A Lean ERP is a Skinny ERP

Ad for Infor ERP at O’Hare Airport, image by Steve Brodner, CC license If you search for “lean ERP,” most of what you’ll read is about whether or not the traditional ERP system supports “Lean Management” concepts. The argument is that Lean Management is based on the pull of demand and Just-in-Time principles whereas traditional […]

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Scope Can Determine Success or Failure

Image: Island Peak, Nepal, by McKay Savage, CC license “Scope,” or “footprint” in software terms refers to the number of business processes that an application will “cover,” or enable.  The scope of an accounting system is usually: general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, P&L and balance sheet. The scope has to fit the […]

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ERP 101: Finance Benefits

Image: Singapore Finance District, by Joan Campderros-i-Canas, CC license “Financials” is a term used by software vendors and others that normally includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, balance sheet and P&L. There can be extensions of this definition to include such areas as payroll, treasury (bank account inflows and outflows), and tax management. In an ERP […]


A Software Vendor Checklist

Please choose the door through which your next software vendor will take you.  Image: Doors of Dublin, by Tim Sackton, edited to fit 569 X 368px, CC license. Selecting a software vendor is difficult at best in the 21st century; here are some must-have criteria, in addition to, but perhaps more important than, cost and […]

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Supply Chain Software 101

Image: Balzac Fresh Food Distribution Center, by Walmart Few areas of the software market in the past ten years have been as hot as supply chain. Supply chains in many industries have been trying to cut costs out of distribution networks while reducing order lead time and inventories. They want solutions for modernizing what has […]

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Why Do Software Projects Cost So Much?

The short answer to why corporate software costs so much is that implementing it takes so long, even if everything goes perfectly, which happens exactly as often as Haley’s Comet passing through our skies. It’s expensive for one reason: specialized, and therefore expensive, skills. It takes expensive skills to: write the software in the first […]


Don’t See a Need for Mobile in Your Business? Keep Looking.

Talk about disruption!  An anti-Uber taxi protest in London, June 11, 2014.  Photo by David Holt, CC license. Does anyone think Uber would exist without mobile computing? You might think of mobile as providing convenience, which it does, but there are deeper and more significant advantages of having mobile as an asset in parts of […]

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ERP 101: Supply Chain Benefits

Inside a Red Wing shoe factory.  Photo by Nina Hale, cc license. The supply chain – a term used to describe all the activities needed to bring goods to market, is a natural beneficiary of a good ERP system because the supply chain extends from one end of an enterprise to another. Often the individual […]


Is the Smartphone Ready for Your ERP System?

Photo by Blake Patterson, CC license. See those app icons on your iPhone? Don’t you think it makes sense to put corporate apps on an iPhone too? Yes, as long as the interface is easy and you don’t have to type a lot on your tiny glass screen. Enterprise apps are going there, and that […]


Tell Me Again Why I Should Care About Hyperscale Computing?

Photo: “Trails in the Sand,” Dubai, by Kamal Kestell, CC license If “Humanscale” computing is managing bags of sand, “Hyperscale” computing is managing each individual grain of sand in every bag. “Hyperscale” computing (HC) is the processing of data, messages or transactions on a scale orders of magnitude larger than traditional computing.  HC is becoming […]