ERP Is No Longer Considered a Four-Letter Word

first_imgFor most IT executives, the term ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is often a four-letter word, but it doesn’t have to be.I’ve had the good fortune of leading several major system transformations in my 20+ years in the industry, most recently at EMC. And while replacing EMC’s legacy systems with a standardized SAP-based one was challenging, there are strategies I’d like to share that can help the process go smoothly.At EMC, we were faced with an aging ERP infrastructure that was limiting our ability to scale and support a dynamic business model. More than 10 years old and customized so extensively, it could no longer be upgraded. This resulted in a significant increase in total cost of ownership and a high level of risk to our growing business.We were determined to take a radically different approach with our new ERP program, code named PROPEL. As such, we worked with EMC senior management and a number of key business leaders to define critical guiding principles at the outset. They included:No customizationsUse an agile and “go fast” approachAdopt industry standard practices and adapt business processesBuild a foundation for future growth and scalabilityMake it a business-led program with strong governanceAs a business-led project, PROPEL had to be staffed by talented, senior business people from the major process function areas—Manufacturing, Finance, Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain. These people, combined with the IT team, formed the core PROPEL team.From a technology perspective, we chose the industry-leading SAP ERP package, and leveraged EMC technology to ensure a high-performing, scalable and efficient system. As a result, we are now the largest SAP instance that is 100 percent virtualized on VCE Vblock technology.A critical success factor for ensuring we adhered to our guiding principles was establishing a strong program governance model. This model served as a review board for all enhancement or customization requests and also was key to our change management and communications efforts.In addition, we had more than 500 “super users” from the PROPEL team’s respective business units who acted as extended project team members and helped drive implementation of the system and new business processes.We had all the pieces in place—the right people, the right governance, the right processes, the right approach and the right technology. The communication, governance and the level of rigor were critical.This winning combination allowed us to meet our go-live target and budget. We have successfully closed multiple quarters, handling record volumes on the new system with minimal issues.In addition, by leveraging EMC and VCE technology, we have a high performing, scalable and highly available infrastructure, all while saving more than $10 million.Some of the lessons we learned along the way that are important for those who wish to embark on their own ERP implementation include:Executive support is critical to success.Identify and assign the right resources from the business. These projects need to be business–led to be effective.Spend time cleaning up your critical data such as customer, product and material records. Clean it as early as possible—before and during the project. And then put a master data management governance process in place to make sure it stays clean.Don’t underestimate the level of business change required to implement a new ERP system, especially if you want to minimize enhancements and customizations.As you make changes and transform processes, know when what you’ve achieved is good enough. In some cases, perfect is the enemy of good, which is sometimes a tough realization for people.Establish key metrics up front and ensure they are tracked post implementation.Although ERP projects, like any large transformational program, are often incredibly challenging, we’ve proven that with the right principles, technology and approach you can truly be successful. And ERP no longer has to be a four-letter word.last_img read more

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Dance Marathon holds hype room as part of annual Riley Week

