A Conversation With Your New Enterprise Software

So many business people (you!) don’t understand why it’s so hard to just get new software to make things happen in a business. The short answer is: software will do only exactly what you tell it to do, and no more. By way of illustration, if you could talk to software, a conversation about just […]

Why Do Software Projects Take So Long?

In the time is takes to purchase and implement a company’s software systems, an infant can become a first grader. Degrees can be earned. And a lot of money can be spent. This is one more reason why people find software so maddening. The classic ERP implementation, which many companies dove into in the 1990s, […]

The Self-Perpetuating Software Market

You need to understand the way software firms, consultants and advisory services interact with one another. In the process of thoroughly confusing yourself trying to scan the software market for something resembling a solution to your problem, you will at some point realize that there aren’t many places to go for an objective appraisal of […]

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 […]

Software Has Always Been Problematic

Software is like no other product on earth – it is a collection of millions of lines of instructions telling a computer what to do. You can’t “see” software; reading the lines of code would tell you nothing unless you had written the code yourself, and even programmers themselves can easily forget what they did. […]

The Accidental Person-in-Charge-of-a-Big-Software-Project

You’re a busy Director or VP responsible for an equally busy key department within a large enterprise, and on your plate rests the success or failure of a project to integrate new systems into your business processes.  You’re the accidental person-in-charge.  You didn’t ask for it, or maybe you did, but in any case you […]

One of the Biggest Mistakes: Your Assumptions About the Project

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, first conceived in the mid-1990s, is a multi-purpose fighter jet that evades radar and anti-aircraft missiles, can fly at 1,200 mph, and can land vertically. While over 40 planes have been manufactured, the program is way behind schedule and the program’s costs have grown from an initial estimate of $177 […]

Software 101: What’s an ROI? How Do I Get It?

ROI, or Return on Investment, is essential to making the right decision about enterprise software. In simple terms, ROI is the percentage return you are realizing on the money you spent on the software. ROI = ($ benefits per year minus additional yearly costs from the application) divided by the costs of implementing the new […]

ERP 101: Purchasing Benefits

At the very basic level, an ERP system can enable you to match invoices with receipts and purchase orders so that what you pay for is what you ordered and what you received. The purchase orders, receipts, and invoices are all in the same system, so the system can compare them and immediately determine if […]

One of the Biggest Mistakes is Your Assumptions About the Project

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, first conceived in the mid-1990s, is a multi-purpose fighter jet that evades radar and anti-aircraft missiles, can fly at 1,200 mph, and can land vertically. While over 40 planes have been manufactured, the program is way behind schedule and the program’s costs have grown from an initial estimate of $177 […]