I’ve blogged previously about my recent day at the ICCA in Sydney. One section focussed closely on process excellence, a topic close to my heart. Process is a key element of achieving the company objectives.
If it’s a machine process, get a machine to do it, but if it’s a human process then give people the ability to properly apply the skills, experience and situational awareness that you pay them for.
This week I dropped into a local menswear shop. I have been a pretty regular customer over the last decade. They are a ‘suit shop’ and I know what to expect on the racks.
At the CFO Summit there was a diverse mix of enterprises. For some, mergers and acquisitions have reaped benefits and is fundamental to their business strategy.
Colliers Australia’s CFO delivered an engaging presentation on the role of the CFO in a post acquisition context.
It’s like a cold war! Increase the pace of change and complexity of a business environment and you see a corresponding increase in technology able to meet the challenge. Whichever of the two is driving this, things are speeding up.
A year ago, I was in a taxi heading to Heathrow for the long haul from London back to Sydney. Not a London black cab, mind you. Taking one of those down the motorway feels like riding a Dyson in Nascar. It was a Volkswagen minicab with a wily driver.
I think everyone has seen and read the story about using drones to deliver your shopping. And it is not an April fool’s day prank. It looks real enough. The Jetsons have arrived.
The European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EUSPRIG) (no, really!) maintains a list of spreadsheet horror stories and when you have plenty of time on your hands you might like to browse through their extensive list of corporate fails.
Last week I had a meeting with an IT management team and they introduced me to a lovely word. “This is currently a handraulic process,” said the CIO. Meaning of course, they do it by hand: manually, with ink and paper and spreadsheet and email.
I have posted a number of blogs exploring how to describe what XMPro is. But I tend to continue to be dissatisfied with my explanations. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are so close they could bite.