first_imgSara Schlecht | The Observer As part of Riley Week, Saint Mary’s students gather in the Stapleton Lounge in Le Mans Hall Monday night to brainstorm fundraising ideas for the Dance Marathon.The week also serves as a time for the organization to push fundraising for the hospital.“We want to emphasize our cause’s connection on campus,” said Landis Collins, junior and Dance Marathon vice president.Monday evening’s event, a hype room, consisted of several fundraising challenges for those in attendance. While upbeat music played, participants enjoyed refreshments as they were tasked with requesting donations in various ways, such as asking someone with a February birthday to donate.“It’s a one-hour hype room to get all the committees together and push ourselves to see what we can do,” Carragher said.At the end of the event, senior and Dance Marathon vice president Anna Zappa announced Monday’s fundraising efforts had generated more than $2,300.Sunday’s programming consisted of a dinner for Riley families and a Mass during which the collection was donated to the hospital.One Riley Week event will make particular use of Dance Marathon’s access to the tri-campus community, Collins said.“Thursday night, we have Search for a Star, which will be at Notre Dame,” Collins said. “It’s like a talent show.”The talent show will be open to students performing a variety of acts, including music, comedy and dance, Carragher said.“The winner of the Search for a Star competition on Thursday gets to come perform at the marathon,” Zappa said.Dance Marathon will also have a table set up at Friday’s Student Health Fair in the Angela Athletic Facility, at which there will be a blood drive.“We’re doing blood drive sign ups, and for every single person that donates blood, $1 will be donated to Dance Marathon,” Carragher said.Another order of the popular EMX sweatshirts will also be placed in honor of Riley Week.“Every day this week, we have tabling for EMX sweatshirts and Dance Marathon registration as well as a silent auction in the student center,” Collins said. “You can write down a bid for our different themed baskets.”While this variety of events will continue to occur throughout the week, the mission of the week remains constant — preparation for the actual event, which will take place April 4.“We want to do everything we can to create awareness and educate our community not only on what Dance Marathon is, but what Riley Hospital [for Children] is,” Carragher said. “That’s what Riley Week is.”Tags: Dance Marathon, riley hospital for children, Riley Week, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon This week, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM) is working to publicize its support of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Riley Week, which began Sunday, features a series of events that engage the College community in supporting the hospital. Monday evening, members of the Saint Mary’s community gathered in Stapleton Lounge in Le Mans Hall for an hour of fundraising together.“Riley Week is a week dedicated to raising money and having all these events to raise that awareness for the children down at Riley,” senior Clare Carragher, president of Dance Marathon, said. “It’s also a way for Dance Marathon to really spark and create this energy that is needed in our last workload before the marathon actually hits.”last_img read more

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Vermont to lead effort to write new science standards

first_imgThe state of Vermont will be among a group of states selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students. Vermont is one of 20 states that will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will clearly define the content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve an education reform non-profit organization. ‘Vermont has always had rigorous science standards, but it was time for them to be reviewed, said Armando Vilaseca, Vermont Commissioner of Education. Being a lead state will give Vermont access to current edge research and thinking around scientific principles. This partnership will provide content insights to inform the incorporation of engineering in science instruction and provide new, engaging learning opportunities for all students.’ The 20 Lead State Partners are Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.‘The Lead State Partners will provide important leadership and guidance throughout the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and are to be congratulated for making a strong commitment to improving science education,’ said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. ‘This will be a collaborative process that will lead to a set of standards that provides America’s students a strong foundation in science and supports college and career readiness for all.’ The development of the Next Generation Science Standards is a two-step process. The first step was the building of a framework that identified the core ideas and practices in natural sciences and engineering that all students should be familiar with by the time they graduate. In July, the National Research Council released A Framework for K-12 Science Education, developed by a committee representing expertise in science, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and education policy. The second step is the development of science standards based on the Framework. As a Lead State Partner, (STATE) will guide the standard writing process, gather and deliver feedback from state-level committees and come together to address common issues and challenges. The Lead State Partners also agree to commit staff time to the initiative and, upon completion, give serious consideration to adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. In order to be considered, states had to submit a letter with the signature of the Chief State School Officer and the chair of the State Board of Education. American students continue to lag internationally in science education, making them less competitive for the jobs of the present and the future. A recent U.S. Department of Commerce study shows that over the past 10 years, growth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. The report also shows that STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade. ‘There is a clear benefit to providing our students with the strong science education they need to compete in college and the work place,’ said Stephen Pruitt, Vice President of Content, Research and Development at Achieve, who is coordinating the NGSS effort. ‘A strong science education provides all students with opportunities to be successful in the 21st century.’ For more information, visit the Next Generation Science Standards website at www.nextgenscience.org(link is external)last_img read more

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10 Nabbed on Gun, Drug Charges in Nassau Gang Bust

