Sometimes on the plane traveling to my next client, the person sitting next to me will ask what I do for a living. I tell them, “For the last 13 years, I have led teams that install accounting, inventory and reporting systems for mid-size companies.” I usually get a blank stare and another question in return, “What is that?”
“You know how you have a personal check book?” I respond. “Well, if you were running a business you would need to have a checkbook on steroids that would send out hundreds of checks a day, pay your employees every two weeks, keep track of your inventory, provide monthly profitability reports for your board of directors and be the backbone of your business.” The response is nearly always “Oh, that sounds complicated!”
Principle 1: Get an ERP Winning Mindset
- Making the software do something its not designed to do.
- Paying your consultant firm to build large numbers of reports.
- Building interfaces between systems.
- Bringing over historical data from the old system into the new system.