THE SCENARIO SEQUENCE
Enterprise software projects typically play out in one of the four scenarios depicted on the curved line in the graph below.
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The project team claims efficiency by performing against time and budget criteria. Changes were probably within palatable boundaries. The initial scope was doubtlessly reduced at some point to accommodate time and budget constraints. There is no recognizable improvement in the business to the extent that you might as well not have done the project. Meetings are strained and the future is filled with hard work to implement the next phases in attempts to get some business value from the investment.
The project reaches a Point of No Return at which juncture going back to the previous system will be more painful and expensive than making available additional funding to just get the project done. Senior people end up resigning. Excessively long working days, accountability shifting and defensive posturing are the order of the day. The company loses competitive positioning and there is a very long road ahead to rebuild lost opportunity.
A project is effective when the business experiences returns that far outweigh the enterprise software projects investment, Improved competitiveness, limitations in the business have been diminished. All stakeholders in the business are embracing the way ahead and the Future is exciting.
The Project is cancelled and legal options are explored. Money, time, business opportunity and valuable staff are wasted and broken. In an absolute worst case, the company suffers irreparable destruction of its competitive positioning.
To invest is to allocate money, or another resource, such as time, in the expectation of some benefit in the future. In finance, the expected future benefit from investment is a return. Wikipedia
In business, cost is usually a monetary valuation of either effort, material, resources, time or utilities consumed, risks incurred, and opportunity forgone in the production and delivery of a good or service. (www.businessdictionary.com)
- Competitiveness Destruction
The company is less able to compete effectively in its chosen market. It loses market share and cost of doing business increases. In a worst case scenario, the company closes down.
- Competitiveness enhancement
Enhanced competitive advantage is the ability to stay ahead of present or potential competition.
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