Category Archives: Management

What Supply Chain Management has to do with IT in SaaS Companies – part 1

Supply Chain Management

Working in the Production IT of SaaS companies for some years now,
I have come to realize that there is a strong connection between managing the IT and Supply Chain Management,
In a former post I’ve added the links to a Video introduction to Supply Chain Management course,
Created by the Arizona State University – which I strongly recommend watching  – it’s a total 1 hour and worth your time.

I went through each module and I will try to explain how IT in a SaaS Company should be managed like a Supply Chain.

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HBR – Harvard Business Review Magazine

Lately I’m reading a lot of articles from the Harvard Business Review Magazine,
which publishes Articles and blog posts and case studies that were created to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world.

Most of the blog posts are free to read and some of the Articles from the magazine too,
but the most are sold for a price.

The site focuses on topics like:

  • Change management
  • Information technology
  • Leadership
  • Operations management
  • Strategy
  • Systems theory

or on Management Skills as:

  • Becoming a manager
  • Career planning
  • Coaching
  • Decision making
  • Delegation
  • Developing employees
  • Improving performance
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interviewing
  • Leading teams
  • Managing people
  • Managing yourself
  • Team building

Continue reading HBR — Harvard Business Review Magazine

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Supply Chain Management – Each Module

Supply Chain Management – the 12 modules – Each Module can be viewed separately.

The whole list is about 1 hour to watch.

You can view the Supply Chain Management as 1 playlist in this post.

 

Module 1: What is Supply Chain Management? [8:05]

 

Module 2: Buy It: Managing Supply [3:46]

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Supply Chain Management – Play list

Supply Chain Management – the 12 modules – Viewable as one Playlist.

The whole list is about 1 hour to watch.

You can view the Supply Chain Management each module separately in this post.

The Modules included in this overview are:

  1. What is Supply Chain Management? [8:05]
  2. Buy It: Managing Supply [3:46]
  3. Make It: Manufacturing and Operations [4:23]
  4. Move It: Transportation and Logistics [3:45]
  5. Sell it & Service It: Retail Considerations [3:39]
  6. Supply Chain Integration [4:41]
  7. Global Supply Chain Management [4:07]
  8. Socially Responsible Supply Chain Management [4:33]
  9. Business Processes [4:13]
  10. Measuring Performance [5:17]
  11. Quality Management [3:20]
  12. Supply Chains and Information Technology [3:53]

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Volkswagen – The Fun Theory

A very nice initiative from Volkswagen –
of course a successful Viral positive publication initiative as well – and yet very charming.

Volkswagen tested some theories of how to make people co-operate on tasks which usually get lower support,
by making them fun for the participates.

Here is a short example of how fun makes people prefer going through the harder way up :)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw&feature=player_embedded

Gaming at work

Another interesting example of this idea is how fun at work improves the working day,
the worker contribution to the work place and productivity,
a couple of articles that I found interesting about this are:

Research proves online gaming at work is good for you – and for your boss

and

Does Gaming at Work Improve Productivity?

 

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Finding HBR articles on the net

I love HBR articles – Harvard Business Review Web site is great, and full with interesting readings,
but I can’t afford buying them for 5$ each,
still they can be easily accessed with an easy to use pdf search engine,
here is a simple example:

Lets say I’ve stumbled over this nice article I wish to read:
“How Leaders Create and Use Networks” by Herminia Ibarra, Mark Hunter.

It looks nice enough and I want to go over it, but I don’t want to pay the 6.95$ HBR are asking for it,
a very simple way to find it would be to search for it in any given PDF search engine available, or even google engine itself.

For example:
Go to http://www.pdfsearchengine.org
and search for:

hbr  How Leaders Create and Use Networks

The First result will send you to:
http://www.tenseattle.org/resources/Documents/Networking-HBR-%2001-07.pdf

which includes the entire article in a PDF version ready for reading :)

Google search:

just write in the search panel the name of the article you are looking for and “filetype:pdf”
For example, in our case I will search for:
How Leaders Create and Use Networks filetype:pdf

from the results I got,
one option lead to http://www.sail.co.in/Growth_April_June_2007.pdf#page=101
which included a nice reading Article Digest for this HBR article

another option lead to http://www.brittenassociates.com/documents_articles/Leaders%20Creating%20Using%20Networks.pdf
which also included the full article in PDF ready for reading and typing.

Happy reading :)

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