An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is the backbone of knowledge for any organization, sending and receiving information along its nerves to each corner of the company. As with all living organizations, it will continue to grow, in a fashion that is both controlled and uncontrolled, and will require care and feeding throughout its life cycle. That life has many stages, as do all lives, beginning with birth (implementation), moving into the terrible twos of post–go live, and taking on the wonder of a child in a new world, gathering and supplying information as it moves throughout its world. Once it passes puberty, it will continue to gather and process knowledge, but at some point, it becomes historical, living in the past and not quite keeping up with the current world. This uncontrolled growth can be tamed and shaped to the needs of an organization with a little care and feeding, which will take knowledge and understanding—not only of the system itself, but of an organization’s information needs. This book is intended to assist with the stages of an ERP life cycle, providing the system knowledge required to shape its growth and control the data it processes and shares with the organization.
A new implementation of any system involves many decisions surrounding the project itself and the system setups. Some decisions, such as Ledgers, are specific to the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), while others, like testing, are software agnostic. Understanding what these decisions are can help to streamline the implementation and keep it contained. This chapter, designed more as a discussion guide than a how-to, talks about both system-specific and general implementation considerations and their impact on the project