5 Transformational Resolutions For 2017
A New Year is not just replacing your table calendar with a new one or buying that new gym membership. It’s celebrating the joy of a new beginning, a clean slate. It provides a perfect reason to create new habits. It is the arrival of new ‘Hope’.
I’m sure achieving greater efficiency and optimizing your fleet, asset and materials excites you, how could it not! You want 2017 to be a game-changing year for your organization. Don’t you? You can make it possible if you commit to following through with “realistic” resolutions today and then it becomes all about execution. Becoming efficient is a process, not a single event. Success is not achieved overnight. Hence, you must patiently work towards your organizations 2017 process improvement “visibility” goals, one key performance indicator at a time.
We also recognize that most companies are focused on fine tuning processes within their organization whether it is fleet management related, or inventory control of materials and assets and there is much that you are doing that is correct. Often, however, companies don’t get it 100% right.
Improvements aren’t structured. Individual departments often carry out improvements without getting other departments involved. This “siloed,” unstructured approach to achieving efficiency is one of the main reasons why companies fail to achieve the next level of optimization and enhanced organizational performance.
So where does an organization begin, where to start the improvements so that 2017 is defining for your organization? It isn’t as daunting as one may think. The following are 5 achievable resolutions in achieving optimal efficiency in 2017.
- Cultural Buy-in
The first resolution in achieving “efficiency” success is to ensure management has complete buy-in to mapping out the divisional workflows. It’s through this mapping process that we identify the low hanging fruit from a key performance indicator perspective. Management must commit and be the driving force behind the improvements.
- Process Mapping
Mapping the “Current State” process flow. This resolution is where a review of the current divisional workflows is documented, confirming and prioritizing objectives, ultimately aligning technology improvements to corporate objectives.
- Key Stakeholder Analysis
Interviewing of key stakeholder groups to understand what is working and what is not working within the current state is an easy resolution to achieve. Where are the technology/ data gaps that have been identified? Your team understands where the challenges are and where the landmines are buried.
- Strategic Objectives
Mapping the “Future State” workflows will be a resolution that sets the stage for establishing that baseline. Once Current State processes have been documented and all bottlenecks/ problem areas confirmed, key performance indicators can be identified to measure improvements. This could be the implementation of hardware such as telematics or radio frequency tagging and the development of dashboards that visualize the new “Current State”.
- Business Impact Model (BIM)
Creating a BIM is a critical resolution to strive for within your organization. Identifying the impact of the improvements and measuring the financial effect is an important element to benchmark/ trend against.
An organization cannot become efficient until they know where they are inefficient and the five steps identified are ultimately the fastest and easiest way to understanding the disparate data you have collected in your organization. The ultimate deliverable is to have stunning dashboards and visualizations created that drill down into root cause of inefficiency, business intelligence at your fingertips.
In order to be competitive in this challenging economic environment, companies must learn to do more with less and have complete visibility over all aspects of their operations, logistics, and supply chain. With it being a new year, you have 365 opportunities to write 12 new chapters in your organizations new and fresh approach to achieving optimal efficiency. Make 2017 transformational.
The only question remaining is; are you ready to begin your optimization journey going into 2017 or are you content with the status quo? Make this a defining year for your organization. To help make your decision easier, we’ve created a special 2017 promotional offer that includes providing you a free Business Impact Model and a 25% discount on all GPS and Radio Frequency tagging hardware but more importantly, you do not have to pay for our services for 6 (six) months.
For more information on optimizing your operations, feel free to contact Storm Telematics at 877-309-8354 and an Optimization Specialist would be pleased to assist you.