The Fallacy of a Single “Best Practice Model” - Enterprise Structure Design (1)
Is there a reliable "Best Practice" model for ERP enterprise structures? This is often announced with great pride and certainty. However, my answer is NO. Many business leaders and many consulting companies may wish for this type of certainty, unfortunately it never works. We need to go through the work of fact finding and prioritization first, and apply our knowledge of the application functionality in order to arrive at the a reasonable configuration for each situation. .
Fact Finding will determine the type of company, the legal, geographic, and management structure, the company culture and willingness to change, and the various existing or planned operational and financial systems.
Project Priority Decisions are most difficult. Here the project sponsors and executives truly need to have their say - what is and what is not the priority? Corporate finance or supply chain visibility? Operational effectiveness and shares services or local compliance? We cannot not drop any of these, but where are we putting the focus.
Application Functionality - what are the standard options available, what impact does one decision have on the other areas and modules? This is our expertise to stay on top of changing functionality and future development paths. Our application knowledge informs our professional assessment and proposals.
We have discussed these issues for more than 20 years, at Celantra Systems, in the Oracle user community, and within the Multi-National SIG Group. As the application functionality has improved some of our suggestions have changed. Even more importantly, our suggestions have changed due to our project experiences and input from client and colleagues. I will be trying to share my approach and learning curve by reviewing some of my multi-national project implementations.
Let's start with "How to Ask the Questions?"
Two years ago Seamus Moran, Rene Roembell, David Norris,. and I put together a set of parameters that define the ecosystem around our enterprise application projects, the business, legal, and management environment where we need to operate. We then built decision models and - to test our models - applied the results to actual past and current client implementation projects. In this and the following blogs I want to show you the results and would love your input. We divided the assessment into four general areas:
|A- Current State Business / Broad Strokes
|B-Project & Goals
|C-Operations Culture & Management Style
|D-System & Support
Here ae the specific questions and possible answers
Please let me know your thoughts?
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