"Cloud" is the current buzz word in business software. It is a new delivery model that brings both benefits and limitations. Beyond the hype, this blog is a basic guide to define the most suitable delivery model for your ERP system.

Modern Enterprise Resource Planning software or ERP are the jack of all trades of business IT. Starting with procurement and manufacturing functionality in the 70's, they now encompass a wide range of features from financials, operations, HR and analytics.

The primary value of an ERP is the integration and optimisation of the various business processes of an organisation. A good ERP will eliminate duplicate data entry and provide consistent information to all staff.

For the IT department, it reduces the complexity of interfacing multiple systems, each of them with their own release lifecycle.

With the promises of improved productivity and profitability, why do many ERP implementations fail to live up to user expectations? What can you do about the missing features and functionality that you need?

Back in May of 2015, I published “When ERP projects go wrong” which was the 3rd in my ERP insights series. This was by far the most read of my posts, suggesting that it struck a chord with the Owners, Directors and CEO’s in the Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) space I write for. Having identified what, I believe to be the common causes of the problem, logic suggests that I should now turn my attention to the recovery process.

Here’s a recap of the 5 common causes of a rogue ERP project.

  • Lack of clarity of the objective
  • Lack of ownership
  • Lack of proper resourcing
  • Scope creep
  • Ineffective change management

In defining your Implementation Project Recovery Plan, there are some basic steps that will help you get the outcome you need.

One of the most important roles for chief executives is treading a line between actively pursuing growth and managing risks.

In partnership with The CEO Institute, Pronto Software interviewed 118 CEOs from companies and industries across Australia to uncover the top 5 CEO concerns.

The full report is available at www.pronto.net/ceoinsights but here are the key highlights.

Gartner has identified that this is the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), labelling it one of the top technology trends of 2015. The IoT encompasses a network of physical objects, which contain fixed technology geared at bridging the gap between intelligent data and human interaction. In this post, I investigate innovative opportunities the IoT offers supply chain businesses.

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