May 24, 2011

The process of refining the process

It’s not easy to change the way we do things. We become accustomed to a process and before long the process becomes policy, and then we don’t realize that we are able to change it. Human nature leads us to make emotional decisions, to sway from logic and reason and choose the less practical approach. Sometimes these emotional decisions are the best decisions, but most of the time they’re not. I have worked on several SAP implementations and the project environment varies significantly. There are a multitude of factors that influence the decisions we make on projects, as well as… Read more

Mar 4, 2011

Doing what we do best

Being from the Detroit area originally, there will always be a place in my heart for the motor city. Every now and then I come across something out of the motor city that appeals to that place. The Chrysler super bowl ad was one of those moments for me. See for yourself – Besides rekindling some of the positive images of my roots, the other message that resonated with me was to focus on doing what you do best. We all know that a large part of being successful in both business and life is to weed through all… Read more

Mar 3, 2011

Microsoft InfoPath or Adobe Forms?

Many enterprises have requirements that naturally lead to solutions that involve deploying electronic forms. These forms can be implemented utilizing a wide range of technologies currently available in the market. For companies that have significant investments in both SAP and Microsoft, the discussion is often narrowed down to Microsoft InfoPath versus Adobe Forms, which are both products for designing and deploying XML-based data entry forms. Microsoft InfoPath is a forms designer which, being part of the Microsoft Office suite, offers a familiar design experience to existing Office users. InfoPath forms can either be deployed as standalone forms which require form… Read more

Nov 23, 2010

The application of the form – comparing form technologies

There are plenty of articles on the web that speak to the immense benefits to be had from implementing electronic forms over paper forms, and of course the merits of electronic over paper and manual are largely intuitive. Valuable metrics like turnaround time, reduced printing, filing and retrieval delay costs are all part of the formula on cost and return however one shouldn’t be too easily seduced into the idea of forms if it is not appropriate. Paper-based form processes have limitations Adobe in particular has put out a number of articles and ROI calculators that indicate that some of… Read more