Executive Briefings

The Lumenia Quarterly Executive Briefing is aimed at senior executives who have an interest in matters relating to the effective management of IT.  Our objective is that each issue will be of real and practical value, helping readers to reduce risk, manage cost and realise more value from business systems. 

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Issue 4: ERP and the Cloud: What are your Options?

The world of technology moves at a rapid pace and the ERP market is no exception. One of the major changes seen over the last ten years is a shift from companies hosting and managing their own IT infrastructure to outsourcing in one of its many guises.

While a business looking to invest in a new ERP solution back in 2005 would almost certainly have considered nothing but an on-premises deployment the equivalent scenario in 2015 offers the ERP buyer a range of options: on-premises is still very much an option of course but various cloud-based delivery models are also realistic alternatives.

Issue 3: ERP Optimisation: Are you wasting your Investment in ERP?

 Are you wasting your Investment in ERP? Lumenia Executive Briefing...

If you are a senior decision-maker in an organisation, there can be nothing more frustrating than having invested significantly in an ERP solution only to find that “the system” is still being blamed for all sorts of issues long after the implementation project has been wrapped up. Despite putting huge effort into the ERP implementation project, life with the new system is a big disappointment, expectations have been dashed and, even worse, the situation is deteriorating further over time. In many ways it feels like the investment in ERP has been wasted. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Issue 2: Growing Pains: The impact of business growth on ERP Strategy

A growing organisation will experience many challenges, and how systems support the business is likely to be one of these. Increased business generally means greater volumes of transactions and increased levels of activity. That could in turn mean more people are required to deal with the extra work load. But what if more efficient processes, enabled by better systems, could support that growth without a pro rata increase in headcount? What if the business systems landscape was optimised to support growth as efficiently and effectively as possible?

Issue 1: Business Systems Strategy: following Merger or Acquisition

One of the first steps in ensuring a successful post-merger integration is to establish a business systems strategy for the combined business that supports the corporate vision and objectives. The goal should be to provide clarity in relation to business objectives and how the systems strategy supports those objectives.