Project #63188 - From ERP to CLOUD

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Motivating Scenario


A major ERP software company decided to turn around the trend of customers slowly moving away from running their ERP systems inhouse, and adopt a Cloud Computing strategy, offering ERP software as a service (SaaS) and ERP Platform as a service (PaaS).


You as a strategic management consultant to the CEO of the ERP vendor, are asked to analyse the situation, and give recommendations on the way forward to implement this strategy.  As part of this, you are asked to:

1.       Identify the elements of the Business Model that uses cloud-based SaaS and PaaS,

2.       Describe the Business Concept that outlines the vision of this future business model,

3.       Detail the strategy to implement the vision, including the strategic goals and objectives, and the principles that should guide this transformation, and

4.       Describe, using a dynamic business model, what is involved in the transformation of the present business model to realize this envisioned future.


In a real life scenario what you are producing would be part of a Business Case or a Business Plan, but this assignment does not ask you to create a complete business plan.


For this you must do research on SaaS, PaaS and find strategic analyses regarding cloud migration of ERP systems. Your major source can be Gartner reports (use the library online!), search ERP and PaaS, ERP and SaaS, but need to use other sources as well regarding ERP implementation issues.




·         The total length of the assignment, including figures, is likely to be ~7-8 pages including figures (and the explanatory text of this template) .   Please do not delete the template from your submission.

·         Consider this assignment as the draft of the first part of your final assignment.   Submit in docx format.

·         Keep your docx file, because for the final assignment you will have to use MS Word’s Review > Track changes function to show where and how you improved the assignment based on my feedback.

·         The assignment can be completed individually or in groups of maximum three, but the final Assignment  will have to be based on strictly individual work.



1         Identification of the Business


Briefly describe the ERP market in which the ERP vendor operates (what major entities are involved, what are their roles)?

Note that you must be clever not to make this description too complex.   The reason for this description is to identify the levels and types of entities that will be involved in the change, you do not necessarily have to identify all individual entities.





2         The Business concept


2.1        The vision [~ 1 page] – the present and the envisioned business model (short statement of vision, from the point of view of the proposed strategic transformation)

Note that most of this would normally be stated by someone on the CEO level, with the help of advisors, analysts and planners, and subsequently agreed on with stakeholders or stakeholder representatives

Who are the stakeholders and what are their products and services why change is necessary and what is to change?




What is the value proposition of this vision (for the listed stakeholders)?




Will there be any change in the relationship between stakeholders as a result of the proposed change? – address this only briefly [often this would be addressed by a complete market analysis]




Will there be any change in terms of the financial / economic / competitive position of participants [leader/follower/niche/laggard?)





Who (what entities) should be involved in the implementation of the vision?




When and where should all of the above happen (timing)?




2.2        Brief strategic analyses / feasibility study [~ 1 page – normally this study would be more detailed than this assignment allows]

Technology (How do existing technology and technology trends compare, i.e. how mature is present technology, ultimately is the vision feasible? Note that strategic programmes may start before complete technology maturity, but use a staged approach)

In addition to scientific literature, use the stategic analysis firm Gartner as a resource for your strategic analyses





Financial viability (e.g. is there any change in the financial model of how IT services are provided / is the investment needed understood?)




Does any Product / market related opportunity or issue exist that must be addressed (e.g. quality, source , legal, stability …) [some of these may not apply to this specific case]



Competition (does any competition exist in this area that influence the urgency of implementing the vision (so as not to be left behind)




Risk (what risks do you see that can derail the implementation of the vision and how would you address them?) [it is enough to identify one or two, so that it is clear that you understand what would have to be worked out in a real life assignment]




Resources and Capabilities of the company that influences the feasibility of implementing the vision (existing / missing / envisioned human-, logistics-, IT resources and capabilities)




3         Strategy to implement the vision


3.1        Strategic Goals and Objectives to be achieved to implement the vision

Normally, for each concrete objective that help progress the organisation towards the attainment of a goal, it would normally be expected to also specify how we shall measure success (using performance indicators), and also critical success factors. [In this assignment I do not require you to do this]. 





3.2         Principles underlying the planning, design and implementation of the vision

This includes management mandated- and regulatory  / legal aspects

Such policies and principles are guiding the planning, design and implementation activities / projects, and are also expected to be used in the governance of the change.  [NOTE: only provide examples, there is no need to be comprehensive in this assignment]


Stakeholder relationship management principles




Technology principles




Organisational and human resource principles




Process- and process management principles




Investment / financial management / efficiency related principles




Quality principles




Risk management and systemic principles




Principles regarding systemic properties (‘ilities’)





4         Strategic Plan to implement the vision


Create a dynamic business model that lists all entities involved, including existing, new, and transitional (such as a change programme and projects)

Represent on the dynamic business model the life-cycle relationships among these entities so as to be able to read from this model what change activities are necessary to make the vision reality


Do not forget to include Project and Programme entities in you model.




Insert the dynamic business model diagram here as a picture.


You can use PowerPoint to draw a dynamic business model (see template on the course website).




Figure 1. Change to Cloud based ERP solutions from the ERP vendor’s point of view


As a commentary to Fig.1., for each Enterprise Business Entity (‘EBE’) briefly describe its tasks (role) in the transformation


EBE: xyz

XYZ’s task is to …



EBE: pqr

PQR’s task is to …




RST’s task is to …



Normally, after this, a plan (timeline and stages) would also be produced, but you are not required to provide this in the assignment.


5         REFERENCES


Please use APA 6 style referencing (

Subject Computer
Due By (Pacific Time) 03/31/2015 12:00 am
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