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Three Steps To Successful ERP Change Management

Rick Carlton,

It is generally accepted that enterprise involvement with ERP technology is a risky proposition. However, while selecting and purchasing the right system offers one level of concern, even greater risks apply when it comes to ERP and enterprise change management.

This assertion can be largely proven by the number of annual ERP failures, since more times than not these complex projects fail, not necessarily due to technical weakness, but because of poor decision-making, or human error at an operational level. As the saying goes; ‘a system is only as good as its people’, and regardless of today’s media hyperbole suggesting that business operations are evolving towards a fully-autonomous systemic future; don’t believe it. There will always be a human in the loop somewhere, whether it’s making a final administrative decision, pushing a series of buttons, or doing ERP-driven cost-accounting related to a mix of finished goods.

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Nexil: The Italian Accounting SuiteApp For NetSuite

Gaia Tedeschi,

[UPDATED: January 2018]

"ERP is our largest and most important business application in the cloud" said Mark Hurd, Oracle's CEO as he commented on the significant increase in cloud-generated revenue at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017.

His words highlight the importance that management systems play in today's businesses, the constant search for efficiency, flexibility and the ability to monitor and manage the business in real-time. (Learn how this Netsuite Italian accounting SuiteApp allows companies that operate in the Italian market manage the complex accounting and tax system of Italy by securing your FREE Nexil Demo now!)

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Skill Inventory: Your Resource Allocation Magic Wand

Michele Rotini,

Some say that allocating the right resources is the most important part of successful project management - figuring out the right person for the right activities. However, this is also a very difficult and complex process, especially if there are many projects to be completed and being able to make the right choice will have to depend on a large number of variables.

In a way, it's almost like you're expected to be Merlin. You need to make decisions but you don't quite know how to proceed despite being faced with a chaotic mess of possibilities. You might be tempted to pull out your crystal ball, but don't despair. The solution could be simpler and more intuitive than it would seem. The magic word here: skills.

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6 Steps to Optimize Your Management System From Lead to Cash

Michele Rotini,

Let's think for a moment about how IT systems for business management in companies are organized. More than ever, IT departments' roles are becoming more crucial, especially for organizations that offer innovative services while growing exponentially. Although managing customers and handling administration is known to take a lot of time, it could also be because your organization is using diversified and non-integrated solutions.

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Ever Imagined How Stark Industries Would Reduce Billing Time?

Michele Rotini,

Believe it or not, there are companies that have effectively reduced time to invoice by up to 75%. How about yours? How long does it take your company to send an invoice to clients? How many days does it take from project conclusion to finally close all administrative tasks? Often, administrative and financial tasks are quite difficult to manage, on top of managing projects themselves.

This is particularly true for IT companies and for businesses that offer innovative services. For these organizations, management processes include everything, from guiding leads to planning operations, but also invoices management and reporting as well as the measurement of customer satisfaction.

Just thinking about it makes me dizzy. So, how do we survive all this? How can we reduce billing time? Simple: you need your own J.A.R.V.I.S.!

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Project Management Tool Must-Haves: The Ninja Turtles Checklist

Michele Rotini,

From conceptualization to planning, from the performance to the monitoring and closure of a project, the project manager is faced with a variety of skill requirements, tasks and objectives that sometimes makes completion seem like an impossible mission. But nothing is impossible if you have the right team's support. It's not just about having a working group which responds to diverse needs. You also need a number of tools to assist you in every step of project management.

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Hidden gold mine: Integrated project management with ERP and CRM

Michele Rotini,

Heard of Sherlock Holmes? No, not the early 20th century tweed-wearing, pipe-smoking detective. I'm talking about the super geeky and modern version played by BBC's Benedict Cumberbatch. He's a brilliant and seemingly superhuman investigator with a powerful mind that's almost like a built-in computer.

A good project manager has to act a bit like odd "consulting detective". In fact, they must learn to evaluate each situation by bringing together all available clues and all the elements that appear on the scene.

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3 Tips to Prepare a Project Quotation in 15 Minutes

Michele Rotini,

How much time does it take to get a new client? How much resources are used and how many hours are needed to prepare a quotation for a new project? Reflect on your past experience and and then ask Varys's advice.

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Simplifying Financial Forecasting in Services

Extra,

Even today, most service companies report a minimum of 10% difference between quarterly billings forecasts and actual results. [Read the report here: SPI report page 174] If missing forecast targets simply meant a little belt-tightening, it would be easy enough to cope.

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Increasing Profitability in the Service Industry with Automation

Extra,

Projects in the professional services industry are often lengthy and multifaceted. They need  differing skill sets, various milestones, targeted goals, locations they are operating in, and a very complex billing system.

If they can’t manage all these, any professional services firm can find itself struggling to keep its profitability.

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