Get more with *stress* with ERP instance consolidations!
By Zoë on Oct 23, 2007
ERP Instance Consolidations: the benefits can be tremendous, but they don't come for free and getting it right can be a stressful process. So is ERP Consolidation for you? How can you tell?
We have two sessions on ERP Consolidation running at Openworld this year to help you.
The panel session on Monday 12 November at 4.45pm is a great showcase for three customer stories from Mastercard, Symantec and BT (see the previous post for more details).
On Wednesday 14 November at 11.15am we will be welcoming BT back to present a case study on their ERP Consolidation project, diving into more details of what they have done, how they have done it, and what have been the end results. BT's case study is compelling because they are very clear on the reasons for this project and the benefits they expect, but you will also hear from them about the realities of the effort you need to put into the process.
In the spirit of motivating you to think about ERP Consolidations, here's my "Motivation for Consolidation" Top 5 Chart, based on some of the lessons learned at BT:
Know what you want to achieve. There will be some hard savings and some softer benefits that are difficult to quantify (such as customer satisfaction from 'right first time' reference data).
Executive sponsorship and governance are vital to keep the project on track and bring everyone together.
... 'But if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need'. Establishing shared processes will not make everyone in your organization 100% happy, each must accept some trade offs to achieve a common goal.
Everything is a work in progress as your business evolves and your consolidation program matures. Be flexible about your roadmap, and understand the size, complexity and cost of your journey.
The benefits of ERP Consolidation are achievable! Oracle has been through this transformation itself, as have many of our customers. But as the song goes... 'You must try, try and try, try and try, you'll succeed at last'.
Click on the links, listen to the samples, and get inspired! Once I got started I thought of loads more, but I'm running out of space, so I'd love to know what song would be on your soundtrack for ERP Consolidation, and why....