Is it what you know or how you know? Over the last two months, we here at IQMS have been interviewing for a number of positions within the company. Certainly, a high unemployment rate means there are quite a few people looking for work these days. So how do we find the right people for the job? It is a daunting task for sure.
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
For some time now, during this difficult economy, “good enough” felt adequate. Just last year, there were blogs and articles about getting to where you wanted to go by using the tools that provided the basic minimum requirements to “get by.” People were choosing “good enough” over “world class.” This theory pertained to a broad spectrum: tools, utilities, software, household goods, etc. There seemed to be an underlying message of “you don’t need to aspire to have or achieve greater things, life is difficult enough.” With as uncertain as business conditions have been, it felt somewhat OK to be able to say, “oh, see there, we don’t really need to try any harder.”
Many manufacturing ERP software users understand the benefit of using electronic data interchange (EDI) to facilitate communication with their customers. EnterpriseIQ's EDI/eCommerce module provides functionality to receive orders and acknowledgments and send shipping notices and invoices, plus many other transactions needed in regular day to day operations. This process provides your customers the ability to maintain the open orders they have with your company and allows you to notify them of shipments and required payments in an easy manner. Within EnterpriseIQ, this functionality can be automated in the eServer module, resulting in a hands off setup.
Given that manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are such an important investment, many companies looking for ERP systems chose consultants to help them with the ERP selection process. They do it for the obvious reason that they don't do ERP selections all the time (hopefully just once!) and are therefore not experts in the selection of ERP systems. In many cases, this is the logical choice if they are not able to identify system choices through other methods such as industry specificity, word of mouth references or software selection services like the Technology Evaluation Centers.
Prior to three weeks ago, if asked what I do at IQMS, I would have given a detailed job description of my position. If asked today, however, I would say I am a professional interviewer. I interview potential employees, that's it... all day, every day. Now, I would be exaggerating slightly, but it certainly feels that way. I have given the same interview spiel so many times over the last few weeks that half the time I can't remember whether I am repeating myself to a particular candidate or if that was the morning candidate.