Written by Guy Fowler, PMP
Replacing your financial, human resource, procurement or other mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications is a monumental undertaking, especially if you lead a public sector or education organization. According to GFOA and other industry experts you are much more likely to experience schedule delays and budget overruns than your counterparts in private sector. To achieve the benefits of moving to a Cloud-based ERP system, including streamlining your operational processes, generating more accurate and actionable data, and reducing costs, you need the support of a dedicated and experienced Project Manager. Without a project leader whose sole purpose is to ensure your success you risk your ERP project taking exponentially longer than planned, costing significantly more than budgeted, and at worst, failing and posing real risks to your employees, constituents and your career.
So why don’t all public sector business leaders acquire a proven Project Manager to lead their ERP implementations?
Below are some of the reasons given by decision makers to not select a professional Project Manager and why these assumptions are flawed:
To understand what a professional Project Manager will do to support your ERP implementation, please see Part 2 of this article “8 Things Project Managers Do to Ensure Successful ERP Implementations”.
If you are a K-12, higher education or public sector organization embarking upon a critical IT modernization project, please consider partnering with Worldgate to provide you with an experienced Project Manager who is committed to your success.