Should CFO be the owner of an ERP Implementation?
CFO is the project owner (Sometimes even the PM)in most of the ERP Implementations.The rationale for choosing the CFO as the Project Owner is that at the end of the day 'The proof of the pudding of ERP Implementation' is the Financial books and hence CFO is the best person to judge the Financial Value of the Project. Moreover, most of the KPIs are defined in Financial Terms and are calculated from the Financial Reports. Finally, most of the organizational control systems are driven by the CFO (Finance Department) and hence they know the best when it comes to defining the requirement from the ERP System.
My questions to you are:
a. Is this the best approach?
b. What are the pitfalls of making a non finance person as the Project Owner?
c. Should the implementation partner recommend the 'Project Owning Department'? Is the decision on who owns the Project internal to the Client or do the Implementation Partner have a say in that decision?
d. Are there any rules as to which department should own the ERP Implementation?
e. Does it matter which department owns the Project?
(I have used the terms Project Owner and Project Manager interchangeably to mean the same idea)