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Successful ERP Systems by David L. Olson, Jack G. Nestell

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CHAPTER 6

ERP Software Installation

Regardless of how an ERP is acquired, installing it is a major project. Project plans need to be aggressive, because ERP systems are very critical to organizational efficiency (the sooner the system is brought online, the sooner benefits are obtained). It is difficult to reliably estimate durations of any ERP project. Due to the need to balance realism with urgency, schedules should be aggressive, but achievable.

The type of ERP system adopted will impact the need for changes. Adoption of a single vendor package without modifications will reduce the need for customization, and thus will reduce project complexity, which fosters better schedule performance. However, the primary objective is to develop the right ...

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