Self-driving cars may be the wave of the future, but they are still a ways from being viable forms of transportation. Just last month, tests of one of Google’s self-driving cars led to the first crash of its kind. This shows that technology still hasn’t quite found a way to be completely superior to humanly-operated vehicles. Even though self-directed autos may not be perfect, they still perform better than self-directed ERP implementations. Here are five reasons why:
- Most organizations are not experts in ERP implementations. No matter what your role is within your organization, chances are that you’re not solely focused on managing ERP software Even if you and your team have been through an implementation or two, there is no surrogate for having dozens – or even hundreds – of projects under your belt. Unlike self-driving cars that become driving experts with the use of data and surroundings to make safer driving decisions than a human may, self-directed ERP implementations are fraught with risk, unknowns and other challenges that can only be addressed by years (or decades) of experience.
- Time-tested and proven methodologies are the keys to success. Self-driving cars leverage historic data, hundreds of sensors and “business rules” to determine which moves to make. Self-directed ERP implementations typically lack proven toolsets and methodologies that are a cornerstone of ERP success. Unfortunately, it is vital to have clear set methodologies and processes to help you navigate the complexities of new ERP projects. These methodologies should also include the non-technical aspects of successful projects, such as change management and business process management.
- You know what you’re getting with a self-directed car, but few understand how complex a self-directed ERP implementation is. Sure, a self-directed car may have the occasional crash, but not nearly as often as humans have driving on their own. Individuals embarking on an ERP implementation may think that their ERP implementations are going to be as simple as driving their car, but come to find out that they are sadly mistaken.
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