Is Upgrading Your ERP Necessary? Maybe Not. | ERP Licensing Attorneys

Is Upgrading Your ERP Necessary? Maybe Not.

It seems that a growing number of companies are coming to us to negotiate and draft contracts for an upgraded ERP software system. As part of understanding what we need to include in the contract, we ask the company’s CEO, COO, CTO or General Counsel why they are making the upgrade. Frequently, the answer revolves…

ERP Is a Business Solution, Not Just a Technology Tool

ERP Is a Business Solution, Not Just a Technology Tool

Tech companies are notorious for believing that the solutions they propose to a potential user’s pain point are the best answer anyone ever thought of. Especially when it comes to ERP software systems, too often many developers, vendors and integrators ignore or overlook the reality that the technology they sell is actually a business solution,…

ERP Cloud Migration Might Not Be Sunny

It seems as if nearly every week, a major business or technology publication carries an article about migrating processes to the cloud. In many circumstances, this makes sense for a range of very good reasons. But for users of ERP software systems, migrating a very complicated and sophisticated management tool with countless “moving parts” to…

Keeping Public Sector ERP Projects From Going Astray

Keeping Public Sector ERP Projects From Going Astray

Massive and costly failures of corporate ERP software system installations and integrations are becoming legendary. Nearly every week comes news of another train wreck. But as the public sector adopts ERP to serve a variety of purposes ever-more frequently, digital transformations are carrying a growing number of risks for government entities. In June, 2019, we…

7 Things General Counsel Should Know About ERP Contracts

7 Things General Counsel Should Know About ERP Contracts

The general counsel at any sized company knows how to draft everything from employment contracts and leases to complicated sales agreements. But few are familiar with what Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems actually do let alone the traps lurking in these types of contracts. This isn’t surprising given that the lifespan of most ERP…

How Senior Management Causes Its Own ERP Problems

How Senior Management Causes Its Own ERP Problems

We often write about the mounting number of failed digital transformations, especially those involving an ERP software system. More often than not, the underlying cause of the failures involve either the vendor or integrator biting off more than they can chew. They misrepresent the capability of their ERP system or their experience at integrating a…

Don’t Let ERP Contracts Fool You Twice | Marcus Harris

Don’t Let ERP Contracts Fool You Twice

Three court cases reveal the importance of ensuring that contracts for an ERP software system and other digital transformations be carefully negotiated and drafted to remove the possibility that a lawsuit over a failure can be blocked by a seemingly harmless clause that vendors and integrators insert as a matter of routine in their template…

SAP, Accenture and The Weakness of Entrenched Success

SAP, Accenture and The Weakness of Entrenched Success

After retiring from a wildly successful career running Ford and then saving Chrysler from bankruptcy, Lee Iacocca was asked by an interviewer how American automakers could have allowed their globally dominant position in the market to be eroded by foreign car companies. Iacocca replied, “There is nothing more vulnerable than entrenched success.” It’s not just…