TxM 051 Section 6.1 Why Taxonomy and Configuration Management software is necessary Created by James on 7/4/2013 12:00:52 PM
Having outlined the conceptual elements of an ERP configuration management software suite the question arises "why is this necessary?" The points that follow headline the reasons why such software is vital to any organization:
Consistency and precision of hierarchy and code schemes is central to the concept of precision configuration and therefore the use of software is vital.
2. Only to JAR&A standards
Software is only possible with precision configuration to JAR&A standards and then all sorts of powerful automation and intelligent processing become possible.
3. Alternative is expensive people
Rule based taxonomy and ERP configuration management without software can only be achieved by highly trained and expensive personnel with robust succession planning. Alternatively clever software must be used.
4. The concept powers the opportunity
The very patterns that make precision configuration so powerful as a source of management information ALSO open the door for automated software tools to assist with building precision configurations.
5. Greatly improved long-term taxonomy and configuration quality
The use of precision ERP configuration management software greatly improves quality.
6. Software cuts in where manual costs escalate
Manual taxonomy construction becomes increasingly costly as the detail expands exponentially down the hierarchy but at roughly the same point that manual construction and coding become unwieldy and costly software will start to perform at its best.
7. Reduced life time operating costs
ERP configuration management software will drastically reduce ERP life-time operating costs IF consistently and reliably employed AND greatly improve sustainable ERP performance with particular emphasis on the quality of management information.
I am firmly convinced that an investment in ERP configuration management software will serve any organization extremely well and will offer a sizable return on investment. This is the way of the future for ERP and business information (including BI and DW) generally.
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