Turn Hurdles into Opportunities by Understanding the RPA Challenges Facing SMBs
Enterprises are experts at gaining media attention when it comes to any new, exciting system or process, but the largest impact of business-positive technologies is often felt by small and mid-sized firms. The latest buzz to live in the big business space is Robotic Process Automation (RPA), but it’s time we push it squarely into the SMB realm.
Small businesses face consistent time and workforce crunches, struggling to keep up with the balance of growth and new hires alongside maintaining customer relationships and completing all the daily tasks required to run a business.
Three steps to creating a robust ERP change management plan
Implementing a new ERP will impact almost every aspect of your company. Nearly every person, position, team, manager, and business decision will shift. That’s a major change, and it needs to be planned for to have it be a successful change. That’s where change management comes in, and why you need to start looking to your fellow employees for help,
Change management plans are designed to document and contain all information you need to manage project change from inception through delivery and long-term reviews. Putting this together during your planning phase is a best practice for making your transition smooth and for maximizing your ERP ROI.
Here's a piece I wrote on ERP for the Priority Software blog.
Asking the right questions: a WMS RFP success guide
You’ve decided that you need a new warehouse management system.
There’s a whole lot of new functionality and features these days, from supporting the devices your staff and drivers already have to algorithms that suggest how to change inventory and shelf layout to maximize efficiency.
Check out this article I wrote for the ExploreWMS service from Converted Media.
A complete cloud WMS buyers' guide
Every aspect of our daily lives has moved to the cloud, and your warehouse’s functionality is following the same track.
You now can turn all your daily activities to cloud-based services and solutions, hopefully helping you move faster and have a more efficient operation.
Read the full guide I put together for ExploreWMS.
Automation: How Small Businesses Can Leverage AI for Near-Term Gains
When you start tossing around the prospect of introducing AI into the daily operations of a small business, you’re usually met with a blanched face and a look of fear and trepidation. What follows next are concerns about it being “too big” or “too expensive.”
But, that’s no longer the world of AI.
Are You Thinking Small Enough for Machine Learning's Future?
The phrase machine learning often conjures up massive databases and dashboards with scores of data scientists pouring over new findings, and all that grandiosity might be keeping you from realizing that there’s plenty of ML happening right in your pocket.
With the advancement of smartphones and miniaturization of new tech, now people are trying to run the ML algorithms on small devices.
Learn how you can.
Cross-Border Cloud Computing with Microsoft
When it comes to monitoring inbound trade, many developing countries’ customs administrations still rely on inefficient paper-based processes, often resulting in significant cargo clearance delays at the border and worse — a potential for corruption. Microsoft, whose software engineers’ goal is to develop easy-to-deploy systems applications, created a platform tohelp customs administrations with minimal information technology to leapfrog into the 21st century and start bringing their cross-border controls in line with those of industrialized countries.
Descartes’ Art of Customer Service
There’s no escaping it: supply chain software developer Descartes was in a bad place in 2004. The company was staring into an abyss as its share price dropped from more than $100 to just 95 cents that year. The company had $28 million in debt and a working capital deficit of $400 million. But that was also the year when Art Mesher joined as chief executive officer, and by all accounts, righted Descartes’ course.
This profile of Descartes CEO Art Mesher was for American Shipper Magazine in 2012.