Strategies for Improving Business Performance                    September, 2014


As promised in our last email where we launched our new branding, we have resumed our newsletter focused on providing articles packed with value, ideas and strategies for improving your business performance.  

If you are interested in improving your organization's supply chain management results, selecting and/or implementing the optimal ERP system for business success, providing training, coaching and change management for your leaders or becoming a lean organization, this newsletter is for you.  In addition to our feature articles, there are countless articles in our archives.   

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Four Steps for Successful ERP Implementation

By Doug Howardell


An ERP implementation is a complex undertaking whose success is by no means ensured. Studies have shown that it is an endeavor that fails almost as often as it succeeds, but it is critical to the business that the implementation does succeed. Companies spend up to six percent of one year's gross revenue on an implementation - an investment too large to be wasted in a failure. 


The only way to ensure successful ERP implementation is to follow these four steps:

  1. Define success
  2. Plan for success
  3. Execute for success
  4. Manage for success

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I've Been Thinking about Supply Chain Talent Retention

By Lisa Anderson


An Immediately Implementable Tip to Retain Your Top Supply Chain Talent


According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, 63% of business-deal-illustration.jpg CEOs in 68 countries are concerned about the future availability of key skills at all levels. This not only supports my firm's skills gap research but also is proven true on a daily basis with my clients, contacts and trade association colleagues. Not a week goes by where someone hasn't lost a key employee, doesn't have the skills available to complete a critical project, or experiences a skills gap due to suddenly increased requirements.


Those who want to thrive in the second half of 2014 will focus immediate attention on ensuring you retain and attain supply chain talent. Start at the beginning - retain your top talent!



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