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How ERP Systems Got The Name Enterprise Resource Planning

Executive Summary ERP systems are strangely named. In this article, we cover how ERP systems got their strange name. Introduction Often people do not consider why ERP systems have the name that they do. The story is not what most people expect. See our references for this article and related articles at this link. How…

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Is It True it is Not Possible to Say Anything About Closed Source ERP Lock In?

Executive Summary There is an argument made that open source ERP would not change things much from closed source ERP. This article presents the argument and then critiques the argument. Introduction Closed source ERP advocates typically downplay the issues associated with lock-in. This comment is a perfect example of this line of reasoning. See our…

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How ERP Adoption is Like People Who Adopt Gluten Free Diets Without Knowing What Gluten Is

Executive Summary A little-discussed topic in enterprise software is the level of analysis performed by IT decision-makers. This article provides a topic related to food choices to emphasize what people know prior to a decision. Introduction What are decisions based upon? This is one of the most interesting questions in my research. See our references…

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Why ERP Systems are the McDonald’s of Enterprise Software

Executive Summary ERP systems provide mediocre functionality to the masses. There is a food chain that functions in a similar way. We cover why ERP is the McDonald’s of enterprise software. Introduction ERP systems were aggressively marketed as fixing nearly all the ills that companies faced. In our book The Real Story Behind ERP, we evaluated…

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When Should a Company Use ERP Best Practices Versus Custom Code?

Executive Summary Vendors have done an excellent job of selling the false construct of best practices. In this article, we answer a question related to best practices versus custom code. Introduction The following is a question we received through the website. Under what circumstances should we code in the firm’s idiosyncratic way of doing something…

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How Much More Expensive are ERP Systems Than Alternatives?

Executive Summary Dave McComb’s book Software Wasteland is one of the best books on IT and IT waste. ERP systems are enormously more expensive than alternatives. Introduction The quotes from Dave McCombs’ books are quite shocking. These quotes are so amazing. We created several articles to make them available to ourselves in an easily findable…

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What Are the Costs of ERP Implementations?

Executive Summary Dave McComb’s book Software Wasteland is one of the best books on IT and IT waste. ERP systems have a high propensity to exceed their implementation cost budgets. Introduction The quotes from Dave McCombs’ books are quite shocking. These quotes are so amazing, we created a number of articles to make them available…

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The Enormous Waste of ERP Systems

Executive Summary Dave McComb’s book Software Wasteland is one of the best books on IT and IT waste. Companies have spent huge sums on ERP systems, but have received little return from these investments. Introduction The quotes from Dave McCombs’ books are quite shocking. These quotes are so amazing, we created a number of articles…