When Convergence Evaporated

When Convergence Evaporated

Frances Donnelly Convergence, Events, Improvement Management Leave a Comment

When Convergence Evaporated, What Did We Gain? For the last ten years the first quarter of my team’s calendar year has been heavily focused on wrapping up final details and preparing for Microsoft’s event, Convergence. For us the planning effort begins almost as soon as the previous year’s event ends. So one might think that Microsoft’s recent announcement – Convergence is out and Envision is in – would be helpful in eliminating or adjusting resources. Surprisingly, that is not true. A different challenge awaits.

The Great Search for the Right Integrated ERP

The Great Search for the Right Integrated ERP

Frances Donnelly Business Intelligence Leave a Comment

Like every other year for the past 15 or so, I will speak with many organizations that plan to acquire manufacturing software or expand the capability of their existing solutions with functionality like quality management. These organizations will take similar but not identical routes in their investigation and evaluation of proposed solutions. A high number will find themselves facing the end of 2016 still not having made a final selection; they will be strongly concerned about how to balance their team’s ability to digest such a project and its perceived …

s Confidence the Difference Between Estimates and Guesses?

Is Confidence the Difference Between Estimates and Guesses?

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At the Dynamics products user group summit in Reno in October, we decided to engage in a small social experiment. We asked attendees to tell us how many pieces of Candy Corn (we were very seasonal) they thought were in the jar we were displaying. We provided a few tools to help them develop their answer: measuring tapes, sample candy, a template of the base of the jar and, of course, the jar itself was accessible. We had no restrictions on the use of tools like smartphones as calculators. We …