“Modern” Manufacturing ERP Software In a recent marketing blog from Acumatica that included access to a “free” video (insert eyeroll) the major takeaway was, “Having modern manufacturing ERP software wrapped up in a single system is quickly becoming a necessity for the manufacturing industry to compete...

Research casts new light on how project teams work and how that behavior can shed light on challenged or failed ERP projects. It has long been my assertion that all ERP projects fail. If we reasonably define a successful ERP implementation as meeting the following three reasonable...

Reduce the risk of the inevitable, a challenged or failed ERP implementation by eliminating paralysis by analysis. The seeds for a failed ERP implementation are normally sown in the sales process with ridiculously antiquated processes like the request for proposal (RFP) and the structured product demo,...

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...

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...