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Why asking “Why” is so important to successful ERP implementation

September 26, 2012

By Larry Perlov, Illumiti

When making any major shift in technology it’s important to know the answer to “Why” first

Why is it that despite the millions of dollars invested each year in ERP projects, so few companies can show direct causality between this investment and material financial results? In almost 18 years of ERP experience, both as a customer and a consultant in dozens of companies, I have seen but a few who have set ambitious and specific improvement targets upfront,

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Mobility in the enterprise reaching its tipping point

September 20, 2012

By Dror Orbach

Has your company fully embraced mobile computing yet? Don’t feel too bad if you are not sure exactly what that even means. Hopefully, this is the year it will all start to make more sense.

In fact, many feel that 2012 will be remembered as the year companies reached a tipping point in the adoption of mobility as a critical tool for the enterprise. But so far, most of us are only on the cusp of understanding the vast

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CIOs and CEOs not on the same page when it comes to tech investment

September 4, 2012

By Dror Orbach

You may have heard the importance of using technology to “transform your business” and may even agree that this is needed, but do you know how to go about it, how much to invest, what to expect and where to start? If your answer is “no” to one or more of these questions, you are certainly not alone.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by McKinsey & Company and cited in the New York Times tech blog “Bits” shows that

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CEOs creating more collaborative cultures: IBM

August 1, 2012

Every two years, IBM releases an impressive, massive study on emerging trends. According to SAP’s Michael Brenner, the data for this report is actually based on face-to-face interviews with more than 1,700 CEOs from 64 countries and 18 industries. Check out the original IBM report and the SAP commentary by Michael Brenner. (

This is obviously no small undertaking, (probably one reason they only do it every two years) so you know that the answers gleaned from this are bound to

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Why executive participation is critical to ERP success

July 19, 2012

In current economic conditions, most businesses are expected to operate more efficiently, run tighter ships and do more with less. That is just the new reality.  So a decision to implement something as large as an ERP system is not an easy one to make, and needs to be justified by the substantial business benefits that will be achieved in doing so.

What business issues are you looking to solve?That is the most critical question that executives need to answer when

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The shifting landscape of the CFO

July 10, 2012

The ripple effect of unstable economic times is being felt by us all – it has changed our perspectives, our risk averseness and, in many cases, even our jobs.

But, as highlighted in a new article in the SAP Insider, possibly no group has felt the turmoil more acutely or deeply than the finance departments of companies –  and within those departments, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This individual often acts as both the glue and the gatekeeper that helps keep a

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Going mobile: Don’t leave your company at a standstill

June 27, 2012

Are you old enough to remember the hit 1971 song “Going Mobile” by British superstar rock group “The Who”? The wistful and whimsical lyrics celebrated the joys of traveling along the open road, free from restrictions and responsibility.

But a lot has changed since then, and “going mobile” has a whole other connotation. It’s usually a reference to the portability and accessibility of your content or your data: how to allow users to access and interact with it anywhere, on

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SAP Implementations and the Theory of Constraints

June 19, 2012

Recently we wrote about getting the best value out of your SAP implementation by focusing on what matters most. This isn’t the only framework that we apply to that thinking – we also have Certified TOC Consultants who can help you focus on these key challenges within your business.

What is TOC? This is short for Theory of Constraints, a relatively new management model, usually applied to running and improving an organization. While this may sound like a complex scientific term, at

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How to implement ERP on-time and on budget

May 1, 2012

By Dror Orbach, COO, Illumiti

Many people are afraid of ERP.  Businesses (especially small companies) worry about the complexity of projects eating up resources and causing disruption to their day-to-day operations. Though it’s no secret that ERP implementations are complex, if done correctly, they can also transform a company’s operations and make them much more efficient and effective.

ERP implementations can be focused, and done on time and on budget without major disruption to a business.  But in order for this to

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Illumiti jumps 24 spots into the top 100 on the Branham 300 list

April 25, 2012

Illumiti, a leading systems integration and management consulting company, today announced it has climbed 24 spots into the 97th position on the Branham 300 list of top Canadian technology companies and has been named one of the Branham 300 “Top 20 Movers & Shakers.”

The Branham 300 is the most comprehensive listing of the top publicly traded and privately held organizations operating in the Canadian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, as ranked by gross revenue.

“We are very excited to be named

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