According to a recent article in InformationWeek, 2012 will go down in the history books as year-one of a three-year shift in the fundamental responsibilities of the CIO. That’s according to Gartner Group’s Mark McDonald.
As Gartner sees it, the three-year shift is moving a CIO’s focus “from cost to a focus on growth, from automation to amplification, and from IT to technology.”
A Shift in Perspective
In the case of ERP, the team at Ultra is certainly on board with this perspective.
Manufacturers that look to ERP to take them beyond automation, beyond cost control and beyond a stand-alone IT solution will be the ones to succeed.
You’ve heard this perspective before from our team. In fact, an Ultra blog post from earlier this year entitled “Why ERP?” showcases the idea of amplifying the benefits of an ERP implementation throughout the organization.
What do we mean by amplification? When our team works with a manufacturer, we stress the benefits of selecting and implementing an ERP system to improve overall business processes, which in turn leads to improved productivity, improvement in information timeliness and accuracy, and improvement in customer satisfaction and business performance.
That’s why we encourage CIOs and the entire ERP selection team to see their project as more than implementing an ERP system. Instead, the project becomes an opportunity to implement business process improvements that amplify performance and strategy.