You will find that the one thing that everyone agrees with in any kind of project is to have a consistent methodology.

If you have an easily understood and repeatable methodology then you increase the likelihood that project success can be repeated. That is not to say that the methodology must be a set of rigid and minutely defined steps. There still needs to be flexibility to adapt to environment, resources, timeframe and the nature of the project. For example a project to implement an entirely new ERP will differ from a project to change the way inventory is valued. The methodology must be scalable, flexible and adaptable.

Here are five stages worth looking at if you would like your next implementation delivered on-time, on-budget and on-expectations.

Last week, Research and Development (R&D) Manager at Pronto Software, Chad Gates, took part in the launch of IBM Informix 12.1. This latest version of IBM Informix is an exciting development for IBM as it introduces powerful functionality to the widely respected Informix suite of solutions. Below is a view into Chad’s thoughts on the latest features available in Informix.

Most of us who work in a data-related field are familiar with the universal themes and controversy surrounding Freakonomics.

Freakonomics, the brainchild of two economists who use economic principles to explain and explore just about every aspect of society, was introduced to us in the mid-2000s as a book, and then made into a documentary.  It has now evolved into a blog and discussion platform for all things relating to numbers, statistics and what we can deduce from data, using data sets to debunk, disprove and uncover startling reasons for why things may be they are.

There is no point even imagining that any ERP can cater for the business rules and needs of every organisation. In a competitive world, each business is looking for the differentiation that makes them more appealing, and given the differences in the nature of products, facilities and equipment there are a variety of operational processes that may be applicable.

Your ERP covers multiple facets of your business. Each facet can have something unique that contributes to the success of the business. Even something small can be a major contributor. The devil is in the detail, your ERP will cover all the general requirements, but it is these small, unique business differentiators that may be missing.

So, either you change to suit what the ERP can achieve, or you change the ERP to suit the way you want to operate. I would say change the ERP. After all, you are not in the business of running an ERP, you are in the business of whatever the business is.

Therefore, the question becomes how to do it without causing problems in the future.

It has been an exciting year of growth and change at Pronto Software.

As a company, we hit the ground running at Kickstart in February and had a great time discussing with Australian business and technology media what 2012 would have in store for the ERP and BI space. At the same time, we were proud to launch a new brand and direction for the company that has seen us through a series of significant milestone moments this year.

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