Too Busy Chasing Cows to Build a Fence?

Posted by Niamh Vaughan

Invest your time wisely by outsourcing ERP data management. Make more time to work on the more strategic tasks by outsourcing IT housekeeping such as JD Edwards Data Management

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When it comes to making every minute count,
Andy Grove tells it like it is:

“Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment worth $2,000, you shouldn't let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.” 

There is a monetary cost to wasted time but what can be even more damaging is the opportunity cost.
How often at the end of the week have you had that sinking feeling that even though you worked hard and met deadlines you just never got around to working on the important stuff? Well, apparently, you are not alone as Alice Boyes points out in a recent article in The Harvard Business Review:


A paradox many people face is that our most meaningful tasks are less likely to have deadlines than tasks that are relatively unimportant……. if you’re like most people, these priorities slip to the back of your mind while you work on low-importance, time-specific tasks” 


Stop Chasing Cows & Build That Fence

So, what is the answer? In the article, Boyes lists several strategies including taking the time to analyse where you can work more efficiently by outsourcing, automating and streamlining tasks.

Taking the time to “build a fence so you don’t have to spend the day chasing cows” seems like such an obvious solution but, as Boyes points out, “When we’re head-down in the grind, it’s hard to have enough mental space to see the big picture” 

At Redfaire, one of our core values is ensuring that your technology investment is helping you to do your best work. One area where we noticed our  JD Edwards clients having issues was keeping a handle on ERP data management.

ERP data management is a great example of technology becoming almost a “victim of its own success”. As more data is processed by the ERP system, performance levels and response times are negatively affected. In our experience, ERP data management is typically seen as a task that is important but just not urgent enough to make it to the top of the to-do list, that is until it is. Typically, this happens when performance levels become unacceptable or you are in the middle of an ERP upgrade. You then find yourself in fire-fighting mode.

The good news is that you can start building your fence today by subscribing to our Data Management as a Service Offer. As part of the IT team, you are under increasing pressure to drive digital transformation. Time spent on basic IT housekeeping is time that is not spent partnering with the business to identify new revenue streams and enabling new business models. 

For as little as €750 per month you can outsource JD Edwards ERP data management. So go on, do yourself a favour, start making every minute count contact us today!


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