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...

Now that some of the initial excitement is fading regarding the big project Madeira announcement it is time to get an answer to the biggest question that has not even been asked! (For anyone late to the dance, check out this quick primer on project Madeira...

For a quick primer on project Madeira check out eWeek: Microsoft's Outlook-centric, software-as-a-service business management offering for SMBs goes live in the United States. Question: If you were Microsoft, would you rather sell a single, one-thousand user AX deal or one thousand, one user Madeira deals? My...

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...

More Fear and Loathing from The Gartner Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight As a long time value added reseller (VAR) of ERP software I vividly remember living in fear of each new release of the dreaded Gartner Magic Quadrant and where my ERP solution would rank. A good ranking...

  “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...

(with fresh ideas and strategies to avoid the usual pitfalls) If you are contemplating or in the process of implementing a new ERP system then you must come to grips with the fact that your implementation will fail. If we reasonably define a successful ERP implementation as...

Is anyone else fascinated with the one minor problem that all ERP systems have? The problem is that they all fail. Yes…all. They fail spectacularly and bring down entire companies and careers, or they fail incrementally by slowly sucking time, money and the will to live out of...