back to article Just how does IT spend its time looking after ERP?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages providing functionality to support core business processes in an integrated manner are a prominent feature in a lot of IT environments. But what kind of burden do they place on the IT department? Some of us who have been in the business for a while can remember the days when these …

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ERP system is not an IT project

- it is a business project

I've spent the last 6 years implementing an ERP system.

It was a .NET upgrade from a unix MRP system.

That's right 6 years!

I started out in IT.

Now I work in the accounting and manufacturing departments.

Of course now that I know more about the business, I would have to argue against upgrading ERP.

The salespeople know how to push all the right buttons of management though.

One thing has changed from the MRP days to this ERP period.

Vendor used to employ business people in their development process.

Now they are more focused on the software & employ programmers.

The drop in quality and loss of common business sense is dramatic.

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