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ERP Systems…Not Designed for Custom Tailoring

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are large-scale, complicated (and expensive) systems that run all of an organization’s administrative business functions. As no two ERP systems function the say, often, during the implementation of an ERP, stakeholders identify a number of areas where the new system may not perform in a manner consistent with the organization’s legacy systems, such as a Mainframe system or disjointed and disparate administrative software, which are the types of environments ERP systems replace.

The common approach to dealing with such perceived shortcomings is customize the new ERP, in an attempt to make it function like the systems its replacing or to meet the organization’s existing operating practices. While there can be gains in terms of user convenience for such efforts, customization is both expensive in the short term and presents a management, maintenance, and software version control burden in the long term. Its not the best way to go.

This week on Technology Today, we’ll discuss my firm’s general rationale and process for avoiding customizing an ERP and especially during early stages in its implementation. To learn more about my approach to this issue, please read my recent article on InformIT.Com as well as a case study highlighting our approach in action.

If your organization is in the midst of or planning an ERP Implementation, you will want to join us for this episode – Thursday @4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific.

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August 16, 2011 - Posted by | Episode Descriptions

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