Companies today are under growing pressure to improve their business processes and become "lean". One of the most beneficial tools is software, particularly systems that tie everything together. These kinds of systems are called Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP software. However, selection is complicated by the fact that there are so many choices and it is almost impossible to find an understandable yardstick to compare them. Advice from experts and consultants is often designed to complicate rather than clarify, increasing billable hours as the project grows larger and more costly.Love Thy Data is written for the business manager, who needs understandable benchmarks to make the important choices. It stresses the point that managers must educate themselves, since these decisions cannot be delegated. Starting with examples demonstrating typical problems, followed by standard measurements for selecting the best solutions, this book cuts through the complexity to provide real answers.The final chapters outline the processes for a successful implementation. Rather than the typical theoretical approach, Love Thy Data actually provides the specifics needed to achieve your goals, on budget and in a reasonable timeframe.