Upgrade to DynamicsGP 2018 – Winning Hearts, Minds and Budgets

Winning Hearts, Minds, and Budgets

In Part One of our series about the benefits of upgrading to DynamicsGP 2018, we proposed a useful strategy for software upgrades: use the upgrade as an opportunity to investigate if off-the-shelf solutions can replace existing customizations. For over 20 years, the DynamicsGP ISV community has been developing and offering solutions targeted to either vertical industries, such as our own solution for process and mixed mode manufacturing, or focused on specific disciplines like our quality control solution. This makes it highly likely that an end-user organization can find just the …

Inspiring Improvement – Lean Six Sigma Efforts at USPS

inspiring improvement

The staff members leading the Lean Six Sigma initiatives in any organization are pretty busy people. They also seem to be people with a great dedication to sharing knowledge and encouraging other organizations to find ways to benefit from the Lean Six Sigma philosophy. One of the indicators of this trend is their willingness to take time to present information on their Lean Six Sigma journeys to their peers. This month at ASQ San Diego, we were fortunate to have one of these dedicated individuals, Steven Mummy, present on the …

Upgrade to DynamicsGP 2018 – What’s your Strategy?

Upgrade Strategy

As developers, we know the software you use to run your business is one of your most significant investments. Leveraging the value of that investment is important and one of the most effective ways to achieve that leverage is to stay current on software versions as they are released. This is why many end-users are already planning their upgrade to DynamicsGP 2018. At Horizons, we take our role in helping you maintain the value of your software investment very seriously, which is why we were pleased earlier this week to …

Digitize your Quality Data

Analog to Digital

Planning to bring in new tools to support your Quality department’s functions? Consider a tool to digitize your Quality data? Your Quality department or the Quality function in your organization is not exempt from the need to innovate and be more cost-effective. But you may find that the very nature of Quality as a function makes the effort to change more challenging than in other departments. We can see the root of this challenge by simply looking at the various ‘industry’ definitions for Quality. No matter the specific school of …

Partnerships – How Diversity Develops Knowledge

Diversity Develops Knowledge

I was recently asked to contribute some ideas to an article published in The Partner Channel magazine on the topic, “Keys to Successful Partnerships”. I was really happy to take some time to marshal my thoughts and to contribute to the effort, because I believe that partnerships are an increasingly important tool for achieving successful outcomes. Partnerships enable us to be comfortable with diversity, and diversity develops knowledge. The world is getting both larger and smaller. With widespread access to specialty content, our world is getting larger. Information is at …

How Can You Tell if Inertia is Keeping You from Moving Forward?

Overcoming inertia

Manufacturers must concern themselves with regulatory changes, technology changes, and market changes that are not always an evolutionary part of the business story. Identifying when individual task-ownership and simple inertia is undermining your overall efforts to respond effectively to outside requirements is tricky because, after all, not changing is always more comfortable. Breaking free of the past without leaving the value of historical experience behind is a challenging balancing act. Understanding your organization’s tendency to prefer closed- versus open-systems can help you diagnose and fix your innovation challenges. Pattern recognition …

Why is Innovation So Much More Successful than Simple Change?

Innovation vs. Change

In a world where rate of change and rate of progress are rapidly accelerating, it is likely a good call for management to consider why innovation is so much more successful than change and to use that information to foster an innovative culture. When we look for synonyms for the word innovation, we find terms like change, transformation, revolution, and even upheaval. With a term like change leading the charge and an identity as a revolution rounding out the description, it should come as no surprise that the innovative organization …

The Benefits of a Workplace Giving Program

Workplace Giving

Finding an article on Workplace Giving in the recent issue of Quality Digest may be unexpected to some. But if you’ll pause to consider the role of Workplace Giving as a contributing element to the culture of an organization, you may feel a little less surprised. When we think or talk about the Quality body of knowledge and the contribution that the attitude of Quality brings to an organization, it shouldn’t be hard to correlate that the role of Workplace Giving can also be significant in the overall development of …

Dynamics365 – Obstacle or Opportunity

Dynamics365 - Obstacle or Opportunity

Expanded Choice Can Increase Confusion The various announcements from Microsoft to both the broader market and their partner channel in regard to the Dynamics365 products clearly raise a lot of questions in a wide range of areas. Should existing users migrate to new products? What products should new users select? If the focus is on a specific business challenge like improving inventory execution, what benefits do new products offer? For Microsoft partners, questions arise like ,”how much or when should we invest in learning or marketing the new offerings?” And …

What Single Word Leads to Improved Performance?

What Single Word Leads to Improved Performance?

In the Quality Management world, it is an accepted belief that people lack confidence in instructions for a given task when they don’t fully understand the value of or reason for the required actions. Therefore, it is important to build into our processes and instruction sets the explanations for the actions we are defining and the methods to confirm that those explanations are clearly understood. It makes “why?” the single most useful word for improving performance. A quote from George Bernard Shaw is often used in this context. It goes …