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As a management trainee in an export firm, I was expecting to be on the frontlines canting on marketing concepts and market strategies. I was in for a surprise when my manager gave me the apparently mundane task of drawing up an RFP document. Now, an RFP is a 'Request for Proposal'. A seemingly simple name for a fairly innocuous task. I knew about it but was not really expecting it to fall on my plate. Perhaps, seeing my discomfort, my manager said to me,” Good business is always good communicat

During one of the interviews recently, I was asked, "You have been a part of many successful ERP Implementations. How do you overcome resistance to change?

That question made me think.

When we think of resistance to change in ERP Implementation, we mix up many things. When it comes to Organization's IT strategy, there is a strategic change management that includes creation of new roles and positions and sunsetting of existing roles. This phase involves training, retraining and reskilling of existi

…when setting the objectives for a new ERP project, the sponsors will be happy if the function’s actual performance remains the same as it was before the project, but is now able to scale to the size needed across the enterprise. In other words, they accepted ahead of time that it wouldn’t perform better, just that it would scale appropriately. … I was disillusioned to say the least. Deming and Juran would be horrified by this low setting of the bar. If you’re going to tackle an expensive

The number of companies involved in SaaS deployments is increasing over time, as we know; many of them have experienced pitfalls that could have been avoided with some minor research and planning up-front. While there is a diverse amount of technology and business processes that can be addressed using SaaS, there remains a handful of common tasks that need to be performed at the beginning of your project that will aid in tracking the project’s impact and progress.

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The word Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP conveys a sense of planning the use of enterprise-wide resources to achieve enterprise objectives in the best possible manner. However, ERP has come to mean something much less ambitious. It simply means integrating two or more separate applications.

The integration is done by the use of a common database and multiple software and hardware components. Thus an ERP system can include Manufacturing, Financials, Sales & Distribution, and HR functionalitie

Every organization has some form of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). An ERP automates an organization's business process. There are times where an organization feels they have outgrown it and look to implement a new system. However, a correct ERP implementation methodology should be chosen. To successfully implement an ERP they must take the time to plan, design, test, and continually make improvements. Here are 5 key methods for a successful ERP implementation.

1 - Have a Roundtable of Why t

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