The Deadly and Cardinal Sins of ERP Implementation


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The Deadly and Cardinal Sins of ERP Implementation
The two articles, The Six Deadly ERP Sins and The Twelve Cardinal Sins of ERP Implementation each purport to enumerate and describe the reasons accounting for the high rate of failure in the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for businesses. On the broadest level each article identifies most such difficulties as the result of a failure to learn from the lessons of previous failures, and to inadequately understand the underlying business cases that provide the foundation for any particular ERP system implementation. Although both articles offer useful advice specifically for how to avoid such failures and to maximize their odds of successful ERP implementation...
The end: the ERP implementation should visibly “hurt” the organization, further underscores this article's emphasis on the tendency to underestimate the importance of ERP implementation.
In sum, both articles are helpful in enumerating several of the gaffes that have historically led businesses to fail in the implementation of ERP systems, though they employ different approaches to describing these problems. Because such systems are costly, permanent additions to a business's resource pool, and because they are likely to profoundly alter both the business processes and the organization of the business itself, it is well worth spending the time, energy and money upfront to heed the advice of both articles and plan properly to avoid these mistakes.