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Oracle says ERP software woes are school's own fault

Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service | June 3, 2011
Oracle has fired back against a New Jersey university's claim it is responsible for a problematic ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project, saying school officials have embarked on a "scorched earth" litigation campaign in order to cover up their own shortcomings.

Oracle wants a judgment for the money it is owed as well as the dismissal of the school's complaint.

Montclair has told a much different story of the beleaguered project, which is supposed to replace a set of legacy systems.

After entering into a contract with Montclair in 2009, Oracle missed deadlines and didn't properly test software, and workers assigned to the job had no idea how to execute the implementation methodology being used, according to the school.

The vendor also asked the school for $8 million more than the $15.75 million fixed-fee implementation contract originally agreed upon, it adds.

In addition, much of the work Oracle completed is substandard and the results won't be usable, according to Montclair.

It's not clear how the dispute between Oracle and Montclair will play out, but in some cases ERP customers have won significant awards against vendors and consultants sued over allegedly failed projects.

Last year, a jury in Alabama awarded pet food maker Sunshine Mills $61 million in connection with a suit it brought against Ross Systems. The vendor is appealing the verdict.

 

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