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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 »

continuousImprovement Solving the ERP Paradox, back to Lean

By Israel Rosales on September 5, 2014

In a previous post we looked at ERP Paradox in Supply Chain Management Processes and how an ERP implementation that was supposed to be a change for good and give us a competitive edge turned into a rigid corset for our business processes. The “pace layering in enterprise systems” concept that we reviewed is without any doubt an improvement for this. It allows us to have more flexible layers over the rigid ERP backbone, But what specific actions should we perform to get back to the Lean way of life after an ERP implementation? Here are three steps to take. 1.-Make continuous… Read more »

Less IT is better IT for Salesforce and Excel users

By Bernard Haddad on August 14, 2014

Let’s say you are an account executive using Salesforce while you are travelling for work. What are your options if you need to update your sales activity?  It would be easier to download your accounts into MS Excel to document your activity, comments and next steps.  However, how are your going to update your contacts and activities when you return to the office ? Are you honestly going to re-type all of your data, copy and paste task by task, contact by contact?  You could submit a request to your IT department to create a program to upload your activity from your spreadsheet… Read more »

h8 How to Become a Master Data Hero – Part Four: Usage

By Eric Moore on August 13, 2014

Greetings, I am back again with part four of my five part series: How to Become a Master Data Hero. In this part, we will explore usage and test management. Now that you have designed your solution, you will need to test it in a given environment. The following advice should help clarify your thinking about solution testing and help you improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your testing. It is helpful to think about testing in terms of five essential elements: A test strategy that tells you what types of testing and the amount of testing you think will work best at finding… Read more »

pulse Monitoring the Pulse and Rhythm of Your Business

By Clinton Jones on August 11, 2014

Athletes know it’s important to constantly monitor their vital signs, manage pulse rates and breathing to optimize for peak performance. Business managers also know that the business also has a daily pulse and periodic rhythm. To optimize financial performance the vital signs must be measured and analysed in the business just as they are in athletic sports. To do this you need the right tools for capturing the vital signs and the right tools for analyzing them. Where an athlete would turn to a heart rate monitor the financial accounting team recognize the importance of maintaining comprehensive data in the… Read more »

From idea to success Why Building In SAP Doesn’t Always Make Sense

By Clinton Jones on July 16, 2014

There is a school of thought that believes the idea of building workflows on systems outside of SAP is all about dodging SAP licenses–but in reality, this is not the case at all. The argument against building workflows within SAP falls into a number of broad categories: users, data, organization and development. Let’s use the example of a purchase requisition. The decision to build this within or outside of SAP often comes down to who participates in the process. I often use the argument that the person who sits at reception, or a factory worker, has processes that are bound… Read more »

h8 How to Become a Master Data Hero – Part Three: Designing

By Eric Moore on July 9, 2014

In parts one and two on How to Become a Master Data Hero, we explored the personas and their unique use cases for proposed solutions. When I mention a “solution,” I am referring to a web-based form. It is not unlike what you would experience when purchase something online; whether it’s travel or clothing, the buying experience is very similar. With a Winshuttle solution, you are able to put forth a web-based form to create a better user experience when interacting with SAP. To initiate the design phase, we need to identify and define the constituents and artifacts that make… Read more »

Salesorder6 When to Automate Your Sales Orders – and How

By Mervyn George on July 8, 2014

I recently hosted the Logistics & HR track at the inaugural EMEA Winshuttle User Group in Brussels. My original assumption was that sales orders are seldom automated in the SAP world. This is because order-to-cash (or, in contrast, complaint-to-refund) processes differ significantly and are configured in ways that force different system behavior. Here are three examples of how the sales orders across differ: A 30% pricing discount for staff sales at a Fast Moving Consumer Goods company is introduced automatically – a result of pricing procedure determination. Retail cash sales orders at an Apparel and Footwear company might not involve… Read more »

Students taking a computerized exam Teach Your Children About The Power of the Electronic Spreadsheets

By Clinton Jones on July 1, 2014

Much has been made of the inherent risk in using spreadsheets for critical statistical functions within business. A lot of the research has been undertaken independently by academics as well as by the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group (EuSpRIG) in conjunction with the End-Users Shaping Effective Software (EUSES) consortium. Unsurprisingly the main known risks of spreadsheets cover a broad range of challenges, including human error through deliberate manipulation and general management. Nearly 90% of all spreadsheets contain accidental calculation errors, according to IT Management professor Ray Panko. With close to a billion Microsoft Office users across the globe, it is… Read more »

BeFunky_Worker Network Data2.jpg How to Become A Hero-Part Two: Use Cases

By Eric Moore on June 28, 2014

In my last post, I covered the various personas of a company–the representation of the goals and behavior of a hypothesized groups that interacts with SAP. In this post, we will explore those personas and their common, yet varying, use cases. A use case is a list of steps, typically defining interactions between a persona and a system, namely SAP, to achieve a goal. In most cases the goal for each persona varies greatly. It is important to remember that each persona will approach solving their SAP problem through their own use case(s). Oftentimes, this leads to the lack of… Read more »