Gartner Research

How to Successfully Navigate Politics in ERP Initiatives

Published: 29 August 2013

ID: G00252728

Analyst(s): Tina Nunno , Nigel Montgomery, Carol Hardcastle


ERP initiatives cross organizational, functional and geographic lines so politics are rarely absent. Those involved in ERP must recognize how to navigate the politics. This research helps IT leaders with new learning, approaches and political choices.

Table Of Contents


  • Common Political Land Mines in the Strategize and Plan Phase
    • Conflicting CxO Agendas Trigger Status and Belief
    • Changes in Authority Trigger Control
    • Master Data Inconsistencies Can Trigger a Full House of Land Mines
    • Gathering Information Triggers Control and Belief
    • Positioning the Business Case Triggers First Belief, Then Control
  • Common Political Land Mines in the Architect Phase
    • Deciding the Financial Model Triggers Resource
    • Decentralized Business Models Easily Trip Belief, Control and Status
  • Common Political Land Mines in the Select Phase
    • Inappropriate Selection Criteria and Decision Making Trigger Belief
  • Common Political Land Mines in the Deploy Phase
    • Buyer's Remorse Triggers Resource, Yet It Can Easily Be Avoided
    • Stress and Conflict Increase the Intensity of the Land Mines
  • Common Political Land Mines in the Operate and Evolve Phase
    • Post-Go-Live Disillusionment Triggers Even a Well Buried Belief
    • ERP Governance Can Trigger Control
    • Expect to Manage the Political Land Mines for the Lifetime of the ERP

Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.