ACMP’s 2016 Global Conference: West Monroe Partners’ Experience

ACMP’s 2016 Global Conference: West Monroe Partners’ Experience

West Monroe Partners sent a team of our organizational change management (OCM) consultants to the 2016 Association of Change Management Global Conference. This conference gathered over 1,400 change professionals from around the globe to collaborate on current best practices, upcoming trends and continued networking. The sessions and speakers were diverse: as a team we divided our time across...

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Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

System implementations have changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  The era of highly customized software, multi-year waterfall implementations and massive infrastructure budgets has shifted to modular software, agile methods, flexible configuration and cloud. What does this have to do with an accompanying budget for change management?  If you’re not careful, it guts it.…

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Healthcare Facility Design to Enable Better Patient Care

Healthcare Facility Design to Enable Better Patient Care

Recently, I completed my Fisher Global Service Fellowship as an American Red Cross volunteer placed within the Central Ohio VA Ambulatory Care Center. Based on the growing challenges mental/behavioral healthcare poses for the VA, the VA has started a new focus on team oriented care. This model, the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), brings together a team of Psychiatrists...

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Demystifying the Cloud: Benefits of a Cloud-Based ERP System

Demystifying the Cloud: Benefits of a Cloud-Based ERP System

In late March 2016, the first annual Manufacturing Cloud Summit was held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The conference focused on cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, addressing topics about common myths, ongoing trends, and key benefits of a robust cloud-based ERP ecosystem. The days of green screen, legacy ERP systems are long gone.…

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How Sustainable is your ERP System?

How Sustainable is your ERP System?

Sustainability is no longer solely driven by regulations and PR opportunities. It is now also seen as a strategic driver for competitive advantage and innovation. Companies that identify sustainability as a key differentiating factor have begun to innovate their business processes and revolutionize their end-products and services. From the insurance industry, where assessing risk from climate...

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Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Is your company gearing up for an ERP system implementation? If so, have the system integrations been thoroughly scoped and planned? Planning and building integrations is not typically as “seamless”, “easy”, and “automated” as the product marketing brochures make it out to be and could delay or add unexpected cost to your ERP system implementation.…

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The Only Thing Certain in Business is Uncertainty

The Only Thing Certain in Business is Uncertainty

Rarely is the need to change more critical to success than in companies undergoing transformational activities.  Much has been documented on how to lead change management projects when companies understand both the current vision and future state strategy.  However, what can leadership do to manage change when the current state is cloudy and the future state is unknown?  …

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Why Your Old Fashioned Business Case Will Not Engage Your Organization

Why Your Old Fashioned Business Case Will Not Engage Your Organization

Your organization is taking on a transformational initiative and your employees are detached and unmotivated. You have built a compelling business case that outlines the project team, associated costs, and the realization timeline. Your summarized business case most likely sounds a lot like, “In five years’ time, the project will cut operating expenses by $XX and increase revenue...

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How Supply Chain Management Will Save Your Reward Points

After eight months of searching for a buyer, Marriott International Incorporated acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (SPG) for a staggering $12.2 billion, creating what is now the largest hotel company with more than one million rooms globally. This merger is facing a number of technological and operational challenges, yet frequent travelers throughout the world have only one...

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Vanilla ERP: Best Practice or Implementation Headache?

The term “vanilla ERP” was first introduced in the 90’s as vendors like SAP and Oracle, drained by the never-ending customization of their systems, pushed back.  They challenged customers to accept their code and processes as originally developed.  The argument was clear.  After hundreds of implementations, their vanilla systems and best practice processes were better, lower risk and cheaper...

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Breaking Down a Truly Collaborative Supply Chain

In 1984, Toyota and General Motors (GM) created New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI)¹, a joint venture automobile manufacturing facility. NUMMI gave GM the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing and was Toyota’s first manufacturing plant in North America. In order to be successful, NUMMI implemented the Toyota Production System and made continuous improvements to its...

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Digitizing the Physical World: How OCR Technology is Enabling Business Travelers

On a return leg from a recent business trip to Canada, I had the pleasure of using an automated customs kiosk in order to expedite the exit registration process. I fed my passport into the machine and it immediately recognized my identity, flight details, and visa information. Optical character recognition (OCR) software, like the kind found in the customs kiosk, is making an enormous impact...

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