What is the difference between a functional consultant and a technical consultant?



Today, most companies are hiring consultants with technological qualifications, especially when it comes to IT and ERP projects and consulting. If your aim is to make and/or keep your company top in its field, then it is advised to employ both a functional consultant and a technical consultant in your business because both play their own role in enhancing business efficiency and profitability. The main function of a consultant is to manage the day-to-day functioning of a program or system. ... Read more >

What Do the Next Generation of ERP Consultants Look Like?



The primary function of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) consultant is to assist organizations in their transition towards new or updated ERP software systems. ERP consultants exist to help advise and provide their experience to your company’s ERP project. They can help with parts of the life-cycle of an ERP project, or, the full life-cycle from matching your business with the best software to handling internal changes as a result of the implementation. With the growing demand for ... Read more >

Women and the New Faces of Technology



For many years, men have dominated the technology industry. However, the increasing number of women entrepreneurs and business leaders cannot be ignored, and more women are starting to make their marks in the tech industry. The most notable recent examples are Marissa Mayer, the new president and CEO of Yahoo Inc., Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, and Karen Quintos, Dell's chief marketing officer. The fast facts (from an April report commissioned by American Express OPEN, ... Read more >

Putting together the right ERP team



So your company is about to embark on an IT or ERP system upgrade or implementation project. Although your staff would like to do the process analysis, planning, setup, and delivery, they simply cannot—it is beyond their normal workload, and may even be beyond their expertise. So how do you get the right company or consultants in place to assist your team that fits your budget? As the economy recovers, this is the new “age old” question that hundreds of businesses are facing worldwide. Many ... Read more >

ERP consulting: How to handle nuances of an ERP consultant



While ERP consultants can be expensive, if used properly, they can save time and money while employing a more trouble-free system for your business. Implementation consultants are neither super heroes nor villains; however, if they are good, they bring valuable knowledge to your ERP project and transfer it effectively. That’s worth paying for.  How can you use them properly, and get your bang for your buck? Read on for more tips and guidance. The foremost purpose of an ERP consultant is ... Read more >

Value Your Resources!



It is no secret that top resources have amazing value if you get the right one, especially in the IT and ERP industry. Several top-notch ERP consulting companies are noticing that their hiring expenses are going through the roof in 2013. The question is: why? The financial implications of a bad IT and ERP hire are astronomical. If you don’t value your resources then you are stuck replacing talented candidates.  It is simple math on why the costs go up: your staff spend dozens of hours creating ... Read more >

Deciphering “The Playbook” – What your ERP vendor doesn’t want you to know



Are you considering the daunting task of obtaining a new ERP system? If so, the following is a must read to get you started, and to help you weed out the fluff and focus on the functionality and fit that matters the most to YOU not to your ERP Vendor. It is important to understand that every ERP and EHR vendor has a “Playbook” that they will try to follow to make every sale. This does not necessarily mean they will take a cookie-cutter approach. Nevertheless, rest assured, they will always try ... Read more >

5 Tips for finding a good subcontractor



Many large corporations and prime contractors know that subcontracting with smaller firms provides huge government contracting opportunities.  It is no secret that the U.S. government is the world’s largest single purchaser of goods and services. According to Usgovernmentspending.com, the federal government is budgeted to spend over $6.3 Trillion on contracts in the fiscal year for 2013 with outside providers of goods and services. Within that figure are not only prime contracts awarded to ... Read more >

Are Your Hiring Managers Turning Away Your A-List Candidates?



Ever heard of the Napoleon complex? If you have, then you know many hiring managers are intimidated by Super Star candidates in the world of IT and ERP. Implementing an ERP system is among the most expensive, time-consuming and complicated tasks an IT department can take on. The potential for delays and unexpected expenses lurk around every corner so getting the right talent on the project is pivotal. And how do you acquire top talent for ERP projects? Don’t leave the screening, hiring and ... Read more >