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Like ski lifts, pre-configured software gets you to the top quicker. The skiing remains as amazing as ever!

Posted by  Erik Tiden

We recently announced a new service offering based on industry-specific templates designed to speed up time to value for our customer ERP implementations. Based on industry best practices, we give companies a simple way to get started with a system that will deliver great value both instantaneously and over time. It gives organizations the quick start they need. However, I was asked the following question by a few people: ‘Will the software still be flexible enough to meet everybody’s needs without complex customizations at the outset.’

I believe the answer is very simple. Imagine a ski trip without ski lifts. The climb to the top of the mountain would be pretty daunting yet this was normal a few decades ago. Hemingway wrote about this beautifully in his book ‘A Moveable Feast’. Would you want to go skiing at all in the knowledge that it will take you most of a day to get to the top of the mountain to tackle a ski run? Ski-lifts made skiing a better experience: more of the fun, less struggle and pain. That is what our pre-configured software does: it takes away the hassle and complexity.

With industry-specific pre-configured software, you still have the ability to fit the software to your exact needs but don’t have to climb the mountain first – it is being done for you. The skiing is the same great experience – as flexible, go left, right, off-piste, whatever you like, but the way up is far simpler, quicker and altogether more pleasant. That’s the way I see it. Ski-lifts are what some people might call a no-brainer. I like them a lot. You?

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Erik Tiden

Erik Tiden

Erik joined Unit4 in 2015 with responsibility for implementing Unit4’s product vision across the full product lifecycle comprising product management, application architecture, and research and development for all Unit4 solutions. Erik previously worked for Microsoft where he was General Manager responsible for the global Microsoft Dynamics’ cloud and on-premise solutions business for small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to that he served as Vice President Engineering, Business Solutions at Hewlett Packard and also held several executive roles at SAP. He graduated from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1986 and completed an MBA at the Mannheim Business School / ESSEC in Paris in 2010. 

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