5 Steps For A Smooth ERP Project

By Doug Bartholomew  |  Posted 2006-10-02 Print this article Print

International Game Technology, a maker of slot machines, uses an enterprise resource planning system to tilt the odds in its favor by cutting production turnarounds and streamlining staff access to company information.

5 Steps For A Smooth ERP Project

1 - Get solid support from upper management.
2 - Establish a cross-functional ERP steering committee.
3 - Set up a strong project management team, including line staff.
4 - Develop a training program so employees understand how to use the new tools and can teach others.
5 - Test all processes first to gain confidence that the system will work the way it's designed.

At A Glance: IGT

Headquarters: 9295 Prototype Drive, Reno, NV 89521
Phone: (775) 448-7777
URL: www.igt.com
Business: Designs and manufactures slot and gaming machines for casinos and government lotteries.
Technology Chief: Rayleen Cudworth, vice president of information systems
Financials in 2005: Revenue of $2.4 billion; net income of $437 million.

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Doug Bartholomew is a career journalist who has covered information technology for more than 15 years. A former senior editor at IndustryWeek and InformationWeek, his freelance features have appeared in New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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