Research & Buyer's Guides


  • Build Foundation for Success3

    Guide to Planning and Scoping

    Have you taken the time to gather detailed requirements and selected a solution based on these requirements? Awesome. Want to ensure that your partner can deliver their solution before you lock yourself into a contractual agreement with them? Why not consider completing a Planning and Scoping project? Download our explanation guide to find out more

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    Guide to Business Process Mapping

    Business Process Mapping and Improvement is an essential part of any enterprise software solution improvement project. To find out more about how BPM&I can assist you map the road to success, download and read our guide below.

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    TEC 2016 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    As not all ERP systems are created equal, the right ERP for services solution for your organisation, needs to consider your specific business requirements. This ERP for Services Buyer's Guide looks at specific functions and capabilities to look for when making this important ERP software selection.

    This buyer's guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the ERP for services landscape. Explore analysis about major software and services industry trends that could impact your enterprise - and help make it better.

    Full-suite ERP, or best-of-breed? How important is project management functionality? Read the full guide to find out.

    To find out which of these ERP systems are best for you, contact Solution Minds.

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    TEC 2016 Cloud ERP Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    The guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the cloud ERP landscape for manufacturing companies and major software trends that are impacting the cloud ERP industry. You’ll also get a side-by-side comparison of the key functionality features of major cloud ERP products, stories of how cloud ERP software has helped manufacturers overcome their business challenges, and a comprehensive directory of the main cloud ERP players on the market—to guide you in your review and evaluation of cloud ERP software.

    Let Us Guide You to Success

    Guide to System Implementation

    Enterprise Software and ERP Implementation projects are not easy, in fact is has been documented that a large majority of such projects fail.

    If you are looking to ensure that your Enterprise Software or ERP Implementation goes well then we recommend that you download our guide.

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    Software Evaluation Reports

    SAP vs Oracle? Saleforce vs SugarCRM?

    Have an idea of the systems you want to look at? Not sure how they compare? Why not do a simple comparison based on standard features of the systems you have short listed?

    Solution Minds in partnership with TEC have done it for you, simply follow the link below to purchase an evaluation report comparing the software you have shortlisted.

    Human Side of change

    Guide to Change Management

    Many projects begin with the best intentions, with outcome focused objectives, new competitive processes and the right system to support it. They set up plans, do the testing, fix all the bugs, train the people to use it and turn it on, only to find that they fall short of the expected returns.

    The thing is that at the base of it all the key reasons for project failure all tend to be people focused. Here are what some of the key findings of our research has shown:

    1. Unclear understanding of what the project wants to achieve
    2. Lack of executive commitment
    3. Unclear Responsibilities
    4. Not Willing To Change Processes
    5. Limited Training
    6. Resistance from end users

    It sounds logical that you really cannot just force people to accept a system even if it makes logical sense to for the business. This is because it is not a business decision to use the system or not, it is an individual's choice. However, it is surprising that many projects seem to still get it wrong.

    Download our guide to find out more about how change management can help ensure that the people side of Enterprise Software Solution Implementation projects is not left out.

    To Cloud or not to Cloud

    To Cloud or Not to Cloud

    Web-based, portable, next generation, mobile, accessible, post-modern, evolutionary … the list of alluring marketing adjectives that describe Cloud ERP solutions is endless. But what exactly is a Cloud based ERP solution? What benefits do they have over “traditional” ERP solutions? And are they right for your business?

    BPM Before Selection

    Why you should Map and Analyse Business Processes

    The thrill and excitement of the possibility of changing your old enterprise software solution with one of the hip new solutions on the market can sometimes lead to the irrational perception that just about every one of the business problems you have faced over the past few years will be solved with this new purchase. Especially, seeing as such changes can easily cost medium sized organisation to spend at least $1 Million to implement.

    However, no matter how expensive, how new and how much a solution is marketed, if it does not align with your business needs, it will not work for your organisation. Furthermore, if the problems you are facing are not directly linked to the system you use, then those problems will not magically be solved when a new system arrives. Finally, if end users do not transition to the new ways of working in the new system, then your organisation will take longer to reap the benefits of the change. This is why it is important to have a firm understanding of how your business operates and to identify how your organisation wants to operate in the future by engaging the right people within your organisation. The best way to do this is through BPM.

    Implement vs Upgrade

    Implementing a New ERP Vs Updating An Existing ERP

    There are three main questions that have been around for just about as long as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software itself:

    1. Do I stay with my current ERP system? If so, do I stay with my current vendor?
    2. Do I upgrade to the next version? If so, do I stay with my current vendor
    3. Do I go with a new ERP system?

    These questions are particularly relevant if you are operating an out-of-support system, or are experiencing difficulties with your current ERP Software provider. However, it is unwise to assume that your legacy system is the only factor keeping you from increasing efficiency, automation and essentially, increased margins for your business.

    With that in mind, if there is any doubt that your current system or processes fully support your vision and objectives, it becomes essential that the above questions are addressed and plant the initial seed for action.

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    How Much Does A New ERP System Cost?

    One of the first and most commonly asked questions Solution Minds receives from Organisations thinking of implementing a new ERP is; “how much does a new ERP system cost?”

    The answer is not quite as straight forward as most would prefer, “It depends on a number of factors”
    There are a range of factors to consider when budgeting for an ERP system, this write up will focus on the factors and estimates on pricing most common to mid-market finance and ERP systems and not necessarily Tier 1 (high-end) or Entry level solutions.

