ERP Quarterly Feature


MetalForming's ERP Update, February 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


ERP Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 1
February 5, 2014
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Five ERP Success Factors
Last week's blog from Consultant George Trudell, Ultra Consultants, describes five critical success factors to help ensure a successful ERP-project launch. Writes Trudell:

"An ERP system represents a major investment in capital expenses and resources. Given the magnitude of both direct and indirect costs (software, training, implementation and services), companies expend a good amount of time understanding and negotiating costs and the selection team narrows vendors to a short list… the following factors make up the final determination: vendor background, technology platform and implementation/service."
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Making Supply-Chain Planning More Social
Strativa's Frank Scavo blogged recently on software advances being developed to break free from the spreadsheet paradigm traditionally used for supply-chain planning (SCP). Describing enriched user interfaces that promise to apply social business principles to the supply chain, Scavo says:

"The issue comes in the 'take action' part of the planner's job, especially when an action affects other participants in the supply chain, such as customers, suppliers or sub-contractors. For example, a planner may be trying to resolve an issue with a late order… (With social business principles) there is no cascading of plans sequentially from one level to another; all levels are planned concurrently."

Managing Customer Contact Centers
—the New Normal

Aberdeen Group senior research analyst Omer Minkara presents findings from a recent study asking businesses about cloud-based vs. on-premise software for managing customer-contact centers. He writes:

"Customer-oriented strategic goals such as improving customer experience results and consistency, and reducing client effort for issue resolution rank at the top of the contact center executive's agenda for 2014. Operational goals that are rather more tactical in nature (e.g., lower contact center operating costs) trail these strategic priorities."

He includes a link to the full report.
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Upcoming ERP Events
Key Events & Seminars for ERP professionals. Stay ahead of the curve! > Webinar: Lessons Learned from Failed ERP Implementations - February 20
> FABTECH Canada (Toronto) - March 18-20
> InformationWeek Conference (Las Vegas, NV) - March 31-April 1
> The Manufacturing ERP Experience (Chicago, IL) - April 8-9
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See also: Epicor Software Corporation, NetSuite, Inc., Plex Systems Inc., xTuple


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