In the past few blogs, many key managers from IQMS have been recapping their experiences with our recent User Group conference in Las Vegas. With about 300 people in attendance, this was one of the best - some say THE best - User Conference to date. As I begin to put my thoughts to this blog, not only do I think about the collaborative nature throughout the event but how that behavior initiated many months in advance with the planning stages.
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IQMS User Group has officially begun! From November 9th through the 11th, IQMS staff, partners, and EnterpriseIQ manufacturing ERP users will converge on Las Vegas to discuss industry trends, software development and ideas for enhancement.
At IQMS, we use our EnterpriseIQ Manufacturing ERP software to run our business in everything from Payroll to Inventory Management to CRM. Since EnterpriseIQ was designed and created to serve manufacturers, obviously, there are modules that won't be a perfect match for us, but we try to use as much of the software to run our day-to-day operations in every way we can. And let me assure you, we are our own worst critic.
I can't say I have it all figured out, but I know there's an answer to the balancing game and it's mine to find.
Sometimes I like being at work better than I like being at home and other people have commented on this phenomena to me as well. At work, responsibilities are somewhat orderly or at least defined in some way, whereas all kinds of crazy things can go hay-wire at home. Mates, spouses, kids, cooking, household appliances, neighbors, "inventory" - all kinds of surprises can be waiting for you upon your arrival back at your happy home.
One unfortunate morning a few years ago, I got an early call at home from my boss informing me that my 1st floor office had been broken into and my computer was stolen. It so happened that I had left my laptop on my desk, hooked to an external monitor, a VOIP phone and a printer. When the burglar alarm/noise-intrusion sensor went off, scaring the intruders into a more heightened sense of urgency, they made a quick grab for my laptop, but ended up dragging along the monitor, the phone and the printer. Pieces of my printer (the paper tray, paper, little broken plastic pieces) were strewn across the parking lot. By the time the police arrived on the scene, the intruders were long gone, miscellaneous plastic parts left behind, and they were likely on the highway headed out of town.
Remember "hand-shake" deals? Or where a person was "only as good as their word"? Today, we "document, document, document." In business, where we're short on telepathy and long on increasing employee turn-over and failing memories, good documentation is imperative.
It's been a year since we introduced the IQMS Community Server. It's clear to me that this project is "game-changing technology" on many levels.
The freedom to let it go. That's what I gave myself last month. ‘It' is the pressure I used to have professionally and personally to remember it all. But starting last month I enter everything in IQMS' Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module and I can view it whenever I want using the new EIQ Blackberry. It has literally changed my life for the better, I don't worry anymore that I've forgotten
a task or meeting. I go to sleep easier and I wake up without worry.