First published on CloudAve
I read the other day that the United Nations is currently embarking on a project with the aim of overhauling its ERP systems. This project apparently has a USD300 million budget and according to the tender document;
presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to equip the organization with twenty-first century techniques, tools, training and technology
The UN is currently running around 1400 different information systems that tell a sorry tale of inefficiency including;
So it seems the project is a logical way to drive some efficiency gains while also opening up the United Nations to collaborative and productivity tools that are currently unavailable to them. But I can''t help but think it''s looking at this the wrong way - some functional aspects of the project include;
So some thought from me on how to do more for less...
I contend that an agile approach, the use of OpenSource, a modern approach towards workplace management and a move away from UN bloat could see this project completed for a third of the budgeted cost, with greater extensibility and faster than otherwise.
Cool - anyone else want to join in submitting a proposal to the UN? An opportunity to leverage the collective wisdom of the Enterprise 2.0 community to drive some better outcomes for the global community - or something ;-)