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TECHNOLOGY

accepting that we, as humans, may have
to change some of the ways we do things.

Achieving Integration
Anticipating some readers of this believe a technical system should change
to meet your needs, recall that ERP systems like SAP have been created and iterated over years to include the majority
of best business practices and a myriad
of processes that can support your organization. With that said, in some cases
you may have to manipulate the system
to get it to fit exactly. ERPs are rarely a
one-size-fits-all solution. We are simply
suggesting you consider that, instead of
its creating an acrimonious relationship
between "IT" and "business" where the
system is the bad guy, the system was,
in fact, designed to enhance integration
and collaboration.
Also recognize that the primary

"The primary challenge
standing between where you
are today and seamless integration in your supply chain
may not actually be a bad or
broken system."
_________
challenge standing between where you
are today and seamless integration in
your supply chain may not actually be a
bad or broken system. You may need to
look for opportunities to adopt different
human behaviors, change some of your
company's processes and reevaluate
your organizational alignment. We
have found a key area for performance
improvement and system integration is
establishing cross-functional organizational teams. These teams, consisting of

functional representation from across
the supply chain, are able to make decisions that ensure real-time performance
and enforce change to address challenges including business behavior conflicts,
master data inaccuracies and seek
process improvement opportunities.
Consider spending as much time
trying to learn how to use your system
(aligning behavior and business rules) as
you do learning the system (functional
and technical capabilities). Embrace the
potential for changing your processes as
a gateway to leveraging the value out of
your system solution. Meet the system
halfway, and you will be surprised at
how much easier your life could be.
Steven Crooke is a senior partner at Reveal. Reveal
helps transform SAP-centric Supply Chains to run
better. Contact us at info@revealvalue.com to learn
more about the collaboration you need between your
SAP system and your supply chain.

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