Thursday, March 12, 2009

This is a business post

This is a business post. It is on the wrong blog. It is the wrong length. But here it is.

Today, someone called to pick my brains on how to go about a ERP audit. I asked “What is the objective of the audit?” The response: “I’m not sure.”

“Why did they implement an ERP? What is the business benefit that they want out of their ERP? Are their usage practices supporting the achievement of those benefits?”

“What are the submodules that they have implemented? Why were exactly those submodules selected? Is this the most optimal mix for their business needs?”

What is the data that they capture in their system? How much of that data is ever reused?

What is the delay between the occurrence of an event and its recording in the system?
End of post.
What would you want in an audit of your ERP system?

13 comments:

oo7 said...

ERP haven't worked on it ever.

so no idea.

tc

Ordinary Guy said...

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since you are kidding... :) I thought I might as well.... LOL

Anonymous said...

Anyone who does not have an idea of what they want in audit, will achieve exactly that - nothing. most of the organizations have some idea of what they want to achieve in an ERP esp when they start the project. Problem is that most of the time this becomes a project, get pushed down the hierarchy and finally the person / team delivering have no clue of the stuff. Same with most of the execution in organizations, and thats y they are dysfunctional.

White Magpie said...

all of the above and you to do it ;)

BK Chowla said...

I can tell you my personal experience.I was working with a very progressive company in Bombay.We tried ,but ERP failed us or we failed ERP I don't know.I did not work.

San said...

yoohoo! ERP talk! in the SAP ERP world, u'd typically follow the ASAP milestone audits..

During implementation - u can do a blueprint audit, a realization audit or a go-live audit.. That kinda narrows down the scope of the audits and makes them goal oriented.

Post implementation, you can perform the Continuous Quality Checks offered by Enterprise Support...

You and I are going to make Leo soo proud! :D

Balvinder Singh said...

Hi, i am in transit. will get back to regular blogging after a few days.

Ekta said...

well an audit is to find out if something is working is working the way u want it too...
but for that u first need to know what u want from it!

The Phosgene Kid said...

I've had an EKG and a CAT but never and ERP. Do they hurt much?

jitendra said...

i just read your comment on one of my older posts. thanks for stopping by.

btw, whatever you mentioned in your post sounded all greek to me. Tragic.

D said...

I have something for you on my blog.

How do we know said...

Hi All: Sorry i did not respond to these comments sooner.

Hi oo7: :-)

Hi Ajit: i LOVE this comment.. was wondering when someone will do this to this post.. super!

Hi Anon: You have actually hit the nail on the head. i love all the times when audit is a cosmetic exercise being done to save someone's existence..

Hi White Magpie: Thank you !!

Hi Mr. Chowla: A problem of implementation, that.

HI San: You and i are just going to make each other proud darling!

Hi Balvinder: Still waiting!!

Hi Ekta: True!!

How do we know said...

Hi Phos: Oh yes, and it bleeds like hell.. what's more, the bleeding goes on for years on end...

Hi jitendra: Thanks for dropping by.. never mind the Greek bit. Unless we want to spend, this will be all the Greek connection we ever have ;-)

Hi D: Thanks a lot! loved the tag.