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    TEC HCM for Midsize Enterprises Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide examines the high-level features and functions offered by Human Capital Management (HCM) software providers that target midsize businesses. It discusses how different HCM solutions make more or less sense to midsize companies according to the number of people that they employ. It focuses on the importance of core HR functionality and best practices for growing other HCM areas within a company, such as talent management, learning management, or workforce management. The discussion is based on a review of the current literature and conversations with both vendors and end users.

    This buyer’s guide specifically examines HCM strategy and supporting software solutions for the various scales of midsize enterprises; what smaller midsize companies can learn from larger midsize companies, and vice versa, in terms of best practices, core HR processes, and beyond (i.e., talent, learning, and workforce management); and innovative HCM technologies and how they benefit a company’s HCM strategy.

    To find out which of these HCM systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

    Buyers Guide BI 2016

    TEC Business Intelligence Solutions Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide presents the trends and opportunities for insight and informed decision making in the areas of business intelligence (BI), particularly data discovery and visualization. It provides a comprehensive overview of the wide spectrum of software solutions currently available on the market that can address the multitude of challenges associated with data discovery and visualization that different types of organizations face today. The BI software buyer's guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of data discovery and data visualization solutions within their organizations. It offers guidance for the successful selection and deployment of a data discovery and visualization solution for any company.

    To find out which of these BI systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

    TEC

    Introduction to TEC Advisor

    Having trouble making the right ERP or Enterprise Software decisions for your organisation?

    At the heart of Solution Minds’ extensive enterprise software research capabilities, decision-making methodology and expertise is TEC Advisor, an online decision support application that will kick-start a simplified selection process and will cut through the hype and confusion that software providers use to sell you their products.

    Whether you are looking to benchmark your existing solution against other solutions in the marketplace or fully assess your options for a future software acquisition, TEC Advisor will bring expediency, transparency, and objectivity to your decision-making process.

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    Why Solution Minds uses Blueworks Live

    Solution Minds uses IBM Blueworks Live to deliver BPM&I projects to it's clients.

    The ease of use, efficiency and capability to perform detailed analysis in a collaborative fashion has meant that the time taken to gather information, create, refine and share process maps with our clients has decreased.

    Change Management Sponsorship

    The Truth Behind Change Management

    You’re about to start a project to change your organisation’s current enterprise system to better meet the needs of the business. You’ve done your research, you know that effective Change Management correlates to a 6x increase in your chances of implementing the system on time and on budget, you know that you need people engaged, you may even have copies of “Who Moved My Cheese?” on order and you’re delegating to a Change Management Team to do the work while you focus on more important things. Or, perhaps you’re a little more eager, and have invested in a few online courses, an “extensive” training program, spoken to a few Change Managers and are confident that you’ve got this Change Management thing down pat. Sound familiar?

    Over the past decade Change Management has been widely acknowledged by organisations, consultancies, academics and just about everyone, as one of the major contributors to ERP project success! This has led to a host of organisations allocating significant money, time and resources for Change Management in their projects, either putting their faith fully in an external party to handle it for them or upskilling themselves and other’s in their organisation by taking on all Change Management activities after completing some sort of training. The truth is effective Change Management is essential to success, but neither of the scenarios above constitutes as effective Change Management for ERP Success.

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    Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an Implementer

    Want to hear some corny ERP industry jokes? No, yes? Well here they come, what does selecting an implementation partner and marriage have in common? It’s for the long haul and if you choose the wrong partner it can cost you a lot of time and money. How about tandem parachuting and implementation partners? If your partner has no idea what he is doing, no matter how good the view is at the start, sooner or later they come crashing down on top of you.

    Seriously, though selecting an implementation partner is a very important decision even if you already have an idea of which product best suites your organisation. Organisations rarely change ERP systems often, and as such are paired with an implementation partner for a much longer period than just the 6 – 18 months it takes to get the system online. This article looks at the most common mistakes organisation make when selecting an implementation partner.

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    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Changing the Cloud Game

    Microsoft is launching it's latest Cloud business application suite, Dynamics 365 and it looks like it will be bringing together Microsoft's customer relationship management (CRM) and ERP applications into one cloud based platform.

    What is quite exciting is the ability to pick and choose the apps you want to deploy based on your business needs and size from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 ecosystem of applications and add apps as you need them, bringing flexibility and seamless integration to cloud based solutions. But does it meet up to the slogan of "retink(ing) what's possible on the cloud"?

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    The Short on ERP Vendor Shortlisting

    You need a new enterprise software solution, you know it, your business has been screaming for it. There are an ungodly number of excel sheets being used to track, record and analyse information, your staff are having to enter information into multiple systems and your clients are starting to notice. The pressure is on and you know what it is that needs to be done, it’s time the dated system your using is changed.

    So you begin googling what modern ERP systems are out there, you may even look on forums and hit up some old networking buddies to see what new innovative system they are using. After scrolling forums and talking to your peers your list of systems is longer than you thought. News spreads that you’re looking for a new system and soon vendors you didn’t even know existed are calling you or friends of friends start telling you of other solutions you should check out. Now your list of requirements and possible vendors has grown even more.

    You think you have the perfect solution to cutting this list back and you begin calling the vendors on your list hoping to cut back. Then each vendor starts telling you of the cool new functionality they have, how they are on “the cloud”, can talk to social media and can even help you lose weight… I mean drop costs… anyway, your list isn’t any shorter, but that’s ok right? The wider the net the better the chances are of getting the right system… does this sound familiar?

