John Belden

Contributing writer

John Belden is the Project Execution Advisory Services Practice Leader at UpperEdge. He is responsible for the development and delivery of advisory services designed to maximize the value extracted from systems integrators and mitigate risks associated with IT-enabled transformations.

Articles by John Belden

A tsunami of IT project disasters is on the horizon
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A tsunami of IT project disasters is on the horizon

No garden-variety u2018over budget and behind scheduleu2019 project failures here. Weu2019re talking spectacular failures that disrupt supply chains, delay the reporting of financials, and blow up the careers of seemingly competent executives.
February 4, 2022
5 critical steps to relaunch a transformation initiative
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5 critical steps to relaunch a transformation initiative

Across all markets, transformation programs that have been on hold for close to a year are being launched or relaunched. Here's how to make sure your transformation stays on the right track and lower your systems integrator spend by 15-20%.
January 20, 2021
6 challenges of agile at scale for ERP
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6 challenges of agile at scale for ERP

Overcoming these challenges are key to using agile for an ERP implementation. It's well worth the effort.
September 29, 2020
4 lessons from the Hertz vs. Accenture IT disaster
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4 lessons from the Hertz vs. Accenture IT disaster

A tremendous amount of information and specific insight can be gleaned by analyzing projects gone wrong. Here are four lessons IT leaders can apply to any outsourcing agreement.
February 5, 2020
High performing multi-vendor transformation teams – How to make it work
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High performing multi-vendor transformation teams – How to make it work

There can be a significant pay-off for clients who enable a multi-vendor model to support their transformational programs. However, companies need to be prepared to put forward the effort required to enable the capturing of program benefits.
November 27, 2019
Don’t let your IT-enabled transformation program go ‘Into Thin Air’
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Don’t let your IT-enabled transformation program go ‘Into Thin Air’

While reading “Into Thin Air”, I started drawing some parallels between climbing Mount Everest and deploying a major ERP system. The software you buy is the path that you choose to climb the mountain, and the System Integrator (SI) is your commercial guide. You put your trust in the SI to prepare you for the journey and make a significant investment of both your time and resources to complete the trip, just like those that trusted their lives to the mountain guides in 1996.
September 12, 2018
6 ways to train your internal team to maximize the value of consultants
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6 ways to train your internal team to maximize the value of consultants

Companies today typically staff major programs with internal talent who spend a majority of their time engaged in the day-to-day operations of the company. Their participation in projects is typically infrequent and usually part-time. Contrast this with the consulting business model.
August 13, 2018
5 mistakes to avoid when developing a SOW with Accenture, Deloitte, and IBM
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5 mistakes to avoid when developing a SOW with Accenture, Deloitte, and IBM

Here are five of more than 30 risk points to address in the construction of an MSOW. You should consider all program risk points prior to signing off, rather than waiting until after the signing of the MSOW to conduct the first risk assessment.
July 10, 2018