Growth Strategies for Family-Owned Business: Transitioning to a Process- and Technology-Driven Model

Today, we're delving into the challenges family-owned businesses face, particularly when transitioning from generation to generation, and exploring strategies for sustainable growth and success.
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The Art and Science of Implementation Phasing in Your Organization

At its core, implementation phasing is about deploying new technology or strategies in stages. There are two primary approaches: the 'big bang' method, where everything is deployed simultaneously, and the incremental approach, which involves a phased rollout. Most organizations opt for the latter, especially those averse to high risks. However, the challenge lies in determining the right phases and the specifics of each phase for your organization.
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The Impact of AI in ERP Software: Critical Insights from an Industry Expert

Artificial Intelligence or AI in ERP is becoming increasingly significant in the rapidly evolving Enterprise Tech space. I'm Eric Kimberling, the CEO of Third Stage Consulting, an independent firm assisting clients worldwide in digital transformation and ERP implementation. In this blog, I explain the importance of AI in ERP software.
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5 Critical Steps to Navigating the Path to Updating Outdated Technology

Hello, I'm Eric Kimberling, CEO of Third Stage Consulting, and I specialize in guiding organizations through their digital transformation journeys. A common challenge many organizations face is dealing with outdated technologies. This blog aims to provide a structured approach to help you define a roadmap for your organization's technology initiatives, ensuring you can leverage the best of what technology has to offer to enhance your business.
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Lessons from ERP Lawsuits: Insights for Successful Implementation From an Expert Witness

As the CEO of Third Stage Consulting, I've witnessed numerous ERP lawsuits over the years as an expert witness. These legal battles are often a goldmine of insights and lessons for organizations embarking on their own ERP journey. In this blog, I'll share the top five lessons learned from over 50 ERP lawsuits, aiming to help you avoid common pitfalls and steer your project toward success. Before diving into the actionable steps for successful digital transformation, it's crucial to understand the stakes involved. What really happens when digital transformation initiatives fail? Acknowledging and preparing for these risks is the first step toward ensuring the success of your ERP project.
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Effectively Addressing the Challenges of ERP Implementations and Digital Transformations

In my experience leading Third Stage Consulting, I've seen firsthand how digital transformation and ERP implementation projects can easily stray from their intended path, facing myriad challenges. In this blog post, I'm excited to share with you the insights I've gained and the strategies I've developed for correcting projects that are off track or facing significant setbacks.
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How To Effectively Navigate the Go-Live Phase of Digital Transformation

"Go-live" is a term commonly used in the context of information technology, particularly during the implementation of new software systems, digital transformations, or large-scale IT projects. It refers to the moment when a system or solution becomes officially operational and available for its intended users or business operations. Here's a breakdown of what go-live typically involves:
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When to Ask for Help: Navigating the Complexities of Project Restoration in Digital Transformation

Picture this: you're on a digital transformation journey, a bit like embarking on a grand adventure to scale the dizzying heights of Mount Efficiency. You've got your backpack filled with all the latest tech gadgets and a map in hand, charting the course to the peak of Productivity Paradise. But, whoops! Somewhere along the way, you realize you've been following the map upside down. Uh-oh, time for a "redo"! This "redo" phase is like accidentally taking a detour on your hike and ending up at the base of the wrong mountain. Suddenly, you're facing the daunting task of retracing your steps, all while watching your supplies (re: budget) dwindle. It's like being in one of those video games where you lose a life and have to start the level all over again, except in this game, the 'lives' are your dollars, and boy, do they fly away quickly during a do-over!
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The Risks of Untested and New Software: Navigating the Digital Minefield

In the fast-paced world of technology, the allure of the newest software can be irresistible. Whether it's a cutting-edge operating system, a revolutionary app, or a promising software update, the temptation to leap at the latest tech offering is understandable. However, this enthusiasm often overlooks a critical aspect of digital adoption: the risks associated with untested and new software. This blog will explore these risks, why they matter, and how to mitigate them.
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What Questions Should You Ask Your Digital Transformation Consultants?

Hiring a consultant can be a game-changer for your business. It's a decision that can lead to innovative solutions, fresh perspectives, and significant growth. However, asking the right questions is crucial to make the most out of this partnership. Here's a guide to help you navigate the key questions to ask your consultants, ensuring a successful collaboration. Before we jump in, we need to discuss the role of a consultant - those mystical beings who swoop into your business with their briefcases and fancy jargon, promising to solve all your problems (for a modest fee, of course).
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Top 7 Essential Steps for Developing an ERP Training Plan for Your Organization's New System Implementation

Implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in your organization significantly enhances efficiency and streamlining processes.  However, the success of an ERP system largely depends on how well your employees are trained to leverage these new opportunities. Here's a guide on how to effectively train your employees on a new ERP system. To begin, it's critical to understand the positioning of training within a project.
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How to Bridge the IT Talent Gap: Challenges and Strategies

In an era of rapid technological advancement and digital transformation, the Information Technology (IT) sector is experiencing a paradoxical phenomenon: the persistent talent gap. Despite the ebb and flow of the job market, and even in light of significant layoffs, the demand for skilled IT professionals in areas like cybersecurity, cloud engineering, analytics, software development, and artificial intelligence remains high. This blog post delves into the intricacies of the IT talent gap, its implications for businesses, and the multifaceted strategies that can be employed to address this enduring challenge.
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Eric Kimberling
Eric is known globally as a thought leader in the ERP consulting space. He has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their technology initiatives, including Nucor Steel, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Kodak, Coors, Boeing, and Duke Energy. He has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains across the world.

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