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...

A fascinating new study by StarBase, a company that according to their website "provides testing and quality assurance services and solutions that take the risk out of deploying IT solutions", details the challenges that AX program managers have in delivering on time and on budget...

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...

(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...

Except for the unintended humor of course. Information regarding AX7, the latest release of Microsoft’s flagship ERP offering, is now hitting the press. Two things stuck with me after reading the highlights in such sources as Information Week and Computerworld: The unintended humor (I hope) in the phrase...