Microsoft recognizes Blue Horseshoe for commitment to customers.
With the newest release of AX 2012 R3, users will notice the addition of significant functionality around the warehousing (WHS) and transportation (TMS) capabilities. The features are so large they now have their own modules within Dynamics AX. Its exciting to see these make it into an ERP out of the box as historically, they are reserved for software which does them exclusively dubbed ‘best in breed’. Because Microsoft has declared these as the way of the future for AX, the functionality and concepts will become key to future implementations of AX.
Another year, another roller coaster of threats and opportunities as it relates to exceeding the demand placed on companies’ supply chains. While some may tend to focus on the threats, amidst economic uncertainty and a more competitive landscape, it’s important to also focus on where opportunities exist to exceed the demands of customers.
In my last post about Labor Management, I indicated there were three cornerstones to the program – Planning, Monitoring and Measuring. This is nothing new to those who are familiar with Labor Management and engineered labor standards. For those who are still not sure how Labor Management and a discrete engineered standards program can help improve productivity with minimum capital investment, let’s look at why Labor Management continues to be a topic of discussion.
It’s surprising how many companies have not yet considered Labor Management as their next initiative. Especially since most companies would agree that you first need to measure what the current state is to understand if the future state is an improvement right? The old phrase of “you cannot manage what you do not measure” was one of the focal points of the prior blog, so let’s pick up where we left off regarding managing your most important (and typically largest variable) supply chain cost – your workforce!
As an industrial engineer who has worked in a variety of industries and verticals, my focus has always been how to get more out of what you’ve already got. And more often than not, in the supply chain of companies, it’s about labor. Labor management is one of those topics that has been around for a long time, but doesn’t seem to go away. While there are companies that have had fantastic results year after year, there have also been companies that have gone away from using the tool like they did before. Often the reason is that they claim that they have no embraced LEAN or some other continuous improvement initiative – but to say thatLabor Management is not a part of LEAN is going to be something we discuss in other conversation.
As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Blue Horseshoe now shares a pedigree with Microsoft, Yelp, Zappos, Exact Target,Jamba Juice, Under Armour, Timberland, Pandora, Patagonia, Intuit, and other notable alumni. In addition to Blue Horseshoe, the 2012 list added such powerhouses as Publix Supermarkets, CDW, Levi Strauss and a little social media company called Facebook.
Today, Blue Horseshoe proudly announced it has been selected as the winner of the2012 Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Industry Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
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