ERP Cloud

How Do I Grow an Edible Garden?

Applying business wisdom to real-life endeavors

By Blair Campbell

Fall 2018

1. Assess.
Decide what you want to grow, and then evaluate the landscape. Determine optimal sequencing and combinations to address the conditions—sun, shade, and climate.

2. Innovate.
Build raised garden beds suited to your crop. For most, there are templates that can streamline construction. The right tools for the job make all the difference, as can nutrients to help get the most from the soil. Finally, always use the best seeds. These small beginnings lead to great yields.

3. Gauge outcome.
Start to taste-test early to ensure quality at the end. Be willing to make small changes to address new conditions or opportunities. Once you know what’s working well, you can think about scale and additions. At harvest, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Save the seeds! You have a garden to plant for next year.

How does your garden grow . . . like a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system? As with gardening, achieving success with a cloud ERP implementation comes down to beginning with the end in mind and creating conditions that will ensure success. “There are multiple factors that determine the outcome of a crop, from climate to soil,” says Ryan Metcalf, Oracle Cloud managing director
at Accenture. “Determining the goal up front and then cultivating the right conditions can make all the difference.” Metcalf adds that an edible garden is a particularly apt metaphor for this type of implementation, since such a garden quite literally bears fruit and may eventually pay for itself. “Whether one eats or sells the harvest,” he concludes, “there are resources to fuel further refinements and innovation.”

Illustration by Wes Rowell