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ERP Success Factors: The Importance of Engaged Executive Sponsorship

There was a time when it was enough to say that a project had an executive sponsor. Every project was assigned a “sponsor” but some were sponsors in name only. If the sponsor on your ERP project approves the budget and then only appears for steering committee meetings, they are not a true sponsor. An engaged sponsor will:
  1. Set the tone and vision for project success
  2. Develop realistic scope and expectations
  3. Communicate with and empower the team
  4. Be accountable for the project and team success

How Dark is that "Cloud" Hanging Over PeopleSoft?

For nearly 30 years, PeopleSoft applications have been an integral part of running and managing the administrative functions of the world’s largest companies, governments, and universities.  It was a market leader based on its powerful framework and simplistic user-interface.  The introduction of software-as-a-service (SAAS) and cloud-based applications brought fresh competition to the table that established a new baseline for flexible user experiences and simplistic views of updating and managing enhancements to applications.  PeopleSoft fell behind and was overshadowed by this new “Cloud”.  

Driving Value and Collaboration with a Business Intelligence Competency Center

Collaboration is a key success factor for any business system implementation or initiative. This is particularly true when an organization is looking to gain more value from their data through a business intelligence (BI) program.  Establishing a value-added partnership between IT and groups within the business plays a critical role in not only gaining the most value from the program but ultimately what the solution looks like.

ERP Success Factors: Choosing the Best Team

It is not necessarily the integrator you choose that is important for ERP success, it’s the team that they bring to the project. ERP projects are complex and require all integration partners (customers, consultants, and vendors) to bring their best available resources to the implementation. Experience is important at all levels, from the executives to the team members. Each resource will have an impact to the overall success of the project. 

Top Six Factors for ERP Success

Top Six Factors for ERP Success:
  1. ENGAGED executive sponsorship
  2. EXPERIENCED implementation team
  3. REALISTIC scope and expectations
  4. COLLABORATION among implementation partners
  5. DETAILED DEFINITION of business value
  6. LEADERSHIP through organizational change
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