How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

Recently, Microsoft announced that it had acquired LinkedIn via a cash buyout of $26.2 billion – the third largest acquisition of 2016 thus far.  Due to the notoriety of the two companies involved, this high profile purchase has garnered many headlines and has amplified discussion of the cloud war.  Many companies are pouring money into cloud-based platforms for a variety of reasons, including...

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Rain Down Cost Savings With Cloud-Based Business Applications

Similar to Myspace or Beanie Babies, on-premises business applications are “out.” Cloud-based applications are “in.” Over the past few years, we have seen a fundamental shift in the business applications marketplace for small to medium sized enterprises. Companies are moving away from on-premises, best-of-suite applications to cloud-based, best-of-breed applications. A survey by the Institute...

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People, Process and Technology: The Cultural Side of a Merger

People, Process and Technology: The Cultural Side of a Merger

Year 2015 booked a spot in the record books with just over $5 trillion in M&A volume, surpassing 2007’s previous record of $4.6 trillion, according to Dealogic data. The healthcare industry was the forerunner of this charge, responsible for an astonishing 62% of the total transaction volume. Technology was a close second, including Dell Inc.’s notable $67 billion acquisition of EMC...

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Don’t Miss the Train! Get on Board with Best Practices When Developing a Training Plan

Don’t Miss the Train! Get on Board with Best Practices When Developing a Training Plan

Undergoing an ERP implementation (or any system implementation) is never an easy undertaking and frequently it is transformational to your business, touches all departments, and requires proactive and consistent change management.  One area that is critical to a successful ERP (or any system) implementation, and that is often overlooked, is the training approach – how do we roll out this...

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Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

The expectations of how Program and Project Managers support the implementation of new technology are changing. Technology deployments and implementation projects have historically been owned and managed in great part by an IT department, with sporadic input from the business. In today’s environment of cloud computing and solutions-as-a-service, this is not the case.…

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Boldly Pioneering the Cloud ERP Space: A Reflection on NetSuite’s SuiteWorld16 Conference

Boldly Pioneering the Cloud ERP Space: A Reflection on NetSuite’s SuiteWorld16 Conference

This year’s NetSuite’s SuiteWorld cloud ERP conference (held in San Jose, CA) attracted over 8,000 attendees comprised of NetSuite employees, partners, and customers. The largest cloud ERP conference in the world provided an opportunity to network, learn more about the NetSuite platform, and hear from NetSuite executives about key investments that are being made to enhance and...

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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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