    By taking such an approach an organisation increases the risk of choosing the wrong system for their business and falling for the hype of some sweet talking sales men. A new ERP solution is a good investment at best and an expensive mistake at worst. For this reason, it is best to mitigate against the risk of selecting the wrong system and culling your possible vendor list to a targeted and more manageable number. This article looks at some tips to help you shorten your vendor short list and have a more targeted system selection strategy.

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    Staying Fit During the Off Season

    During tough times some organisations are tightening their expenditure, and either starving themselves or going into hibernation waiting for the season to pass, but smart organisations are getting leaner, fitter and ready to perform better, by investing in initiatives to detox their processes and use better technologies to get smarter not just work harder.

    Skipping BPM is Risky

    Skip Business Process Mapping at your own Risk

    Skipping Business Process Mapping (BPM) before an ERP Implementation is unnecessarily risky!

    Sure ERP and Enterprise Software come with "Best Practices" baked in...but they are not a silver bullet!

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    Why use independent software selection consultants

    When sizing up the costs of possibly replacing or upgrading an old ERP system, many organisations may find themselves pondering why do I need to invest even more than this to get some people to help me choose which ERP I should use? Surely there are people in my industry I can talk to, to see who they use, or internet forums, blogs websites I can research on? I could contact the vendors myself? Are these independent software selection consultants really worth their weight in gold?

    Firstly, we are not all that expensive with our rates and some of us are watching our weight…. But I digress, it is understandable that these questions may sound familiar to many organisations that are looking at changing their ERP system because it is such a complex, expensive and infrequent occurrence. So it is only fair to ask “Why should I use software selection consultants?”

    New Systems Do not fix broken processes and bad culture

    Systems do not fix broken processes & bad culture

    It is quite common to see organisations jump on the new system bandwagon believing that the answer to all their problems lie in a shiny new computer system. Key organisational decision makers hear of all the cool things that modern integrated systems can provide them and think “if I had that system I would be able to make better decisions in a timelier manner”. Furthermore, as the generation Y’s increasingly climb the corporate ladder into these positions the expectation that anything can be improved with technology is further embedded in organisations. Can you blame them? The technology found within the handheld phones that we use now to message our friends, find the nearest restaurants, listen to music, access our emails and take pig nosed selfies while catching imaginary cartoon characters based on GPS locations have more power than the “super computers” of yester year that sent man to the moon. Information should be easily available, that’s the very essence of this “google generation.” I know because I am one of them. The truth is, that information is only as good as the source of it and if the process of collecting the data to produce your information is flawed, you are only getting useless information faster by implementing a new system.


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  • Let Us Guide You to Success

    Guide to System Implementation

    Enterprise Software and ERP Implementation projects are not easy, in fact is has been documented that a large majority of such projects fail.

    If you are looking to ensure that your Enterprise Software or ERP Implementation goes well then we recommend that you download our guide.

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    Software Evaluation Reports

    SAP vs Oracle? Saleforce vs SugarCRM?

    Have an idea of the systems you want to look at? Not sure how they compare? Why not do a simple comparison based on standard features of the systems you have short listed?

    Solution Minds in partnership with TEC have done it for you, simply follow the link below to purchase an evaluation report comparing the software you have shortlisted.

    Human Side of change

    Guide to Change Management

    Many projects begin with the best intentions, with outcome focused objectives, new competitive processes and the right system to support it. They set up plans, do the testing, fix all the bugs, train the people to use it and turn it on, only to find that they fall short of the expected returns.

    The thing is that at the base of it all the key reasons for project failure all tend to be people focused. Here are what some of the key findings of our research has shown:

    1. Unclear understanding of what the project wants to achieve
    2. Lack of executive commitment
    3. Unclear Responsibilities
    4. Not Willing To Change Processes
    5. Limited Training
    6. Resistance from end users

    It sounds logical that you really cannot just force people to accept a system even if it makes logical sense to for the business. This is because it is not a business decision to use the system or not, it is an individual's choice. However, it is surprising that many projects seem to still get it wrong.

    Download our guide to find out more about how change management can help ensure that the people side of Enterprise Software Solution Implementation projects is not left out.

    To Cloud or not to Cloud

    To Cloud or Not to Cloud

    Web-based, portable, next generation, mobile, accessible, post-modern, evolutionary … the list of alluring marketing adjectives that describe Cloud ERP solutions is endless. But what exactly is a Cloud based ERP solution? What benefits do they have over “traditional” ERP solutions? And are they right for your business?

    BPM Before Selection

    Why you should Map and Analyse Business Processes

    The thrill and excitement of the possibility of changing your old enterprise software solution with one of the hip new solutions on the market can sometimes lead to the irrational perception that just about every one of the business problems you have faced over the past few years will be solved with this new purchase. Especially, seeing as such changes can easily cost medium sized organisation to spend at least $1 Million to implement.

    However, no matter how expensive, how new and how much a solution is marketed, if it does not align with your business needs, it will not work for your organisation. Furthermore, if the problems you are facing are not directly linked to the system you use, then those problems will not magically be solved when a new system arrives. Finally, if end users do not transition to the new ways of working in the new system, then your organisation will take longer to reap the benefits of the change. This is why it is important to have a firm understanding of how your business operates and to identify how your organisation wants to operate in the future by engaging the right people within your organisation. The best way to do this is through BPM.

