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LACI and the Power of Partnerships

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Last week, I toured LACI, L.A.’s cleantech incubator. It was quite impressive and looks like it has been set up for success. It was launched by the city of Los Angeles and has become a vast partnership of government and private resources. It is uniquely positioned for success in the arts district of L.A., backed by large institutions, universities, businesses and more. It shares space and resources with Los Angeles Water and Power and contains an incubator, a makerspace and a workforce and training center. With these powerful partnerships, it is hard to imagine LACI as anything but successful.  After…
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Are You Looking for What’s Coming?

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To stay competitive in business you must be forward-thinking. Look forward to the APICS-IE Executive Panel and Networking Symposium on April 30 to learn about emerging supply chains.
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Turning Mistakes into “Good”

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I frequently speak to groups about how we must celebrate mistakes. No one will innovate if they are afraid of being hit over the head if they make a mistake. Unfortunately, it occurs more frequently than imaginable! Yet only those leaders who encourage innovation will thrive in today’s environment. Thus, we must consider mistakes as “good”! And we should encourage experimentation, which will drive more mistakes than the status quo. With that said, I find myself “not celebrating” that I made a mistake. I was working with a client on several projects and feeling excited with the progress and the value we…
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APICS Inland Empire Examines Emerging Supply Chain Trends at April 30 Symposium

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Many emerging trends will impact how supply chains are managed, designed and operated in the future influencing the decision-making process right now. APICS-IE is assembling a panel of experts on Saturday, April 30 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif., to proactively help manufacturing, distribution and logistics attendees understand and predict trends that may later cause disruption. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, is focused on investigating and predicting supply chain trends that may impact your business with its Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: Emerging Supply Chain Trends on Saturday, April 30,…
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Why Care About Systems Transactions?

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As mundane as system transactions seem, I continually find that whether or not they are deemed a priority can make the difference between a successful operation or not. The bottom line is that my clients who make sure they design the optimal process, document the systems transaction steps and ensure the timely and accurate execution of transactions succeed.   If you think of it like building a house, system transactions are part of the foundation. If you have an unstable foundation, no matter how much money you put into your house, it will be unsteady. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this occur…
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Should Supply Chain be a Strategic Function?

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Only if you want to ensure results! My view of supply chain is from your suppliers’ supplier through your manufacturing processes (internal and external) to your customers’ customers. Thus, very little is not impacted by it. How could you not include this critical piece in your strategic thinking? The good news is that I’ve seen a continual evolution of the last several years where it has gained in strategic importance. More and more, the leaders of supply chain are being given a “seat at the table”. The tricky part is that it can be known by many names – Operations, Product…
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APICS West Coast Student Case Competition Draws 22 Teams Globally, SDSU Takes Top Spot

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APICS West Coast Student Case Competition allows students to show their supply chain, operations and logistic skills in computer-simulated situations replicating real business world examples. Competition allows students to apply classroom theories into practice showcasing their talents.
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How to Increase Teamwork to Ensure Project Success

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As I work with manufacturing and distribution clients from all industries such as aerospace, building products, and medical products and across a wide range of sizes from a few million to multi-billion dollar companies, I find that project management is one common thread across every client. Since growing the business and improving performance is of paramount importance to compete, new programs, process improvements, and other organizational changes continue to increase in numbers to support this expectation. Thus, project management is increasingly a strategic imperative to success. We can be more assured we’ll achieve success with our projects if we have…
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The Power of BI (Business Intelligence)

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In today’s Amazon-impacted world, if you cannot make rapid yet effective decisions, you’ll be left in the dust. It is no longer acceptable to wait for IT to write a report in order to make a decision. Executives must have the “right” information at their fingertips to guide their companies to success. Does your company have this capability? I find that it is often called BI (business intelligence). Sometimes it is called dashboard reporting. Certainly those executives who have access to a dashboard with graphics and capabilities to slice and dice information in order to make decisions have an edge.…
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4 Critical Success Factors Key to ERP Success

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I’ve always focused part of my business on ERP selection projects as these leverage the unique combination of my strengths — understanding the cross-functional and cross-organizational view in combination with the strategic priorities to identify the critical success factors. We then align these factors with the optimal business process design and system functionality to ensure success.   I’m in the final stages of developing a new proprietary process for ERP selection, called ACE (assess and align critical success factors to achieve your desired endgame). The key to success lies with critical success factors. Think about the following when thinking about…
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