Extreme ERP Makeover

Von Ben Worthen
Das ERP-Versprechen - eine Datenbasis für alle Prozesse - lässt sich mittlerweile realisieren, und die Hersteller propagieren entsprechende Lösungen. Doch die muss nicht für alle passend sein.

FOR THE BETTER PART of three days last June, Bill McDermott, president and CEO of SAPSAP America, sat at the head of an oversized conference table in an out-of-the-way third-floor meeting room in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. CIOs and other executives from some of the country's leading companies attending the software giant's annual Sapphire trade show paraded in and out, happy for face time with the head of the company to which most have either given or are about to give millions of dollars. In a meeting with a CIO reporter, McDermott stares out the tinted glass wall overlooking the bustling convention floor and then dives into the same pitch he gives the pilgrimaging executives. Alles zu SAP auf

"You have ERPERP," says SAP's CEO. "The next step is to expand it to CRM and the supply chain." The idea, he says, is to control all the data in a company by standardizing on one system for the front end and using one data source for the back. His pitch reaches its climax when McDermott sounds the message SAP has been trumpeting all week: Alles zu ERP auf

It's time to move to a single instance.

In other words, McDermott is telling CIOs to forget the multiple systems their companies use today, rip them out, and replace them with one ERP system - with one data store - that serves the entire company, no matter how diversified or geographically spread out it is. That, he says, is how to get the most bang for your IT buck.

"I hear it all the time," says Larry Shutzberg, CIO of Rock-Tenn, a$1.4 billion packaging manufacturer. "The vendors are pounding down my door."

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