Author: Grady Brett Beaubouef

  • ERP Utilization Series: Minimize Stabilization Phase

    ERP Utilization Series: Minimize Stabilization Phase

    Transitioning from an on-premise ERP system to a new cloud ERP service will result in a short-term reduction in ERP user efficiency.  This is less of a theoretical discussion but a practical reality that we need to manage.  There is never enough hands-on training or testing because we live in a reality of resource constraints. …

  • Using AI/ML to create a Customer-specific ERP Business Process Maturity Model

    Using AI/ML to create a Customer-specific ERP Business Process Maturity Model

    In this post, I will define a case study where my utilization model is applied for a customer.    A key point to be made here is that the health and effectiveness of the business process is directly related to the performance and utilization of ERP features that support the business process. Case Study – Procurement…

  • Using AI/ML to predict ERP Utilization

    Using AI/ML to predict ERP Utilization

    There are not many methods on how to maximize ERP utilization. There are approaches that do a commendable effort in identifying some of the factors that influence ERP utilization.  What is lacking are predictability, repeatability and harmony across the key components of a business solution.  In my 25 years of ERP consulting experience, I have…

  • 300+ Quotes for ERP Implementations

    300+ Quotes for ERP Implementations

    Not sure if I’m wiser but as part of my knowledge sharing efforts, I would like to share 300+ quotes from over 50 books/resources that have influenced/guided my ERP journey.  Nothing beats “hands-on” experience but trust you may find some value.  These quotes are grouped into the following areas: Join the community! 16k followers across…

  • JIT is Just Plain Wrong for Cloud ERP

    JIT is Just Plain Wrong for Cloud ERP

    Given that we are well in the third decade of ERP implementations, I still observe ERP implementations following outdated/misguided concepts that do not utilize limited resources to the fullest.  One of these misapplied concepts is Just-In-Time (JIT) training.  End user enablement continues to be an implementation challenge primarily due to the limited investment made for…

  • ERP Project 101: Challenging ERP Requirements

    ERP Project 101: Challenging ERP Requirements

    I am not arrogant enough to believe that ERP software vendors are the guardians of best practices.  Nor do I blindly subscribe to the notion that the customer is always right.  What I do know and believe is that a good implementation partner will balance customer needs and wants with the fundamental value proposition of…

  • ERP Project 101:  Organizational Fit Gap

    ERP Project 101: Organizational Fit Gap

    I think we can all agree that organizational fit is a key consideration for successful ERP selections and implementations.  However, mention the phase “fit/gap” or “gap analysis” and most people will fixate on the ERP software.  There are several examples of functional/software fit-gap templates/activities but very few organizational fit-gap templates/guides.  The goal of this blog…

  • Troubleshooting ERP Projects

    Troubleshooting ERP Projects

    During my career in ERP consulting I  had several opportunities to be involved in deployment of emerging ERP products and services.  As with any innovation rollout there are challenges to overcome and I had to learn how to quickly triage ERP projects for success.  Troubleshooting an ERP project is more than just performing an assessment…

  • ERP SaaS 101: Services Trump Software

    ERP SaaS 101: Services Trump Software

    How many ERP SaaS offerings are in the market today?  The number depends on who you ask but it is a fair statement to say that all Tier I and the majority of Tier II ERP vendors have a SaaS offering.  A majority of the market and many ERP analysts still take an on-premise approach…

  • ERP Project 101: Deployment  vs Requirements Gathering

    ERP Project 101: Deployment vs Requirements Gathering

    Customers, System implementers and ERP vendors are always looking for ways to accelerate ERP implementations.  One popular approach is to take a phased deployment approach based upon criteria such as location, ERP module or feature set.   Requirements are gathered, validated, and tested based upon a limited scope.  Unfortunately, many ERP projects utilizing this approach result…