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    The Weakest Link

    When an enterprise adopts an ERP system to support most or all administrative functions certain efficiencies are certain to be gained with the inherent integration of data. The list of employees entered in the HR module is automatically that same list available for Accounting and Procurement processes. The organization structures and physical location information is shared throughout the system, so fundamental changes need only be made once, in one place. From a technical perspective, there are often efficiencies and cost savings for be gained from the standardization of operating systems and core database technology. It becomes somewhat easier to find technical talent, as you can focus on candidates with very specific skills.

    But the advantages of central ERP are starting to hamper many HR departments’ ambitions to deploy more strategic Talent Management applications. ERP vendors have only recently begun to improve or augment their Talent Management functionality in order to provide a better solution set in this area, (which is the fastest growing sector in HR Technology). Many of these new features will require entire ERP system upgrades for HR departments to try and take advantage of. Remember, ERP upgrades require all components of the system go through the upgrade. So, if an HR department wants to deploy some new Talent functionality, they will have to rally support of Finance, Procurement, and possibly other areas to agree to submit to a major upgrade.

    Typically, (especially with Finance groups), those conversations do not go very well. The vast majority of finance departments prefer the reliable status quo. Can you even think of any great innovations in accounting software that would encourage a finance department to want to upgrade?

    Quite naturally, either for reasons of functionality, or inability to justify an ERP upgrade, many HR departments will gravitate to third-party best of breed solutions for Talent Management solutions. But then a new challenge faces HR, namely having to convince the IT department that the introduction of a new technology won’t lead to excessive integration work, potential security issues (many of best Talent solutions are SaaS offerings), and an increase in the overall support responsibility.

    So no matter which option HR chooses, some kind of internal conflict in likely to arise. For me, I am a staunch proponent of HR departments taking a strong position and advocating for the best overall solution, which more and more is a best-of-breed package. For many HR departments, the right move is to get off the ERP treadmill.

    That also could be the latest ERP upgrade I have been involved in has been an unabashed disaster, but that is a post for another day.

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    Reader Comments (5)

    Interesting topic and very relevant timing. We are an Oracle shop as well and currently looking to move our TM strategy from an existing third party to another. There is much internal debate related to Oracle vs. another third party Saas. I'm very interested in your experience upgrading to R12 as that is where we are headed if we do not get the approval to implement outside of the ERP. Not going the Oracle route is a nobrainer until you look at the ongoing cost, especially given the market these day.

    October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the observations and thoughts. We have had a really terrible time with the R12 upgrade, with most of the pain on the Finance and Accounting side. I have and will continue to advise the HR leadership here to expand there focus beyond the ERP as very little meaningful progress can be made given our current predicament. If you would like some details on the upgrade, send me a message on steveboese@gmail.com and will be happy to give you some more information.



    October 7, 2008 | Registered CommenterSteve

    Great post. Thanks

    November 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

    Please write on FRP Bypass tools and how can we unlock phones.

    November 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

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