I found myself strolling down nostalgia lane recently and reflecting on the truly amazing customers Vrakas/Blum Computer Consulting has the privilege of working with. The diversity of their needs and challenges keeps me energized with a constant supply of new puzzles to figure out and with the flexibility of Sage 100 and Operations Management, I am always excited to share a variety of solutions to a problem. (Never been one for a blanket answer of “that’s just the ways it’s done!” – we need options, people!!)
When spring hits, certain changes are expected. Temperatures rise to remind us that good days are ahead. The sun shines a little brighter, for a little longer each day. Life begins to wake from hibernation. And in the Sage 100 channel, conference season blooms before us!
Ah…there you are. The defiant rebels. The out-of-the-box thinkers. The army of John Benders with fists in the air. Welcome to the Rule Breakers Club.
In our “work-lives”, the defiant are often frowned upon. Those who DON’T follow process, suggest a different way of doing things, and challenge the status quo are often shunned and basically sent to all-day Saturday detention for their crimes. It’s been the same old tune all throughout history.
One individual challenged the largest academic entity of the time and was forced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest for claiming the earth was not the center of the universe. Now known as the father of modern science, Galileo might have actually had a point.
Then there was the fellow that was accused of “unseemly conduct” and possible witchcraft when found to be dissecting cadavers to prove the heart was the center of circulatory system. Da Vinci’s anatomical illustrations influenced 19th and 20th century medical practices, so he might have been on to something.
Then there were the traitors that rebelled against their King and had the audacity to forge a separate nation. But these days Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson seem to have been given some credibility.
I do realize these are some outlandish examples, but the point is this - just because someone does it differently, does NOT mean it has no value.
Learning something new.
With the constant flood of webinar and presentation invites saturating our inboxes, I had the great fortune to run across a webinar presented by Liz Warner, Partner Enablement Manager at Sage.
As a “logistical creature” by nature, there is nothing I enjoy more than tackling a problem and designing a process to streamline actions, prevent issues, and get a team all on the same page. Whether determining the most efficient way to care for 300 dogs (my first paying job) or in the capacity of a Sage consultant helping customers accurately track their inventory - the diverse needs of companies has always kept the tempting challenge of “how can we make this better” in front of me.