Foxmeyer Drug Company Case

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A careful analysis reveals what went wrong with FoxMeyer that transformed the pharmaceutical giant into the biggest liquidation case in US Bankruptcy History

FoxMeyer sued SAP, Andersen and Pinnacle. This is just a knee-jerk reaction of a business entity that had gone down. It wants to take others in its fall. It is easier to pass the blame on to something else because the hardest thing in the world is to call one's self stupid and claim full responsibility. After all, FoxMeyer is an American Firm, it just did what a stereotypical American firm would have done given the situation – pass the buck and sue.

Anyone is his right mind, any disciple of objectivity and rationality will ask the question: "How can a software package alone bring down a large company?" An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and an automated warehousing systems, if they were poorly designed and installed could only be useless at worst. Even as ERP system designed to sabotage a company is not enough to make a business belly up. The ERP is but an improvement of the system. The ERP package is like psychoanalysis – it tries to get to the bottom of the problem to make the company know itself better and become a better organization. Psychoanalysis, even if conducted by the worst shrink, cannot possibly cause a person to just double up in pain and die. The worst thing that could happen with psychoanalysis gone wrong is the patient wastes money and time on the couch, so to speak. If the person is not feeling any better with psychoanalysis, he could just leave and get an appointment with a more reputable shrink.

The comedy is that in FoxMeyer's unwillingness to accomplish full responsibility to its own collapse, it went on great lengths in suing SAP, Andersen and Pinnacle. In effect, what FoxMeyer is trying to establish is that it went bankrupt because the ERP system told them so, which makes FoxMeyer even more stupid in my estimation. In effect, FoxMeyer is admitting that it treated the...
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