Monday, February 27, 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:
- Establishing ERP and IT Performance Measures
- Pitfalls of the ERP Business Case
- Ready When You Are: Assessing ERP Readiness
- How to Increase ERP Success
In particular I wanted to highlight the post on How to Increase ERP Success. It provides these 7 points:
- Focus on business processes and requirements first
- Focus on achieving a healthy ERP ROI (Return on Investment), including post-implementation performance measurement
- Strong project management and resource commitment
- Commitment from company executives
- Take time to plan up front
- Ensure adequate training and change management
- 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.
Related Entries on this blog
- ERP Implementations and Contract Negotiations - Top 12 Tips
- ERP Software Comparison - Oracle, SAP, Peoplesoft, Microsoft and Siebel
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Sunday, February 26, 2006
Oracle Internet Expenses Setup Steps
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:
- PA: Enable Project Expenditure Types for Expense Report Entry
- AP: Define Expense Report Templates
- AP: Define Financials Options > Accounting
- AP: Establish Multiple Currencies Setup
- AP: Defining Expense Report Options
- AP: Assign Signing Limits
- OIE: Define iExpense Policies
- OIE: Enable Expense Allocations
- OIE: Define Receipt Notification Rule Set
- OIE: Assign Receipt Notification Rule Set
- OIE: Define Mileage Rate Schedule
- AP: Complete Mileage Expense Type Definition in Payables
- SA: Define Profile Options
- WF: Customize Project Expense Report Account Generator
- GL: Assign Your Customized Project Expense Report Account Generator to your chart of accounts
- WF: Customize the Internet Expenses Workflow
- WF: Define Workflow Notification Performers
- Change the Find Approver Method
- Personalize Expense Report Submission Instructions
- Compile the Expense Types Descriptive flexfield!
- Enable the Display of Project and Task
- Other Configuration Considerations
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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.
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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
6. Iain Dale’s Diary
8. Pepys’ Diary
10. ShaolinTiger - Kung-fu Geekery
A couple of other sites I recognise, having met the authors at various events in the UK:
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.
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Saturday, February 25, 2006
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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