ERP & Your Business Talking With Eric Kimberling

ERP & Your Business Talking With Eric Kimberling

Eric Kimberling founding of member of Third Stage Consulting Group is the most recognized and respected independent ERP systems expert in the world, givingEric Kimberling 100% unbiased advice to clients for over 20 years. Eric has dedicated himself to giving keynote speeches at industry conferences and universities worldwide and has been quoted in thousands of articles in newspapers, magazines, and books, including the Wall Street Journal, CIO Magazine, and Fortune. He has served as the expert witness in the industry’s highest-profile legal cases, representing both government and private companies across the globe. He is also the author of the acclaimed book, “An Expert’s Guide to ERP Success.”

Eric is an expert in organizational change management, project management, implementation, and evaluations of ERP systems. His extensive experience includes ERP software selection, organizational change management, implementation project management, and value analysis. In addition to his extensive ERP experience, Eric has also helped clients with merger and acquisition business integration, via strategic planning, business process reengineering, and Six Sigma. He further demonstrates his innovative and unparalleled industry experience as the lead facilitator of Panorama’s quarterly ERP Boot Camp workshops and weekly webinar series.

Throughout his career, Eric has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their ERP initiatives, including the Alaskan Native Tribal Health Consortium, Nucor Steel, Petro Masila, the Yemen Government, the City of Charlotte, NC, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Kodak, Samsonite, Coors, Boeing, Duke Energy, Filson, and Lucent Technologies, to name a few. He has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains in countries as diverse as China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. He has won numerous industry awards for his experience and contributions, including Supply Chain Pro to Know and Best Independent ERP Blog award from ERP Focus.

Manufacturing and Millennials

Manufacturing and Millennials

Manufacturing and Millennials?


Greg believes in a vision to take manufacturing to millennials and specifically the Greg Schimmelskill set of CNC machining.   Greg tells the story of how he was working twenty-five hours a week at Machined Products Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and at the same time was attending school full time at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in the Machine Tool and Computer Aided Manufacturing program. The Co Op internship experience, gave Greg an immense appreciation for what he learning and helped him increase his skills to a higher level. You can find Greg on twitter @CNCindustry or on LinkedIn and   Greg also states that:  “I have seen firsthand the importance computer programming has in troubleshooting problems in CNC machines and many other automated systems that produce parts around the clock”.  Listen as we talk with Greg about his Big Vision to introduce millennials to manufacturing. Greg believes the use of various software CNC simulation tools (currently on the market) can play a key role.

Mastering the Work of the Startup World, An interview with Mark Bowles


Mastering the work of the Startup World.

After meeting Mark Bowles at Work in Progress in downtown Las Vegas we knew that we needed to feature him on the show. His leadership and drive for excellence in innovation make him an inspiration to anyone in the business realm. Not only is Mark a board member at Edico Genome, he is also a mentor at the TechStars/Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program. Working with the next generation of entrepreneurs to build better machines and businesses is what ignites Mark’s passion and he is more than qualified for the role.

Mark has more than 25 years in the semiconductor, wireless, and kiosk industries. He has been involved in the formation and funding of 6 technology start-ups and has successfully raised 17 rounds of Venture Capital financing totaling nearly $250M raised and has been part of some very nice financial exits for these investors.

Prior to ecoATM, Mark was with Vativ (sold to Entropic) as VP Mktg & Bus. Dev. Mr. Bowles co-founded Staccato in 2002 and was VP Mktg & Bus. Dev. Prior to Staccato he was co-founder, President, COO and director of BOPS, Inc (sold to Altera), a broadband DSP cores and tools company. Prior to BOPS, he was instrumental in forming and funding a number of successful start-ups including Power Computing (sold to Apple in 1996); Panorama Designs (sold to Motorola in 1996); and BlueSteel Networks (sold to Broadcom in 2000). Mr. Bowles also spent six years at Motorola Semiconductor where he held various distribution management, sales and market development positions; he left in 1996 as vice president MSPI, and PowerPC market development. He has 7 patents granted in kiosk technology, 22 pending in kiosk technology, and 1 pending in wireless authentication.

Mark has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer on entrepreneurism and innovation at Duke, Stanford, UCSD, USD, Pepperdine, Wharton and Harvard. Mark is a board member of Pepperdine’s business school and USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M, and a Master of Science in Technology Management (eMBA) from Pepperdine University.


Value Stream Mapping, an Interview With Author Karen Martin

Karen_MartinAn interview with Karen Martin talking about her new book Value Stream Mapping.

