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ERP Project Manager

Whose role does this belong to? A in-house person? A specially hired consultant, or the Vendor? If in-house, who and why?

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Norman Katz
Title: President
Company: Katzscan, Inc.
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The enterprise needs to own this project and have the knowledge to understand it and manage it, including data migration and affect on operations procedures. If the enterprise needs to hire a specialty consultant than that is certainly a worthwhile investment: someone who understands ERP software (even if not necessarily the ERP system selected itself) and the business operations of the enterprise. With thoughtful selection and creative data setup, modifications can be driven to a minimum if any at all. A subjective perspective bending system functionality towards operational needs and meeting in the middle also keeps expensive changes at a minimum, again if any are needed at all. This effort is best led by the enterprise, and a combination of internal resources and external expertise is probably the best winning team overall. The person leading the effort needs to see all sides and angles, operational and technical, enterprise and vendor perspective, but this should be led by the enterprise who will own and live with the decisions made.

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