Steep Climb

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 […]

Finance District

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 […]


FUD Still Here 35 Years Later

Photo by Jimmy Brown, CC license   FUD stands for fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and was a phrase used in the early 1980s to describe the unsettling and confusing atmosphere companies faced as they began investing heavily in software applications. In 1979 Gideon Gartner, formerly a top technology analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., capitalized on […]

Supply Chain

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 […]


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 […]


Why Should I Care About Master Data?

Photo: Data Center, by Bob Mical, CC license Early in my career I couldn’t stand anyone talking to me about master data. It just wasn’t interesting, and seemed to be just a minor detail in how systems run. I have since learned that (incorrect or inconsistent) master data can stop in its tracks the coolest, […]


Why Order Checks Don’t Belong in Your ERP System

If you visit OmPrompt in the UK you can stay in the nearby dreamy, historic, and beautiful town of Oxford. Photo by Tejvan Pettinger, CC license. What if you want to make sure all of the data on a customer’s order is correct before it is processed in your systems?  Or if you want to […]

Have a Strategy!

If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else. – Yogi Berra IT strategy is not a topic reserved for lofty white papers. It is something you see in action (or not in action) every day and every time you have a decision to make about your company’s enterprise software. […]

How to Handle a FUD Experience

Two years ago I began exploring “cloud” software for integrating our company with its trading partners. This is how one company explains the benefits of its cloud software solution: “Cloud supply chain platforms invert the traditional EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) hub equation by moving the data processing and linking logic from the partners at the […]

Is Traditional ERP Unnecessary?

In many cases I think traditional ERP is becoming more and more unnecessary. I don’t mean that the concept of ERP is become unnecessary, just the traditional ERP on the traditional platform as we have known it for the past 15 years. In the future I imagine the following trends will bring about this prediction: […]