  • Build Foundation for Success3

    Guide to Planning and Scoping

    Have you taken the time to gather detailed requirements and selected a solution based on these requirements? Awesome. Want to ensure that your partner can deliver their solution before you lock yourself into a contractual agreement with them? Why not consider completing a Planning and Scoping project? Download our explanation guide to find out more

    mapping the road to success

    Guide to Business Process Mapping

    Business Process Mapping and Improvement is an essential part of any enterprise software solution improvement project. To find out more about how BPM&I can assist you map the road to success, download and read our guide below.

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    TEC 2016 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    As not all ERP systems are created equal, the right ERP for services solution for your organisation, needs to consider your specific business requirements. This ERP for Services Buyer's Guide looks at specific functions and capabilities to look for when making this important ERP software selection.

    This buyer's guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the ERP for services landscape. Explore analysis about major software and services industry trends that could impact your enterprise - and help make it better.

    Full-suite ERP, or best-of-breed? How important is project management functionality? Read the full guide to find out.

    To find out which of these ERP systems are best for you, contact Solution Minds.

    cloudbased

    TEC 2016 Cloud ERP Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    The guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the cloud ERP landscape for manufacturing companies and major software trends that are impacting the cloud ERP industry. You’ll also get a side-by-side comparison of the key functionality features of major cloud ERP products, stories of how cloud ERP software has helped manufacturers overcome their business challenges, and a comprehensive directory of the main cloud ERP players on the market—to guide you in your review and evaluation of cloud ERP software.

    Let Us Guide You to Success

    Guide to System Implementation

    Enterprise Software and ERP Implementation projects are not easy, in fact is has been documented that a large majority of such projects fail.

    If you are looking to ensure that your Enterprise Software or ERP Implementation goes well then we recommend that you download our guide.

    downloads icon 150x151

    Software Evaluation Reports

    SAP vs Oracle? Saleforce vs SugarCRM?

    Have an idea of the systems you want to look at? Not sure how they compare? Why not do a simple comparison based on standard features of the systems you have short listed?

    Solution Minds in partnership with TEC have done it for you, simply follow the link below to purchase an evaluation report comparing the software you have shortlisted.

    Human Side of change

    Guide to Change Management

    Many projects begin with the best intentions, with outcome focused objectives, new competitive processes and the right system to support it. They set up plans, do the testing, fix all the bugs, train the people to use it and turn it on, only to find that they fall short of the expected returns.

    The thing is that at the base of it all the key reasons for project failure all tend to be people focused. Here are what some of the key findings of our research has shown:

    1. Unclear understanding of what the project wants to achieve
    2. Lack of executive commitment
    3. Unclear Responsibilities
    4. Not Willing To Change Processes
    5. Limited Training
    6. Resistance from end users

    It sounds logical that you really cannot just force people to accept a system even if it makes logical sense to for the business. This is because it is not a business decision to use the system or not, it is an individual's choice. However, it is surprising that many projects seem to still get it wrong.

    Download our guide to find out more about how change management can help ensure that the people side of Enterprise Software Solution Implementation projects is not left out.

    To Cloud or not to Cloud

    To Cloud or Not to Cloud

    Web-based, portable, next generation, mobile, accessible, post-modern, evolutionary … the list of alluring marketing adjectives that describe Cloud ERP solutions is endless. But what exactly is a Cloud based ERP solution? What benefits do they have over “traditional” ERP solutions? And are they right for your business?

    BPM Before Selection

    Why you should Map and Analyse Business Processes

    The thrill and excitement of the possibility of changing your old enterprise software solution with one of the hip new solutions on the market can sometimes lead to the irrational perception that just about every one of the business problems you have faced over the past few years will be solved with this new purchase. Especially, seeing as such changes can easily cost medium sized organisation to spend at least $1 Million to implement.

    However, no matter how expensive, how new and how much a solution is marketed, if it does not align with your business needs, it will not work for your organisation. Furthermore, if the problems you are facing are not directly linked to the system you use, then those problems will not magically be solved when a new system arrives. Finally, if end users do not transition to the new ways of working in the new system, then your organisation will take longer to reap the benefits of the change. This is why it is important to have a firm understanding of how your business operates and to identify how your organisation wants to operate in the future by engaging the right people within your organisation. The best way to do this is through BPM.

    Implement vs Upgrade

    Implementing a New ERP Vs Updating An Existing ERP

    There are three main questions that have been around for just about as long as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software itself:

    1. Do I stay with my current ERP system? If so, do I stay with my current vendor?
    2. Do I upgrade to the next version? If so, do I stay with my current vendor
    3. Do I go with a new ERP system?

    These questions are particularly relevant if you are operating an out-of-support system, or are experiencing difficulties with your current ERP Software provider. However, it is unwise to assume that your legacy system is the only factor keeping you from increasing efficiency, automation and essentially, increased margins for your business.

    With that in mind, if there is any doubt that your current system or processes fully support your vision and objectives, it becomes essential that the above questions are addressed and plant the initial seed for action.

    Cost of ERP

    How Much Does A New ERP System Cost?

    One of the first and most commonly asked questions Solution Minds receives from Organisations thinking of implementing a new ERP is; “how much does a new ERP system cost?”

    The answer is not quite as straight forward as most would prefer, “It depends on a number of factors”
    There are a range of factors to consider when budgeting for an ERP system, this write up will focus on the factors and estimates on pricing most common to mid-market finance and ERP systems and not necessarily Tier 1 (high-end) or Entry level solutions.

