Tag Archive: Leverage Social Networks to Drive Business Results

Cross-Supply Chain Opportunities

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I find that cross-functional teams can be some of the most valuable teams that generate winning ideas. By taking a diverse team of people with different backgrounds and areas of focus and providing a common goal, ideas arise that never would have occurred with a silo approach. In my estimation, my clients that support cross-functional teams achieve at least 30% better results. Thus, why not consider the same idea with cross-supply chain opportunities? Start with your customers. Typically there are several customers within a supply chain. At the most basic level, there are internal and external customers. However, outside of…
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The Power of Partnerships

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I helped to kick off a SAP Bootcamp for my APICS (#1 trade association for supply chain management) chapter in combination with our partner, Cal State University, San Bernardino. Cal State University San Bernardino is one of the only universities I am familiar with that teaches students about ERP systems (enterprise resource planning) and provides hands-on exposure. Certainly, ERP systems are the backbone of how manufacturers and distributors run their business, and SAP happens to be the #1 ERP system. Thus, we are very excited to be partnering with such a progressive team. We had students from other universities and supply…
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Data Mining for Dummies

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As I’ve been putting together a SIOP (Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning) executive meeting presentation, it made me think about data mining. In this case, there is very little information available – in comparison to other clients, the ability to retrieve information is in the bottom 20%, yet I was still able to put it together. Thus, it made me think about a few tips:  1. Base reports: So long as the company uses a system, there will be some data you can access. Even the worst case scenarios, which make the ERP experts shudder, have untapped information. Find it. 2.…
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Are You Working on the RIGHT Priorities?

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In today’s new normal business environment, executives run from meeting to meeting, call to call and rarely have time to THINK.  How do we know we are working on the right priorities? I’ve found that my most successful clients plan time to think about strategy, growth, innovation and topics such as these.  It cannot be an after-thought!  Actually, this is one advantage of the horrible traffic in the L.A. area – sometimes it provides quality thinking time about your business.  However, who would hope for bad traffic?!  Instead, set time in your calendar to think and brainstorm about these types…
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Use a dollar focus to measure the performance of your ERP System

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Profit and cash flow are the most important measures of a business. Planned orders and exception messages are the most important way ERP affects those measures. The best way to determine how well your ERP system is being used is a dollarized measure of planned orders and exception messages that are not being worked.
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The Power of Networks

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I’ve always seen the power of networks; however, there is a heightened sense of urgency surrounding the topic for those executives who would like to thrive in today’s new normal business environment. In just the last month, I’ve witnessed countless examples of the critical importance of networks. You’ve run out of materials and need urgent attention. You need to find an exceptional leader ASAP. You have a technical challenge and don’t know where to start. The answer = the power of your network. What is a network? For a recent presentation I gave on leveraging social networks to drive operational…
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Hidden Opportunities for Process Improvement

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Take any business process. I have no doubt there will be hidden opportunities for process improvement. When is the last time you looked at your processes? You could follow a program such as lean manufacturing, the Toyota Production System, Total Quality Management and the like. Continuous process improvement builds in change as part of the corporate culture. Or, you can just take a fresh look at your processes. You’ll be surprised by what a review could uncover. A few methods to help uncover hidden opportunities include the following: 1. Ask the people performing the process – Outrageously simple? Possibly; however, in my…
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