Enterprise Performance Management: I Can See For Miles

Like the narrator of the song "I Can See for Miles," organizations that implement enterprise performance management solutions have a vision of their operations that extends beyond their corporate horizon.


But what happens when information isn't always available from within the organization, as is the case when transportation or delivery functions are outsourced? Supply chain integration becomes difficult and management is unable to gain complete insight into the performance of these areas. With standard ERP solutions this is a natural problem, because the technology was not developed to integrate multiple data sources. Yet EPM methodologies focus exactly on this very issue, regardless of the environment or the individual source applications with which it has to interact. With the proper framework and supporting technology, real supply chain integration finally becomes possible.

About the Author: David Giannetto is director of the Enterprise Performance Management Practice at Cohn Consulting Group, a division of J.H. Cohn LLP (www.jhcohn.com). He provides specialized services in such areas as performance management, strategic planning and information technologies integration. He can be reached at dgiannetto@jhcohn.com.

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