The Biggest Risk When Deploying an RFID System
It depends on the type of project, but for enterprise-wide rollouts, the issue is not the technology.
Aug 06, 2012—I received an interesting e-mail from a reader last week that said, "There's no question that real-time inventory/replenishment would be of great benefit to retail. I'd be interested in knowing more about the constraints and risks of implementing an RFID system."
There are risks in deploying any new technology. With radio frequency identification, I think you need to distinguish between a point solution that solves a specific problem, and an enterprise-wide approach in which RFID is deployed as infrastructure to capture a large volume of new information and address a variety of operational issues.
But this is not true of enterprise-wide deployments. With such deployments, you face the same issues involved in choosing the right technology, conducting a proper site survey and managing the system's expansion to other applications—but far and away, the greatest risk in a large-scale deployment is change management.
There are companies that have chosen the correct technology, gotten the site survey right and deployed RFID successfully, but still failed to achieve the desired benefits—because they failed to manage change.
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