Right Fit

QuickBooks to Microsoft D365 for Enterprise

The typical life-cycle of a business sees it implement three ERP systems: QuickBooks, an “upgrade” to QuickBooks, and finally a “real” system. This is at least one, if not two, systems too many! The standard rationale for following the traditional ERP system trajectory is cost. However, I see that as shortsighted and self-defeating for an individual company, as well as […]

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Black Hole

The 20/80 Rule for Manufacturing ERP Software Implementations

Implementing ERP software is hard. Implementing manufacturing ERP software is even harder. It does not have to be. Consider our tried and true approach. There is a lot of great ERP software available for mid-sized manufacturing companies that is packed full of features and capabilities. It has been like that for the majority of my more than thirty year career […]

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Myths

The Myth of the Big Important ERP Partner

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 accounts of a large, “challenging” ERP implementation where the same partner was failing spectacularly […]

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10 Commandments

The Microsoft Dynamics “10 Suggestions”

Because 10 Commandments Sounded Presumptuous With the Microsoft ERP and CRM User Group Summit less than a month away I thought it was my humble duty to assist the Microsoft Dynamics management team with their to-do list for the next year. Just trying to be useful. As an aside, except for some minor product-specific issues, the following list could be […]

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What the what

Dynamics Office 365 – *!@#& How Did Microsoft Miss This?

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 need to drive Azure licensing has overcome common sense. The Dynamics Office 365 announcement […]

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Dynamics AX Architecture

In Praise of ERP Architects

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 associated with. I will wait a minute for the dull ache behind your eyes […]

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