ERP and SCM Knowledge through books


Books are the best way to acquire knowledge about a suject that interests you. Even if you are new entrant to a field and you start with reading a good book, the learning curve will be much steeper for you. I was asked by a friend of mine whose organization has started taking baby steps towards implementing an enterprise wide supply chain solution and they want to acquire little knowledge prior to start engaging consultants in this regard. I suggested them to grab two of my favorite books on supply chain management and enterprise resource planning which are:
  •  Essentials of Supply Chain Management, 2nd Edition:- This is written by Michael H. Hugos and contains valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices in the are of SCM. This handy and concise paperback helps to stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in supply chain management. A quite useful possession indeed. This can be bought at most economical price here
  • Modern ERP: Select, Implement & Use Today’s Advanced Business Systems:- This book is written by Marianne Bradford and what is unique about this book is that it contains contributions from organizations like NetSuite, Microsoft, SAS, GlaxoSmithKline and Deloitte Consulting. This makes this book a much practical document to read and implement in rela life. Incidentally, this is one of the best selling books on ERP these days on Amazon
Just to make things easier for the readers, let me share an online store where both the books are available online so go ahead and have a look if they suit your objectives and interests.
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Learning New Tools – A Perspective


Learning new tools and technologies has become part of daily chores of any IT professional. There is no way out. Or there is no good reason of why one should not learn new things. I personally am a tech savvy guy and always in lookout of learning new things. The interest is not just to learn things pertaining to data warehouse and BI but everything, which comes on way. The only thing that the new tools/technology I learn should have some fundamentals or concepts to take home.

During this last 6-7 years of being into IT, I have learned numerous theories, technologies, programming languages, tools etc. Most of them were through self-learning. But this self-learning was dependent on all my previous learnings, which I inculcated in the past and without which all this self learning would not have been possible. Today I just picked one more tool/technology to build some understanding on it. I don’t have the access to the software but just the documentation. This is one among few tools/technology I am trying to learn for which I don’t have the access of the software. Though I have hands on extensive hands-on experience on a similar kind of technology by another vendor.

This whole thing lead me to think of how can one approach taking up new tool/technology. Possibly three ways which came into my mind:

1. First hit the document.. get some background. and then come to the tool/hands-on and then again go back to the manuals/references. .. an then back to hands on.. May be over the period doing both things simultaneously.
2. First hit the tool ..let your intuition take over the wheel first.. play around stretch your understanding/intuition… and then come back to references/manual/docs/some text and then back to the tool. Over the period both doing both things simultaneously.
3. First attend some seminar ,some talk, some discussion ( as good as 1 but instead of text you are get into more live things) and then hit the tool may be then back to the manuals tools.. come back to tool/hands-on then go back to discussion and so forth. May be I call it Spaghetti approach. In this approach it could be that you start with Books first and then tools an then talks or any combination.

Which to choose?? Time and availability of resources can give the right call for this.. I keep trying all this approaches. Most of the times approach 2 is a good deal for me. Approach 1 is something we have been trying since the college days. First read about the “c” language, listen some lectures… and then get to the labs for some hands-on. And that was good since one didn’t had so many fundamentals/concepts built up, not so much of exposure to the tools/languages of similar kind. Again like all my postings, there is no need to reach to conclusion of which is better and which not. Depends like everything else. My idea here is just to bring out some points.

Implementing ERP – Selection to Rolling out


When implementing new a ERP system, implementing on time and on budget is not by chance. As with any project plan, a detailed and methodical process is required for success. A plan for selecting and implementing new ERP software is no different than any major project being undertaken by a corporation. It requires a significant investment of time and resources, requires the involvement of virtually the entire organization, as well as a considerable amount of research, planning, and reevaluation along the way.

The best project is well thought out and fully researched. It is not limited to a budget and time line, but focuses on tasks, owners, goals, and milestones. It begins at the time of software selection and goes well beyond go-live. And although most projects will stumble along the way, successful implementations that actually end on time and on budget are quite possible if managed properly.

we preach the importance of a solid selection and implementation plan. So much so, that we will voluntarily chose not to participate in the evaluation project if we feel the prospect’s selection process lacks structure. Why would we ever do that? Because the company will never be happy. If they do not know how to evaluate their own requirements or communicate those needs to others, they’ll never be able to successfully evaluate if a vendor’s ERP solution is a good fit for their unique requirements. And unfortunately if we can’t review their requirements with them, we cannot help evaluate if our package is a good fit either.

