Are You Increasing Busyness Instead of Business?

Are You Increasing Busyness Instead of Business?

We just completed our four video summer learning series, designed to help with business tasking that is often overlooked. Basically, we feel busy is not always better… particularly when simple changes can lead to significant improvements. When you can do better, you should. These four short video lessons will spark better processes to improve business while reducing wasted time in busyness through automation and streamlined efforts.

Improve Your Supply Chain with Better Vendor Management

Improve Your Supply Chain with Better Vendor Management

The term “supply chain” is not new. As the sources for our goods and services become both closer, due to speed of travel and, more so due to the global nature of economies, the term “supply chain” increases in relevancy and meaning. Managing supply chains requires awareness and competency in many fields from understanding the elements of lead time, to incorporating the public holidays of foreign countries in the planning cycle, to managing exchange rates. Some of the factors to be managed for successful supply chain however are not directly …

Defining Your Data For Decision Intelligence

Defining Your Data For Decision Intelligence

The cost and count data of any business is critically important. Universally held judgment on business health is highly dependent on common measures of cost and count like revenue statements, earnings per share and asset value. But arriving at business success requires appropriate management of individual operational areas. Each function needs evaluation and fine tuning to ensure it contributes effectively and correctly to the whole. So for many businesses there are supplemental pieces of data, different from the core cost and count disciplines that must be monitored too as leading …

When Small Rocks Are Really Big Rocks Too

When Small Rocks Are Really Big Rocks Too

The focus of many ERP implementations, at least initially, is to get an integrated system in place that reduces the workload of non-integrated tasks. This ensures more accurate and timely data for decision-making and that the stage is set for moving to a second phase of improvements. These goals and the tasks related to achieving them are without doubt ‘big rocks’. Part of the hope is, by laying the integrated structure, some of the other issues in the organization will become ‘small rocks’. In fact, many searches for new solutions …

Implementation Strategies: Successful Similarities

Implementation Strategies: Successful Similarities

One of the interesting benefits of a sales role in an organization that sells software solutions is the opportunity it provides to interact with many different prospects in many different industries and different locales. The variety of manufacturers and products is almost endless and could be a bit daunting, except that over the years I have developed a method for managing all that information. Look For the Similarities First The effort to find the similarities is important. Time is valuable. And, given that many solutions do very similar, if not …

What Does the Future of Quality Hold?

What Does the Future of Quality Hold?

The triennial report on the future of quality from the American Society of Quality (ASQ) appeared this month. “Quality Throughout” provides a series of articles from various sources in the quality profession. They address a range of topics from manufacturing to leadership to customer experience and marketing. The report calls to our attention that quality is no longer just a measurement of conformance or a set of processes mandated by regulatory agencies. Instead, it has grown into a cultural attitude with long lasting implications for society. By providing us with …

Swimming With the Fishes: Solution Brainstorming

Swimming With the Fishes: Solution Brainstorming

When considering a project, there often will be great concerns to avoid missing anything in the evaluation or execution of that project. “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.” ~ William Shakespeare in Richard III These concerns over not missing any large or small details are the reasons consultants and experts are hired. They are why checklists (of which I am a fan) are created and expanded. They are why tools, like implementation methodologies, are developed and used. “For want of a nail… the battle was lost.” ~ …

The Costs of Fear in Software Upgrades

The Costs of Fear in Software Upgrades

As software developers, we get really excited about our new product releases. Releasing a new version of code is a significant benchmark for us and represents the culmination of many hours of design, specification, coding and, yes, testing. In a sense, a code release is like a new airplane rolling out of the production hangar. It comes with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. But, just like an airplane manufacturer would be disappointed if the airplane never flew, code developers are disappointed when customers are disinterested in upgrading to …

Microsoft Promises New Vision for Convergence 2016

Microsoft Promises New Vision for Convergence 2016

Convergence 2015 wrapped with the announcement, as usual, of the next exciting location but also with a subtle shift in timing. Plan for New Orleans in early April not mid-March of 2016! But before you register, you might also want to know of significant shifts in Microsoft event offerings that could result in your travels taking you to other events instead. With Convergence 2016 Comes a New Focus Microsoft is shifting Convergence to a showcase of more Microsoft product-centric offerings targeted to business leaders. The time seems to have come …

DynamicsGP 2015 Enhancements Project Introduces Capabilities

Rolling out code upgrades to ensure compatibility with the most recent Microsoft DynamicsGP 2015 release is always a big project for our team. We anticipate this project well ahead of time as the Microsoft roadmap provides plenty of notice that a new version of DynamicsGP is coming. Once we have their released code, we begin our final processes for releasing compatible code using a target of 90-days from RTM by Microsoft. This month we are pleased to announce the roll-out of our completed releases of Horizons Manufacturing Suite (HMS) for …