    HCM

    TEC HCM for Midsize Enterprises Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide examines the high-level features and functions offered by Human Capital Management (HCM) software providers that target midsize businesses. It discusses how different HCM solutions make more or less sense to midsize companies according to the number of people that they employ. It focuses on the importance of core HR functionality and best practices for growing other HCM areas within a company, such as talent management, learning management, or workforce management. The discussion is based on a review of the current literature and conversations with both vendors and end users.

    This buyer’s guide specifically examines HCM strategy and supporting software solutions for the various scales of midsize enterprises; what smaller midsize companies can learn from larger midsize companies, and vice versa, in terms of best practices, core HR processes, and beyond (i.e., talent, learning, and workforce management); and innovative HCM technologies and how they benefit a company’s HCM strategy.

    To find out which of these HCM systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

    Buyers Guide BI 2016

    TEC Business Intelligence Solutions Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide presents the trends and opportunities for insight and informed decision making in the areas of business intelligence (BI), particularly data discovery and visualization. It provides a comprehensive overview of the wide spectrum of software solutions currently available on the market that can address the multitude of challenges associated with data discovery and visualization that different types of organizations face today. The BI software buyer's guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of data discovery and data visualization solutions within their organizations. It offers guidance for the successful selection and deployment of a data discovery and visualization solution for any company.

    To find out which of these BI systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

    TEC

    Introduction to TEC Advisor

    Having trouble making the right ERP or Enterprise Software decisions for your organisation?

    At the heart of Solution Minds’ extensive enterprise software research capabilities, decision-making methodology and expertise is TEC Advisor, an online decision support application that will kick-start a simplified selection process and will cut through the hype and confusion that software providers use to sell you their products.

    Whether you are looking to benchmark your existing solution against other solutions in the marketplace or fully assess your options for a future software acquisition, TEC Advisor will bring expediency, transparency, and objectivity to your decision-making process.

    IBM

    Why Solution Minds uses Blueworks Live

    Solution Minds uses IBM Blueworks Live to deliver BPM&I projects to it's clients.

    The ease of use, efficiency and capability to perform detailed analysis in a collaborative fashion has meant that the time taken to gather information, create, refine and share process maps with our clients has decreased.

    Change Management Sponsorship

    The Truth Behind Change Management

    You’re about to start a project to change your organisation’s current enterprise system to better meet the needs of the business. You’ve done your research, you know that effective Change Management correlates to a 6x increase in your chances of implementing the system on time and on budget, you know that you need people engaged, you may even have copies of “Who Moved My Cheese?” on order and you’re delegating to a Change Management Team to do the work while you focus on more important things. Or, perhaps you’re a little more eager, and have invested in a few online courses, an “extensive” training program, spoken to a few Change Managers and are confident that you’ve got this Change Management thing down pat. Sound familiar?

    Over the past decade Change Management has been widely acknowledged by organisations, consultancies, academics and just about everyone, as one of the major contributors to ERP project success! This has led to a host of organisations allocating significant money, time and resources for Change Management in their projects, either putting their faith fully in an external party to handle it for them or upskilling themselves and other’s in their organisation by taking on all Change Management activities after completing some sort of training. The truth is effective Change Management is essential to success, but neither of the scenarios above constitutes as effective Change Management for ERP Success.

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    Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an Implementer

    Want to hear some corny ERP industry jokes? No, yes? Well here they come, what does selecting an implementation partner and marriage have in common? It’s for the long haul and if you choose the wrong partner it can cost you a lot of time and money. How about tandem parachuting and implementation partners? If your partner has no idea what he is doing, no matter how good the view is at the start, sooner or later they come crashing down on top of you.

    Seriously, though selecting an implementation partner is a very important decision even if you already have an idea of which product best suites your organisation. Organisations rarely change ERP systems often, and as such are paired with an implementation partner for a much longer period than just the 6 – 18 months it takes to get the system online. This article looks at the most common mistakes organisation make when selecting an implementation partner.

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    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Changing the Cloud Game

    Microsoft is launching it's latest Cloud business application suite, Dynamics 365 and it looks like it will be bringing together Microsoft's customer relationship management (CRM) and ERP applications into one cloud based platform.

    What is quite exciting is the ability to pick and choose the apps you want to deploy based on your business needs and size from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 ecosystem of applications and add apps as you need them, bringing flexibility and seamless integration to cloud based solutions. But does it meet up to the slogan of "retink(ing) what's possible on the cloud"?

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    The Short on ERP Vendor Shortlisting

    You need a new enterprise software solution, you know it, your business has been screaming for it. There are an ungodly number of excel sheets being used to track, record and analyse information, your staff are having to enter information into multiple systems and your clients are starting to notice. The pressure is on and you know what it is that needs to be done, it’s time the dated system your using is changed.

    So you begin googling what modern ERP systems are out there, you may even look on forums and hit up some old networking buddies to see what new innovative system they are using. After scrolling forums and talking to your peers your list of systems is longer than you thought. News spreads that you’re looking for a new system and soon vendors you didn’t even know existed are calling you or friends of friends start telling you of other solutions you should check out. Now your list of requirements and possible vendors has grown even more.

    You think you have the perfect solution to cutting this list back and you begin calling the vendors on your list hoping to cut back. Then each vendor starts telling you of the cool new functionality they have, how they are on “the cloud”, can talk to social media and can even help you lose weight… I mean drop costs… anyway, your list isn’t any shorter, but that’s ok right? The wider the net the better the chances are of getting the right system… does this sound familiar?

