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The most important document related to your ERP implementation, integration, or digital transformation is the statement of work. Including milestones, deliverable specifications, and acceptance testing criteria are all critical to getting your implementation or digital transformation off on the right foot. Learn more from Taft partner Marcus Harris in this video:

The Most Important Document You Will Negotiate in Your

Oracle recently made its largest acquisition ever by closing a $28 billion deal for electronic health care data company, Cerner. Cerner is a cloud-based platform targeted around Veteran Affair’s patient safety concerns. Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner is a strategic move by Oracle to expand into the healthcare industry. By acquiring a healthcare company, Oracle aims to increase its presence in

Does an ERP vendor’s fiscal year matter in the discount you get as a customer? Absolutely. Oracle’s fiscal year ended in May, and Oracle’s salespeople are notorious for pressuring customers into signing deals with significant discounts prior to year-end under the notion that the discount will disappear after the year-end. Customers need to take into consideration the vendor’s year-end and

Taft Chicago partner Marcus Harris will be one of the featured speakers during the 2022 Digital Stratosphere Conference Live Online Edition, Feb. 8-10, 2022. Harris will present, “Digital Transformation and Contracting” on Feb. 9 at 2:00 pm EST. This event offers insight from the industry’s leading experts for organizations embarking on a digital transformation.

For more information or to register,

Taft Chicago partner Marcus Harris will be a featured panelist during iTechLaw’s 2021 World Technology Law Conference. Harris will speak on “Tips & Tricks for Successfully Negotiating Your ERP Contract,” an interactive session that will address key ERP contractual provisions, common vendor tactics, and strategies for negotiating a contract that increases the likelihood of implementation success.

The virtual conference is

Taft Chicago partner Marcus Harris will be one of the featured speakers during Digital Stratosphere Live Online Edition, April 20-22, 2021. The event offers independent advice and lessons learned for organizations embarking on a digital transformation. The sessions on April 20 are open to all and the other days require registration. Click here for more information.

Harris will present the

Despite COVID-19 shutdowns, re-openings, and partial re-closings in some parts of the state, Illinois manufacturers of all sizes are grappling with serious management decisions. Many halted the implementation of planned installations or upgrades to an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software system or deferred part of their project when the pandemic began. Now, they are trying to decide whether to proceed

Since their inception, ERP software systems have historically been used almost entirely by large organizations: major corporations, financial institutions, federal and state government agencies, and similar behemoths with complex structures and massive operations.

Over the last few decades, ERP vendors have focused aggressively on the small to medium-sized business market. Today, a growing number of smaller businesses (stand-alone manufacturers with