ERP Implementation – Estimate Breakdown Structure

ERP Implementations are complex! So many moving variables among which key decisions are to be made. One of the challenges is to get good visibility on breakdown structure of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Following diagram will help you. You can use this during various stages of the project (Initiations/discovery - developing business case, Vendor … Continue reading ERP Implementation – Estimate Breakdown Structure

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How To Shortlist Software Vendors?

Software selection requires a well defined process and disciplined approach. Previously, I have shared following topics with you. RFP Tips – How to create/develop RFP Steps to find initial software vendors for your industry How to set clear expectations with software vendor upfront? The next step in the software selection process is organising Product Demos. … Continue reading How To Shortlist Software Vendors?

In Search Of Meaning!

I often wonder - What is the final destination of life's journey? Why I constantly crave for more success, wealth, relationships and power? Why is this constant craving? Why something is always missing in life? Why I am not complete? Whom I am trying to satisfy? Do I actually get satisfaction (even shortly) after so … Continue reading In Search Of Meaning!

How To Deliver Awesome Client Presentation?

Have you ever experienced Presentation sickness? It may be while attending a boring, long presentation..... OR While delivering presentation to uninterested audience..... Presenting in the consulting engagement can be a challenging task. Clients have high expectations. Consultants are expected to know their stuff, present professionally and manage client expectations. If you are presenting make sure … Continue reading How To Deliver Awesome Client Presentation?

100% Utilisation Is A Business Risk

If your employees are fully utilised in producing goods and services, consider it as a business risk! Did you ask why? It is because if your business is always busy with BAU activities, then the chances are that your business is not thinking ahead. By thinking ahead, I mean: Keeping up to date with technology … Continue reading 100% Utilisation Is A Business Risk

How To Get Best Value From Consulting Engagement?

We often hire consultants where we need to step into unknown territory. It may be setting up HR policies, Sales and Marketing strategy, Software, Legal procedures, working on Technical verticals etc. Often our expectation is that consultant (being an expert) will guide and lead us to cruise through the unknown territory. However, how we can … Continue reading How To Get Best Value From Consulting Engagement?

‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Sponsoring software projects can be very overwhelming. Understanding and documenting initial problems, business requirements, prepare RFP/RFQ, deciding vendor/product and so on. Throughout this process there is often one major concern, “Can we deliver the project under the approved budget?". Organisations often try to mitigate this risk by opting for ‘Fixed price’ quote. But, does that … Continue reading ‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

Dear Vendor, I thank you for implementing software for my business. The big job is over now; I look back and think what I originally expected from you. Here are my thoughts: I expected little more integrity from you: You should told me upfront that all the good and smart people engaged earlier during the … Continue reading Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?

Change is inevitable! To meet ever-changing needs and complexity of business, project teams are increasingly embracing Scrum/Agile methodologies. Project teams are using new tools and methods like Card walls, Daily stand-ups, Internet/Intranet Chats, advanced task management tools (like JIRA). However, one thing that Project teams are not doing so well is managing change within project. … Continue reading When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?