    By taking such an approach an organisation increases the risk of choosing the wrong system for their business and falling for the hype of some sweet talking sales men. A new ERP solution is a good investment at best and an expensive mistake at worst. For this reason, it is best to mitigate against the risk of selecting the wrong system and culling your possible vendor list to a targeted and more manageable number. This article looks at some tips to help you shorten your vendor short list and have a more targeted system selection strategy.

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    Staying Fit During the Off Season

    During tough times some organisations are tightening their expenditure, and either starving themselves or going into hibernation waiting for the season to pass, but smart organisations are getting leaner, fitter and ready to perform better, by investing in initiatives to detox their processes and use better technologies to get smarter not just work harder.

    Skipping BPM is Risky

    Skip Business Process Mapping at your own Risk

    Skipping Business Process Mapping (BPM) before an ERP Implementation is unnecessarily risky!

    Sure ERP and Enterprise Software come with "Best Practices" baked in...but they are not a silver bullet!

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    Why use independent software selection consultants

    When sizing up the costs of possibly replacing or upgrading an old ERP system, many organisations may find themselves pondering why do I need to invest even more than this to get some people to help me choose which ERP I should use? Surely there are people in my industry I can talk to, to see who they use, or internet forums, blogs websites I can research on? I could contact the vendors myself? Are these independent software selection consultants really worth their weight in gold?

    Firstly, we are not all that expensive with our rates and some of us are watching our weight…. But I digress, it is understandable that these questions may sound familiar to many organisations that are looking at changing their ERP system because it is such a complex, expensive and infrequent occurrence. So it is only fair to ask “Why should I use software selection consultants?”

    New Systems Do not fix broken processes and bad culture

    Systems do not fix broken processes & bad culture

    It is quite common to see organisations jump on the new system bandwagon believing that the answer to all their problems lie in a shiny new computer system. Key organisational decision makers hear of all the cool things that modern integrated systems can provide them and think “if I had that system I would be able to make better decisions in a timelier manner”. Furthermore, as the generation Y’s increasingly climb the corporate ladder into these positions the expectation that anything can be improved with technology is further embedded in organisations. Can you blame them? The technology found within the handheld phones that we use now to message our friends, find the nearest restaurants, listen to music, access our emails and take pig nosed selfies while catching imaginary cartoon characters based on GPS locations have more power than the “super computers” of yester year that sent man to the moon. Information should be easily available, that’s the very essence of this “google generation.” I know because I am one of them. The truth is, that information is only as good as the source of it and if the process of collecting the data to produce your information is flawed, you are only getting useless information faster by implementing a new system.

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    Guide to Planning and Scoping

    Have you taken the time to gather detailed requirements and selected a solution based on these requirements? Awesome. Want to ensure that your partner can deliver their solution before you lock yourself into a contractual agreement with them? Why not consider completing a Planning and Scoping project? Download our explanation guide to find out more

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    Guide to Business Process Mapping

    Business Process Mapping and Improvement is an essential part of any enterprise software solution improvement project. To find out more about how BPM&I can assist you map the road to success, download and read our guide below.

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    TEC 2016 ERP for Services Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    As not all ERP systems are created equal, the right ERP for services solution for your organisation, needs to consider your specific business requirements. This ERP for Services Buyer's Guide looks at specific functions and capabilities to look for when making this important ERP software selection.

    This buyer's guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the ERP for services landscape. Explore analysis about major software and services industry trends that could impact your enterprise - and help make it better.

    Full-suite ERP, or best-of-breed? How important is project management functionality? Read the full guide to find out.

    To find out which of these ERP systems are best for you, contact Solution Minds.

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    TEC 2016 Cloud ERP Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    The guide provides expert analysis from TEC about the cloud ERP landscape for manufacturing companies and major software trends that are impacting the cloud ERP industry. You’ll also get a side-by-side comparison of the key functionality features of major cloud ERP products, stories of how cloud ERP software has helped manufacturers overcome their business challenges, and a comprehensive directory of the main cloud ERP players on the market—to guide you in your review and evaluation of cloud ERP software.

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    Guide to System Implementation

    Enterprise Software and ERP Implementation projects are not easy, in fact is has been documented that a large majority of such projects fail.

    If you are looking to ensure that your Enterprise Software or ERP Implementation goes well then we recommend that you download our guide.

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    Software Evaluation Reports

    SAP vs Oracle? Saleforce vs SugarCRM?

    Have an idea of the systems you want to look at? Not sure how they compare? Why not do a simple comparison based on standard features of the systems you have short listed?

    Solution Minds in partnership with TEC have done it for you, simply follow the link below to purchase an evaluation report comparing the software you have shortlisted.

    Human Side of change

    Guide to Change Management

    Many projects begin with the best intentions, with outcome focused objectives, new competitive processes and the right system to support it. They set up plans, do the testing, fix all the bugs, train the people to use it and turn it on, only to find that they fall short of the expected returns.

    The thing is that at the base of it all the key reasons for project failure all tend to be people focused. Here are what some of the key findings of our research has shown:

    1. Unclear understanding of what the project wants to achieve
    2. Lack of executive commitment
    3. Unclear Responsibilities
    4. Not Willing To Change Processes
    5. Limited Training
    6. Resistance from end users

    It sounds logical that you really cannot just force people to accept a system even if it makes logical sense to for the business. This is because it is not a business decision to use the system or not, it is an individual's choice. However, it is surprising that many projects seem to still get it wrong.

