Body of Knowledge

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    Getting to the Corporate “Promised Land”…

    - by Joseph Paris

    Last October, I was at a manufacturing conference in Chicago during which I had the privilege of being invited to a dinner hosted by David Deutsch. And it was during this dinner that I was introduced to Ralph Keller – who is the President of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). Thank you, David… Ralph and I got along immediately – debating the current state of manufacturing in America and what challenges need to be faced and the opportunities that abound. We discussed how embarking on a “Lean Initiative” will produce real, tangible and measurable results, yet many companies have…

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    Realizing the Value in Business Processes

    - by Joseph Paris

    I had a very busy May with speaking engagements at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) NJ Due Diligence Conference followed by the ACG-NY Manufacturing & Logistics Conference and wrapping it up by delivering a paper on Operational Excellence at the Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference in Vancouver. The underlying theme of all of these speaking engagements was the importance of realizing the value in business processes. Whether personally or professionally, it is human nature to blindly follow our normal routines – our normal “processes,” without a second thought. We do what we do because “that is the…

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    React, Analyze, Act

    - by Joseph Paris

    Every once in a while, a sense of unease comes over me as if I have become untethered and feeling adrift from what I know. Not to be confused with the near euphoria I feel when I embark on an adventure into some unknown, this feeling of being detached is somewhat cold and comes with it a sense of being isolated and entirely alone. There is usually no single event that initiates such a feeling. In fact, if I can trace such a feeling to a single event, it is dealt with quite deftly. I liken it more to a…

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    “Never go into the bush alone”

    - by Joseph Paris

    In 1996, my first assignment to South Africa for XONITEK was being hired by Macola-South Africa to train their personnel – and the personnel of their resellers – on how to implement Macola’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. It was a very turbulent time in South Africa; apartheid had just ended, there was a new government, the United States had just ended its sanctions, and nobody really knew what the future would bring. I met many people on this trip – people with whom I will establish life-long bonds and in a country that I will come to cherish a…

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    When is 18 less than 1…

    - by Joseph Paris

    Let me start by just “laying it out there”: I am a Giants fan and have been all of my life. And I believe that Giants fans are some of the saltiest, most cynical and hardened of fans. For instance, we believe that the “prevent defense” really means to prevent us from winning, as opposed to protecting a lead. I remember as a child when my father would watch the Giants game on Sundays and we would schedule the Sunday dinner so that we sat either before or after the game. Sometimes I would join him in watching, but mostly…

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    Driving Real Value

    - by Joseph Paris

    XONITEK’s legacy with Exact Software (and Macola Software before that) is long and deep.  Since 1988, XONITEK has been a promoter, implementer, and supporter of the solutions of Exact Software and we will continue to embrace the software solutions of Exact Software into the future. As such, we will continue to invest in our relationship with Exact Software and in the resources and skill-sets necessary to be the very best resource available to you.  But most importantly, we will strive to continue to be your staunchest advocates in support of all your business endeavors. Our mission is simply stated: “XONITEK…

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