The adage “time flies” seems no truer to me than in 2016. As I write this August is drawing to an end. It seems no time since we were celebrating the New Year. Perhaps this just reflects the busy time we have had at Endeavour in 2016. We have had the privilege of continuing to work with our large and diverse group of clients, many of who have been great clients for a long time. In addition, we have been fortunate to welcome many new clients this year. Already we have well exceeded the new client total for 2015. We have had five great new people join the team in New Zealand this year to add to our capability to assist you. Finding new talent in our industry is challenging with a limited pool of people. Many of the Endeavour team have joined us from overseas including Brazil, Dubai and the UK most recently. ERP consulting doesn’t seem to be a popular career path for local young IT professionals. Not the glamour and attraction of facebook or google which is a shame as helping the business achieve more with software is a rewarding and challenging place to work. The companies behind our software solutions (Greentree, Microsoft, Sage, Qlik) continue to invest and develop the products in innovative ways. Much of this is focused on making things easier for you, adding new functionality so your investment in one solution can return benefit in more parts of your business, and keeping pace with the ever-changing model for deploying the software including mobility as well as supporting cloud deployments. I have a separate blog on our website available offering some opinion on the relevance of Software as a Service pricing models for mid-market ERP offerings if you are interested in some more reading. Click here >>>
The IT industry continues to bombard us with jargon, complexity and hyperbole that in my opinion is often far removed from needs of most of our clients. There’s a lot of unhelpful scaremongering perpetuated by the industry “If you are not fully in the cloud your business won’t survive beyond 2020”. A big part of our role at Endeavour is to find ways technology can be applied to the problems and challenges in your businesses to make you better. The particular piece of software or deployment method we use to do that needs to be very focused on delivering these benefits to you to warrant the investment and effort. I hope the content of this newsletter provides some value for you and wish to offer my thanks for your continued business support. Feedback is important to us. You can message us easily from our website if you have any suggestions or comments to offer, please click here>>>
Chief Executive, Endeavour.
And from our news – to industry news: we’ve got 4 great blog posts for you this issue…
4 steps to confident decision making: tackling data chaos
When you know your data is trustworthy, you can be confident that you're making decisions based on all the facts. How do you know that you're making the best business decisions? How can you decide with confidence? These are questions users might regularly ask themselves.
Top 10 solutions for supply chain analytics and insight
Manage costs, improve profits!
By improving insights in 10 performance areas, supply chain leaders are able to make more holistic decisions while creating a resilient and flexible supply chain that drives growth. These are the top 10 priorities for supply chain executives today in an infographic:
The Endeavour operational intelligence series
Discover Operational Intelligence - join the dots.
In a series of four Endeavour investigative blogs, we explain exactly what OI is; we reveal the hard businesses benefits delivered by OI - and we take a look at the powerful possibilities opened up when traditional and operational BI capabilities and combined.
one consumer trend you can't ignore!
In Wholesale & Distribution, it can be tempting to feel invulnerable to consumer trends. Your business may be a step removed from the day-to-day shopper, but don't make the mistake of thinking you're buffered from the consequences of their changing behaviour. In today's digital world, people have become accustomed to high levels of immediacy and accessibility as consumers - and are increasingly placing the same expectations on their business transactions.
Finally, make sure that you are always ‘in the loop’ with the latest industry updates. If you’re not already doing so, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus - and be sure to follow our LinkedIn Showcase pages for up-to-the-minute Greentree, Microsoft Dynamics AX and Qlik news.