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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.

Happy Holidays

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We wish you a happy and healthy holiday and all the best for 2015.

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Project Management for an ERP Implementation

ERP, Project Management

180 Systems has now launched a new practice area. The implementation of a new system is a big project and requires skilled project managers. Our clients often don’t have a lot of experience in project management especially related to implementing new systems. The vendors have project managers but their focus is project management of their own resources rather than that of our clients. It is also possible that there are conflicting views of scope between the vendor and our clients. As project manager for our clients, we will ensure that these and any other conflicts are resolved expeditiously and fairly. Our focus is strictly on project management rather than product or system management. The knowledge of the system should be acquired by the internal resources of our clients as this knowledge is vital to the ongoing support of the system.

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Top 10 Trends in Cloud ERP

Cloud Computing, ERP

May 19, 2014 from enterpriseAPPStoday – “Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software hasn’t really caught on yet. But according to a recent Gartner survey, it will soon. Here are some of the top trends shaping cloud-based ERP…”

180 View – Most of our clients are more interested in finding a solution that is a good fit, not overly difficult to implement, in their budget and supported and implemented by a company that knows their industry really well. They don’t care that much how it’s deployed. Cloud deployment does not seem less expensive than on premise deployment even when factoring in savings in infrastructure and IT resources over a five year period. Today the cloud ERP vendors are still charging a premium for their wares. And some of them just offer annual user fees rather than monthly which would be very good for seasonal businesses. It won’t be long before the prices for cloud ERP drops as each and every ERP vendor jumps on the cloud bandwagon. At that time, the cloud will blot out much of the on premise landscape for new sales especially for small and mid-sized organizations that don’t have or don’t want IT departments.

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Why Big Projects Go Bad

ERP, Project Management

June 26, 2014 from CFO – …In a project’s earliest stages, very little is known about what it will take to execute it. So most companies seek out expert internal opinions — usually from proponents of the project, since they are the most knowledgeable. The problem is bias. Research is clear that project proponents are likely to fall under its influence, favor optimistic outcomes and produce dangerously inaccurate estimates…

Most companies can accurately estimate small projects that may take, say, three to six months, but they are horrible at estimating the time and cost of big ones. There are three key reasons for that…”

180 View – We agree and have learned this lesson based on the school of hard knocks. In a past life, I was responsible for the development of a multi-million dollar system. It was really challenging to get good estimates from the programmers who in the early days of the project don’t know what they don’t know. So we developed tools to assist in the estimates based on the complexity of the system and based on history of similar projects.

The same problem can occur with ERP systems in not scoping the size of the implementation properly. You don’t want surprises during the implementation so analysis is required in advance to ensure the implementers know as much as possible so that they can fix price the implementation.

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Pass The Salt

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180 View – Only watch if you know what a typewriter is.

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Food City Commercial

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180 View – It’s one minute long but packs a punch. I have received very different responses to this that included too sappy, made me cry, very clever and American propaganda.

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Google Commercial

Personal

180 View – Sweet reunion no matter where you live.

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Ode to Joy

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180 View – Have a joyful holiday.

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