One of the main reasons for companies to engage in global rollout initiatives is to not only renew local ERP applications to state-of-the-art technology and functionality, but also to reduce or limit implementation and operation costs. Another main reason – without preference between these two – is the business requirement to standardize or harmonize business processes and data.
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ERP architecture harmonization can cost a fortune and may include many risks. On the other hand the business case is not always easy to calculate because process costs normally do not come from standard controlling reports. What to harmonize in which way and to what extent is an individual decision for every client and needs strong alignment with the client’s business strategy. Besides all strategic thoughts and IT cost optimization, there is still the principle of “keeping it simple”. That should drive harmonization initiatives because a very complex “harmonization” could be even worse than little harmonization but a manageable IT-landscape.