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ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends
We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP

w part 1  Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2001 Executive Summary  What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty achieving

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 1: Inexorable Statistics


We take the liberty to expand further on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints enterprise applications implementations’ dissatisfactions in no uncertain terms. One may expect even more bad news in the future given the intricacy of collaborative inter-enterprise business.

w part 1  Parts Two and Three will comment on the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects and on the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four contains User Recommendations based on this information. Event Summary Approximately 40% of participants in The Conference Board survey reportedly failed to achieve their business case even a year after having implemented ERP. When benefits were achieved, it took six months longer than expected. This lag was often due to Read More

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Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following: the immediate period around the day of service, and forecasting and planning for the day of service. My post then expanded on the various approaches to tame the challenges on the actual day of service. The most advanced

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