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ten suspects, including some reputed gang members, were arrested on gun and drug charges in Hempstead and Uniondale, authorities announced Wednesday along with making a plea for tips regarding three murders last week.Four of the suspects were rounded up this week, another six were busted in recent months and more are still being sought as a part of a year-old continuing joint investigation involving federal agents, Nassau County police and Hempstead village police, authorities said.“These are significant players,” Michael Harpster, FBI special-agent-in-charge of the criminal division in the New York office, told reporters. “There’s no boundaries to what these guys will do or where these guys will go.”None of the suspects has been charged in the three Hempstead murders in a five-day span last week. Authorities said that Crime Stoppers has doubled the reward for information in those cases to $10,000 from the usual $5,000.“I know someone out there knows who the perpetrator was,” Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall said. “We are asking you to come forward.”The murder victims include: 45-year-old Jonathan Wade of Hempstead, who was shot in his car and then crashed it into three boys at a nearby school on June 30; 30-year-old Gerraud Hill of Malverne, who was shot while driving and crashed his car into a house on July 3; and 28-year-old Victor Benitez, who was found shot dead on Clinton Avenue on the Fourth of July.“I believe one of those cases may be gang-related, but I wouldn’t say definitively,” Nassau Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki said of the murders.Among those facing unrelated federal charges are three previously convicted drug dealers from Hempstead, including one who allegedly shot and wounded a man in December while defending his drug-dealing turf and another who is accused of keeping a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his son’s baby stroller while at a park.The rest of the suspects are facing charges in Nassau criminal court. Those counts include criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a firearm and gang assault, among others. One suspect is charged with menacing a Hempstead village police officer with a weapon.Several suspects are allegedly members of the Bloods street gang, and at least one is a member of their rival, the Crips, according to investigators.Also assisting in the continuing investigation were agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.Detectives request anyone with information regarding these crimes to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.From left: Hempstead homicide victims Jonathan Wade, Victor Benitez and Gerraud Hill.last_img read more

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Compliance: Efforts underway to reduce MSB service burdens

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions serving, or considering serving, money services businesses (MSBs) could see reduced compliance burdens on several fronts. MSBs, which can be currency dealers, check cashers, or issuers/sellers of traveler’s checks, among other things, often present compliance issues due to increased regulatory scrutiny, and are a popular topic of discussion at CUNA’s Bank Secrecy Act school.First, the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS), designed to keep track of bad actors in the mortgage licensing area, expanded its functionality in 2012 to include MSBs. Currently, 34 state agencies use NMLS for MSB licensure, and more agencies are expected to follow as laws and regulations are adjusted.Additionally, there is a state effort underway to develop a unified MSB call report. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors reports that this will provide state and federal regulators with standardized information about MSB activities that will allow them to better assess risk and identify trends.This should result in reduced compliance burdens for credit unions servicing MSB accounts, and also prevent MSBs from being excluded from traditional financial services. continue reading »last_img read more

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Mayors across the state call on Washington for more funding

first_imgAll of the mayors, including David, emphasized that municipalities provide services residents need every day. The group includes Binghamton Mayor Rich David as well as Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. They say the need for federal help is urgent, especially in the age of COVID-19. (WBNG) — Members of the New York State Conference of Mayors are calling on the federal government for financial relief. “You’re talking about fire fighters, you’re talking about individuals who pick up your garbage and recycling, You’re talking about people who maintain your parks, you’re talking about people who test your water,” David said. Mayor David stressed at the conference that the country is a collection of cities, towns and villages and called on the federal government not to ignore their needs.center_img “If you want to have a quick and vibrant return in our short and long term economic recovery, it starts with municipalities,” he said. “These are the jobs that are in your backyard, your hometown and your community.” David also stressed that local funding is crucial for the nation to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. With the pandemic ongoing, David says federal help is needed so that mayors don’t have to pass the cost onto citizens through raising taxes and layoffs.last_img read more

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Investree expansion to Thailand, Philippines on track this year

