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Fire The Whole Damn Bunch
 
Aug 2017, Issue 51
Index


The New ERP vs The Monolith
The history of ERP is replete with slow, monolithic systems with data updated and recalculated overnight and paperwork distributed each morning to the shop floor. Many of the reports were/are weekly or monthly, far too late for meaningful intervention. Today's systems must react instantly, supplying actionable information at the speed of reality. To read this article, please click on the following link:
The New ERP vs the Monolith



9-11
It has been eight years since the terrorist attack on America. Since that time we have not had an attack on our homeland. One of the reasons is the excellent work performed by our intelligence services, which is under assault by the current administration. Understanding the relationships between 2001 and today are critical to our security. In this paper, we review 9-11-2001 Lessons Learned, Forgotten, and Ignored. To read this article, please click on the following link:
9-11 Lessons Learned Forgotten or Ignored



Competitors
"If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. If you know yourself but not the the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." -- Sun Tzu, The Art Of War.

Our offshore competitors are 'enemies' only in a metaphorical context. A woman working in a textile plant in China is not thinking she got a job because an American woman lost hers. To read more of this article please click on the following link:
Our Competitors



The New Great Wall Of China
China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. It is an authoritarian state masquerading as a communist nation. It has also been paranoid and distrustful of outsiders. The various emperors constructed the Great Wall of China to keep out the Mongols. Millions of lives were lost during the 5000-mile constructions over five thousand years. The wall itself is their final resting place. The Great Wall is an important symbol because it represents a siege mentality. As will be seen, China is in the process of building a new, very different kind of wall. The intention, however, is precisely the same. To read more of this article please click on the following link: China


Trade
"Civilizations die from suicide, not from murder." -- Arnold Toynbee

Trade is an extremely important part of our economy. Like every other economic structure, outputs and inputs must equal just to retain parity. When imports exceed exports, a trade deficit results and wealth flows out of the economy, reducing dollars available to add value and fuel expansion and additional wealth within the economy. When a high deficit accumulates in one country, such as China, we will eventually lose not only manufacturing capability but political and trade advantage. This is elementary information, but it seems everyone has a different interpretation of our trade situation and how to deal with it. Metrics will be used to help in gaining and sharing perspective. To read more of this article please click on the following link: Trade



Consumerism
The United States residents have become the world's largest consumer of goods and services. Our savings rate dropped into the negative the first quarter of 2005 and has not touched positive territory since. The rate of savings is an indicator of how much money is available for building or expanding business. The lack of available money domestically forces us into the international arena, limiting expansion and job formation. Plainly put, we are spending more than we make. To read more of this article please click on the following link: Consumerism


Perspective on Jobs
The shift from a production to a service-based economy was a realized and welcomed state. Supposedly, it indicated that Americans were 'stepping up a notch'. The transfer of technology and products were pervasive from the presidents of the United States to the person on the shop floor. Americans perpetrated and fueled the global economy in our rush to become a prosperous service society. Somewhere along the way, forgetting that service follows production and that production generates wealth and wealth generates power. Americans have either forgotten or chosen to ignore the lessons from history -- production is power. To read more of this article please click on the following link: Jobs




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