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What exactly is Operational Excellence?

Posted by Dave Kravitt


Many business professionals talk about "operational excellence", but few understand that it actually consists of several elements that must be successfully implemented and integrated to be successful. If you ask a dozen business professionals to define Operational Excellence, you’ll get a dozen different answers, such as “it’s about process quality and making perfect parts every time,“ or “it’s applying lean tools everywhere to eliminate waste.” Perhaps one of the best definitions I’ve seen is also one of the simplest, from business consulting firm Duggan Associates: “It is when each and every employee can see the flow of value to the customer and fix that flow when it breaks down.” 

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Tags: Managed Services, Operational Excellence

Prepare for Winter Weather With an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Dave Kravitt

When there is a natural extreme weather condition, like a snowstorm or flooding, often businesses come to a standstill. In 2017 alone, the US was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All of that added up and crossed $300 billion in damages in 2017, a new annual record.

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Tags: Disaster Recovery

How to Manage Your Retiring IBM i Solutions Talent

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The IBM i platform has been a stalwart for many organizations over the past 30 years. Few platforms have comparable longevity and stability. But with that stability, comes the eventual retirement of employees who have been hands-on with the platform for decades.

Aside from the emotional impact of losing core, long-term employees, many companies also fear losing the copious skills developed while navigating the IBM i platform and the mission-critical enterprise applications on it over such a long period of time. In many cases, these long-term employees are the sole repository of intricate software program knowledge, including the mountain of software modifications made over the course of decades. A great deal of intellectual property is stored between the ears of these employees.

All is not lost!

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform

3 Costly ERP Mistakes You Never Want to Make

Posted by Dave Kravitt

With the year end closing in quickly, manufacturing organizations are in the throes of planning and budgeting for the year ahead. Often that means figuring out how to get ahead of challenges that have been costing your organization both time and money. And when it comes to your ERP, the PSGi team has seen the same challenges inevitably rear their heads time and time again. In this blog, we’ve highlighted the three common ERP mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

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Tags: ERP

How to Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Template

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Disaster Recovery (DR) is no longer about what will it cost you to recover and rebuild your IT systems. With growing business immediacy and complex interdependencies of IT systems, the question has rightly shifted to what will it cost you if you cannot recover your systems. There’s considerable interest in drawing up a Disaster Recovery template for a business, which is effectively a plan to get the business back on its feet in the face of disaster.

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Tags: Disaster Recovery

Too Much To Manage? Top Challenges Facing Tech Leaders Today (And What To Do About Them)

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Guest blog co-written with Thrive Networks

 

As the technology landscape continues to change and evolve at lightning speed, CIOs and CTOs have more on their plates than ever before. For many, spending time on valuable business drivers—the ones that give your business a competitive advantage—takes the backseat to managing and maintaining an IT environment that’s increasingly complex. This challenge is diverse, with many tech leaders needing to oversee everything from vendor management, to rising cyber security concerns, to the many facets associated with maintaining business continuity. And at the end of the day, these tasks leave little time to focus on innovation. 

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Tags: Managed Services

3 Reasons Remote System Management Has Become “The New Norm” In Manufacturing

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Whether you embrace new and existing technologies whole-heartedly or with a sense of dread, the need for reliable IT support simply comes with the territory. For some manufacturing and distribution companies, the question then boils down to the type of support you need: in-house staff or remote, outsourced services?

Historically, the decision-making process for SMBs was more difficult, more carefully weighed. That’s been especially true for small firms who have had a hard time making the mental leap from handling everything in-house to having it managed remotely. But today, more companies seem to be accepting the notion that remote managed services are today’s new norm. Here are three significant factors behind this shift—and why they bring about good news for manufacturers.

1 – More Complex, Global IT Environments

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Tags: Managed Services

Is Lack of Real-Time Global Data Threatening Your Ability to Service Your Customers?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Guest blog by Jonathan Kall, CEO, Vecco International

So you’ve just learned that there’s good news… and there’s bad news. First, the good news: your sales for a specialty item manufactured in-house are through the roof. In fact, they’re way over forecast.  

Now, the bad news. You’re short on production orders. And raw materials. And coordinating your global supply chain in a timely manner to meet your customers’ needs feels like an even taller order. 

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Tags: Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning

3 Major Pitfalls to Avoid With Your IBM i Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Guest blog by John Hamel, Principal, TurningPoint Systems

Prolonged downtime is every manufacturing firm’s nightmare. Even companies running the highly-reliable IBM i OS recognize they need some sort of disaster recovery plan in place to protect their business from major disruptions. 

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Disaster Recovery

ERP Replacements on the Rise: A Blip or Sign of a Larger Trend?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

A friend of mine, Rob, has been complaining for years that corporations have not been making capital expenditures. Rob has a forklift resale business, and by his measure, this has been the slowest economic recovery ever from a recession. Rob’s not alone, either. Many would agree that the past few years have marked a definite collapse in long-term business investments. 

However, in recent months, both Rob and I have noticed an uptick in capital expenditures. At first, we figured it may be a momentary blip. But we’ve found more and more signs that this may truly part of a larger trend. Only time will tell to be sure — but in the meantime, here’s a look at some of the evidence to suggest that the tides are turning on capital spending. 

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Tags: ERP