The Ghouls of ERP
‘Twas the night of Halloween when all through the office
Not a system was blinking not even a “mouse.”
The power was on, all ready to go
For our November Go-Live, on the ‘morrow.
The employees were busy dressing up for the night
While thoughts of the planned launch were nowhere in sight.
All had been tested and everyone trained
There was not a scenario we’d not entertained!
Did it matter that our ERP Plan was a bit lame?
Or that no one from Sales played in our game?
Sure, our Chart-of-Accounts had not been redone
Nor had we tried a test load and run.
All systems were go, checklists be damned,
Everyone knew the software was wonderfully grand
We were free to party this Halloween eve
Carve pumpkins, drink cider, and take our leave.
The evening grew dark while we sought tricks and sought treats
For ‘tis the custom before Go-Live to eat many sweets!
The morning’s sun rose up like a pumpkin in the sky
The new system went live but, by golly, it just didn’t fly . . .
Not a sale could be posted
Cash receipts unapplied
Maybe we weren’t as ready as we’d boasted
So now who’s to blame – we kinda just coasted.
Fingers were pointing between management and staff
It must have been the Ghouls of Halloween, someone then said with a laugh.
So, as this Halloween approaches, please check all around
Before launching your new system right into the ground.
Bring on a good Project Manager who really knows her stuff
From testing to training, it must be more than a bluff.
Plan Well, Budget Right, and Test Away
To be sure that this Halloween is a sweet holiday!
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