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Chapter 4. Advice to the Executive Consi... > Six Short Executive Lessons in ERP

Six Short Executive Lessons in ERP

The executive who thoughtfully bakes these lessons from past ERP experience and plentiful IT and SCM research into his strategic decision making will enjoy two likelihoods: (1) slow but real and substantial positive change (slower perhaps than the 12-month financial reporting cycle), and (2) success. Patience is often treated as a vice in today’s competitive, fast-paced business environment, but two factors should give our hares some reason to take sides with the tortoises. First, ERP adoption is not a fad; it is a trend. We do not know exactly where this trend will lead, but we do know this: ERP is the ramp onto the freeway that leads to the future of business as we know it. It is time to get on the freeway. Second, as much as patience may be a vice, success is a virtue that more than overcomes. A successful ERP deployment—especially one of a highly configurable tool like APO—changes the nature of a company, delivers long-term constant return on investment, and positions an organization to dynamically navigate the data-driven, data-populous future. With a mind to success, consider six lessons every executive should account for in their ERP and/or APO adoption strategy.

Lesson 1: Start Using Optimization and Heuristics in Planning

Obviously in a book championing SAP SCM, we offer the strongest accolades and recommendations for the SAP SCM product and particularly for APO. But if you are not already using an ERP system for advanced planning and you have not decided to go with SAP APO, then we must urge you in the strongest possible terms: If not APO, adopt something! Effective, competing products are on the market and if you have not already adopted, you are at best driving on an access road, not yet ramped to the freeway of twenty-first-century supply chain planning where speed and dynamics are changing rapidly; meanwhile you are not even cruising to play.


  

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