first_imgFinancial technology (fintech) platform PT Investree Radhika Jaya has announced that its plans to expand its market to Thailand and the Philippines through joint ventures are on track despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.Investree cofounder and CEO Adrian Gunadi said on Wednesday that the company expected to complete the expansion by the second or third quarter of this year.“We are in the process of obtaining a license in the Philippines while we are in the final stages of licensing in Thailand. So, there is no change of plans,” he told the press through a video conference. “We are also in talks with other potential investors, so we can expect the value to be higher,” Adrian said.He added that the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company had exceeded its first-quarter loan disbursement target to 104 percent. The company has disbursed Rp 588 billion ($36.24 million) in loans so far this year.He also predicted an increase in working capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially from vendors supplying health necessities such as hospital beds and gloves, adding that the company would focus on funding SMEs in the healthcare industry in the second quarter this year.“I believe Investree can be resilient during this pandemic because we are well-capitalized,” he said.Previously, Investree partnered with private lender PT Bank Danamon Indonesia to allow SMEs to borrow loans worth between Rp 200 million and Rp 2 billion.P2P platforms have contributed Rp 60 trillion to the country’s GDP as of June 2019, primarily through SMEs, according to a study by think thank Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) and the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI).Topics : He went on to say that the licensing process in the Philippines might take longer than planned as a result of a nationwide lockdown to curb COVID-19 implemented on March 16. However, Adrian said he was optimistic that it could be completed by September.Read also: P2P lending firms upbeat SMEs can repay loan on time during pandemicThe expansion was made possible, he added, by the first trench of series C funding worth US$23.5 million the company closed in mid-March. The funds will also be used to expand Investree’s business in Indonesia, including in e-procurement and electronic invoicing.The investment was led by MUIP, the corporate venture arm of Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and Indonesia’s BRI Ventures.last_img read more

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Luxurious unit fetches $3.9m in one of Brisbane’s biggest apartment sales of 2018

first_imgThe apartment is in the tightly-held ‘Pietra’ building.Mr Thiess has quite a hankering for waterfront properties.Records show he bought an apartment with dual waterfront views in Runaway Bay’s Anglers Esplanade – the Broadwater in March this year for $2.675 million.Mr Thiess also owns a penthouse at Salacia Waters, Runaway Bay, that cost him $1.98 million five years ago.10 OF THE BIGGEST BRISBANE APARTMENT SALES OF 2018 Address Sale price This apartment at 7/91 Moray St, New Farm, has sold for $3.9m.The property is fitted with state-of-the-art entertainment and audio systems, private lift access and a 32 sqm private garage.The sale represents one of the biggest apartment transactions in Brisbane in 2018.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoIn February, an apartment next door in the Aquila building fetched $6.5 million.The apartment at 5/81 Moray Street also had three bedrooms, but was even larger at 426 sqm. This apartment at 7/91 Moray St, New Farm, has sold for $3.9m.The apartment in the luxurious ‘Pietra’ development at 7/91 Moray Street has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and offers breathtaking views of the Brisbane CBD.The property, which was sold by Hamish Bowman of Ray White – New Farm, had been on and off the market since 2014.The buyers are believed to be downsizers from the Gold Coast. The view from the apartment at 7/91 Moray St, New Farm.The apartment is one of only eight in the building and is bigger than your average house with a floorplan spanning 328 sqm. It is equipped with the highest quality appliances and finishes, including Italian marble and granite.center_img This apartment at 7/91 Moray St, New Farm, has sold for $3.9m.A GLAMOROUS whole-floor apartment in New Farm owned by the son of a mining and construction giant has sold for a whopping $3.9 million. Alan Thiess, son the late Sir Leslie Thiess, has settled on the sale of the riverfront property, but the price is less than the $4 million he paid for it when it was built six years ago. This apartment at 5/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold for $6.5m earlier this year. 1. 5/81 Moray St, New Farm $6.5m2. 4102/140 Alice St, Brisbane City $4.21m3. 701/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point $4.2m4. 901/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point $4m5. 5/81 Moray St, New Farm $3.9m6. 14/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia $3.3m7. 6/212 Vulture St, South Brisbane $3.16m8. 802/17-21 Duncan St, West End $3.15m9. 2204/63 Skyring Tce, Newstead $3.1m 10. 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane City $2.725m(Source: Realestate.com.au, CoreLogic, based on reported sales only)last_img read more

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Cricket News Happy Birthday Herschelle Gibbs – The first man to hit six sixes in ODIs

first_imgBefore Gibbs, Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri had become the two players who had hit six sixes in an over but Gibbs became the first to achieve the feat in ODIs and in limited-overs cricket. After Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in Twenty20 Internationals when he clobbered Stuart Broad in Durban in the 2007 World T20.However, Gibbs is best remembered for the remarkable 434 match against Australia in the 2006 ODI in Johannesburg. The 2349th ODI was a record-breaking match, with Ricky Ponting’s brilliant 164 helping Australia to a record 434/4 in 50 overs, the highest-ever score in ODIs. In response, Gibbs launched a breath-taking assault. He notched up his century off 79 balls and he ended up with a mind-boggling 175 off 11 balls, including 21 fours and seven sixes as South Africa chased down 434 to win a dramatic ODI.In the 872 runs scored on that day, Gibbs’ 175 was hailed as one of the knocks for the ages and it established him as one of the best at that time. At the same venue in the 2003 World Cup earlier, Gibbs struck a magnificent 143 against New Zealand but at that time, New Zealand were boosted by a knock of 134 from Stephen Fleming as the Proteas were stunned.The other lasting incident that cricket lovers will remember Gibbs for was his dropped catch off Steve Waugh in the 1999 World Cup encounter in Leeds. Waugh, who was steadying Australia, flicked a full ball to mid wicket where Gibbs took the catch but in trying to celebrate, he could not control the ball and ended up spilling the catch. Waugh, apparently, at that time told Gibbs, “You have just dropped the World Cup, maite.” The drop proved costly and Australia won the match to qualify for the semi-finals where they again met South Africa. The match ended in a tie and South Africa exited the tournament in the most cruel manner.Although his image might have been tarnished by the match-fixing scandal, there is no denying that Gibbs is one of the best batsmen South Africa has ever produced.  New Delhi: Herschelle Gibbs had a stellar career for South Africa starting from 1996 till his final international days in 2008. The right-hander, termed as the next Jonty Rhodes due to his magnificent fielding abilities, was one of the best openers for South Africa for a long time. In 90 Tests, he smashed 6167 runs at an average of close to 42 while in 248 ODIs, he blasted 8094 runs at an average of 36. The South African top order benefited greatly from Gibbs’ ability to change the course of the match with an audacious knock at key moments in the match.On his 45th birthday, we remember Gibbs for three major knocks which have defined his batting and career. In the 2007 World Cup match between South Africa and Netherlands at Warner Park, St. Kitts, Gibbs entered the record books and entered an elite list of players to have achieved this feat. South Africa chose to bat and Jacques Kallis provided them a stable platform. In the 30th over bowled by young wristspinner Daan van Bunge, Gibbs chose to etch his name in the record books.The first ball disappeared over long on while the second ball was dispatched over long off. The third ball was hammered over long off for the third six and thumped a full toss over deep midwicket to near a record. The fifth ball was short and Gibbs crunched the pull shot over wide long off and the record was made when he smashed a flighted ball over deep midwicket to become the first player in ODI history to hit six sixes in an over. Herschelle Gibbs became the first player to hit six sixes in an over in ODIs.Gibbs’ 175 ensured South Africa chase down 434 against Australia.Gibbs dropped Steve Waugh in the 1999 World Cup encounter. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Indian Premier League WATCH: THIS star player is all set to play against Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_img New Delhi: The three-time champion Mumbai Indians lost their first game of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Delhi Capitals on Sunday. And to add to their sorrow, their star speedster Jasprit Bumrah suffered a shoulder injury, eventually giving the franchise and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) concerns. However, ahead of their second games of the tournament, which will also be their first away game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the spearhead took to the twitter to share a few seconds video of him working regressively with the full fortitude and is very much fit to get going.  Mumbai Indians will play their first away game against RCB. Lasith Maling has touched Bangalore but isn’t expected to feature in the first XI.Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to better their record at Bangalore ground. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The thirteen seconds video was captioned ‘read and roaring’. The two words looked more than just the words there. Here’s the video:This means he will be all set to go. The news has not only made the fans around the world happy but also relieved BCCI as Bumrah is supposedly their go-to-bowler for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Meanwhile, both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost their first game of the tournament and will be looking to start fresh in the second game. Bangalore wicket is expected to offer a lot many runs, and the team winning the toss would look to have a bowl first and chasing has been easy on this track.  highlightslast_img read more

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