Do We Already Have Something To Do This?
May 30, 2008
Technical staff can often be the worst at this – but how often has the comment: “who reads the manual?” been heard? That is a mistake. I have seen many instances where a need exists for a particular technology asset, either hardware, software or both. With the best of intentions, a solution is identified, and a few more dollars leak out of your A/P.
Have you looked to see if you already have something that will do the job? If the manuals for existing tools had been read – you might find that the capability to perform that task already exists.
This article on Managing Inventory for Profitability by Ellen DePasquale at Inc.com demonstrates that many accounting packages can already deal with inventory management. Ditto for Purchasing Managemement.
An Asset Management system I have used did a reasonable job of performing Help Desk management as well. And in a fairly extreme case, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff Author of; It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques From The Best Damn Ship In The Navy (see The Bookshelf) Describes a communications rating who actually read the manual and identified a key communication system that no one knew existed.
So you may already have something that will do the job.
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