Big Data impacting the Warehouse and Distribution Center

“Using big data correctly helps companies allow for more flexible planning and predictive analysis in the warehouse,” explains Mark Dickinson, executive sales manager, automated systems division at SSI Schaefer, a global storage and picking solutions manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Quote from Amy Roach Partridge’s recent post entitled Material Handling Meets Big Data.   Below are highlights from this post. … Read More

4 Trends Shaping Analytics

In the WSJ CIO Journal Deloitte recently published an article entitled 4 Trends Shaping Analytics.  Below is a summary of the 4 trends mentioned. 1. The rise of the chief analytics officer.  In some cases combining analytics with other functions has worked well. In other cases, analytics efforts have been buried under those executives’ myriad other priorities. To give analytics the … Read More

Digital Transformation: 10 Best Practices

Technology is transforming the way we do things… How is your business planning for or executing a digital transformation? Organizations and Cloud Technologies are maturing –  and CIO’s are faced with new realities. As a business leader you are faced with a series of challenges. Below is a summarization from a recent blog post Harvard’s Chief Digital Officer: 10 Digital Best Practices … Read More

Common Challenges Manufacturing Leaders are Facing Today

As a follow-up to last weeks post “Business Transformations: Moving from the Industrial to Information Economy” below are some thoughts around what various Manufacturing leaders are thinking in this new Information Age. New or Existing Leader Role: (Owner/President/CEO/COO)   As a Business Owner or Leader supporting a leading manufacturing organization you face increased pressure to remain competitive, streamline operations, and … Read More

Business Transformations: Moving from the Industrial to Information Economy

Everything changes when you move from an industrial economy to an informational economy- @levie   Transforming Businesses stuck in the industrial economy are trying to figure out ways to remain competitive and keep up with the rapidly evolving information economy.   The time is ripe for business transformations and legacy systems and services are being replaced with distributed, agile & … Read More

Cloud ERP on the Horizon? What is your Digital Strategy?

Post Modern ERP is evolving as we speak.  Adoption of cloud applications for Sales, Service, and Marketing are increasing – more traditional monolithic business systems are being decoupled or replaced and organizations are realizing that the majority of their users, and more importantly their customers, are not content with working with their existing on-premise Legacy ERP systems. Over the past … Read More

Legacy ERP | Cloud ERP

Great Quotes Found in Gartner’s – CIOs Must Take Action to Address Fast-Approaching Reality of “Legacy ERP” Release Yesterday    By 2018, at least 30 percent of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the cloud. – Gartner           By 2016, heavily customized ERP implementations will be routinely referred to as ‘Legacy ERP’  – Gartner … Read More

Cloud Security – Skyhigh CloudTrust Program

Challenge Most organizations are adopting cloud technologies – but there is still a lingering concern in the back of the minds of CIOs and CISOs surrounding security.  With users by-passing IT and using services like Dropbox controlling and enabling these services for their employees is becoming a burdensome and expense task. Based off of a survey of 120 CIOs and CISOs … Read More

Visualization Tools to Help Drive Business Process Alignment

We have recently been engaging in conversations with clients around their existing sales processes or lack thereof to better understand the pain points and struggles they have within their organization. In every discussion, irregardless of the client’s industry, reoccurring themes inevitably emerge around their processes.  Let’s visit a few of these challenges and provide some suggestions on how visualization tools … Read More

Business Transformation for Manufacturers

A business transformation initiative is not something that small to midsize manufacturing companies take lightly. Many manufacturers have been perpetually procrastinating the ERP system and business process related demands. Things like the sunsetting of support for their Legacy ERP system or self-service portals for the Internet and mobile connected customer base looking for basic information without the need to pick … Read More