With the release of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, I’ve started to catch up on the big family movies that I’ve missed over the years. My wife recommended 2015’s Inside Out to start, and the choice did not disappoint. Inside Out is a very wholesome look into the inner workings of the mind, and how we deal with emotions through the perspective of a young girl named Riley. With emotions personified as characters, memories being shown through massive physical storage, and personality traits as landmarks, the mind is depicted in a way that makes sense and hits home. It’s a beautiful adventure that highlights what makes us human.

When trying to find lessons for ERP in this movie, several jump out at you. Riley’s mind in this movie is in many ways reminiscent of a database. The memory storage is data storage, the emotions are the users, and there are many tools at their disposal for doing their jobs effectively. In the movie, the emotions are not properly equipped and don’t understand the tools they are using. This leads to chaos and confusion, creating all kinds of problems. While this is a wonderful depiction of the struggles of adolescence, there are far too many businesses that use their systems in a similar way. Without the proper reporting tools or the training to understand how to use them, too often there is mismanagement of data.

In the movie, a large part of the confusion comes from the emotions not understanding their roles or how they effect the operation as a whole. Sadness interacts with memories in ways she doesn’t understand and ruins them. This is a great illustration as to why you need to properly manage users and the roles that they have. With a good ERP system, there are proper checks and balances in place so that a user does not have access to areas they don’t need, and no one person messes things up outside of their jurisdiction. Having the right administrative tools can save a lot of headache, and keep things running smoothly without major problems.

In many ways, Inside Out is one of the best examples of what happens when you have poor systems in place. The young mind of the child has not yet learned how to properly handle emotions, while the adults seem to have their emotions much more in control with administrative tools being used properly. Similarly, many businesses have not reached a “mature” state in their systems. There are all kinds of problems that this can cause, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. With the proper help, any business can learn to manage their systems better and handle growth and change in stride. If you’d like to help your systems reach a more mature state, we’d love to help.