My name is Soren Andersen. I work in Intel’s Information Technology Supply Network Capability group as a manager delivering strategic Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) programs and projects. My goal is to blog about the challenges of delivering ERP in a large corporation such as Intel. My intent is to focus on delivering ERP to enable the business. Since I am from Intel you might expect me to blog about Intel products. However, I will leave that to other company experts. In this entry I will provide you some background on who I am and also provide some context and a framework for upcoming entries.
I have worked in the Information Technology/Information Systems field for over 20 years. My degree is in Industrial Engineering. The first 6 plus years I spent at Electronic Data Systems (EDS, which is now a part of Hewlett Packard) conducting systems integration on engineering and manufacturing systems in the Midwest. I spent the latter part of my time there as a manager delivering imaging systems for government, manufacturing, and medical industries. The environment was mainframe, Unix, and then PCs leading to client/server systems. Next, with a move into a start up consulting firm I worked in the manufacturing/supply chain systems arena primarily for manufacturing high tech clients in the Pacific Northwest. Here the focus was on both custom client/server applications and packaged software focused on advanced planning for supply chain.
After 11 plus years at Intel I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in IT/IS environments. Most of these focused on delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. I have worked on the strategic front end defining roadmaps and budget to implement ERP. I have delivered multiple large ERP components to various divisions within Intel. And have had the opportunity to run a consolidated ERP support organization of up to 175 people worldwide. I have also had the opportunity to work on multiple efforts such as B2B (Rosettanet, Web, etc), Reporting/Business Intelligence/Analytics, etc which tend to be at the periphery of ERP efforts but at the end of the day are also critical to their success. In all of these roles the common denominator has been that I have always been a people manager while at times also carrying the program manager title. I mention this since this is my vantage point. There are those who are strictly people/resource managers and their focus is on developing people and there are those who are individual contributor program managers who focus strictly on the programs and leverage matrixed resources. I have managed teams where all resources down to the analysts and the programmers reported to me and then, as I am doing now, have managed product managers, program managers, project managers, technical leads, and architects without the bulk of the resources. But I think what permeates my perspective is the fact that I am a manager with responsibility for a team that is responsible for delivering key ERP programs.
In terms of what you can expect from me with these blogs, here are some of the topics that I work with, come across, and interest me: Program/Project Management, Resource Management, Program Management Office (PMO), Roadmaps, yearly Budgeting, Steering Committees/Management Review Committees, Roadmaps, Methodologies for ERP (e.g. Agile, Waterfall, etc), Processes (e.g. Program Lifecycle, CMMi, etc), Value of programs, metrics, teams (geo dispersed, large vs small, in-house/outsourced/contract), Supply Chain, and whatever else I may be working with in the course of delivering ERP solutions at Intel. I welcome your inputs for additional topics as well. I am looking forward to not just sharing my own thoughts but also learning from fellow travelers in the field of delivering ERP.