Tuesday Three: 3 ways to improve your business

Are you brave enough to kill the dinosaur?

  1. Kill SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle or whatever big system you use. Let’s face it you aren’t actually saving money by using it, everyone hates it and it costs a fortune to own in fees, upgrades and training. Get each department to run their own books – using Xero, with the corporate center aggregating them all up. (Is anyone brave enough to do this? – I’ve seen a multi-billion dollar company successfully run it self using one page spreadsheets)
  2. Use wordpress, joomla, silverstripe or any other free content management software for your internal and external websites. Give access to everybody and stop filtering.
  3. Buy your airfares at the last minute – you’ll sometimes get bargains and give yourself the best flexibility

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3 Responses to Tuesday Three: 3 ways to improve your business

  1. Lance, you’re like the little boy in the story of the emperor’s new clothes.

    It never ceases to amaze me companies are still spending billions (in some Australian cases hundreds of billions) on large ERP projects when all they are getting is a fancy accounting system with a few bells and whistles. In most cases the applications appear (to my untrained eye) to be three or four generations behind everyday desktop PC software – at least in terms of functionality and look and feel.

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  2. Juha says:

    Oh oh… any blog post with the words “kill” and “Peoplesoft” close to one another gets my instant approval.

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  3. Nice piece Lance – I wrote a piece on the current state of the live music business a couple of months back – similarities abound. Antiquated systems, clutching the status quo and seemingly unable to make shifts.
    http://www.griergovorko.com/blog/2009/03/19/rock-and-roll-the-times-they-are-a-changing/
    I see it as an opportunity – the amount of tools at our disposal right now is incredible – like you mentioned – the wordpress, Joomla, silverstripes, the skypes, the gmails, the google apps the list goes on and on.

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