EnterpriseWise™ Recipe for ERP Sustainability
In the world of business systems the ingredients vary and change over time. What once constitutes a complete set is no longer viable. Why do things change? What makes flexibility, grow/shrink, sustainability and long range planning necessary is, the markets and customer changes.
We need a long range plan to suffice today’s needs played against tomorrow’s vision. To have an enterprise level systems approach without breaking the bank is essential. Costs, performance, reliability, sustainability and flexibility make managing resources a real challenge.
Taking our systems to the next level may call for an upgrade in hardware, software, infrastructure and more often than not, a change in personnel. Technologies change on average once per quarter or every 90 days. Major upgrades can be seen on an annual basis, affecting the entire enterprise. These beneficial upgrades can pay for themselves when the enterprise is built to accept change gracefully and painlessly.
How do we do this? We start with the end-game in mind, then back up to today. Taking a fresh look at virtualization, consolidation, and cloud services to accomplish those goals there are some basics to start.
Define the plan:
- Define why of the plan.
- Define what is to be done.
- Define when it is to be done.
- Define who is going to do it.
Building the right team is a leadership essential. Experience and expertise qualifying the targets based on your business’ disaster recovery plan (DRP) may be a good first step. Your DRP, because it outlines those critical components of business architecture, gives you the baseline systems required to recover business continuity. These systems and components may include backup and recovery policies and procedures. Backups are the first line of defense. Recovery policies instruct the company what, who, where and when procedures are executed. Procedure testing ensures your plan works, as described, allowing business continuation following a disaster.
Working with customers to design effective plans gave us some ideas to share. Let’s take an example plan and see how it fits your needs.
To reduce hardware and software recurring costs while gaining better system performance architecture in the process. Initially, starting with twelve physical servers, each server is serving particular (granular) “single-ended” functions, like email or database. Each server has purchase, management, upgrade, repair, maintenance, and general support costs. Each server requires a percentage of man-years available from their technical staff. Together with these costs are the reliability questions, life-cycles, ageing and replacement schedules.
12 servers, 15 PCs, 20 Laptops, 10 personal storage devices, 2 network storage units, 2 tape drives and 1 carousel-library. The enterprise capacities were estimated to be 20-24 Terabytes (1 terabyte (TB) equals 1,000,000,000,000 bytes).
Data deduplication; getting rid of duplicate files and file-shares are of concern for the company. Each storage “unit” (PC, disk, NAS/SAN, etc) is considered to be a point of failure. These data stores require time and resources to ensure continued operations. The non-systematic nature of their data growth is cause for concern.
Represent each resource’s management cost in real terms. Understand those costs to support and manage against other methods of resource availability. Methodologies, such as cloud services, consolidation of servers (virtualization), PCs and storage, reduce and eliminate data duplication (deduplication), and consider costs and savings based on the chosen methodologies.
- What does cloud services offer?
- Does one method save or cost more?
- Inherent strengths or weaknesses of each method?
- What can be done?
- How long will it take?
- What will it cost?
- How long before another change-cycle?
- Can we plan and budget for changeover?
- What is the payback for the choices we make?
The best ERP Software is no accident. SYSRO, for over 30 years, has been the winner for more than 14,000 enterprises worldwide.
Knowing where you are, with trust in your enterprise tool-set, helps define where to start. For the best possible outcomes, do your internal systems align; people, technologies, and enterprise software?
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