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8 ways to get the most out of your ERP system
ERP News April 07, 2016
Implementing an ERP system is an expensive proposition that can cost millions of dollars (with the software licenses, consulting fees, integration costs, training and upgrades factored in) and take months, even years, to fully deploy. And, according to a report commissioned by Panorama Consulting, one in five ERP implementation projects (21 percent) end in failure.
So what steps can you take when choosing or deploying an ERP solution to decrease the likelihood of failure? Here are eight suggestions from ERP experts, systems integrators and project managers who have successfully implemented an ERP software system.
ERP software gets a makeover
Bruce Harphman/CIO Magazine February 17, 2016
ERP software is known for providing valuable services to a variety of users. Finance relies on ERP to obtain reports and maintain compliance with regulations. Marketing and sales staff serve customers, pull reports and measure their performance based on ERP generated reports. Supply chain professionals, shipping and customer service units use ERP to serve customer needs. With hundreds or thousands of active users, even small improvements in ERP productivity and user experience add up over time.
Government reveals details about energy grid hacks
CNN MONEY April 05, 2016
Hackers have stolen sensitive information from American energy companies -- and have planted malware in the energy grid with the intent to turn off the lights in the future.
They even managed to infect at least three energy companies with Cryptolocker ransomware, a particularly nasty computer virus that locks digital files and demands a ransom payment.
Newly released documents from the Department of Homeland Security are finally shedding some light on what exactly hackers are doing when they sneak into the American electrical grid.
The DHS intelligence assessment -- originally dated January 27, 2016 -- was published by Public Intelligence, a research project that shares secretive documents to educate people.
Some of the attacks described in the report are potentially serious.
3 common cloud pitfalls IT should avoid
Matt Kapko/CIO Magazine April 04, 2016
It can be difficult these days to come up with sensible reasons why businesses shouldn't embrace cloud-based productivity tools such as Google for Work or Microsoft Office 365. The benefits of the cloud are many and expanding. However, a number of common pitfalls for IT professionals exist and can have lasting negative implications on any organization.
Here are three mistakes IT professionals making a switch to the cloud should avoid:
Google wants you to be able to vote online
Sharon Gaudin/Computerworld February 16, 2016
Like the idea of using Google to vote online for the best airline, steamed dumpling or health app?
What about using Google to vote for governor or president? That seems to be Google's plan.