a deal. To even a non-technical person the...

Twitter Synopsis Project Management for ERP implementations can best be thought of as being a Goldilocks methodology; it is best done just right. ERP implementations are incredibly complex and difficult. Just like brain surgery. Un-like brain surgery, no one dies when done poorly. Too much and you are...

Twitter Synopsis No failed ERP implementation was ever preceded by a bad demo. An Analogy There is a great software joke that goes something like this. Man arrives at the Pearly Gates and is met by St. Peter who tells him that he has lived a shaky life...

  “Twitter” Synopsis Every failed ERP implementation probably started with a comprehensive RFP that took weeks or months and endless dollars to create and complete. Think about it. The Problem The Request for Proposal (RFP) has long been the standard tool used to initiate the search for a new ERP...