ERP has become a staple software requirement for many, if not most, organisations over the years, not least because ERP delivers efficiency and transparency for the business. However, because ERP, by its nature, is deeply embedded into the core functioning of the business, therein lies the danger. Patching and upgrade cycles become a ‘cost of doing business’, often driven by the software vendor rather than business requirements, and technological shifts such as moving to the cloud require carefully planned and skilfully executed projects in order to avoid serious business impact.
The growth of ‘digitally native’ companies is also putting pressure on traditional companies. These digitally native companies quickly enter the market sweet spots, and if successful they can also transform the way other services and goods are consumed, further eroding the ability of the traditional company to compete.
Disruptive technology trends such as SaaS offerings and base product discontinuities from core providers such as SAP S/4 and Oracle Cloud ERP (which can both require complex migration/upgrade process remapping and deployment) allow for an opportunity for businesses to review their traditional wall-to-wall ERP landscape, way of operating, and to address competitive pressures.
Faced with these challenges, organisations need to take a strategic view of their options which include a range of possibilities:
Each of these options carries with it risk but also opportunity. Importantly, the journey needs to be made by both business and IT in partnership in order to ensure success.
At Coeus we understand that our clients are all at different stages in their ERP journey. Some may be well advanced with their understanding of the risks but are struggling to define and justify the next steps and actions; others may simply be putting off the decision process, hoping that the market will deliver the solution. In all cases, Coeus has a track record of working closely with our clients to understand their requirements and identifying the immediate issues and decision points; whether that is business impact analysis, architecture blueprinting, supplier selection, or roll-out planning and execution. In all cases we work closely with key stakeholders to define and agree the approach, involving their teams along the way.
Coeus’ consultants have successfully implemented ERP plans through a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, consumer goods, financial services and energy. They use their end to end knowledge of the solution to guide clients through definition and transition ensuring they avoid common pitfalls. At Coeus we pride ourselves on successful delivery hence we closely monitor benefits realisation to ensure our clients gain maximum benefit from their investment.
We appreciate that our clients’ desire to minimise operational disruption during such business critical projects. Coeus resources possess operational experience and therefore have first-hand experience of the potential challenges faced which gives them the ability to navigate our clients through the ERP journey towards a successful outcome.