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.

Murphy’s Law

ERP, Software Selection

Murphy’s Law is alive and well thanks to ERP implementations. The problems that often arise can be avoided and/or the impact reduced by good planning in advance and strong project management. Here are a few ways to fight Murphy:

  1. Ensure you have the right people (your A team) on the project and enough of their time is allocated to the project. Some key operational team members will need to be backfilled on their day jobs.  Talk to people who have gone through an implementation to get a sense of the time needed.
  2. Ensure the implementation plan proposed by the vendor is adequate. Get each vendor to break out their implementation project into the major tasks and compare them for variances. You may find that one vendor may have low balled one of the tasks such as training.
  3. During contract negotiations, clearly define the scope and the link the contract to the RFP requirements.  Ensure that all requirements are thoroughly discussed and understood.
  4. If  you are taking on the responsibility of creating custom reports, ensure you have someone on the team that has the experience to develop and deliver these reports.

ERP: Lessons From the Field

ERP, Software Selection

March 27, 2015 from CFO – “Senior finance executives share their advice on selecting and implementing enterprise resource planning systems.”…

180 View – CFO asked the executives a number of questions including about value, total cost of ownership, flexibility, how to evaluate ERP vendors and implementation advice. One piece of advice was “Invest your best people in the process.”


Moving to a Sustainable ERP Model

ERP, Software Selection

2015 from Shea Business Solutions – “…By their nature, ERP projects are large and complex. They never go according to plan. Things always come up, plans always change, people always have different priorities. As much as possible, build this into your plan. Have some contingencies – if you can’t work on some tasks for some reason, have some other tasks that can be substituted. Build some cushion into your project plan. Most importantly, don’t be shocked when things go wrong. Things always go wrong. Take a deep breath, and move forward…”

180 View – We don’t normally include material published by a vendor but as can be seen by the above quote, Shea has provided honest and useful advice in the article rather than marketing hype.


Cloud ERP

Cloud Computing, ERP

January 28, 2015 from InformationWeek – “Enterprise resource planning software is the ultimate legacy application. On the downside, ERP has earned a reputation for costly, time-consuming deployments and maintenance, outdated user interfaces, and general inflexibility.…”

180 View – The cloud is supposed to make ERP implementations a lot easier according to pundits and vendors alike. However the cloud is really just a different way of deploying the software and most of the tasks and risks in an implementation don’t vanish into the clouds.


National Geographic Video


180 View – There is more to life than ERP.