This week saw Australia become the first country in the world to end its carbon pricing policy.
The uncertainty around the carbon tax has clouded businesses so it is good news that there is now some clarity and companies can start to formulate their plan and response.
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.
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.
Big Data seems to be one of the latest buzzword to appear in the ITC dialog. I still wonder if most of us understand its meaning or impact.
It appears that various groups believe they have a handle on it the Big Data phenomenon. The interesting thing is that if you comb the internet you’ll see the term being sponsored by companies such as NetApp, EMC and IBM as vendors that manage big or large amounts of data. I wonder if this means that these companies are positioning themselves to capitalise on this slice of the pie or are they still trying to ascertain what it really means in a commercial sense before it’s more widely adopted by the market.
I’ll put my hand up and admit that if you hand me a Profit & Loss (P&L) and Balance Sheet (BS) report and ask me to provide insight, I’ll probably stare at it like one of those magic eye books praying for the ‘aha!’ moment when it is all miraculously revealed.
The information I need to analyse and understand the business is in the reports, but it isn’t presented in a way I can intuitively understand or use.
How do I analyse to gain insight?