Suggestion for Baldrige Model: ERP

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Suggestion for Baldrige Model: ERP
India, Piyush
This model should be reviewed now. We can't underestimate the value of process mgt. It should get more points because of increase in usage of ERP packages.

Sajee Sirikrai, Professor, Thailand
Agree that process mgt is very important. But I doubt whether it is because of ERP or the real sense PDCA.

Baldrige Model and ERP
Ben Thompson, Analyst, Australia
Realistically the ERP usage is arbitrary, in regard to process improvement. Baldrige aims at focusing on the improvement of the processes around what people get out of the use of an ERP system. Most ERPs seem to offer a vault for records and cycle patterns, but processes offer the chance to improve on how this data is analysed and used. I find that 3rd party plugins offer more practical insight to an ERP, and can be changed or replaced more quickly than the core ERP, thus adding more benefit?

The Role of ERP in the Baldrige Model
Dr Michael J Freestone, Business Consultant, South Africa
@Ben Thompson: I totally agree. It is all about the people. Changing or even making them understand that quality is not just what goes out the door to the Customer but how it goes out and how the whole process has been from the start to finish, even the tapes on the delivery carton.
No ERP system will do that. It is an attitudinal change. I have helped companies who have spent millions on ERP systems and couldn't understand why they were getting the same old problems they had before they installed the new system.
I was appointed to look at their business principles and found them to be intact. Then started looking at staff attitudes to the new system and found the real problem to be attitude.
I won't bore you with details but it took 2 years to get 4400 staff to start and I say start to change their attitude to the new ERP system that had cost the company R165 million or GBP11 million.


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