The Shared Services business model is coming of age around the world. Originally embraced mainly by massive multinationals who had the scale and the budgets to drive process and technology change on a huge scale, the model is now being successfully applied by smaller commercial organisations and particularly in the public sector arena.
It’s no secret that ERP systems can be inflexible and unwieldy, with companies scrabbling to create modifications and workarounds to get the results they need from their software, rather than working with it to help them respond to fluctuations in the market.
You are probably aware that ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is announced over a year ago that it was expanding the top-level domain (TLD) name space by adding over a thousand new ones, in addition to the familiar .com, .nl, .co.uk, .org, etc. The idea was that the new TLDs were either for:
- brand names, like .kellogs or .dell
- generic terms, like .food or .travel, which would be open so multiple organizations could register for them (so you could have ‘virgin.travel’ or ‘thomascook.travel’, for example).
There are big differences between software vendors, just because they seem like they have the biggest market share, doesn’t mean that they can fulfill all your business requirements. Make sure you know all the business critical elements you need, and make sure your vendor can deliver ALL of them. Continue reading
At a certain point in your life you realize that you need a (new) car.
Maybe because you just don’t feel like cycling to work everyday anymore; maybe because public transport just doesn’t do it for you; or maybe you just want one because your neighbour just bought one and he can’t stop talking about how great it is!