Managing The Full Erp Life-Cycle: Considerations Of Maintenance And Support Requirements And It Governance Practice As Integral Elements Of The Formula For Successful Erp Adoption

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Charlie Chen Ph.D, professor (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Companies adopting enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have often focused primarily on implementation-related factors while neglecting those of post-implementation. As a result, the usefulness and operation of the ERP systems, once installed, are compromised. This research adopted a case study approach to demonstrate that ERP adoption efforts that fail to pay attention to post- implementation requirements (especially those relevant to maintenance and support (M&S)) from an early stage in the project lifecycle will face dire consequences. It points out that poor planning and management of M&S services can imperil the normal operations of an ERP system and the daily activities of a business. With the life span of ERP systems getting shorter, sound M&S practices can extend their life and create a stable system platform to support efficient and effective business operations. M&S issues deserve to be considered as integral elements among the critical success factors (CSF) of ERP adoption projects. In other words, ERP success requires a full lifecycle perspective to be taken by adopting companies. With lessons having been learned from the mistakes in the first project, the company in this case study revamped its ERP implementation second time out, with due consideration being given to M&S strategies and practices from project initiation onward in order to realize a stable, usable, and maintainable system. The case study explores and identifies the critical success factors (CSF) of ERP adoption, and shows that M&S must be included as a key element from the outset and throughout the system lifecycle. Our findings capture a great deal of experience for any ERP adopting companies to follow in order to avoid learning costly lessons both in implementation and subsequent M&S throughout the lifespan of the system. A set of propositions is also presented for academic researcher to consider in future ERP research endeavors.

Additional Information

Publication
Chuck C.H. Law, Charlie C. Chen, Bruce J.P. Wu. (2010). "Managing The Full Erp Life-Cycle: Considerations Of Maintenance And Support Requirements And It Governance Practice As Integral Elements Of The Formula For Successful Erp Adoption" Computers in Industry, 61(3), 297-306. Version Of Record Available At www.sciencedirect.com
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
customization, software-patches, maintenance and support

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