Montclair State University sued Oracle in 2011 over alleged failure of an enterprise resource planning project which went $20 million over budget
Oracle Corp. and Montclair State University have settled amicably on a headline-grabbing two-year-old lawsuit involving a trouble-plagued enterprise resource planning project the software maker undertook for the New Jersey-based school.
A countersuit by Oracle claimed that Montclair’s actions were all part of a “scorched earth” to gloss over its own shortcomings in the project.
However, last week, the two parties issued a statement saying they have resolved the dispute.
“Montclair State University and Oracle America Inc. are pleased to announce that they have amicably resolved their dispute,” their statement said. “Both entities are now looking toward the future of their relationship.”
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The two parties did not disclose the terms of the settlement.
ERP projects are a common source of headaches for many organizations and vendors, and Oracle is not the only software company to face a lawsuit or complaint over alleged failed ERP project, according to analysts.
Companies undertake ERP projects because of the promise of big returns on their investment. However, Panorama found that nearly a third of the respondents have yet to achieve financial returns from their projects and 30 per cent said it took three years to being seeing any payback.
Most of the respondents laid the blame on the ERP software being used in the projects, while 14 per cent identified functionality issues on the vendor’s side and another 14 per cent identified technical issues as a reason for delays.
Change in the initial coverage of the project was a problem for 29 per cent of the respondents followed by organizational issues (20 per cent), data issues (17 per cent) and resources constraints (17 per cent).
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