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Even The Best System Will Fail Without Talent

September 8th, 2017

As an ERP expert, it is quite clear to me that even the best systems will fail miserably if they don’t possess talent. Don’t even bother to select and implement an ERP system if you don’t have the “right” people on the bus. Start with executive support and continue on down through every position – everything is a team effort.

Teamwork is everything

It’s paramount in business to have the “right” people at the table.

Since we’ve worked with many clients on ERP projects, it is crystal clear what impact people will have on your business’s success. Throw out the notion that ERP is a technical topic! Instead, start thinking of it as a transformation initiative of substantial importance to business success.

Talent Leads the Way to Success

There are countless ways in which talent will affect success. To name just a few:

  • The sales team at the ERP software provider. Let’s start with the people selling the system. If they aren’t geared to educate you on their system and its fit, you can be sold “a bill of goods”.
  • The implementation team at the ERP software provider – there is little as important as the particular resources you partner with to implement your system. Set it up sub-optimally and you’ll have enduring issues.
  • Your ERP team – since ERP can be such a time intensive process, the temptation is to assign non-integral people to the team since the day-to-day must carry on; however, this team is designing your future!
  • Your executive sponsors – these folks are in a critical position to understand the status, make critical decisions, consider the fit with strategy, supplement resources as required and much more. It is not for the faint of heart!

If you’d like to ensure success with your ERP system, you’ll START by considering the people.  Put more time and thought into your talent. As much as or more than you put into evaluating functionality and you’ll be grateful down-the-line.


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8 Hot Trends in Supply Chain

May 10th, 2016
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Changes in supply chain strategy and operations cannot be overlooked and we need to stay aware and forward-looking to remain competitive.

It has been a week of supply chain immersion. We were knee deep in supply chain trends at MCIE’s manufacturers’ summit, the Supply Chain Summit and the APICS-IE executive panel and networking symposium on emerging trends. It goes to tell you that it’s a hot topic! For a company to be successful, it cannot be overlooked.

As always, it is important to keep our ears open for trends and watch-out’s. Certainly the latest trends were discussed at each event. What were most interesting were those trends in common among all events and speakers:

  1. Speed: With Amazon on the scene, speed has become the norm. Quick deliveries, rapid access to data, fast turnarounds….  If you aren’t thinking about how to double your speed, you’ll be left in the dust.
  2. Data: There is quite a lot of discussion on data. How do we collect data? More importantly, how do we access the right data at the right time to make informed yet quick decisions? Can we gleam interesting trends from data?
  3. E-commerce: Although it is becoming a bit hum-drum, e-commerce remains a hot topic. How do we ship both pieces and boxes efficiently from the same distribution center? Do customers have access to place their own orders whenever they want?
  4. Bitcoins & blockchains: I heard a fascinating talk on this topic and became convinced that these concepts could have far-reaching impacts. Have you thought about instant, accurate access to inventory across your supply chain?
  5. Re-shoring: Perhaps we should think about this as positioning inventory closer to the customer while increasing control. It is gaining in popularity….
  6. Collaboration: Just think about Southern California (the #1 area for supply chain in the U.S. AND the #1 area for manufacturing in the U.S.) – without collaboration among the ports, railroads, trucking companies, 3PL’s, manufacturers and other supply chain partners, it would be a very different world.
  7. The increased need for skills: There is a great need for high-skilled supply chain talent. Technical skills AND the big picture view are critical. With baby boomers retiring and supply chains becoming more complex and interconnected, the demand for skills will continue to rise!
  8. Persistence: Specifically related to CA, we must find a way to partner with government to make it a business-friendlier state. Persistence will pay off!

Which of these trends are most affecting you? If you’d like to discuss ways to drive supply chain performance, contact us.    

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