Do you manage your business strategy ... or does your ERP?
According to a survey conducted in 2012 by Aberdeen Group on the question of do or not an upgrade of an existing ERP, 1 in 3 entrepreneurs think that ERP is an enabler to create a solid business. " If the ERP can’t, better not do it."
From my point of view as a consultant I can only wonder at this result, but unfortunately also can corroborate from personal experience.
The idea of an ERP was never to be a constraint, actually we have it to facilitate our daily operation... So, at what point we lose the ability to create strategies that allows us to design new solid business models or grow the current and then demand our ERP to support us with new challenges?
The question is complex, but the answer is quite simple: Technology applied in a suboptimal way, is to blame. We are used to paying a lot for changes and adaptations, since traditional systems are rigid. This reality has made us lose speed and undermine our power for innovation.
Therefore, a possible solution is to evaluate the processes and adaptation costs of the current system and compare it with possible losses we are having from losing capacity for innovation.
My experience has shown me that in many cases it is worth taking a leap and radically modernize the systems infrastructure and this only makes sense if it can achieve reaching all or only one of the following objectives: increased revenues, reduced costs or minimize risk.
Remember to share with me your comments. State your point of view, so I can advise how to solve your problems.