States move forward with ERP projects

States move forward with ERP projects

Of the 48 contiguous states, 38 have embarked upon an enterprise resource planning project, according to a recent report on state ERP trends from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP of New York.

The report is part of a study for the Oregon Transportation Department, which under legislative mandate is considering building an integrated financial management, reporting and control system.

The ERP veterans cited in the report recommended linking costs to benefits, gaining executive commitment, questioning current practices and following proven models.

The report identifies five ERP stages:

• Not planning

• Planning: analyzing ERP, plans to issue RFP within 12 months

• Started: choosing ERP software and services; partial implementation

• Initial implementation completed: core functions running

• Implementation completed: support and maintenance.

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