How to Visualize Workflow and Align People for Organizational Transformation

In this episode, Karen discusses how too many organizations remain unfamiliar with value stream mapping as a methodology. As a foundation for Lean business management, value stream mapping is used as a means to build outstanding organizations.

Value Stream Mapping
Value Stream Mapping

In this work Karen offers real solutions for organizations such as: information intensive office, service and knowledge work environments, communication, construction, education, energy entertainment, financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality, law enforcement and the military to name a few.


Bill Sisson-Mobile Chamber, on Airbus, Austal and Economic Development

Bill Sisson President and CEO of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce,

joins us in this episode of Today’s Lean Manufacturing. He discusses the continued growth and the great business opportunities available to the Mobile area such as Austal, as well as the arrival of Airbus.

Bill has served in such distinguished roles as: Executive Director Mobile Airport Authority | Vice President of Economic Development at Bill Sissonthe Mobile Chamber of Commerce | Executive Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development, University of Southern Mississippi | Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

With his extensive background in economic development and his leadership in heading up the Airport Authority including Brookley Field, Bill describes how Mobile and Baldwin counties are uniquely positioned to garner continued business growth both now and in the future.

With a continued focus on industrial development to advance manufacturing in a high tech way, Bill pointed out many areas in which Mobile is able to compete economically on a national level.

He described how the Mobile business climate is very diversified, with eight out of the top ten companies being internationally based.  “We have always looked outward to advance our economy. This puts us in a very competitive position.”

“To our advantage we have:

  • Two interstates that intersect near downtown Mobile.
  • A deep-water port with a container terminal, the second largest on the gulf coast between Houston and Tampa.
  • Five class one railroad systems hubbing at our Port Authority, touching virtually every corner of the country. Very few cities can boast that.”

Bill went on to explain how all of this is right next to the Brookley Field, a World War II Air Force Base with a 9600-foot runway.

“You can see how we can be competitive and why Air Bus for example, was so keenly interested in the site at the Brookley Aeroplex”.airbus_assembly_logo

Bill shared how Austal, one of Mobile’s star companies has been instrumental in bringing high tech, good paying jobs to the area and our newest addition, Airbus, will be assembling large aircraft, which in turn will bring a host of ancillary developments such as: engineering firms, avionic firms and other support services to the area.

He concluded by citing independent third party sources that recognize the Mobile area as uniquely poised for continued economic growth.


TLM 022 Innovation Engineering with David Mixson

TLM 022 Innovation Engineering with David Mixson

Innovation Engineering Deficit?


Are you plagued with IADD? As I spoke with my guest, David Mixson, he just coined the phrase Innovation Attention Deficit Disorder!  Join me on this episode,  to see if you and your business have fallen prey.

David with his experience in the field of economic development works with companies around the state to increase profits through a David Mixsonvariety of means.   He is based at Auburn University working through ATN Alabama Technology Network, a  -5:02 function of MEP Manufacturing Extension Partnership ,a division NIST National Institute of Standards and Technologies. Their purpose is to help companies create jobs, maintain jobs through new products  or new processes, improving efficiency of their operations with a wide verity of resources.

– 10:42 The term Innovation Engineering was first used by Doug Hall, who spent many years with Proctor & Gamble bringing many new products to market. One year he put out a record nine products! He later founded his own organization, Eureka Ranch, which for over the last twenty years has been building on the premise that ideas must be Meaningfully Unique.

Social-InnovationThe idea must:

  1. Have a clear benefit “Promise”
  2. It must have credibility or “Proof”

Innovation Engineering can be thought of as a system of looking at what could be called the fuzzy front end.   Things like: idea creation, idea generation, and idea mining-looking forward.

– 17:00 A Google search on the word innovation yields 285 million results; An Amazon search on the word innovation yields 224 thousand results.

The formal definition for Innovation Engineering is: Meaningfully Unique.  If you’re not meaningfully unique you’d better be cheap!


  • What is the problem?

  • What is the promise?

  • And what is the proof?

– 18:05 Nissan innovation that excites! And Infiniti Q50, predictive forward collision technology

If we build it, will they really come?   Innovation Engineering teaches us to fail fast, fail cheap and get smarter.  Does anybody care about what we think is an innovation?   The first idea you come up with in many cases is wrong in some area, the promise, the product, or the profitability of it.

-30:00  Are we bringing our product and process ideas to market effectively or do we have Innovation Attention Deficit Disorder?

Innovation Engineering teaches us to spend that extra time on the “Fuzzy Front End” of idea creation and commercialization in a systematic way to get the maximum out of an idea in terms of solving problems and maximizing profits.