Is Paper Burying your Business?

The Alchemist Business Process Review, Change Management, ERP, Integration Services, Project Management, Technical Services, Vendor Management

Generating paper forms has become one of the most frequent, recurring actions in modern offices. We print everything – emails, reports, invoices, spreadsheet data, letters, customer correspondence – the idea of the printed copy being that we have tangible, physical representation that an action has occurred, or confirmation that a task needs to take place. In many circumstances, a hard …

The Hidden Business Cost of Spreadsheets

The Alchemist Business Process Re-Engineering, ERP

The last twenty years has seen the rise of business ERP and management systems. Software management systems that previously were financially out of reach for many businesses, are now seen as a reasonable, worthwhile investment. In addition, the initial very short list of available options available has now developed into a myriad of new software systems, each often allowing for …

Learning to “Speak Software Vendor”

The Alchemist Application Services, Business Intelligence, Business Process Review, ERP, Vendor Management

Software vendors… you love them, but you hate them. A lot of customers tend to have a vendor “war story” and unfortunately, often let it bias their relationship with their vendor. Customers can have long memories when it comes to vendor issues and the “small upgrade incident of 2010”, often escalates as it gets re-told over the years. We often …

Are you being an ostrich about your business processes and IT systems?

The Alchemist Business Process Review, Change Management, ERP

Process challenges and changes are a part of daily business life. They’re either a common part of the juggling act within a business, or a catastrophic event that has the potential to shake a business to the core. Either way, they don’t go away on their own. When these process challenges are associated with technology, there’s often a particular reluctance …

Are You Ready for the Australian Building Construction Industry Taxable Payment Reporting ?

Michael Meryment Business Process Review, Change Management, ERP

Have you forgotten/not worried about the recent Australian changes to the Building Construction Industry tax requirements? The first due date for reporting taxable payments made to sub-contractors is 21st July 2013. Does this apply to your business and if so, can your business system and current processes produce the required data? What is Taxable Payments Reporting for the Australian Building …

Are you stuck in an IT Project Fail nightmare?

The Alchemist Change Management, ERP, Project Management

A 100% successful IT project is the Holy Grail for most IT departments in businesses. Most people have heard so many project horror stories that senior managers often believe that it’s impossible to deliver an IT Project on time, on budget and with significant business gain. Instead, they get caught up in all the tales from the trenches, which scare …

Are you using your Business Management System effectively?

The Alchemist ERP

The implementation of a new ERP or BMS for a business is a mammoth undertaking. There is always a significant cost both financially, as well as on your people. Most businesses are ill-equipped to deal with an extraordinary event like this and don’t have on tap the skill sets required for an implementation that is a process change project at …

Top Five Ways to Recognise Business Process Bloat

Ruxana D'Vine Business Process Review, ERP

Process Bloat is everywhere in business. It’s often hidden well, like a secret addiction, and for good reason: if you knew it was there, you’d take it away. “Surely that’s not happening in my business,” you might say, “my staff are fantastic and they’re highly efficient!” There’s most likely nothing wrong with your staff, but everything wrong with the processes …