Ray Atkinson Addresses Common, Crippling ERP Mistakes Today in New Book

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"Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) The Great Gamble" shares the fundamentals in ERP technology from a “holistic” corporate perspective.

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Ray Atkinson provides insights born of extensive experience to senior executives and business owners who are implementing or who have failed to implement ERP into their organizations in his debut book titled “Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) The Great Gamble.” With numerous organizations still ill-equipped to make the most out of ERP, the author, with over 35 years of teaching, operating and consulting in ERP technology, puts forward 26 fundamental steps, enabling executives to take action to prevent huge spending disasters and epic failures resulting from inept ERP implementation.

A proven and time-tested software, ERP is a centralized tool that allows organizations efficient and cost-effective control over all departments of the business. It uses a state-of-the-art system of integrated applications to monitor, manage and maintain the internal operations of a company. Integrating all business departments and functions into a single computer system, it provides real-time information for planning and decision-making.

As with all enterprise system software, however, ERP has its own downside. It has proven very difficult to implement owing to the impact on the business environment and complex technical jargon that confuses and constrains, as well as inducing companies to spend huge sums of money for poor outcomes. As a result, many executives put themselves and their companies at serious risk.

This is where Atkinson comes in: he simplifies things and spots botched patterns that a large majority fall victim to. In this book, he shows organizations the risks and the traps in dealing with ERP software vendors and reveals how to approach an ERP project from a “wholistic” corporate perspective, instead of viewing it as just a technology solution. Thus, readers will gain a better insight into ERP and the industry through 26 crucial steps designed to implement this technology effectively while keeping damaging cost blowouts at bay.

Written in layman's terms — that is, avoiding technical terms where possible — and in a short format that can be read during a one-hour plane trip, “Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) The Great Gamble” divulges to executives what they need to understand before embarking on or during an ERP project.

For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

About the Author
Ray Atkinson is a consultant specializing in ERP systems for manufacturing, distribution, mining, and construction industries. He graduated from the Sydney School of Business (New South Wales Department of Technical Education) in 1974 and has lived and worked in UK, Middle East, Japan, and Norway on major projects ranging from manufacturing, quality systems, logistics, supply management, to client representation for offshore oil construction projects. He has designed a computer-based system for the engineering, procurement, logistics, and construction of major oil field drilling and production platforms for the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Atkinson has lectured and consulted on MRPII, ERP, and lean principles across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and India for the past 30 years. He is currently the CEO of Atko Global, a consulting business that specializes in providing advice to organizations looking to implement ERP software solutions and assisting companies in recovering from failed and underperforming EPR systems and dispute resolution. Visit his website at http://www.atkoglobal.com.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) The Great Gamble * by Ray Atkinson
An Executive’s Guide to Understanding an ERP Project
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$19.99; 84 pages; 978-1-4836-4442-4
Trade Hardback; AU$39.99; 84 pages; 978-1-4836-4443-1
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4836-4444-8

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 1-800-455-039. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8088 6078 or call 1-800-455-039.

Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at 1-800-455-039 or on the web at http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

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