Nasty, Risky and Just Plain Hard
Hardly any supply chain professional over the age of 21 is unacquainted with the joys and sorrows of system integration. Such projects were common enough in the corporate landscape over the last 10 years, peaking at the end of the 1990s when companies scrambled to install new ERPs that would head off the threats of Y2K. Lessons were learned, often the hard way, about the necessity of properly managing IT projects. (Some would say there is no way to properly manage such large-scale endeavors.)
Now, a new generation of supply chain applications exists. They are smaller than the ERPs of yesteryear, but, in some cases, far more sophisticated and targeted. Beyond that, it appears little else has changed.