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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

ERP implementation - Critical Success Factors

I discovered a good blog the other day entitled In Search of Business Value & ROI: Achieving IT Benefits Realization

The blog provides discussion and insights on how to realize measurable IT business benefits and ROI. Topics include performance measurement, process improvement, organizational change management, vendor selection, and project planning for large IT or ERP projects

It’s authored by Eric Kimberling whose bio looks as follows:

Eric Kimberling has over 10 years of experience devoted to the field of IT Benefits Realization, including performance measurement, process improvement, and organizational change management. He is the President and founder of Panorama Consulting Group LLC, a US-based company that provides IT and ERP Benefits Realization consulting to international companies. Panorama Consulting Group also helps clients with ERP vendor selection, project planning, merger integration, third-party quality assurance, and strategy alignment.

Some recent posts from the Blog:

In particular I wanted to highlight the post on How to Increase ERP Success. It provides these 7 points:

  1. Focus on business processes and requirements first
  2. Focus on achieving a healthy ERP ROI (Return on Investment), including post-implementation performance measurement
  3. Strong project management and resource commitment
  4. Commitment from company executives
  5. Take time to plan up front
  6. Ensure adequate training and change management
  7. Make sure you understand why you’re implementing ERP

All good tips. To make it even simpler I believe that successful ERP implementation is achieved when the people, processes and technology work in harmony to achieve the goals of the organisation.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Oracle Internet Expenses Setup Steps

It’s a Feature has a useful How to, for configuring Oracle iExpenses.

According to the Oracle Internet Expenses Site:

Oracle Internet Expenses is a travel and entertainment solution that streamlines and automates travel spend management. The result: a dramatic and immediate return on investment with direct impact on the bottom line.

The Key Steps Mentioned in the It’s a Feature blog entry are:

  1. PA: Enable Project Expenditure Types for Expense Report Entry
  2. AP: Define Expense Report Templates
  3. AP: Define Financials Options > Accounting
  4. AP: Establish Multiple Currencies Setup
  5. AP: Defining Expense Report Options
  6. AP: Assign Signing Limits
  7. OIE: Define iExpense Policies
  8. OIE: Enable Expense Allocations
  9. OIE: Define Receipt Notification Rule Set
  10. OIE: Assign Receipt Notification Rule Set
  11. OIE: Define Mileage Rate Schedule
  12. AP: Complete Mileage Expense Type Definition in Payables
  13. SA: Define Profile Options
  14. WF: Customize Project Expense Report Account Generator
  15. GL: Assign Your Customized Project Expense Report Account Generator to your chart of accounts
  16. WF: Customize the Internet Expenses Workflow
  17. WF: Define Workflow Notification Performers
  18. Change the Find Approver Method
  19. Personalize Expense Report Submission Instructions
  20. Compile the Expense Types Descriptive flexfield!
  21. Enable the Display of Project and Task
  22. Other Configuration Considerations

Oracle to buy communications infrastructure software vendor HotSip

According to a recent Press Release:

HotSip is a provider of telecommunications infrastructure software and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) enabled applications for IP telephony, presence, messaging and conferencing on new converged networks. “The addition of HotSip’s technology will allow Oracle to build on its leadership in middleware and in carrier-grade communications infrastructures,” said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

This is Oracle’s 16th acquisition in just under 14 months. I assume we will see some sort of  “fusion” with Oracle Collaboration Suite.


Oracle Apps Blog ranked in Top British Blogs

I noticed a couple of inbound links coming from the Top Blogs listing on the British Bloggers Directory. To my surprise I’m listed as number 12 – I’ve taken a screen shot of it as I’m not sure I’ll be there for long. There’s probably a lot of other Oracle and British Blogs that get more traffic than I do but apparently the ranking is based on your Technorati rating and mine is sitting at 53,391 at the moment.

Sitting in the top 10:

1. Girl with a one-track mind.
2. - Take your Medicine
3. little red boat
4. A Welsh View
5. Philobiblon
6. Iain Dale’s Diary
8. Pepys’ Diary
9. Europhobia
10. ShaolinTiger - Kung-fu Geekery

A couple of other sites I recognise, having met the authors at various events in the UK:

Perfect Path – Lloyd Davis
A PR Guru’s Musings – Stuart Bruce
NevOn – Neville Hobson

Update at 27th Feb 2005

Obviously the bit of blogging I did over the weekend improved my rankings, I’m now sitting at number 5.

Tips for a successful Compliance and Governance Initiative

The following seven steps were noted in an article entitled A 4-Step Blueprint for Achieving Sustainable Compliance by Neetin Datar of SAP, published in SAPInsider.

1. Think strategic, not tactical
2. Think processes, not projects
3. Think enterprise wide, not in silos
4. Focus on business value, not just on cost of compliance
5. Think company DNA, and make compliance part of its core
6. Think agility and aim for a flexible compliance architecture. Technology is an imporant enabler of data quality, accountability and efficiency.
7. Make compliance repeatable, scalable and cost-effective

Good points. More on Oracle’s Strategy for Corporate Governance and Compliance stategy here.

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