October 2010

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

How to have a successful data reconciliation software implementation

Follow these guidelines to ensure success

Ayral, T., INOVx Solutions; Won, H., Cho, W-S., Inlibra Software Solutions Corp.; Samad, I., FertiNitro

Over the past 20 years, many data reconciliation (DR) projects have been completed but unfortunately are not considered successful and do not produce usable results even after many years of work and large sums of money have been spent. The classic failed DR project follows the pattern described below: • Inexperienced programmers create a feature-deficient DR software tool that is then subsequently deployed by equally inexperienced DR implementation consultants. • The DR implementation consultants perform little plant personnel training, very little communication occurs between the consultants and the clients, and no discussion occurs about the unique balance problem

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