What will drive you to change
If you are on this page, chances are you are thinking about whether you will embark on a project to implement ERP and you are trying to understand what ERP will do for your business. What impact will it have?
Arcus are here to help.
Referencing our many years in the ERP industry, we have formulated a detailed Impact Analysis Tool. By following this process, you will work, step-by-step, across 16 key ‘Buying Factors’. The process will allow you to build a deep understanding of how ERP can impact your business and therefore if an ERP system is right for you.
Continue reading below for a review of the ‘DISPARATE SYSTEMS’ key Factor, which includes a discussion on what makes Disparate Systems relevant to you, and a checklist of questions to help you consider how this Factor impacts your business.
‘Disparate Systems’ is an industry term referring to the presence of 2 or more separate software systems within a business. These systems do not communicate with each other automatically.
Businesses work using processes. Every time the business process jumps a software gap there is an increased risk of performance problems.
Disparate systems create what are called ‘islands of information’. Islands of information are the business equivalent to the human telephone, the story is incomplete and inaccurate. In this environment answering a single query for a customer requires staff to contact each island to piece together the complete story or the customer is provided with information from 1 island that may or may not be accurate. The additional challenge with islands of information occurs when moving information from one location to another, as when moving information on sales orders into the financial software. Moving information can lead to retyping (time) and errors.
Disparate systems also create multiple versions of the truth which is an industry expression that refers to instances where different departments, responding to a query, are looking at different systems and seeing different data. In this type of instance it is unclear which data set is correct.
- How many different software systems are you running?
- How many gaps in software coverage exist?
- Do you have islands of information?
- What is the frequency of issues due to this reality?
- What is the magnitude of these issues?
- Do you have multiple versions of the truth?
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