February 24, 2015

A Friction Free Financial Supply Chain

Businesses who have manual processes and don’t utilize standardized ways of processing create friction in the end-to-end process. Friction between a business and its business partners will constrain that business from functioning at its full potential. Companies can improve efficiency of their financial supply chain by giving finance departments improved controls by automating existing document-based processes.

September 5, 2014

Solving the ERP Paradox, back to Lean

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

June 26, 2014

Hey, Software Developers are fun too…

Created by five former IBM employees in 1972, SAP has grown to become the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer with more than 66,500 employees and more than 253,000 customers worldwide. If you’re a user of SAP, you know how vast this software is; too big, in fact, to ever learn it all. When I joined Winshuttle 6 years ago, I had no idea what SAP ERP meant. And when I was given an overview of how Winshuttle integrated with SAP, I felt like I was in a Peanuts cartoon…”Wah, Wah, Wah…” What? We developed this SAP Quiz as a… Read more

November 15, 2013

Custom Development vs. “Off the Shelf” COTS Software

Chances are high you’ve likely made a significant investment in your ERP and back office systems. Yet changing business environments require you to either build additional infrastructure or buy a 3rd party product.  It’s necessary to in order to expand integration capacity or to update the front end look and feel of the application. Making a choice between building or buying a solution is nothing unusual in the business world. After-all there are simple factors, such as logistics, quality, and sustainability, which help to determine whether a company should in-source or outsource a finished product.  From an IT perspective the factors are… Read more

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