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Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations by Grady Brett Beaubouef

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Chapter 1. The Silo Approach is Alive and Well

For the past fifteen years, I have been what you call a "hands-on" student of the packaged software industry — specifically, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. One of the hard-learned lessons of early packaged software implementations is that we should not take a functional silo approach to implementing an integrated business solution. Enterprise solutions support business processes, and business processes typically span multiple functional areas (silos). Having a functional silo perspective typically results in underestimating integration considerations. ERP, or any packaged software, is only as strong as its integration across the functional areas that support a business process. As an ...

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