If IT Doesn’t Get It, Neither Do You

You may think you own the global process, but if your global business services are dependent upon a disconnected or uninterested IT group, breakdowns aren’t far ahead. A longstanding fractious relationship tends to exist between process owners and technology owners.  Not to beat up exclusively on the IT folks, but with so much riding on [...]

Public Sector ERP Implementation – Insights from Front-Line Peers

Elizabeth Newman, Senior Advisor, KPMG Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory ERP systems have the potential to deliver significant cost savings, productivity boosts and efficiency gains to public sector organizations. But their implementation is fraught with complex technological challenges, are highly disruptive in how core business processes are conducted, and are highly prone to timeline extensions [...]

The Case of the Not Yet Ready UAT Environment

Jeri Lykke, Senior Manager, Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory Picture this: you’re the client leader of a mid-market, multi-process human resources outsourcing (HRO) implementation. The project has been preceding well with requirements defined, configuration and conversion activities running as planned, and your team has prepared a thorough testing plan and test cases ahead of user [...]

Are You Stuck in Deep Amber? How to Decode Project Status Color Codes

Jeri Lykke, Senior Manager, Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory A few years ago, I observed the following discussion during a Human Resources outsourcing (HRO) transition and implementation status meeting. The client described significant issues with the initiation of User Acceptance Testing, detailed relevant associated risks and asked that the project’s status be changed to Red. [...]