9 Idioms to a Successful UAT

9 Idioms to a Successful UAT

“How do we test an ERP system that we do not know how to use?” is a question often posed during ERP implementations during the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) phase. This is a tricky situation as the end users often have the most in-depth knowledge of the business processes and are most likely to find “bugs” during testing, but usually have the least familiarity with a new ERP system.…

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Five Signs Rapid Prototyping May Be Right for Your Project

Five Signs Rapid Prototyping May Be Right for Your Project

If you’re like most consultants, you walk around spewing buzzwords daily. You know the ones—corporate synergy, big data, low-hanging fruit. They’re the words you use but, if put on the spot, probably couldn’t actually define. “Rapid Prototyping” likely falls into that category: you know it and even use it, but are unsure of how it applies to you or when you could utilize it.…

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool (Part 1 – Requirements)

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool (Part 1 – Requirements)

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure? …

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5 Reasons to be Excited for the Salesforce Spring ’17 Release

5 Reasons to be Excited for the Salesforce Spring ’17 Release

Salesforce does a great job responding to their user’s feedback and needs and have incorporated a number of those user requests. The Spring ’17 Release is no different, in fact they may be setting the bar even higher! From enhancing the customer service experience to having Artificial Intelligence predict the value of an opportunity – Salesforce is making it easier for users to get the most of...

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Alpha Leadership

Alpha Leadership

Most of us have been in a setting where a manager or coach encourages the team leader to “wolf up” and take aggressive action. We often associate the “alpha” leader as loud, outspoken, dominant, and even outright aggressive. Having recently welcomed a German Shepherd pup to our family, the need to establish alpha leadership is an important part of proper integration into the family’s social...

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Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Your utility may want to evaluate all of their technology options before completely shifting away from narrowband wireless networks. There have been significant changes in the last few years that can provide you with a more reliable, higher speed solution, while maintaining the benefits of a licensed radio network. Refreshing the radio may cost you 1/10th of what a complete system overhaul to...

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The Role of the PMO in M&A Transitions

The Role of the PMO in M&A Transitions

In a previous post, I outlined key considerations merging companies should consider when preparing for a successful Day 1. One of the most important aspects of readiness planning is establishing a Project Management Office (PMO).  All teams contributing to the transition should report to the PMO. In this post, I’ll discuss the PMO’s role in Day 1 readiness.…

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Got Change? Meet Me Where I’m At

Got Change? Meet Me Where I’m At

I recently read an article about the change that credit unions are forging to better meet their customers’ expectations. It had a great line that said, “If you want to reach consumers, you have to go where the consumers are.” That is why in 2016, when 78 percent of Americans had a social media presence, Zeal Credit Union in Livonia, Mich., decided to place its focus on...

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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Salesforce Admins (Part 1 of 2)

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Salesforce Admins (Part 1 of 2)

Google Chrome extensions provide powerful enhancements embedded directly into your Google Chrome browser. These extensions can be installed to your browser for free and with a click of a button. If you are a Salesforce Admin the following Chrome extensions are my must-have picks for quick navigation and enhanced functionality across the platform, which will allow you to spend less time...

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