Category Archives: Whitepapers

Change as a Growth Enabler

Despite the inevitability of change, the resistance to it is so pervasive that it has inspired numerous publications and an entire industry of change management experts dedicated to overcoming it. The inability to change is certainly seen as a major flaw in business, resulting in the call for agile management, agile IT, and agile thinking. […]

Maximizing the Value of ERP Investments

Given the option, would you prefer to receive one large lump sum of money right now, or several small but regular payments distributed over many years? This conundrum is typically associated with lottery winners, and these fortunate few overwhelmingly choose to receive the lump sum – even though their winnings are significantly reduced due to […]

Thinking About Selling Part of Your Business – Accounting Treatment of the Costs

Under FASB 141-Business Combinations, prior to 2009 merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction costs could be capitalized and recorded as part of the purchase price. Effective in 2009, FASB 141-R Business Combinations (later codified as ASC-805-10) mandates that direct M&A transaction costs now need to be treated separately from the business combination and expensed as occurred.  […]

Time for a Tune Up

Imagine yourself cruising down the highway when, suddenly, the “check engine” indicator lights up on the dashboard. The moment you glance at it, you are aware that there is some issue with your car’s performance. This light does not necessarily mean that your car will fall apart in the next few miles; in fact, most […]

Optimizing Cross-validation Rules in General Ledger

Cross-validation rules determine which segment values in your chart of accounts (or other key flexfields) can be used together.  Upon data entry, the rule determines and controls the valid values that may be used in conjunction with other values. This paper shows how to set up Cross-validation rules, discusses the design considerations for your chart […]

Is Your ERP System Killing Your Business

Today’s enterprises are plagued with problems related to making decisions whether to utilize resources to maintain existing IT environments or to initiate change programs that can transform existing systems into new optimized enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that more adequately support the businesses. Innovation often takes a back seat to maintaining the status quo, a […]

The Bridge to Nowhere

Integration of diverse applications means building bridges that connect one application to another in order to pass data between them. There are several ways of integrating data, from writing code to insert data that is generated in one system into another system to using a hub-type technology with several adaptors that also includes a messaging […]

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Almost everyone has had some experience during which two or more people have been working on the same task at the same time.  In such cases, it is often hard to determine who has the “master copy” of the project, and changes made by one individual can easily get lost or overwritten by changes made […]

Agility by Design – Finished But Not Done

Part I of this series addressed the requisites of a stable design for enterprise systems that will allow them to remain agile over both the near- and longer-term. It first identified the core building blocks of systems, the metadata, data, and business processes and explained the relationships of those building blocks and the need for complete, […]

Agility by Design – Building Software to Last

Part 1: A Stable Design The implementation of enterprise systems brings with it great promise of better information, consistent systems, and reduced operational costs. Achieving that promise, however, is an immense challenge. Building a cohesive enterprise software environment is extremely complex. Most large companies have hundreds of applications to run their business. Many of the […]