Realign and Redefine

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As everything is changing around us, it is imperative that we remain open-minded, flexible, adaptive and able to leverage the flood of everything new.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has exited our solar system to explore the Kuiper Belt (a 10-year trip), Juno just entered orbit around Jupiter (a 5-year trip) for a 20-month review before a career ending dive through the atmosphere, and Hitomi recorded x-rays from 240 million light years away while tracking a supermassive black hole in February of this year.

To appreciate the scope of the previous statement, think about what you were doing 10 years, 5 years, even 6 months ago. Think about the technology used in these space crafts and how that technology has impacted you throughout the same period. How many cell phone, computers and notepads have you owned during these periods? Probably one of the most obvious changes is your photo library. Are you still lugging around that Single Lens Reflex camera? What impact did space exploration have on your smartphone camera? What’s in store during the next 10 years? Will you still be in control of your car?

Change and evolution are the norms. This also applies to business.

Here at Spitfire Management, we do not operate the same as we did 10 or 5 years ago. We change to remain competitive and to respond to the ever changing business climate. The metamorphosis that our flagship project management solution has undergone means that our Spitfire Project Management System is nothing like the original “product road map” created in 2003. Simply stated, “we remain open-minded, flexible, adaptive and able to leverage the flood of everything new.”

Our customers are no different. Their businesses keep evolving, changing and demanding more from technology. What “was ok” 10 or 5 years ago may be inappropriate for business today. This is GREAT for us because their demand for change drives our product development. It keeps our product strong and responsive to current business demands.

While all this change is good, a simple fact prevails: people resist change.

It is not uncommon for users of ERP systems to get “stuck” in old business practices developed during the initial system implementation phase—simply because they still work. Yet, as their business changes, these same old practices can create barriers to improved productivity and can increase operating costs, ultimately reducing the ERP system’s return on investment.

With nothing staying the same, is it time to review how your project management solution fits your business needs? We recommend you speak to your supplier. If they are like Spitfire, it is quite possible that your current solution has a ton of unexplored functionality that will allow you to realign and redefine your standard operating procedures to leverage the flood of everything new.

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About Dennis Stroud

Dennis Stroud is Spitfire's President, resident Microsoft Excel guru and the go-to guy for all questions about Budgets, Forecasts, Schedule of Values and project accounting. His postings on this site are all his own and do not necessarily represent Microsoft or Spitfire's positions, strategies or opinions.

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