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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

“ERP, the Future of Applications, and the Composable Enterprise” by Mike Guay

by Debbie Wilson  |  January 27, 2020

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “ERP?” Probably not “innovative and flexible.” ERP suites of the past weren’t designed to be either. Gartner coined the term ERP in the early 1990’s to describe the expansion of MRPII to include more of an enterprise focus. The term ERP has endured for […]

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“Secure the moving target!” by Tim Faith

by Debbie Wilson  |  January 21, 2020

The future of enterprise applications is integration.   One day there will be a frictionless user experience for all users of ERP that will enable deep insights into business at a moment’s notice.  The information and insight we need will be as close as our phone, tablet, watch or personal assistant device.  The technology to pull […]

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“Not Just Talk:  Five Things You Can Do NOW to Promote Diversity &  Inclusion” by Debbie Wilson

by Debbie Wilson  |  January 13, 2020

Not Just Talk:  Five Things You Can Do NOW to Promote Diversity &  Inclusion It’s well-established fact that diverse teams outperform those that are not.  Variety in thought process, approach, background and experience bring a richness and depth to decision-making and strategy that uniformity simply can’t match.  Most of us SAY we support diversity, and […]

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“Floating Point Error at Christmas” by Alexander Buschek

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 20, 2019

Floating Point Error at Christmas Christmas Eve is the busiest time for Santa Claus. It’s delivery day. The supply-chain Santa Claus has to manage is impressive. Depending how well children behaved, Santa Claus has to deliver more than a billion Christmas presents that one night. To handle this massive supply chain Santa uses a homegrown, […]

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“Why You Should Keep the Business Team Around Long After Your ERP Project Go-Live” by Duy Nguyen

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 13, 2019

After all my years of travel and talking to customers, I often heard the same common complaint. Once an ERP implementation is completed, organizations often disbanded the business process owners / expert team, and wondered why they can’t add any more value to their ERP and business process optimization. At the same time, business domains […]

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“‘Twas the night before ERP” by Paul Schenck

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 9, 2019

With the end of the year and holidays approaching, that means one thing for people on big ERP projects… Presents!? No, the Jan 1 go-live is almost here! To help celebrate this time of year, here is a new twist on a holiday poem:   ‘Twas the night before ERP, when all through the war […]

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“Family Vacations and ERP” by Denis Torii

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 1, 2019

Guess I should have learned with National Lampoon’s Vacation (the old movie from 1983 with Chevy Chase). Family vacations can be hectic. A couple of weeks ago, I took some family time, going around California to visit Disneyland and some other places. While I have many good memories of those days (“vacation time can never […]

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“An ERP Fairy Tale – No So Grimm After All” by Paul Saunders

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 22, 2019

Once upon a time in a land not so far away there were three public sector organizations known as Public Information for Government Services (PIGS). They were rather small and didn’t have large budgets but they were hard working and dedicated. They knew that their IT systems were old and outdated and the expectations of […]

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“So, What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?” by Mike Guay

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 15, 2019

I was with my grandkids this past weekend and the subject of Halloween came up. I asked each of them what they were going to be for Halloween and got several standard responses: “a Snow Fairy”, “Spiderman”, “a Ballerina”… it’s fun reliving this with my grandkids.  Years ago I was an executive at a consulting […]

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“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” by Tim Faith

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 8, 2019

Cried King Richard III, in the battlefield of Bosworth.  At least, according to William Shakespeare.   Was it the fact that there were no more horses on the battlefield?  Apparently not, as his loyal councilor Catesby offered to find another horse.  Was it that Richard was completely incompetent with that horse?  Not according to Shakespeare, who […]

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