    Download our guide to find out more about how change management can help ensure that the people side of Enterprise Software Solution Implementation projects is not left out.

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    To Cloud or Not to Cloud

    Web-based, portable, next generation, mobile, accessible, post-modern, evolutionary … the list of alluring marketing adjectives that describe Cloud ERP solutions is endless. But what exactly is a Cloud based ERP solution? What benefits do they have over “traditional” ERP solutions? And are they right for your business?

    BPM Before Selection

    Why you should Map and Analyse Business Processes

    The thrill and excitement of the possibility of changing your old enterprise software solution with one of the hip new solutions on the market can sometimes lead to the irrational perception that just about every one of the business problems you have faced over the past few years will be solved with this new purchase. Especially, seeing as such changes can easily cost medium sized organisation to spend at least $1 Million to implement.

    However, no matter how expensive, how new and how much a solution is marketed, if it does not align with your business needs, it will not work for your organisation. Furthermore, if the problems you are facing are not directly linked to the system you use, then those problems will not magically be solved when a new system arrives. Finally, if end users do not transition to the new ways of working in the new system, then your organisation will take longer to reap the benefits of the change. This is why it is important to have a firm understanding of how your business operates and to identify how your organisation wants to operate in the future by engaging the right people within your organisation. The best way to do this is through BPM.

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    Implementing a New ERP Vs Updating An Existing ERP

    There are three main questions that have been around for just about as long as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software itself:

    1. Do I stay with my current ERP system? If so, do I stay with my current vendor?
    2. Do I upgrade to the next version? If so, do I stay with my current vendor
    3. Do I go with a new ERP system?

    These questions are particularly relevant if you are operating an out-of-support system, or are experiencing difficulties with your current ERP Software provider. However, it is unwise to assume that your legacy system is the only factor keeping you from increasing efficiency, automation and essentially, increased margins for your business.

    With that in mind, if there is any doubt that your current system or processes fully support your vision and objectives, it becomes essential that the above questions are addressed and plant the initial seed for action.

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    How Much Does A New ERP System Cost?

    One of the first and most commonly asked questions Solution Minds receives from Organisations thinking of implementing a new ERP is; “how much does a new ERP system cost?”

    The answer is not quite as straight forward as most would prefer, “It depends on a number of factors”
    There are a range of factors to consider when budgeting for an ERP system, this write up will focus on the factors and estimates on pricing most common to mid-market finance and ERP systems and not necessarily Tier 1 (high-end) or Entry level solutions.

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    TEC HCM for Midsize Enterprises Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide examines the high-level features and functions offered by Human Capital Management (HCM) software providers that target midsize businesses. It discusses how different HCM solutions make more or less sense to midsize companies according to the number of people that they employ. It focuses on the importance of core HR functionality and best practices for growing other HCM areas within a company, such as talent management, learning management, or workforce management. The discussion is based on a review of the current literature and conversations with both vendors and end users.

    This buyer’s guide specifically examines HCM strategy and supporting software solutions for the various scales of midsize enterprises; what smaller midsize companies can learn from larger midsize companies, and vice versa, in terms of best practices, core HR processes, and beyond (i.e., talent, learning, and workforce management); and innovative HCM technologies and how they benefit a company’s HCM strategy.

    To find out which of these HCM systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

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    TEC Business Intelligence Solutions Buyer's Guide

    Solution Minds has partnered with Technology Evaluation Centre to bring you the latest global enterprise solution buyer's guides.

    This buyer’s guide presents the trends and opportunities for insight and informed decision making in the areas of business intelligence (BI), particularly data discovery and visualization. It provides a comprehensive overview of the wide spectrum of software solutions currently available on the market that can address the multitude of challenges associated with data discovery and visualization that different types of organizations face today. The BI software buyer's guide is intended for business owners, managers, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning about the deployment of data discovery and data visualization solutions within their organizations. It offers guidance for the successful selection and deployment of a data discovery and visualization solution for any company.

    To find out which of these BI systems are best for you contact Solution Minds.

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    Introduction to TEC Advisor

    Having trouble making the right ERP or Enterprise Software decisions for your organisation?

    At the heart of Solution Minds’ extensive enterprise software research capabilities, decision-making methodology and expertise is TEC Advisor, an online decision support application that will kick-start a simplified selection process and will cut through the hype and confusion that software providers use to sell you their products.

    Whether you are looking to benchmark your existing solution against other solutions in the marketplace or fully assess your options for a future software acquisition, TEC Advisor will bring expediency, transparency, and objectivity to your decision-making process.

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    Why Solution Minds uses Blueworks Live

    Solution Minds uses IBM Blueworks Live to deliver BPM&I projects to it's clients.

    The ease of use, efficiency and capability to perform detailed analysis in a collaborative fashion has meant that the time taken to gather information, create, refine and share process maps with our clients has decreased.

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    The Truth Behind Change Management

    You’re about to start a project to change your organisation’s current enterprise system to better meet the needs of the business. You’ve done your research, you know that effective Change Management correlates to a 6x increase in your chances of implementing the system on time and on budget, you know that you need people engaged, you may even have copies of “Who Moved My Cheese?” on order and you’re delegating to a Change Management Team to do the work while you focus on more important things. Or, perhaps you’re a little more eager, and have invested in a few online courses, an “extensive” training program, spoken to a few Change Managers and are confident that you’ve got this Change Management thing down pat. Sound familiar?