A solid evaluation project for new ERP software is broken out into some fairly set project goals and milestones. Regardless of the company, a proper project plan should include:

– A Review of Key Business Objects & Long-term Goals
– A Formation of a Selection Team & Project Leader
– An Ongoing Project Plan
– Research & Budget Preparation
– Clearly Defined Requirements & Project Goals
– Vendor Demonstrations & an RFP
– Reference Checks
– Data Migration
– Testing, Testing, & More Testing
– Training, Training, & More Training

In reality, you can easily execute on time, on task, and on budget by controlling the entire project through conception and go live. Led by in house or through an outside professional, flawless executions of software implementations are possible. They do not happen by chance, on their own, or without effort. But they are certainly a reality if given the right team and project plan.

Infectious Enthusiasm


I almost forgot about it. One of my friends reminded of it, and so i decided to write something. Enthusiasm is infectious. No matter regarding what – good or bad – if you are enthusiastic about it, you will get people involved. You will infect others.

Enthusiasm is a communicable disease. It has no cure. It has no medicine. It is a sweet poison which will make you feel better when you are sick with it.

But some people will find a way to get away from any kind of disease. And i have seen such people who have a shield around them, which will not let them get infected. They have a shield of NEGATIVE THINKING and ATTITUDE that will not let them think good and be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm can not go thru that shield, and people do not get infected.

That is one of the reasons i forgot about my infectious enthusiasm, because i have a few people around me who are shielded. They are vaccinated. And if i stay around them for long, I will loose my powers of infection. They will become penicilling for me. God does not want that, and so he sent me a doctors advice. Thanks to my friend for being a Hanuman for me and remind me of the powers i have.

My enthusiasm has helped me a lot. In achieving things, in reaching places, in creating success. Even making new friends. I wish i can stay the same, and be more enthusiastic in future. I wish to infect more and more people every day, so that they can go and infect others. After all enthusiasm and energy are the things that make this world moving.

Go ahead, Spread it. Enjoy it. Enthusiasm is the key to success.

courtesy – Ashish Jain — http://indore360.com/portal

My Personal Tips on Career Success


Many of juniors and collegues often discuss on this topic , most of them are incline to make good impression & keep it, align themselves with team success and achive their career success. I feel it is very broad topic and require bit more of training n conditioning within team. Just to help out in simple terms on how an individual can pursue, identify and achive his individual success along with team as follows. 10 tips looks longs, if u view closely all are interlinked and you can follow any method to follow those.
If you have any suggestions or any other tips, i encourage you to share as comments / feedback or write me at shivmohan.purohit@gmail.com , thanks

10 Tips for Career Success in Office, especially applicable in information technology and service industries

 

1. Find ways to learn continuously.

2. Find ways to improve whatever you do. Be willing to incorporate the new ideas that you learn in #1.

3. Do your work completely and with pride.

4. Be true to your own values.

5. Clear up those irritations (energy drains) so that you can devote your energy to your work.

6. Practice self-care so that you feel good about yourself.

7. Keep work in perspective so that you hav! e time for other parts of your life (family, friends, hobbies, volunteer work).

8. Listen carefully to everyone. Managers need to walk around and talk to employees and customers.

9. Network within your company and outside.

10. Delegate tasks when appropriate and empower those doing the work to do it their own way.

Thanks

Shivmohan Purohit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embracing yourself


Here i sharing a very articulated and thoughtful article written by one of my inspirational friend, you can find more at — sandeep joshi’s blog

You will never be the perfect entrepreneur. No matter how hard you work to avoid catastrophes… at some point, disasters will happen. At times, you will look bad, and your reputation will be injured. But, that doesn’t mean you or your company have to suffer long-term repercussions because of it.People are generally more forgiving than they seem. If you are willing to “expose” your weaknesses, your contacts will feel your honesty and sincerity. The harder you try to be the “perfect” small business owner (and hide your errors), the more detached from your contacts you become. And, the more likely they are to mistrust you.Enjoy your imperfections and learn to use them to your advantage!

Here are some steps for embracing your own humanity, and turning “bad” situations into incredible, marketing situations.

Step 1- Laugh at yourself and your mistakes. (Getting upset about the situation won’t fix things. Look at this as an opportunity instead.)

Step 2- Fix the disaster, tenaciously.

Step 3- Offer the injured customers or prospects even more than they expect. (If done properly, these individuals may become your biggest fans.)

Step 4- Use the situation to fix your current systems. (Making a mistake is alright. Repeating that mistake can be devastating.)

Step 5- Freely share these experiences in marketing messages, blogs, webinars, or as a “reason” to have another sale or promotion

Way to become expert – Practice, Practice, Practice & Learn.


What I hear, I forget.What I see, I remember.

What I do, I understand.
 

 

 

Practice, Practice, Practice & Learn.

Whether it is cricket or Oracle Applications, practice is the key to achivement. Shivmohan Purohit