A fool with a tool is still a fool?

Ok guys, just to make sure people not using LinkedIn doesnt miss out on this post I published there yesterday. Enjoy!

Worried

Ok, first of all, I like ERP-systems, everything is more or less prepared, most things was already solved and the implementation would be pretty straightforward and easy in my case. But this is since I am a Swedish uber structured process freak with years and years of experience with playing with IT service management processes, best practices and much more. I am a somewhat not very applicable example.

There is not a huge overflow of success stories from organizations trying to get ahead by implementing a “turn-key” ERP solution. Mostly the opposite, organizations having problems or not getting what they think they paid for. Why is this? Because most ERP solutions are poor? No, not at all, most ERP-system I know of are very capable, have many years of R&D, user driven development and a lot more. There are three major problems that hinders many organizations to really get the best out of their big ERP-projects.

1) You cannot implement something that is 80-85% ready/standard when your organization has little/no standardization. That is like trying to get my two-year-old son to not move for 3 seconds to take his picture, it just not going to happen. You need to prepare your organization, you need to do your homework, structure your processes, information and more, before.

2) A fool with a tool will always remain a fool, sometimes even become a bigger fool. I do not mean to offend anyone but still, before we traveled to the moon and did a lot of other remarkable things we actually were crawling. So, learn to run your business, as simple as possible, and then when you´re really good at this, get a good tool support. In many cases an ERP-system will give you a lot of best practices, but if you still are busy learning how to walk this solution will only slow you down, you are not ready yet.

3) You need to really know what about you is special. All organizations that exists on our great planet is not that different from each other. ERP-systems are sometimes called standard system, because they are normally created on a large numbers of assumptions, based on what most organizations has in common. So, there is really no point to deal with full-scale office battle to change database table names because of some report. Then you are really missing the point of what you are doing.

Yes, this is of course just a tiny bit simplified and subjective, but it always helps me and my clients making sound decisions. Please, if you want more of these practical things about management, IT and how they really should work together you should visit my blog, valorizeit.wordpress.com.

Stay smart people!

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