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“Tofurky – The Credible Alternative” by Denise Ganly

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 23, 2018  |  Comments Off on “Tofurky – The Credible Alternative” by Denise Ganly

Credible alternatives…everyone seems to be trying to find them. Households around America celebrated Thanksgiving this week. Most sat down around a table laden with the traditional roast turkey dinner; however, not everyone did. Some families sought credible alternatives to the turkey centrepiece. Maybe it was tofurky because someone’s date was vegetarian. Or Aunt Sue brought a nut loaf because she’s woke to eating more sustainably. Perhaps Dad got caught up in the hype around turducken and had to try it.


Other families bucked the roast dinner trend altogether. They went to a Mexican restaurant, visited an Italian deli or ordered Chinese to go. They broke from the traditional mode of Thanksgiving dinner completely. But every one of these iconoclasts were still celebrating the holiday.

You need to approach your thinking regarding ERP in a similar way. Are there credible alternatives to <insert vendor name here> on the market? Well, that depends on how you view “ERP.” If you are looking to recreate your large monolithic, single-instance, on-premise deployment, then probably not. However, if you’re prepared to rethink your approach to ERP, then credible solutions do emerge.

In this blog, my colleagues and I have frequently written about postmodern ERP and the changing nature of ERP itself.  Yet when faced with the question of credible alternatives, we still fall into the trap of trying to find like for like, of seeking equivalencies. We all need to break that paradigm.

Stop thinking about ERP as the roast turkey dinner and start thinking about what it’s composed of. For some of us, that may mean swapping out the main event – the turkey – with an alternative. For others, maybe the turkey stays but we serve different sides or desserts. Perhaps roasted carrots instead of candied sweet potatoes and chocolate cake instead of pumpkin pie. When we consider ERP in these terms, credible alternatives abound. For the rebels among us, who want to jettison the whole idea of a roast dinner and go out for seafood instead, it may be more difficult but not impossible.

Challenge your organization’s thinking on ERP. Do so and you may be surprised at what you find emerge as credible solutions. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Now, please pass the gai pad krapow.


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Deborah R Wilson
Managing Vice President, ERP Strategy Team
12 years at Gartner
20 years IT industry

Deborah Wilson, a recovering Gartner research analyst, leads the Gartner ERP strategy research team. Read Full Bio

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