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Do you really believe ERP is dead after all the person-years spent by IT leaders and companies to address design, change management, implementation, trainings, lifecycle management and value realisation challenges?
ERP implementations may have failed in some cases, and part of the fault lies with organisations that failed to ensure employee inclusion as well as recognise and adapt to newer technology and solutions, compounding the digital uncertainty.
Possible solutions to this failure, particularly from the perspective of businesses: both people and technology are crucial as businesses shift to business models that favour lower human density and better transparency and efficiency.
Enterprises are migrating to the cloud in response to changing circumstances, and there is no doubt that we have reached the era of artificial intelligence (AI); everyone understands that AI and machine learning (ML) are critical to success. AI is divided into four categories: automated, supported, enhanced, and autonomous intelligence. Before the age of AI, there was the age of Big Data, which paved the way for the creation of data lakes and intelligent technologies.
When these newer innovations are combined with ERP, businesses can soon see the benefits of true enterprise democracy, improved operational performance, remote working, network accessibility, access elasticity, and on-demand service, all of which are decentralised, distributed, and, most importantly, real-time.
Social integration, customisations, increased cloud connectivity, and intelligent systems are already being tried and tested.
The global shift indicates a new and better way of working that includes UI overlays, IoTs, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, collaborative systems, image analytics, algorithmic game theory, computational social choice, and robotic process automation.
The possibilities are really endless.
Goal can be anything- a new product, service, learning, diet & fitness routine or as simple as playing with kid’s Lego blocks…
Chill is like honeymoon period, where everything seems good…
Build is where the real life is, the actual grind is…where we work together, we fight and we conclude together…
We challenge the limits…because we are focused on process & outcome and not merely momentary happiness… a successful build is happiness forever as it brings best results, greater bonding and sense of achievement…
Build is where we – Share ideas, discuss, plan it, break it down SMART’ly*, work on it, check it, launch alpha/beta, get initial level feedback & suggestions, make necessary changes, test, release, feedback, improvise, milestone success…the cycle goes on…
In the process of building, we need to work on each other’s strength and weaknesses…we always need to keep our eyes and ears open, and be ready for feedback and change… we should focus on minimising the negative feedback by weighing it with open mind and then plan for working on it…the last part is always challenging and is most difficult. But that’s where the key to success lies – not taking it personally and deciding on what criticism to ignore…
SMART is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & TimeBound…
The goal has to be SMART, otherwise there will be no outcome…
Goal has to be specific, so write it down, break it to the smallest measurable units. We cannot control what we cannot measure… Goals has to be achievable, realistic and time-bound.
Vague goals result in bad paths and wasted time & efforts, as the process can’t be ongoing forever…
AND we need a team to start with, in order to achieve all of the above…
If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.
ERP implementation is the process of examining current organizational practices, strategic planning, streamlining operating procedures, installing and testing software, cleansing and migrating data, managing change, training users, going live and maintaining support.
ERP implementation involves people as well as technology. Accordingly, it may face people-related challenges, such as resistance to change, as well as technical obstacles.
Though the technical obstacles can be managed with adequate planning.
But, the most crucial variable in the ERP success formula is people and their mindset issues.
This is the most difficult type of issue to resolve and is one of the main reasons for ERP implementation failures. It’s easy to forget that the success of the implementation of a software system depends mainly upon the users.
The system itself is a non-living and logical entity that follows logical steps and processes as it has been programmed to, but the users of the system are humans who were used to processes being one way and will more than likely find it hard to switch to a new way of doing things, especially if the benefits of adopting new methods are not immediately obvious.
So, what needs to be done to make the ERP rollout successful?
Inform all employees of news and milestones as the project progresses
Establish reliable feedback channels for employees
Stimulate employees to generate new ideas and provide suggestions
Organize interesting training sessions
Celebrate the best user achievements as they occur
Change management and Continuous improvement.
The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.
We had a lesson in school about a King and a spider.
Vikram was a brave king. Once, he had to fight against a large army with just a few soldiers, he was defeated. He had to run for his life.
Vikram took shelter in a forest cave. He was very depressed. His courage had left him. He was blankly gazing at the ceiling of the cave. An interesting scene captured his attention.