    Over the past decade Change Management has been widely acknowledged by organisations, consultancies, academics and just about everyone, as one of the major contributors to ERP project success! This has led to a host of organisations allocating significant money, time and resources for Change Management in their projects, either putting their faith fully in an external party to handle it for them or upskilling themselves and other’s in their organisation by taking on all Change Management activities after completing some sort of training. The truth is effective Change Management is essential to success, but neither of the scenarios above constitutes as effective Change Management for ERP Success.

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    Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an Implementer

    Want to hear some corny ERP industry jokes? No, yes? Well here they come, what does selecting an implementation partner and marriage have in common? It’s for the long haul and if you choose the wrong partner it can cost you a lot of time and money. How about tandem parachuting and implementation partners? If your partner has no idea what he is doing, no matter how good the view is at the start, sooner or later they come crashing down on top of you.

    Seriously, though selecting an implementation partner is a very important decision even if you already have an idea of which product best suites your organisation. Organisations rarely change ERP systems often, and as such are paired with an implementation partner for a much longer period than just the 6 – 18 months it takes to get the system online. This article looks at the most common mistakes organisation make when selecting an implementation partner.

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    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Changing the Cloud Game

    Microsoft is launching it's latest Cloud business application suite, Dynamics 365 and it looks like it will be bringing together Microsoft's customer relationship management (CRM) and ERP applications into one cloud based platform.

    What is quite exciting is the ability to pick and choose the apps you want to deploy based on your business needs and size from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 ecosystem of applications and add apps as you need them, bringing flexibility and seamless integration to cloud based solutions. But does it meet up to the slogan of "retink(ing) what's possible on the cloud"?

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    The Short on ERP Vendor Shortlisting

    You need a new enterprise software solution, you know it, your business has been screaming for it. There are an ungodly number of excel sheets being used to track, record and analyse information, your staff are having to enter information into multiple systems and your clients are starting to notice. The pressure is on and you know what it is that needs to be done, it’s time the dated system your using is changed.

    So you begin googling what modern ERP systems are out there, you may even look on forums and hit up some old networking buddies to see what new innovative system they are using. After scrolling forums and talking to your peers your list of systems is longer than you thought. News spreads that you’re looking for a new system and soon vendors you didn’t even know existed are calling you or friends of friends start telling you of other solutions you should check out. Now your list of requirements and possible vendors has grown even more.

    You think you have the perfect solution to cutting this list back and you begin calling the vendors on your list hoping to cut back. Then each vendor starts telling you of the cool new functionality they have, how they are on “the cloud”, can talk to social media and can even help you lose weight… I mean drop costs… anyway, your list isn’t any shorter, but that’s ok right? The wider the net the better the chances are of getting the right system… does this sound familiar?

    By taking such an approach an organisation increases the risk of choosing the wrong system for their business and falling for the hype of some sweet talking sales men. A new ERP solution is a good investment at best and an expensive mistake at worst. For this reason, it is best to mitigate against the risk of selecting the wrong system and culling your possible vendor list to a targeted and more manageable number. This article looks at some tips to help you shorten your vendor short list and have a more targeted system selection strategy.

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    Staying Fit During the Off Season

    During tough times some organisations are tightening their expenditure, and either starving themselves or going into hibernation waiting for the season to pass, but smart organisations are getting leaner, fitter and ready to perform better, by investing in initiatives to detox their processes and use better technologies to get smarter not just work harder.

    Skipping BPM is Risky

    Skip Business Process Mapping at your own Risk

    Skipping Business Process Mapping (BPM) before an ERP Implementation is unnecessarily risky!

    Sure ERP and Enterprise Software come with "Best Practices" baked in...but they are not a silver bullet!

    man 311326 1280

    Why use independent software selection consultants

    When sizing up the costs of possibly replacing or upgrading an old ERP system, many organisations may find themselves pondering why do I need to invest even more than this to get some people to help me choose which ERP I should use? Surely there are people in my industry I can talk to, to see who they use, or internet forums, blogs websites I can research on? I could contact the vendors myself? Are these independent software selection consultants really worth their weight in gold?

    Firstly, we are not all that expensive with our rates and some of us are watching our weight…. But I digress, it is understandable that these questions may sound familiar to many organisations that are looking at changing their ERP system because it is such a complex, expensive and infrequent occurrence. So it is only fair to ask “Why should I use software selection consultants?”

    New Systems Do not fix broken processes and bad culture

    Systems do not fix broken processes & bad culture

    It is quite common to see organisations jump on the new system bandwagon believing that the answer to all their problems lie in a shiny new computer system. Key organisational decision makers hear of all the cool things that modern integrated systems can provide them and think “if I had that system I would be able to make better decisions in a timelier manner”. Furthermore, as the generation Y’s increasingly climb the corporate ladder into these positions the expectation that anything can be improved with technology is further embedded in organisations. Can you blame them? The technology found within the handheld phones that we use now to message our friends, find the nearest restaurants, listen to music, access our emails and take pig nosed selfies while catching imaginary cartoon characters based on GPS locations have more power than the “super computers” of yester year that sent man to the moon. Information should be easily available, that’s the very essence of this “google generation.” I know because I am one of them. The truth is, that information is only as good as the source of it and if the process of collecting the data to produce your information is flawed, you are only getting useless information faster by implementing a new system.