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Triporteur by Piero from Wikimedia Commons Making deliveries just right

By Clinton Jones on January 16, 2015

My colleague Kristian Kalsing wrote a blog in 2013 that used the analogue of buses and trains to describe the challenge of moving people around. In the context of moving data around the organization, I thought I would extend that concept further to embrace the ideas around trucks, trains and simply delivering things. If you’re responsible for shipping and logistics, you are typically responsible for planning and extending transportation services for goods haulage.  Planners in large organizations frequently face the problem of having millions of items of all shapes and sizes that need to be shipped from one or more locations… Read more »

Like and Dislike icons Web forms: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Monika Pletschke on January 15, 2015

We all have experience interacting with forms on the web. On-line purchases, web registrations and subscriptions and travel bookings are among the many ways we daily interact with companies in our connected lives.  The experience can be a pleasant one – quick and efficient, or it can be frustrating experience. Much of this depends on the design of the form presented to us. This article intends to shed some light on what constitutes good vs bad design. Here are some of my personal likes and dislikes from experiences with web-based applications:    The form is responsive:  Reaction to invalid input should… Read more »

If you want simplicity in your use of ERP it requires collaboration

By Clinton Jones on January 7, 2015

“If you want simplicity in your use of ERP, it requires collaboration” This may sound somewhat of a trite statement, but you would be surprised to know just how many tasks and processes in any given organization don’t involve multiple participants. One of the reasons why bad data gets created and processes break down is because the processes are not engineered from the bottom up with collaboration, oversight, multi-participant contribution and review as an integral component. Many organizations recognize workflow and workflow-bound processes as being valuable, but many also see workflow-bound tasks as a function of a lack of trust… Read more »

Zorro-brushy Seeking value is a never-ending story

By Israel Rosales on December 19, 2014

Applying lean techniques, or more specifically continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to keep the value and reduce the waste of processes with small, incremental changes in order to improve efficiency and quality. Lean techniques can be applied to any kind of work, but it is perhaps best known for lean manufacturing. The challenge that most companies face is how to correctly prioritize and scope the improvements to be covered. To be successful, companies need to remember that planning and analysis of the improvements are key. After all of the possible improvements have been identified… Read more »

Confusing processes Why we bother with manual journals in accounting

By Clinton Jones on November 26, 2014

Manual entries of any sort are often a source of concern, error and inefficiency and certainly they should be eliminated if possible, but under certain circumstances the creation of a manual journal is simply a necessity.

Features vs Benefits How to Sell Core Sales Principle Benefits vs. features – Understanding the difference is important

By Clinton Jones on October 3, 2014

I often find I fall into the trap of not clearly distinguishing the very important difference between the benefits of something versus the features of that item. The simple exercise of evaluating mobile telephone handsets, for example, requires one to consider what one really uses the phone for. Some people are content with a mobile phone being useful for no more than making calls and sending and receiving texts, whereas others will tell you that the ability to listen to or stream music or check email or browse the internet is the more important feature. The benefits easily get muddled with… Read more »

Quality To be or not to be on top of data quality for governance compliance

By David Coerchon on October 2, 2014

The industrial age began when companies were able to repeat endlessly the same process with a consistent result, which meant they could deliver their promises to a larger customer base. Today, there is no question for companies whether they should or should not be on top of data quality, or whether their governance should be compliant or not. For them, not to be compliant or not to be on top of data quality means reduced margins, a shrinking customer base and reduced access to vital markets. The barriers to data governance are erased when an organization adopts the techniques and best… Read more »

EN02 Why be Lean in your Data Management?

By Israel Rosales on September 23, 2014

The principles, techniques and methodologies of Lean Manufacturing focus on removing waste from production processes and keeping just those elements that add value–always with a continuous-improvement approach. The Lean concepts have been used with great results in a wide range of domains: Lean accounting, Lean IT, Lean HR, etc. But why should we apply them to data management? Just as the latest trend? So we can feel like hipsters in data management? Unfortunately not. We must apply Lean techniques to our data management to stay competitive. We have already talked in previous posts about the importance of the master data and… Read more »

h8 How to Be a Master Data Hero – Part Five: Manage

By Eric Moore on September 22, 2014

As we come to the conclusion of this five-part series on master data heroism, I would like to discuss management. Now that you have built your solution and are ready to deploy to the world-at-large you will need to manage it. Management or governance enables you to control the environment your solution is deployed to. I do want to note here that I am a bit hesitant to use governance as a blanket term. I have often heard others use GOVERNANCE as a verb. I like to think of it as an adjective: it describes the unification and federation of… Read more »

Lean strategy Lean Accounting

By Clinton Jones on September 8, 2014

Ask Brian Maskell or Bruce Baggalay what they think about accounting systems and they will likely tell you that traditional accounting systems are ‘actively anti-lean’. What exactly does Lean, in this context mean? Lean Accounting is a term more generally used to describe the business efforts that need to be put in place to support lean manufacturing. In addition, a commitment to the long-term determines whether your business can be seriously committed to the concept of Lean. The purpose of ‘Lean’ is to remove all forms of waste from the ‘value stream’. Lean Accounting can also be referred to as… Read more »