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Evaluate ERP Systems with an Eye towards Your Supply Chain

April 18th, 2016
erp as part of supply chain

A lot is required from an ERP system. Select and design one that aligns with your company’s critical success factors and helps your supply chain perform smoothly.

I frequently help clients select the “right” system to help them achieve their business strategy. One of the keys is to evaluate with an eye towards your supply chain. In today’s marketplace, the supply chain is often a core consideration. If we want customers to be happy, make sure your supply chain performs expertly.

In today’s Amazon-impact world, customers expect extreme service levels.  We need to anticipate their needs. Deliver rapidly. Be accessible. And the list goes on… Thus, to achieve these lofty objectives while not breaking the bank, we must create nimble and efficient supply chains – from your suppliers’ suppliers to your customers’ customers. What system functionality should be considered?

Throw best practices out the window! Many systems tout that their system has “best practice processes” and so everyone should conform to it. Not if you want to stand out from the crowd. Instead, identify your critical success factors and align with the right system to achieve endgame results. I’ve recently introduced my proprietary process ACE for just this objective. Contact me if you are interested in learning more about ACE. 

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TST to Drive Supply Chain Performance

April 12th, 2016
torque, speed, traction

LMA Consulting Group proprietary process TST combines torques, speed and traction to drive supply chain performance.

Our most successful clients are constantly thinking about where they are headed. They think about why they are going there — how does it fit with their vision? How does it have meaning for their customers? Employees? Supply chain partners?

They also think about emerging trends — what is most likely to impact their business? What do they have control over? What opportunities can they leverage? Can they turn lemons into lemonade? How?

Our role is to stay ahead of the curve so that I can help my clients achieve dramatic results. Thus, we’ve incorporated the following best practices and thinking into the development of my proprietary processes:

  • Best practices across industries (ranging from aerospace to building products to food & beverage to distribution) and company-sizes (from small, family-owned businesses to facilities and divisions of multi-billion-dollar, global enterprises).
  • Expert advice from our collaborations and alliances of clients and colleagues inclusive of top-notch trusted advisors, communities of executives and business owners, and trade association experts and professionals.
  • And, most importantly, we’ve bounced these against “what works” and is immediately pragmatic.

TST(SM) is our proprietary process that combines torque, speed and traction to drive supply chain performance.  

My consulting mentor helped me come up with TST(SM) a few years ago after listening to my strengths and results in supply chain management; however, I didn’t fully realize its brilliance until I purchased my new car in 2015 — an Audi A5 convertible. Suddenly, the “right” combination of torque, speed and traction made a lot of sense for not only driving on the road but for my clients’ success as well.

speed, torque and traction

When applying it to our clients, we’ve found that the optimal combination of these factors will make the difference between success and failure:

  • Torque – getting out of the blocks quickly. Quick wins create momentum!
  • Speed – the need for speed permeates all successful clients. Just think of leaving your competition in the dust…
  • Traction – certainly, maintaining “control” over your strategic advantage, critical success factors and profit drivers is essential to steering your organization towards sustainable success.

If you are not focused on that sweet spot, you are left with sub-optimal performance:

  • If you have torque and speed but not traction, you are spinning your wheels. How many of us feel this way?!?
  • If you have speed and traction but not torque, you will have a slow start. There is no excitement in that!
  • If you have torque and traction but not speed, you will lag behind.

Thus, the only winning combination is to be in the sweet spot of torque, speed and traction to lead the pack.

Please refer to our webpage to learn more and contact us if you are interested in leveraging TST(SM) at your organization.

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