21 06, 2016

Trading Partner Integration with EDI, and… me!

2018-08-15T15:12:15-05:00 By |EDI, Retail, Transparency|0 Comments

We looked long and hard at the different providers of EDI services (electronic data interchange services). We wanted a partner who is ultra-responsive to its customers, and who, when it comes to trading partner integration, is on the top of their game - proactively adding trading partners to its network, working out new integrations, etc. [...]

14 06, 2016

EDI, QuickBooks, and a Growing Business

2018-08-15T15:13:31-05:00 By |EDI, QuickBooks Transition, Retail|0 Comments

I got into an argument - I mean a discussion - with a friend about EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). This particular friend is using QuickBooks to manage the finances of his small product company - a company that is growing rapidly and, you guessed it, experiencing some very real growing pains. Before my friend chucked the corporate [...]

7 06, 2016

Business Process Requirements – Make Them Heard

2018-08-15T15:14:46-05:00 By |Business Process, NetSuite Implementation, NetSuite Projects, Requirements|0 Comments

A widget salesperson comes to your door offering the latest and greatest of modern conveniences and convinces you that their widget is superior to all others on the market.  You're in dire need, so you agree to purchase it. Once they have left, you open the box and discover some assembly is required.  Problem is, [...]

1 06, 2016

Bad Process Automation – Fast Path to Chaos

2018-08-15T15:15:36-05:00 By |Business Growth, Business Process|0 Comments

First off, I should say that no one sets out to develop a bad process, so the title of this post might be a bit misleading. I choose to believe that most existing processes were, at one time, the best they could be given the state of technology, the available software, and the ability of [...]

22 05, 2016

Understanding Business Process – One Key Thing To Review

2018-08-15T15:16:34-05:00 By |Business Process, NetSuite Implementation|0 Comments

With regard to software installations and business processes, there are two paths that implementers can take with you: either the "my way or the highway" path, or, in our case, "which highway do you want to travel together?" Don't measure a successful partnership with a NetSuite Solution Provider like Adaptive Road simply by whether the installation [...]

15 05, 2016

NetSuite Project – Good, Fast, Cheap – Pick… Three?

2018-08-15T15:17:53-05:00 By |NetSuite Implementation, NetSuite Projects|0 Comments

If you were asked to describe the "Iron Triangle," would you respond by saying it's a musical instrument that makes a tinging sound?  How about a place where ships are never heard from again?  Or maybe you already know it's a reference to Project Management. If I called it the "Triple Constraint" would that ring [...]

5 05, 2016

Bottom Line – When It’s Your Money

2018-08-15T15:19:21-05:00 By |Management Software, QuickBooks Transition, Saving Money|0 Comments

When the bottom line of the business is your money - whether as owner, or profit-sharer, or as part of a year-end bonus pool - the choices of where to invest can become challenging. On the one hand, it's comparatively easy to make the decision to invest in tools and processes that will allow you to [...]

25 04, 2016

Indicators: Looking at 100 When You Only Need 10?

2018-08-15T15:20:08-05:00 By |Decision Making, Management Software, Transparency|0 Comments

Put on your best Mae West voice-in-your-head: "So many reports, so little time." We see a lot of business leaders who are positively overwhelmed with reports, and indicators, and metrics, and targets, and... Key performance indicators are supposed to be the FEW metrics that let you keep a pulse on the business, but it's too [...]

7 04, 2016

Business Requirements: Are You Like Everyone Else?

2018-08-15T15:20:58-05:00 By |Business Process, Management Software|0 Comments

No one likes to think they're the same as everyone else - personally or professionally - and when it comes to our businesses, each business is as unique as each person inside the business. Don't you agree? So why are so many business leaders quick to jump on out-of-the-box implementations of core software systems? Why [...]

30 03, 2016

Business Growth – Stuck In Neutral?

2018-08-15T15:21:53-05:00 By |Business Growth, Decision Making|0 Comments

Most businesses want to grow, and most have a growth plan. At some point during the year (usually near the end of the fiscal year), the management team members get together and plot out the growth for the coming year, formulating strategic plans, special initiatives, and creating revenue goals, profit goals, and headcount projections. Sounds like [...]