Monday, July 4, 2011

Soar With Eagles and Be One

“Don't be like a parrot; be like an eagle. A parrot speaks but can't fly high, whereas an eagle is silent and has the willpower to touch the sky”!

Eagles are the people of wisdom, the people who soar. I like to call certain people "Eagles" because they set the bar and the mark for others to aspire and follow. Find the eagles and ask them to help, coach, mentor and share their knowledge. True knowledge becomes wisdom when it is shared and then shared again. Eagles share their wisdom. If you want to be an eagle you have to hang with the eagles. Eagle school runs 7 days a week and 365 days in a year. It's not really school but something that has been earned through life learning and excellence in everything they do.

When you ask for an eagles help they will always be open and spend time with you. If they won't they are not true eagles, because eagles get what giving is all about and helping others to take flight and eventually soar is their true goal. They want others to succeed and that gives them the wind beneath their wings. When Eagles are pestered by crows they just fly higher to where the crows can't fly. When a storm is heading in an eagles direction they head straight into it and catch the draft to soar even higher.

Eagles understand that asking good questions and listening is a true gift to others. Like the parrot in the quote above, don't just spend your time talking or squawking. A great question and silence or listening is one of the greatest gifts of all. This is what all eagles know. Asking good questions and listening shows interest. This interest shows you care. The eagles will always find out what is important to you, because that is the attitude of gratitude and why eagles are eagles. Gratitude is just their way of travelling or "soaring”!

(Inspiration from Tim Cork)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Warehouse safety for a mature workforce

Article taken from MM&D magazine.

I found this point interesting,
".....But data from the US reveals workers over 55 generally do not see an increase in age-related safety performance issues. In fact, older workers have fewer avoidable absences, a lower turnover rate and fewer work-related accidents. The highest accident and absentee rates are among young workers."

Like to read more about this?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Japan’s recovery offers opportunities for auto parts

This is a great opportunity for Canadian auto parts suppliers to demonstrate to the Japanese OEMs that they are onside, and supportive, even if they aren’t going to get ongoing business,” says APMA president Steve Rodgers.

There are currently some supply shortages that are proving to be challenging, such as mass airflow sensors. Rodgers says the Hitachi plant in Japan, which likely has 60% of the world supply, was heavily damaged.

To read more about this click on the Title.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Future of ERP

According to CGT (Consumer Goods Technology) the top ERP providers are:

Infor Global Solutions (Baan)

When IDC Retail Insights Group Vice President Bob Parker was asked what trends he forsees in ERP requirements he highlighted amongst other things the following:
“ Some of the trends we identified last year are ongoing, including more virtualization and cloud-based ERP, as well as integrated analytics. …..Mobile access is also an increasing trend, though sometimes the interest here is more hype than reality-driven. We caution companies to be practical in their adoption of mobile devices and apps,"

I agree that cloud computing is the way of the future and those not moving in that direction are in for a shock!

He continued to add:
“Lastly, there will be a group of companies who will want to deliver ERP to their organization on top of a private cloud infrastructure so that “virtual instances” can be provisioned. For example, the Wal-Mart team at a large consumer goods company may have its own virtual instance that accommodates Wal-Mart-specific processes while staying true to corporate information standards.”

Hmm! Interesting !

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Good Reason why SaaS is GREAT!

Have you ever goy rid of a software product because it just couldn't deliver? With on-premises upgrades constantly being delayed for internal budgetary reasons, they simply never happen, leading to outdated ‘legacy’ software in production. I know all about this! And very often, it just doesn’t compare well to the latest versions of competitive products. But does it make sense to start over from scratch?
The biggest breakthroughs with SaaS is that upgrades are expected to be part of the service. This gives the vendor the opportunity to keep the very best software always at your disposal. And since you are paying your subscription frequently, there’s plenty of opportunity to remind them of any issues you may have with their service.
Just think when you called your vendor for help on a critical bug only to be told that it's already fixed in the next version? But with SasS you're always running the best and latest e and you'll most likely never hit that bug in the first place. That is real value. Upgrades become a standard feature of the software, leading to simpler and much less risky upgrade events and they have to because they are performed on the vendor’s dollar. So this is what you can expect:
- Full value from your software investment if upgrades are applied continuously.
- All software has bugs... continuous upgrades help you avoid them by having access to the most corrective content.
- With SaaS, you never have to wait for your IT staff to upgrade in fact you don’t really need technical IT staff
- All great SaaS companies include upgrades as part of your normal fee and no hidden charges.
Take hidden risks and fear out of upgrades by using SaaS solutions.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

China's Hidden Risks

China is such a frequent focus of speculation and comment that it sometimes seems that many of the challenges of doing business there must be mitigated because everything is so thoroughly documented at the moment. Whether that’s true or not, a CPO based there recently made it very clear during an interview how important it is right now to look behind the hype to get an idea of what’s really going on.

He related that “Things are more dynamic here – word travels fast. Business travels fast. Suppliers are faster and more optimistic than those in Europe. People in the west often say no to opportunities because they’re not instantly feasible or they’re not as hungry. No is not a response you hear over here. A contemporary of mine said it best: ‘everything is possible, everything is negotiable.’”

“It’s so important to put the optimism aside for a short while and make sure the right processes are in place,” he argued.

Going back an article from a Procurement Leaders magazine issue from April 2009 concerning the prospects for the Chinese economy during the global downturn, the general feeling was that suppliers’ attitudes were changing as the economy saw exports reined in and some sectors begin to seize up, following on from a period of rapid growth. They were becoming more flexible, the article noted.

And much of that rings true today, especially as China is supposedly about to post its first trade deficit for several months – there are plenty of reports of suppliers in China hungry foreign business and, indeed, offering an increasingly sophisticated and well-recognised service.

Over on the Spend Matters blog Jason Busch recently posted an interview with Lisa Reisman of MetalMiner on the sourcing situation in China. Her response conveyed this note of caution that chimed with our CPOs concerns. She said: “I think what suppliers and everyone close to China are starting to see is that we're dealing with yet another bubble market. A frenzy of investment has led to a lot of buying.”

“Supplier viability could still be a very real issue in certain markets,” she warned.

It’s long been difficult to gauge quite what is happening or will happen to this dynamic economy. But one thing does become clear, there are huge risks awaiting those not prepared to look beyond this veneer of optimism among suppliers to learn more about the markets they are sourcing from.

Taken from Procurement Today

Monday, January 10, 2011

What is Your Intention?

Intention is a word that is used by many people when they are explaining their goals and plans for the future, but intention is just not a good philosophy.
Either you are going to do something or not. It is like the word TRY. This is another word we need to eliminate. You take action or you don't. There is no middle ground..

Think of some of the famous people you know: Dr. Phil, President Obama, Oprah, Bill Gates or any really successful people don’t say try or intend they just do it. They either succeed or don’t but they do it!
So what is YOUR intention?