Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y) has introduced elements of Montessori teaching into its enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation methodology in a bid to make projects quicker, cheaper and more successful.
It believes companies still fail to see the link between the project and business goals, do not understand how much organisational change is required for the implementation to work, and suffer from a lack of traction due to "here we go again" syndrome.
Derek Wilson, vice president at CGE&Y, told vnunet.com that revisiting complex decisions was the main reason for projects overrunning.
"Linking a project to key business strategy gives you real sponsorship. The way we do that is by getting all of the stakeholders - including the project team, partners and hardware vendors - in the right environment. Things go wrong when people lose sight of their original goals," he said.
CGE&Y claims its approach can slash project costs by up to 30 per cent.
But David Bradshaw, principal analyst at Ovum, said the announcement highlighted the pressure systems integrators are under to offer value for money services to customers.
"The problem is that systems integrators are being asked to cut their own throat," he said.
"There is an awful lot around about this kind of thing but I have to be convinced that it's truly something new. Most of it is somewhere between common sense and motherhood and apple pie."
The methodology will also set out to tackle widespread disillusionment about ERP implementations.
Almost 60 per cent of ERP customers surveyed by Nucleus Research earlier this year did not believe they had achieved a positive return on investment, and nearly half of companies said their ERP implementation had gone over budget.
Peter Robertshaw, business development director at SAP UK and Ireland, said the methodology recognised the known challenges that people had failed to address in the past.
"All consultancies know about these issues and CGE&Y are being clever to integrate this idea of culture. Ignore it at your peril."
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