Is your ERP project aligned with the needs of a data-driven organization? Let your organization reap great benefits through two key efforts.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have a core purpose: supporting the day-to-day operations of the organization. Consequently, ERP implementation projects tend to focus on such core functionality. Using ERP data for analysis in Business Intelligence (BI) tools, however, risk not getting enough early attention, in my experience. Download this article as pdf
Two main challenges
Using ERP data for BI is easy enough if the out-of-the-box reports and analytical capabilities provided with the system are enough. However, legacy BI requirements and the demand for non-ERP data often make the situation more complex. Likely, a lot of hard work must be done before BI needs are met by the new ERP landscape. Chances are the final list of reports ends up being “need to have” instead of “nice to have”. Let alone “wow, we can do this?”
In particular, the BI team faces two challenges with hard to predict consequences:
The data set the new ERP system is able to provide might not satisfy existing BI needs. Early discovery of data gaps increases the ability to fill such gaps, or at least manage stakeholder expectations.
Adapting an existing BI solution to a new ERP platform could force the use of new technology. New technology that might prove more time and resource consuming to implement than expected.