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I live close to a metro grocery store, a multitude of them have sprung up in the UK over the past few years, replacing the corner store independent retailer. In the US they would be akin to the convenience store but they're actually bigger and better than a convenience store and roughly twice the size. Every day, 3 ton delivery trucks arrive early in the morning and deliver fresh bread, chilled and frozen products and ambient inventory. This metro supermarket does a brisk trade, the nearest competitors are all classic corner stores. The metro competes on brand, price and diversity. Having an ATM bolted into the wall helps too. Replenishment of the shelves is an ongoing battle. The community I live in is relatively diverse but constantly changing.  Almost all of the people work in the City so the weekend trade, early morning trade and early evening trade are brisk, an... (more)

Don't Blame Batch Processing for Your Business Process Failures

The recent train wreck that was the CA batch process failure at RBS should probably be ringing alarm bells for some folks running batch processes into their systems; however, more importantly it should remind us of a couple of different things: Batch processing is real and present in many facets of IT data processing and systems at large Never take short cuts on adequate testing of changes and test planning A call I participated on a couple of months back with some students from an esteemed college in North America resulted in a conclusion that what I was talking about and showi... (more)

Business Process Outsourcing and the Shared Services Center

Business process outsourcing (BPO) of shared services centers (SSC) is not really something new, but lately BPOs and SSCs have become particularly popular as discussion topics in large organizations with complex and simple business processes. In reality, the BPO function is nothing more than the contracting of specific business tasks, typically back office business tasks, to a 3rd party service provider. Companies like a payroll bureau and recruitment agencies have been effectively performing these kinds of services for decades. In the late 1990's improvements in computing techn... (more)

Three Steps to Awesome Form Design

Two articles that I read recently, by Jakob Nielsen and by John Brinkman, got me thinking that it was probably time to revisit the very topical subject of form design. In the world of SAP, it comes as no surprise that people want to retain the rich functionality of the ERP system but get away with doing less in terms of data entry or at the very least spend less time entering data. Technologists will conjure up an infinite number of ways for you to achieve your business objectives and the web, mobile or form enablement of some of the entry and extract methods people want to use to... (more)

You Can Have My Excel When You Pry It from My Cold Dead Hands

It's frustrating that business users will often articulate about IT and the enterprise technology architect, but more frequently in an environment where one of the major ERP vendor products like SAP or Oracle Business Suite have been invested in. I am talking about the general disregard and dismissal of the electronic spreadsheet. Even in this era of mobile devices and electronic forms, tweeting, ecommerce and in-memory analytics engines spreadsheets are one of those seemingly Jurassic technologies that IT still appears to have a hard time getting its head around. I thought I'd ... (more)