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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 …

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What Does the Future of Quality Hold?

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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 …

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Swimming With the Fishes: Solution Brainstorming

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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 …

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The Costs of Fear in Software Upgrades

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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 …

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Microsoft Promises New Vision for Convergence 2016

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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 …

DynamicsGP 2015 Enhancements Project Introduces Capabilities

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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 …