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Panorama Consulting

ERP Consultant, Panorama Consulting Solutions
Independent ERP Expert

Panorama Consulting Solutions is an independent, niche consulting firm specializing in digital transformation and ERP systems expertise for mid- to large-sized private- and public-sector organizations worldwide. One-hundred percent technology agnostic and independent of vendor affiliation, Panorama offers a phased and integrated top-down strategic alignment approach and/or a bottom-up tactical execution, enabling each client to achieve its own, unique business transformation objectives by transforming their people, processes and technology challenges to successfully implement change. Panorama’s services include: Digital Strategy, Technology Assessment, ERP Selection, ERP Implementation, Change Management, Human Capital Management, IT Staffing, Business Process Management, Business Process Reengineering, Value Stream Mapping, M&A Integration, Project Auditing, Project Recovery and Software Expert Witness Testimony.

Oct 23, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
“Gotchas” to Look for When Hiring an ERP Consultant

There are thousands of ERP consultants across the globe angling for contracts. ERP consultants can help you find the best ERP software solution for your company. We outline 3 traps to avoid when choosing an ERP consultant.

Sep 17, 2013
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Are Emerging Trends in ERP Flattening Industry Verticals?

Purchasers of ERP software are more inclined to spend millions of dollars on new enterprise software knowing that others have spent countless years developing those best practices, yet industry focus doesn’t always matter. Given this contradiction, the consolidation of ERP vendors begs an important question: how relevant is it for ERP software to focus on a specific industry?

Sep 9, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Can ERP Software Help Save American Manufacturing Jobs?

Much has been said about the demise of American manufacturing. There is a general sense that manufacturing jobs are being moved overseas to China, India, and other developing markets, yet from what we can tell, US companies and other developed multi-national corporations are still looking for ways to leverage ERP systems. Will these top rated ERP software solutions save American manufacturing? Read on to find out.

Sep 3, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Using ERP Systems to Fuel Operational Scalability

Our clients commonly complain that their legacy processes and software are so outdated that they aren’t able to meet basic business requirements, which leads them down the path of evaluating potential new ERP systems. However, as you dig deeper into these and other pain points of legacy systems, we often find that the real issue relates to operational scalability.

Aug 8, 2013
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How to Avoid Going to Trial Over an ERP Failure

At the beginning of an ERP implementation, no one involved wants or expects to get caught up in a lawsuit. Despite the fact that, according to our 2013 ERP Report, most ERP implementations take longer than expected, cost more than expected, and fail to deliver expected business benefits, most organizations commence their projects with the best of intentions. Other than the occasional CIO or CFO who is afraid of losing his or her job, not many are thinking about ERP failure this early in the project.

Aug 4, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Five Signs of Executive Misalignment on Your ERP Implementation

Executive buy-in and support is one of the key success factors for any ERP implementation. Without it, your ERP project has very little chance of success. With it, your initiative has the ability to completely transform your business.

Jul 21, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Using ERP Systems to Increase Productivity

According to a recent poll by Panorama, easing the burden on employees is one of the key reasons why organizations across the globe implement ERP systems. But what is the benefit of making an employee’s job easier to the company? One word: productivity.

Jun 25, 2013
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Integrating Business Intelligence Into an ERP Implementation

ERP systems that provide multiple ways of analyzing and presenting data are more likely to evolve with an organization as its needs evolve. In addition, they help organizations adapt to the power of available information as it is collected over time. Organizations also need to look for flexibility in terms of how data is delivered (e.g., traditional reports, executive dashboards, mobile applications, etc.).

Jun 19, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
ERP Implementations: Cloud vs. On-Premise Deployment Strategies

One of the key benefits of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud ERP systems is that the technological deployment of the software can be easier than traditional, on-premise implementations. Easier access to the software, less need for an expensive IT infrastructure, and easier maintenance and upgrades are common reasons cited by executives and CIOs that choose cloud-based solutions for their organizations’ ERP implementations.

Jun 2, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
The Price Tag of ERP Failure: $440 Million?

When most organizations consider the risk and cost of an ERP failure, they typically think about relatively smaller-scale risks. But while large companies implementing an ERP system may not need to worry about losing $440 million in 30 seconds as a result of their ERP failures, they do need to remember that budgetary overruns and lost business benefits alone can easily carry a multi-million-dollar price tag. Looking at Knight Capital’s dramatic ERP failure, it becomes clear that organizations that don’t effectively handle their ERP implementations can (and often do) end up paying a price almost beyond comprehension.

May 22, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Confessions of an SAP Expert Witness: SAP Failures

Over the past 15 years, I have seen my share of successful ERP implementations. The Panorama team and I have successfully managed a number of complex implementations over the years — ranging from SAP to Oracle E-Business Suite, to Microsoft Dynamics to Tier II ERP implementations — and have the battle scars to show for it. In addition to managing implementations, we’ve also been called upon to provide expert witness testimony and analysis for some of the highest-profile ERP and SAP failures in the industry, many of which you’ve probably heard or read about in recent years.

May 2, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
The Case For – and Against – ERP Customization

When it comes to ERP systems, the word “customization” is one of the most dreaded terms that an executive hears. In fact, I would estimate that at least 90-percent of Panorama’s ERP selection clients indicate a strong preference for zero or no customization. In other words, most CIOs and CFOs want to use the system out of the box without making any changes to the software code. There will always be configuration and personalization, which every ERP implementation requires, but when it comes to heavy-duty changes to the software, most executives don’t want to hear about it.

Apr 10, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Hey You, Get Off of My Cloud: CIO Concerns with Cloud ERP Systems

Cloud ERP systems are getting a lot of attention these days. SaaS ERP vendors – such as Salesforce, Workday, Plex Systems and NetSuite – and other cloud providers are demonstrating revenue growth that most traditional ERP vendors aren’t seeing. In addition, many industry pundits already have their epitaphs prepared for the allegedly inevitable death of traditional ERP software as we know it.

Mar 27, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Are ERP Systems Making a Comeback?

While many companies fail in their attempts to successfully implement their ERP systems, with reasons ranging from weak project management to a lack of focus.on organizational change management, a Sage study suggests that there are reasons to be optimistic.

Feb 13, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Five Reasons Why Business Process Reengineering Should Happen Before Your ERP Implementation

You come across it all the time. You read it on the ERP vendor websites, you hear it from ERP software sales reps, and you see it in proposals: “Don’t worry about business process reengineering – our ERP software will tell you how your processes should work.”

Jan 27, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
The Commoditization of ERP Systems: Same Old Song and Dance?

It’s been a long time since ERP systems started becoming too complex, too costly and too risky for implementing organizations. While ERP failure rates are alarmingly high, data still suggests that the commoditization of ERP systems is occurring and SaaS tools are constantly emerging.

Jan 7, 2013
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
The Real Reasons Why ERP Implementations Fail to Deliver to Expectations

CFOs and CIOs of most organizations begin their ERP implementations with the expectations that their businesses will be transformed along the way. Using the power and flexibility of ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics and Tier II ERP software, executives expect material cost improvements to their supply chains, more effective interactions with their customers, and better visibility to operational information.

Dec 13, 2012
Panorama Consulting wrote this post:
Lean ERP: What It is and Why You Should Care

ERP implementations more often than not run counter-intuitive to lean concepts. While lean and Six Sigma cultures focus on reducing waste and non-value-add activities, most ERP implementations are bloated with inefficiencies and cost overruns. Here's an overview of lean ERP and how you can successfully implement a lean model.

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