The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise

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Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage.

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From VAR to Solution Provider: Five Strategies for Business Transformation

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The traditional value-added reseller (VAR) business—comprised of companies that add features or services to an existing product and then resell it as an integrated product or complete solution—has become more challenging, with declining product margins, increasing competition, and lower-cost alternatives to proprietary products. The pressures are causing many VARs to grow their businesses from simply selling products to offering more comprehensive solutions built on a richer set of services and recurring revenue models.

For decades, VARs have been an important channel for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like computer manufacturers and software vendors, to reach customers. The “value-add” can simply be to provide local implementation and hands-on support or it can involve adding other hardware, software, and services to tailor the OEM’s product to a specific industry, problem, or use. In many markets, customers prefer buying from VARs instead of directly from OEMs, as VARs are closer to the customer, offer local support, and are in a better position to develop long-term relationships.

The VAR business model has been attractive in the past, as it was profitable to resell OEM products. Over the past decade, however, product margins have been shrinking as the result of several long-term trends. In this report, learn about five strategies for making the transformation from VAR to solution provider. The changes needed require a new view of the business and a new mindset, to move from a deal mindset to long-term customer relationships, become invested in customer success, and transition from cash up front to realizing revenue over the life of a contract. Read More

How Do Your BPM Metrics Measure Up?

While many business process metrics are “inside-out,” focused on efficiency, it can also be useful to look at them from the “outside-in,” focused on successful business outcomes. Accurate, relevant metrics are becoming increasing important to companies seeking to make smarter business decisions. As John Dixon, a Gartner Inc. research director, says: “BPM without metrics is just a shot in the dark.”

With the scope of process widening beyond traditional organizational boundaries to large-scale business networks, the dynamic nature of these networks will accelerate, contributing to the complexity that organizations will need to address. Plus technologies such as social, mobile, big data, analytics, and the cloud that are having to be applied to BPM further complicates matters. Approaches have to change from being reactive to proactive. To handle all of this should be intelligent software that uses business metrics and analytics.

This white paper takes a look at BPM metrics best practices, as well as how to establish a baseline and ensure BPM metrics support the organization’s key business outcomes. Read on to discover more about how using BPM metrics can help you achieve fact-based business innovation and transformation that can help your BPM metrics “measure up” so you can more easily achieve true business agility.  Read More

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