What is a Digital Supply Chain? [Digitization of Supply Chain Management]

At Third Stage Consulting, we focus on helping organizations improve their supply chains through automation and technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that supply chain improvements are crucial for organizations to navigate uncertainty in the 2020s and beyond. In this article, we will discuss the major components of a digital supply chain and how they can be applied to your organization. To learn more about best practices for digital transformation in supply chains and other business functions, you can download our annual digital transformation report. This report provides strategies and best practices for organizations going through supply chain transformations and overall digital transformations. You can access the report at the bottom of this article.
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Integrated ERP Software or Best of Breed Systems: Which is the Best Digital Strategy?

The technology industry has been debating whether a single ERP system or a best-of-breed model is better. However, it's important to determine the best approach for your organization. As part of our client's digital transformations, we assess and aid them in implementing ERP systems. A significant debate that arises is whether to deploy a single […]
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Advice for Digital Transformation Executive Sponsors and Steering Committees

Executive sponsorship and leadership are among the most critical roles in any digital transformation project. However, executives and their project teams often don't know what an executive should do to be effective in a digital transformation. In this article we will discuss how we would approach being an Executive Sponsor.
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Top 10 Questions About Digital Transformation [Most Important Q&As For Digital Strategy]

Today, we will cover the ten most important questions that organizations should ask themselves before embarking on a digital transformation. These questions need to be answered before beginning the project. If any of these questions don't have a clear answer, it is necessary to pause and find a solution before starting the transformation.
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What Is ChatGPT? [Pros and Cons of OpenAI Software]

Chat GPT is a technology that is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. It has gained mainstream adoption and attracts significant attention from mass media and TV shows. The question that arises is whether Chat GPT is beneficial to society. It is worth examining whether Chat GPT can enhance our personal and business lives or potentially undermine our success.
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Why Independent ERP Software Consultants are a Must-Have for Successful Digital Transformations

Third Stage Consulting is an independent consulting firm. We assist clients in selecting and implementing technology and guiding them through their digital transformations. Nevertheless, we are not associated with any software vendor and do not receive any commissions or kickbacks. Additionally, we do not have any vested interest in any client's digital strategy decisions. Thus, the question arises: Why do we need an independent consulting firm? How can an independent consulting firm be helpful, and how could it ensure success for a digital transformation? These are the topics I intend to discuss today.
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What is Business Restructuring? Why Is It So Important to an Effective Digital Transformation?

Many organizations are currently experiencing growth and undergoing changes, including process and technological advancements as well as organizational adjustments. These changes necessitate restructuring at various stages in the organization's growth trajectory. In this article, we discuss business restructuring, its components, and how to initiate the process.
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The Dark Side of the Digital Transformation and Tech Consulting Industry

I have some bad news for you, the tech industry is rigged, and even more importantly, the rigging of the tech industry is creating a lot of problems for you as an organization, leading to a lot of bad decisions. But how exactly is the tech industry rigged, and how does that affect us in our digital transformations? 
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How to Create a Realistic Digital Transformation and Software Implementation Project Plan

Implementation planning and having a realistic plan is one of the most important steps in a digital transformation process. However, most organizations and even consultants get the implementation planning piece of this wrong. Why is that? What do organizations do wrong? And how can we create a realistic project plan?
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What are the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence? Is AI Good for Humans and Society?

Artificial intelligence is a fascinating technology that many of us are still learning about. However, AI can also have a significant impact on the world, and that is what I want to discuss today. My name is Eric Kimberling, and I am the CEO of Third Stage Consulting, an independent consulting firm that helps clients worldwide achieve the third stage of success in their digital transformation journeys. While artificial intelligence has been emerging for some time now, it is only recently gaining popularity, and many organizations are exploring how they can use AI to improve their operations.
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Change Management Strategy Mistakes to Avoid During Digital Transformation

Perhaps the biggest mistake we see with change management programs and digital transformations is just a lack of a change program or a change strategy at all. Oftentimes, organizations get started on the transformation, they go out and evaluate software, and they start implementing. Then, they wait until some sort of resistance starts to form, or until they realize that the change is going to be a little bit more difficult than they thought, and only then do they try to play catch-up by implementing a change strategy and plan. This is after it's too late and after they've already caused delays because now people are starting to resist and push back on the project. Probably the biggest mistake we see is project teams and organizations that don't have a change strategy or a change plan, which creates a lot of other problems that I'll talk about throughout the rest of this video.
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These Little Things Lead to Digital Transformation And ERP Implementation Failures

When digital transformations fail, it's usually not because of one singular event or a catastrophic occurrence that ruins the entire project. Typically, it's a series of bad decisions and poor choices along the way, almost like death by a thousand paper cuts. What exactly are those small but significant mistakes that organizations make along the way?
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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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