Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

System implementations have changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  The era of highly customized software, multi-year waterfall implementations and massive infrastructure budgets has shifted to modular software, agile methods, flexible configuration and cloud. What does this have to do with an accompanying budget for change management?  If you’re not careful, it guts it.…

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Vanilla ERP: Best Practice or Implementation Headache?

The term “vanilla ERP” was first introduced in the 90’s as vendors like SAP and Oracle, drained by the never-ending customization of their systems, pushed back.  They challenged customers to accept their code and processes as originally developed.  The argument was clear.  After hundreds of implementations, their vanilla systems and best practice processes were better, lower risk and cheaper...

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Reality TV as a Cautionary Tale for Sustaining Change

A recent episode of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue featured the Underground Wonderbar, a late night Chicago bar that has been operating for 25+ years. During the episode, the bar received a new name and the owner begrudgingly signed a contract to keep the new name for one year. A few days after the Bar Rescue team left, the old Underground Wonderbar sign was back up and the Underground Wonderbar...

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