The Most Common Business Process Improvements From Digital Transformations

When we go through digital transformations, most of our clients want to improve their business processes. They want to automate, have better visibility, be more efficient and effective, provide a better customer experience, a better employee experience, and manage their supply chains better. These are just a few of the reasons why organizations go through digital transformations. Today, I want to talk about the most common business process improvements, as well as the improvements that offer the greatest opportunity for business value within digital transformation. It's important to understand this so you don't lose sight of the potential value that you could be getting out of your digital transformation.
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How to Realize the ROI in Digital Transformation Technologies

Organizations are notorious for spending a lot of time and money on digital transformations, but they often fail to spend the last little bit at the end of a project to ensure that they get the full ROI or return on investment of their digital transformation. But how exactly do we ensure that we optimize the value of our investments in digital technologies?
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Digital Strategies for Microsoft Great Plains Sunset End of Life

Microsoft recently announced that Great Plains will no longer be supported after 2028. Many organizations are now asking, "What do we do now? How do we move to the next technology that we're going to deploy as an organization?" So, what exactly do you need to do and know about the Great Plains end-of-life and your future path forward?
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Change Management Strategies for Agile Digital Transformations

Agile is a significant buzzword in the digital transformation space. Software developers are using agile as a means of developing better software, and even software implementation teams are employing agile to deploy technology faster. Change management teams are also incorporating agile concepts into their strategies and approaches. However, while agile is appealing to organizations, it is not always the best approach for change management initiatives. Therefore, today I want to discuss the pros and cons of agile. I will begin by explaining what agile is and whether it is suitable for your change initiative.
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Project Management vs. Program Management: What is the Difference in Digital Transformation?

When embarking on a digital transformation, we oftentimes focus on project management, which is a really important part of the process. However, project management is quite different from program management: effective program management is the key to success for a successful digital transformation. So, what exactly is the difference between program and project management?  Organizations going through digital transformations typically focus on project management first: how do we get the right manager, ensure the right plan, and allocate resources? However, it is important not to miss out on the bigger picture of an overall program. Program management becomes even more critical in these cases.  So, what I want to do today is talk about the difference between project management and program management. I will unpack these differences so that you can define a digital strategy that encompasses both, ensuring your success in your digital transformation journey
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What is the Difference Between Agile vs. Waterfall Software Deployments?

Agile software deployments are becoming very popular in the digital transformation space. They are meant to be a significant improvement over traditional waterfall deployments. But what exactly is the difference between agile and waterfall, and more importantly, how do you determine which path is right for you? That's what I want to talk about here today.
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Why Do Digital Transformations Fail?

During any sort of project or change initiative, digital transformations face a number of risks. There are some common patterns and threads that lead to failure, as well as some that lead to success. Therefore, today, I want to discuss the top 10 points of failure or causes of failure that you need to avoid before you embark on a digital transformation journey.
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Most Important Change Management Deliverables in a Digital Transformation

Change management is the most critical success factor for any successful digital transformation. What exactly are the deliverables that you should focus on as you create your organizational change management plan? That is what we want to talk about today.
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Oracle NetSuite vs. Salesforce: Independent Comparison of Leading SaaS Systems

What we want to do today is talk about a comparison between Salesforce and Netsuite, including some of the similarities and differences between these two products. It's worth noting that my team and I at Third Stage Consulting are not affiliated with either of these software vendors; we're completely independent and agnostic. Therefore, this comparison is meant to provide an independent view of how these two systems compared to one another.
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Top 10 Supply Chains in the World [Lessons from Amazon, Wal-Mart, Alibaba, McDonalds and others]

When we're trying to learn about what makes a supply chain effective and how to navigate supply chain management here in the 2020s, it's helpful to look at some of the leading organizations throughout the world that have built very robust, highly successful, and highly effective supply chains. So, what we want to do today is provide a top 10 countdown of the top 10 supply chains that you should be familiar with as you look for ways to incorporate those best practices into your supply chain.
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What Are the Business Benefits of ERP Systems?

One of the most common technologies that organizations deploy as part of their transformation is ERP software. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ERP systems out there in the marketplace, but I won't dive into the details of the differences between those systems or what some of the options are. Instead, what I want to do is talk about some of the key business benefits of why organizations implement ERP software. If they implement ERP software effectively, what is the business value that they typically achieve?
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Independent Ranking of Top ERP, CRM and HCM Systems of 2023

Digital transformation can be overwhelming, with many different options available. It can be challenging to evaluate all the different types of software vendors across various categories like ERP systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, human capital management (HCM), supply chain management, and business intelligence tools.
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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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