Say the word ‘sustainability’ and you may get a few yawns and a couple of questioning “huhs?” In my experience, it does not get the conversation going or even the creative juices flowing. But saying the word “pooh” will most certainly get a reaction and everybody has a bodily function story.
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been the next-generation technology to replace barcodes for some time. While RFID hasn’t come close to eclipsing barcodes yet, adoption of the technology continues to grow.
While there are some novel uses for RFID, most companies employ RFID to do the same things as barcodes, and for the same reasons.
Over the last few years I have blogged about the disappointing number of times that I have observed manufacturing and distribution businesses go through a process of identifying a series of business improving changes, but then failed to consider or adopt these changes because the change was too difficult (politically or from an effort perspective). An attitude of ‘we’ve always done it like this and it works ok’ seemed to creep in, which had completely infected the culture of the business and its people – and had unfortunately kept the business firmly planted in the status quo.
To continue to be successful, businesses today consistently feel pressure to cut costs, outperform the competition and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction. While some find this to be a daunting task, others harness the power of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and their ability to streamline daily business operations. Businesses experience a multitude of benefits after implementing an ERP system, and this blog post explores three of those benefits.
As we start the new year, I ran the stats on our blog posts in 2014, and found the top 10 posts by views. Here they are:
I’ve been in the ERP business for a while now and have helped all sorts of organizations with their systems from non-profit, to government, to businesses small and large.
One of the most interesting and complex ERP deployments that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in was for Santa (and Santa generously gave me permission to share what we did for him so that other businesses can learn from his lessons).
We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries.
There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change - VUCA - which was discussed in a previous blog post. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Another acronym (also originating from the military) provides guidance on how to deal with a VUCA world.
ERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection.
Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems in the other departments.
In my days as an ERP sales consultant, I had first-hand experience on how customers went about selecting and implementing ERP software. Here are some suggestions based on seeing projects that failed and succeeded, and how the successful ones started.
Those that know me well, know my reputation for being “the lady with the laptop.” There are numerous photographs of me with the laptop seemingly surgically attached: the middle of a field on Scout Camp, whilst washing clothes on the Serbian Scout Jamboree, even in my Wedding Dress. When K3 Syspro took part in the UK National 3 Peaks Challenge, my laptop came too; if I go away for a weekend with the kids, the laptop is the first thing in the car.