Sadly, despite all the work that has gone into the development of 'best practice' in this field - whether we use the term MRPII, ERP or Supply Chain - and the evolution of many packages of varying degrees of sophistication, it remains a sad fact that few implementations deliver the benefits we might feel entitled to expect.
Why should this be? Are the software providers to blame or is it the way in which companies go about introducing their offerings? In fact, it is a mixture of the two. There are many examples of software failings in even the biggest sellers - often the big names felt to be the definitive standards in the field impose ludicrous procedures on businesses trying to use the system. All too often we see instances of companies working for their system when, of course, life should be the other way round.
Having said that, the major cause of failings is in the way companies go about implementing the systems.
There are a number of common fundamental flaws:
There are ways to avoid these traps and these are the subject of a separate article.
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