Awhile back...I was accepted as a guest blogger on Michael Stelzner's, www.whitepapersource.com. Although I wanted to stand out among Michael's impressive following of over 20,000 subscribers, I chose to post the tongue-in-cheek, 5 Reasons to Stop Writing List-Based White Papers.
Yet "list-based" is exactly the proven format I chose for my recent whitepaper--"5 Proven Strategies for Replacing Legacy IT Systems with Tier 1 ERP"--because you simply have to go with what works. The content of this paper reflects dozens of conversations with Oracle partners and midsize customer executives spanning our global markets.
In my research, I didn't expect to find the one "silver-bullet" deployment strategy--passed verbally from one generation to the next within a secretive sect of consultants. In the end, I was somewhat surprised by the commonality of successful implementation strategies across global geographies and industries.
On Wednesday, we'll feature Mark Johnson, VP of Oracle Accelerate, in the 6th installment of the Oracle Accelerate Thought Leadership Webcast Series. Mark will cover two topics--"Why Midsize Companies Need Top Tier ERP"; and, "5 Strategies for Replacing Legacy IT Systems with Tier 1 ERP."
Joining Mark will be Howard Werth, CFO at Leupold & Stevens, America's premier manufacturer of precision sport optics. Howard and the Leupold executive team chose to reengineer their operations from the ground up, implementing Oracle's top tier ERP as an enabler of business transformation. Oracle Business Accelerators--rapid implementation tools based on industry best practice business flows--played a key role in the project.
At first blush, the five strategies Mark presents may appear to be common sense statements. However, many midsize companies believe their needs to be so unique that only a highly-specialized, one-off deployment strategy will work. In reality, I learned that the best approach is to not overlook a few basic principles that have been repeatedly proven successful.
The way you implement Tier 1 ERP won't make your company unique--the way you employ its capabilities to support your competitive differentiators will.
That's it for now. I have to get back to my next whitepaper. I'm thinking of going with an even-numbered list in the title. Now that's pushing the edge of the envelope.
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