f secrets of correlations and analysis on a per-product or per-customer basis which a manual system otherwise is not able to deliver at a high level of accuracy. The Management is informed with accurate and consistent data from a tightly integrated and controlled system who, otherwise, were dependent on the manual, approximate data provided by the functional, unit or branch heads. The benefits of a software enabled business thus are enormous. (Dunshee, ERPN, 2001, p. 2-3 and Upadhyaya, 2005, p.4-11)
However, if a Software System is not carefully selected or implemented in the organization, it actually causes more damages than bringing benefits to the table (Litzenberg, 2007, p. 4). This paper presents a structured methodology of Software Application selection and implementation in an organization.
Businesses in today’s competitive world are getting more and more complex and expanding across regions and countries. The large span of a business and its complexities makes it almost impossible to be managed manually. Almost every business today is enabled by IT Systems and Services. However, not all IT solutions offer an end to end integrated and relational information management as well as paperless automation. Example, many businesses run with distributed standalone systems operating in departments that are full-fledged applications in silos but the data consolidation & MIS reporting happens after the data is extracted from all systems, copied on excel sheets, graphs/charts are created and then stored on network drives or sent via E-mail. One such sample is very prominently reported in UI-Integrate Project Update presentation by University of Illinois (p.4).
The benefits are more tangible to an organization when an end-to-end integrated Application System is implemented for an organization having multiple independent components exchanging data with each other over an integrated information system. Examples of such systems are Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP),