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3 Best Practices for Driving User Engagement & Adoption of Microsoft Teams

More than many other applications, and specifically, more than the other Microsoft tools, implementing Microsoft Teams is a bigger challenge people-wise than technology-wise. Sure, there are absolutely technical aspects for an implementation that should not be taken lightly, including configuration, file migration, and security, to name a few, but frankly, and with no disrespect to […]

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Secure Adoption for the Long Term Change Management Initiative

My previous blog dives into the different training styles in change management initiatives. In the final blog of this series, I analyze adoption and change management implementations for long-term success. There’s an adage that says, “No one likes change.” I’d like to add to that, “Even change managers don’t like change.” As humans, we’re naturally […]

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Why a Transformation Roadmap is a Necessity

In our previous blog post, Create Your Transformation Roadmap for Application Modernization, we looked at what a transformation roadmap typically includes with regard to app modernization. In this blog, we’ll examine the importance of transformation roadmaps, what they include, and the process of creating one. Why is creating a transformation roadmap so important? At its […]

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Training: It’s Not One Size Fits All!

Previously, I discussed meaningful training, and change management adoption. This blog dives into the different types of training styles in change management initiatives. Effective communication is not one size fits all. Studies have repeatedly shown that effective communication must be sent at least seven times over at least three channels for it to land and […]

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Issues – The sleeping dragons?

Black swan’s companion In any fantasy story, you must have read about the dragons asleep and guarding the treasures. The dragons unknowingly defend the treasures without considering the value of it. You can imagine the massive loss of the treasure if you try to tickle the dragon. A small sneeze from the dragon that cannot […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns when switching from Skype for Business to Teams revolves around the ability for the two products to work together. However, what is often overlooked is what will be required to meet these expectations. Fear not, in this article we’ll be discussing the high level in’s and out’s for interoperability and […]

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Effective Communication Leads to Meaningful Training

My last blog highlighted how proper stakeholder assessments can provide efficient planning and strategies. My next installment in this series will explore meaningful training, and change management adoption. It’s frustrating when change management gets called upon to provide training, and only training, with the expectation that is the only thing required for the successful adoption […]

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Stakeholder Assessments Drive Effective Planning and Strategy

Previously, I highlighted stakeholder management in a change management initiative and the benefit that comes with it. This blog will highlight how proper stakeholder assessments can provide efficient planning and strategies. At least once a week, I open my spam folder to find hundreds of messages. Sometimes I’ll briefly scan them before deleting, and other […]

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Don’t Over-Look Stakeholder Management in Change Management

My previous blog analyzed executive alignment in a change management initiative. This blog will highlight stakeholder management in a change management initiative and the benefit that comes with it. Stakeholder management is the lesser known brother of the organizational change management heavyweights: communications and training. This is the area we most often overlook or choose […]

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Executive Alignment is Critical to Change Management

My last blog analyzed change management. This blog will highlight executive alignment and how that benefits a change management initiative. Have you ever played on or seen a sports team where the coaches didn’t see eye to eye? Perhaps it was related to game strategy. Maybe skill techniques. Or what about as a child, when […]

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Tackling Supply Chain 4.0 with the Right Partner

In our previous blog post, we discussed how to incorporate Supply Chain 4.0 while not cloud-ready and what that looked like from a strategy and technology standpoint. In our last installment of the guide-to-blog series, we touch on the importance of partnering with the right professional services organization to help guide and execute supply chain initiatives. […]

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3 Takeaways to Help Accelerate Value in Any Transformation

This blog series explores how change management can and should pay for your next project. Previously, I discussed how OCM paid for an ERP implementation. In this final post we look at three ways to accelerate value in transformation. Explicitly tie change management to business value (e.g., include business case analyses) Use change management to […]

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Stallion Webinar Q&A: Project Considerations and Things to Know – Oracle Cloud – Part 4

Stallion Oilfield Services, a leading energy service company, struggled with non-standard business practices as well as antiquated and manual systems. The company needed to change and standardize processes across all business units, establish governance, and accounting controls. A modern financial, procurement, and inventory management solution was the answer. Stallion selected Oracle ERP Cloud and partnered with […]

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[Guide] Change Management Best Practices from Real Projects

Organizational change management is about defining and driving behavioral changes to individuals, groups of individuals, and entire organizations. It’s about increasing user adoption. Now, change management theories look great on paper. Many practitioners have gone through classes, read books, and have even become certified in change management but still struggle with how to actually perform […]

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Stallion Webinar Q&A: Addressing Project-based Issues and Challenges – Oracle Cloud – Part 3

Stallion Oilfield Services, a leading energy service company, struggled with non-standard business practices as well as antiquated and manual systems. The company needed to change and standardize processes across all business units, establish governance, and accounting controls. A modern financial, procurement, and inventory management solution was the answer. Stallion selected Oracle ERP Cloud and partnered with […]

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A Look at How OCM Paid for an ERP Implementation

This blog series examines how change management can and should pay for your next project. My last post outlined the steps to develop behavior change. In this post I discuss how OCM can pay for an ERP implementation. Challenge and Opportunity A multi-state, utility company identified its purchase-to-pay (P2P) process as a candidate for value […]

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EDW in the Cloud TCO

In 2016, when I did my first in-depth comparison, the resulting TCOs were usually very close. Usually, the OpEx was slightly higher for the cloud TCO versus the on-prem TCO required substantial capital investment. However, our most recent estimate was eye-opening to our client.  We were assessing a green-field implementation for a Data Warehouse at […]

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How to Incorporate SCM 4.0 if You’re Not Cloud Ready

In our previous installment of the guide to blog series, Taking the Next Step Towards Supply Chain 4.0, we discussed Supply Chain Metrics: Choosing the Best Technology Vendor for Partnership and the importance of technology vendors for partners. In this installment, we’re going to touch on how to incorporate SCM 4.0 if your organization is […]

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Stallion Webinar Q&A: Selling the Big Idea – Oracle Cloud – Part 1

Stallion Oilfield Services, a leading energy service company, struggled with non-standard business practices as well as antiquated and manual systems. The company needed to standardize processes across all business units and establish governance and accounting controls. A modern financial, procurement, and inventory management solution was the answer. Stallion selected Oracle ERP Cloud and partnered with […]

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4 Key Steps in Driving Behavior Change

This blog series examines how change management can and should pay for your next project. My previous post, I discussed how behavior change leads to value. In this post I dive into the steps to develop behavior change. Changing behavior starts with defining value and identifying the key performance indicators (KPIs) that can tell stakeholders […]

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