Collaborative Commons

The Rise of the Collaborative Commons The heart of this transformation is collaborative commons, which, Rifkin says, is emerging from the old paradigm of capitalism. He illustrates with the following example: “In a traditional market, sellers are always constantly probing for new technologies that can increase their productivity, reduce their marginal costs so they can put out cheaper products and … Read More

Discarding the Linear Economy

Rethinking the Future A circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural. This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services. The system diagram illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological materials through the ‘value circle’. In order to create value in a circular economy, businesses need to totally rethink their products, business … Read More

Digital Divide – Cloud Forcing Change

3 Steps to Consider as you Embark on Digital Transformation We have entered an era today where there is real capability to change how we run our businesses – from the back office processing to the front office customer interaction:  we have tools and apps to target and interpret meaningful data, we have developing software solutions to automate and even … Read More

Cloud Adoption for Effective Supply Chains

Real-Time Supply Chain Data Real-time Data enables you to collect relevant information related to risk using “sensors” throughout your supply chain. Rapid detection and how it works: As data is collected throughout your supply chain, smart thresholds create triggers to notify you of exceptions that are creating additional risk. Sensors detect information like critical thresholds for inventory levels, quality metrics, or … Read More

Realignment of Business Models

In Altimeter’s latest findings from their 2014 State of Digital Transformation research they continue to find that investing in new digital technologies, such as social, mobile, big data, cloud, etc., doesn’t in of itself equate to “digital transformation.” The realignment of business models is about uniting individual technology efforts around a common vision supported by an updated, integrated infrastructure to effectively compete … Read More

Improving Processes and Innovating

Improving Processes and Innovating Business Process Outsourcing clients want to incorporate data, analytics, cloud and other technologies in a creative mix that will improve their business. Historically, consulting clients wanted to reduce cost and increase efficiency, both of which were satisfactory goals. Today, these customers want consulting partners to help with innovating and improving processes. Automation and efficiency without improvement … Read More

Green Screens to Cloud ERP

  In a recent Industry Week article Tales of an ERP Implementation: Part Two, they talk about the long process and some lessons learned on how Jelly Belly transformed away from their Green Screen to a modern ERP system. The following are some highlights that are spot on with the conversations we are having with our mid-market manufacturing customers and … Read More

7 Forces Driving Manufacturing Transformation

To meet anticipated future challenges, 68% of manufacturing executives said they expect their firms will undergo significant business process transformation in the next three years. In a joint study between PTC and Oxford Economics they identified the following 7 Forces Driving today’s Manufacturing Transformation. Digitization: Replacing analog product and service information with a fully accurate virtual representation that can be easily leveraged across the … Read More

Stepping out of the Reactive Mindset

With decades old business systems and processes, most business owners and leaders are still struggling to identify how their business can catch up with; and more importantly benefit from, adopting and integrating new technologies. CIOs know that the velocity of change in technology continues to add complexity to their role, function and environments. It affects organizational operations, marketing, sales, customer … Read More

Cloud ERP and SaaS Adoption Continuing to Grow

Moving Beyond the Hype Cycle Gartner’s Chris Pang recently described the advances being made to bring ERP into the cloud in an online webcast. He notes that for small to medium-size organizations, cloud has moved beyond the “hype cycle” and up the “slope of enlightenment.” Speaking at a recent conference,‘s Peter Coffee put up a provocative slide: The number of … Read More