75% of all ERP projects see failure – why our projects rescues succeed

In the world of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations, success often feels like an elusive goal. With a staggering 55-75% of ERP projects reported as failing to meet their objectives, it’s clear that the path to success is fraught with challenges. However, our project rescue team has a track record of turning around struggling projects. The secret to our success lies in one critical factor: ensuring that the client has their own experienced project manager (PM) at the helm.

The ERP Failure Landscape

Before diving into the importance of client-driven project management, let’s understand the landscape of ERP failures. According to a study by Gartner, nearly 75% of all ERP projects fail to meet their objectives, with 55% of them exceeding budget by an average of 60%. These failures can be attributed to various factors, including:

  1. Scope Creep: Uncontrolled changes or continuous growth in a project’s scope.
  2. Inadequate Change Management: Failing to manage the human aspect of change.
  3. Lack of Clear Objectives: Unclear or shifting project goals.
  4. Insufficient User Training: Users not adequately trained on the new system.
  5. Poor Project Management: Ineffective planning, scheduling, and oversight.

The Importance of a Client’s Own Experienced PM

Given these challenges, it becomes evident why having an experienced PM from the client’s side is crucial. Here’s why:

  1. Deep Understanding of Business Needs

An internal PM inherently understands the company’s operations, culture, and strategic goals. This deep understanding ensures that the ERP solution is tailored to the specific needs of the business, aligning with its long-term vision and avoiding misalignment that can lead to project derailment.

  1. Enhanced Communication and Collaboration

Having a PM who is part of the client organization ensures seamless communication between all stakeholders. This PM acts as a bridge between the ERP vendor and the client’s team, ensuring that requirements are clearly communicated, and feedback is promptly addressed. Effective communication is pivotal in avoiding misunderstandings that could otherwise lead to project delays or failures.

  1. Accountability and Control

An internal PM provides a single point of accountability, ensuring that someone is always keeping an eye on the project’s progress. They have a vested interest in the project’s success and can make swift decisions to keep the project on track. This level of control and accountability is often missing when the PM is solely from the vendor’s side.

  1. Proactive Risk Management

Experienced internal PMs are adept at identifying potential risks early and implementing mitigation strategies. Their intimate knowledge of the organization allows them to foresee challenges that an external PM might overlook. Proactive risk management is essential in navigating the complexities of ERP implementations.

  1. Stakeholder Engagement

Engaging stakeholders effectively is critical for ERP success. An internal PM can leverage existing relationships and trust within the organization to foster a collaborative environment. This engagement is vital for securing buy-in from all levels of the organization, from end-users to top management.

Success Through Partnership

Our project rescue services are built on the foundation of partnership. We collaborate closely with the client’s PM, providing the necessary expertise and resources while empowering the client’s team to take ownership of the project. This partnership approach ensures that the ERP solution is not only successfully implemented but also embraced and utilized effectively by the organization.


In conclusion, the high failure rates of ERP projects highlight the need for robust project management. By ensuring that the client has their own experienced PM, we bridge the gap between strategic vision and operational execution. This client-driven approach is the cornerstone of our success in rescuing ERP projects. It transforms potential failures into success stories, delivering ERP solutions that drive business growth and efficiency.

If your ERP project is struggling, remember: the key to turning it around may already be within your organization. Empower your team with experienced project management and watch your ERP implementation succeed.