Monday, November 7, 2011

Operate More Efficiently

Okay, we have all herd the software companies claiming that if we integrate everything, we will operate more efficiently.  In a perfect world yes, we would, but getting there may be a challenge.  Having an integrated repository of information certainly helps.  Having an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that ties together operations should enable better management, better inventory control and a greater awareness of key metrics.  The more fully integrated your systems, the more efficient you can become.

In business and life the left hand should know what the right hand is doing.  If we are making pancakes, then our hands need to be coordinated or else we might drop one and that is really disappointing to see.  I am amazed when I watch people, like my brother in law, play the drums.  Each arm and leg doing what appears to be something different at a different pace, yet it is always coordinated and provides the backbone to the song.  You might not see it right away, but you know it when you hear it, you feel it, you just know.   A good drummer sets and keeps the beat which ties the other musicians together. 

Now I realize an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is not exactly a band, but hopefully you see my point.  Having the instruments is a requirement, but not a guarantee that you can make music.  Having the components of an ERP system is a requirement, but knowing how to fully utilize them in a coordinated way is the challenge.   You know it when you see it, feel it, hear it.  Just like when you hear a great band doing a long jam, the bridge can seem like a bunch of separate musicians, and then it breaks and you are amazed at how nicely everything synced back up. 

Yes, you need to operate your business more efficiently and a newer ERP system might be the answer to help you achieve your goals.  It might also be a waste of money if you do not have your team working together.  Like any band, the more you practice, the better you can get.  But, if you want to get to the next level, you will need a coach or producer that has a clear vision of the future.  Dolvin Consulting works as a trusted advisor to their clients to help connect them to the resources they need to get to the next level and drive efficiency in their operations.

The only way to know if we can help you is to contact us to discuss your challenges.  We will not judge you.  You might not hear what you want to hear, but you might hear what you need to hear.

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