A small spider was trying to weave a web across the cave ceiling. As the spider crawled up, a thread of the web broke and the spider fell down. But the spider did not give up. He tried to climb again and again. Finally, the spider successfully climbed up and completed the web.
Vikram began to think, “If a small spider can face failure so bravely, why should I give up? I will try with all might till I win”. This thought gave strength to the defeated king.
Vikram got out of the jungle and collected his brave soldiers. He fought against the large army. He was defeated again. But now, he would not give up his fight.
Vikram again and again fought against the large army and finally, after many attempts defeated the large army and regained his kingdom. He had learnt a lesson from the spider.
It teaches us also not to give up under any circumstances.
Don’t give if you fail in exam, don’t give up if you didn’t get that job, don’t give up if you didn’t get that promotion/raise, don’t give up if you were not able to solve that bug, don’t give up if that surgery failed, don’t give up if you fail in business ventures…
learn from your mistakes…
UnLearn and relearn new skills…
Upgrade your thinking…
…and retry. It will bring you success.
If you feel burnt out, nothing will change while you’re sitting at your desk. Go out and have some fun.
At work or at personal level, we often arrive at a deadlock situation and are not able to find a solution or arrive at a conclusion. At such times, take a break; for a moment, walk out of the room and start thinking from fresh perspective. Try to understand the problem or the situation. Brainstorm approaches to resolve the conflict or think of options to derive workable solution to the existing problem.
Very often breaking the problem/situation in small parts helps evaluate it easily and in the process you may find the solution.
So, take a break, brew tea or coffee, and enjoy the break. And then look at the issue in new light.
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
Our lives are series of moments that are bonded together with love and selflessness. Some moments may not be perfect for you or for the people around you, but life goes on. We need to learn from such moments and enjoy the presence.
Embrace the imperfections and keep working on improving if they are within your own limitations.
Pointing out others mistakes is easy, you really need to work hard to accept your mistakes and then try to improvise on it.
It takes some courage to stand up and speak; it takes even more courage to open your mind and listen.
Learn to love what you have, because you never know when you will lose what you have. Be it your health, your near & dear ones, your job or your meal.
When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
P.S: Needs are limited, but the wants are endless.
Look at things from other people’s perspective too.
Whole life we have been told to read books, it gives us new perspective. I agree, it conditions our mind to look at same things differently. Same book when re-read in different situation (mindset) gives it altogether a new meaning. Successful people do have a list of books that they re-read, inorder to get more out of it, which even the writer may have not thought of.
Many people fail to understand others perspective and keep on enforcing own vision on others. This creates misconceptions and bad/ugly results in long terms.
The key is to have a open mind and understand others. Byproduct of this process is that we also improve ourselves.
Have courage to let go of those things that you cannot accept or cannot change.
If you don’t let go, it will occupy the super premium space in your mind and heart and take you to negativity.
So accept or let go and be happy.
Everyone has gone through ups and downs in life. Struggle begins even before a baby is born. Baby struggles to come out. That struggle gives it strength to survive the coming days.
A kid struggles with first word, with first step, with first day in school, with exams and so on…all these little wins give the kid strength to climb ahead in life.
Such highs and lows are at each phase of our life, going through which gives us inspiration and strength to step ahead.
The Butterfly life cycle teaches us the basics of life…
Eggs-the insect has to break the shell to come out; one has to get out of comfort zone to bring about a change.
Larva-the caterpillar stage, where it has to gather enough resources that will suffice the next stage; plan the future.
Pupa-it’s what I call as introspection phase, where you are transforming for the next level. This metamorphosis has to happen to leverage your inner strengths and build on it to achieve better phases ahead; improvise for good.
Butterfly– the final stage, where you spread the beautiful colours of happiness; I think of it as giving back to the family and society.
You win some, you lose some. But then that’s what the life is all about.
No matter how good you are with everyone, people only perceive you as how they need you.
Remember that other person’s need and perception changes depending on situation the other person is in.
So, just be yourself, be good…and hope people will eventually like you irrespective of their situations.
Beauty lies is eyes of the beholder…everything is beautiful if we are open to accept it as it is…rather than looking at flaws, appreciate what’s available…beauty is everywhere..
Time flies…life changes fast than we can imagine…don’t get attached to the materialistic pleasures…cherish moments…have fun till it lasts…
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