News & Views

News & Views is published monthly by 180 Systems. Our objective is to provide recent articles to our readers on business technology topics. In some cases, our blog contains a title with a hyperlink to a source article, a quote from the article and our comments. In other cases, we have provided a blog without a hyperlink for original content by 180 Systems. We encourage you to post your own comments. You can also access our blog by topic.

ERP for life


February 2010 and written by Michael Burns – “Not long ago, selecting a new ERP system every 5-10 years was the norm. Organizations did this to stay competitive and because ERP systems were still relatively new. Vendors were able to attract new customers because they leaped frogged the competition with new features. But now, the more successful products have matured and much of them offer the same basic functionality. Today, organizations typically don’t select and implement a new system unless they have no choice…”


Common Pitfalls to ERP Project Success


February 2010 from ProjectTimes – “Throughout my career in almost every business function in multiple industries and in working with multiple countries and cultures, I’ve seen a common misperception hundreds of times in the last several years: the thought that the newest, brand name system or the latest system functionality will “solve my pressing business issues”. Yet, I haven’t seen it “work” once.”

180 View – The article identifies 3 pitfalls:

  1. Trying to solve process discipline issues with systems
  2. Focusing on bells and whistles instead of core functionality
  3. Focusing too much effort on system cost instead of implementation cost and risk

This article is short, to the point and a must read for anyone contemplating the implementation of any new system.




Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah in 1984 and it was released without much fanfare. Today it has become one of the most popular songs of all time. The linked version was sung by k.d. lang at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Many other versions are available on YouTube. The shrek version has incredibly been viewed by more than 20,000,000 people.

The lyrics are hard to understand. One of the articles about the Shrek version explained the lyrics in this way “In Shrek, hallelujah is a paean to the love affair between Shrek and Princess Fiona. The song itself is about love which has soured and gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery in the lyrics of Hallelujah, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible.”  Based on one internet source, the actual meaning of Hallelujah “is a Biblical expression found only in the Book of Psalms and meaning “Praise the Lord!” – an exclamation of joy, praise, or thanksgiving.”

One of my objectives in these newsletters is to make sense about news and articles available over the internet that is relevant to our readers. But in music, it’s best left to each person to figure out for themselves or just to enjoy as is without any analysis.