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Are There One or Two Paths from Envision 2016?

In Business Intelligence, Events, Manufacturing Software, Six Sigma by Frances DonnellyLeave a Comment

Reading the variety of post-event comments from Microsoft Envision 2016, it is very clear that two strong camps have emerged. Which is not to say that they are in conflict with each other. Just that, in my opinion, there were two important outcomes from the event. The outcomes aren’t even exclusionary. I believe that those individuals who care about one …

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The Great Search for the Right Integrated ERP

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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 …

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Learning from First-time Flyers

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I have a deep respect if not an actual fondness for the way the airline cabin crew executes their safety announcements. Regardless of how many passengers are on the plane, they deliver their messages consistently and clearly. Sure, they understand that there are likely more than a few passengers aboard who have flown before, but they also recognize that some …

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Business Success Comes Through Improvements

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Meaningful business success always comes down to one thing: improvement. Show me a new product, a more successful company or a happier customer and I will show you improvement. Given the exceedingly strong correlation between success and improvement isn’t it a wonder that more companies don’t have formal methods for the improvement factor? Improvement Management Becomes Formalized In the upcoming …

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Are You Increasing Busyness Instead of Business?

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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 …

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Improve Your Supply Chain with Better Vendor Management

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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 …

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Defining Your Data For Decision Intelligence

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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 …

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When Small Rocks Are Really Big Rocks Too

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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 …

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Implementation Strategies: Successful Similarities

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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 …