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Reports differ seriously? I will show you WHY this happens and HOW to FIX it permanently!

Struggling with Reports?

Other problems with your systems?
 

This briefing will help you understand and fix your reporting issues - for good


Strategy: What is it? HOW to develop ACTIONABLE plans – free Webinar

The current business environment demands that all businesses review their strategy and tactics

If your organization is NOT thriving and does NOT have clear analysis of the current economic environment together with clear plans as to how to recover then you need to look at your strategic plans as well as at your analysis of the immediate situation and your associated tactical plans.  Either way our Checklist "The 7 Critical Components of a Strategic Plan " is just what you need to point you in the right direction.  If you want to get directly to the point, we are also offering our Webinar “Strategy:  What IS it?  HOW to develop Actionable Plans” usual price of $47 but as a special today at no charge.

My methods equip you to do this

The fundamental definition of Strategy is "The Essence of the Organization and HOW it Thrives" -- in order for your organization to thrive you need to understand the Strategic Essence of the organization and then formulate your plans in order to achieve a Thrive outcome.  Our methods will equip you to do this in the current economic situation.  This is absolutely relevant to the current economy, once you have a clear analysis of the competitive and economic environment in which your organization is now operating THEN you can plan effectively to recover as quickly as possible.

My promise is to assist clients to thrive

Professor Malcolm McDonald states that Strategy is "Doing the Right Things" viewed from the Customers perspective and "Tactics are doing Things Right" also viewed from the Customers perspective.  He goes on to say that "if you do the Right Things Well your organization will THRIVE".  Here at James A Robertson and Associated we are focussed on assisting clients to do the right things well and thereby THRIVE.  Our methods and Tools are eminently well suited to planning recovery in the current economy.

Over the 30 years of my career in Strategic Management Consulting, I have learned that many CEO's do themselves an injustice by omitting key issues in their Strategic and Tactical Planning and I have developed Tools and methods to assist them with this.

Use my checklist to evaluate your planning methods or watch the webinar for detailed understanding

As a result, I created a Strategic Planning Checklist to assist you to evaluate your planning methods and have also recorded a webinar. . 

Engineering, military tactics, economics and executive consulting

My approach is a synthesis of my training as a Graduate Professional Engineer schooled in rigorous solutions and plans that work, coupled with training and experience as a Military Commander to quickly assimilate key information and make quality life or death decisions.  I have substantial grounding in economics which ensures my methods are geared to producing high value outcomes.  30 years experience as a Strategic Management Consultant working at the Executive level ensures that the solution I am offering is practical and relevant in the executive suite!

Case Study – Global Crop Seed Developer “the experience was transformative”

“Dr Robertson led my team through the StratSnap critical-issues workshop, we reached consensus on a set of 7 key performance areas with weights and scores.  The KPAs became a benchmark for measuring progress and held for 5 years with minor annual adjustments.  My unit was transformed into a customer-oriented service organization.  A high value outcome.” Mr Paul Leigh, Business IT Lead.

I'm pleased to provide you with a copy of my checklist today so that you can see what is REALLY required for a successful THRIVE outcome.  Please click here to obtain a copy of "The 7 Critical Components of a Strategic Plan "  and click here to link through to the Webinar “Strategy: What IS it? HOW to develop actionable plans.”

Warm regards,

 

Dr James A Robertson

How to Unlock Your Captive Data

How many of these apply to you?

  • Different reports from different departments don't agree
  • Different reports within a department don't match up
  • Everybody has THEIR version of the truth in spreadsheets and satellite systems
  • It takes hours, days or even weeks to get the information you need.  Sometimes, you don't get it at all
  • The software vendors and implementers have failed to live up to their promises
  • Your expensive system simply does NOT meet your expectations
  • Still spending large sums on consultants and do NOT understand why they should still be involved?

In short you are frustrated with your software investment and do not know which way to turn.

This is where I come in -- my name is Dr. James Robertson.  I've been involved in the application of computers in business for over 30 years and have massive experience in fixing failed and failing systems.  My aim has always been to

bring engineering disciplines to the IT industry

Join me on Friday 27th November for a half-day Executive Briefing

I'll share with you my decades of experience in engineering, strategy and IT.  In just a few hours you will learn -

  • Why dysfunctional information systems are so rife
  • How to resolve and rectify these problems - for good
  • 7 steps you can take to ease the pain - immediately
  • The amazing value that is unlocked, once you've fixed your system.

Here are just a few of the truths we'll address about current business information systems:

  1. The big software companies and implementers do not know how to best implement their own systems
  2. There is no incentive for them to do the job properly.  Their approach is simply a license to print money
  3. Sloppy configuration can cost your organization in terms of cash, lost opportunities and serious inefficiency
  4. Strategic Engineered Precision Configuration is a concept that can make a massive positive difference to any organisation

I'll help you understand these and many more key issues.

Here are the briefing details:

Date and Time --  Friday 27th November 9.00 - 13.30

Venue - Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Waterside House, 8 Waterside Way, Northampton, NN4 7XD, UK.  Parking is available.

There'll be no waffle, jargon or hype.  My presentation style is simple and straightforward, supported by helpful anecdotes and case studies.

You'll leave with a memory stick containing pdf copies of all presentations.

Following the briefing there will be an optional lunch and ample time (right through till 17.00) for networking and discussion of your particular issues.  This part of the day will be your no-cost consulting opportunity.

No Quibble Guarantee

Stay with us for the full day and if, by 17.00, you feel I've wasted your time, then we'll give you a full refund -- no questions asked.

Save up to £189

The fee for the briefing is £249 per delegate payable by close of business Tuesday 24th November 2015.

Pay on or before Friday November 6th and the cost will be just £219, saving you £30.

Bring 2 colleagues or more and you'll pay just £219 per delegate save £30 per delegate.

Reserve and pay for 3 places or more by Friday 6th November and we'll give you a discount of £63 per delegate, making the fee £186 per delegate, saving you £189 altogether (the fee for a fourth delegate).

Click here to send an email to register, we will send you an invoice by return .

I look forward to meeting you

It would be great to see you at the briefing.  If there's anything more you'd like to know, please get in touch -- call me on 07768-622-875 -- or email James.Robertson@JARandAArticles.com

The briefing can also be presented in-house if required

Kind regards

 

Dr James Robertson


Random Selection of Articles by Dr James Robertson

Web 04 On-Line Seminar (Webinar) on Presenting On-Line Seminars

This presentation discusses the preparation and presentation of on-line seminars
Std 014 Procurement: 06 System Procurement Bill of Services

The Bill of Services is directly comparable to the Bill of Materials on a Construction Project -- it is intended to list ALL the services that are required in order to execute the project and deliver the required business outcome
The Bill of Services is prepared by a person with considerable experience in the implementation of business information systems who is able to draft a comprehensive list.  This list may then be fine tuned by bidders to reflect their particular methods and approach
The Bill of Services is the basis on which the bid is priced and the basis on which the contractor is paid -- if it is NOT in the Bill of Services there is NO basis for a claim
Web 03 Strategy -- What is it and HOW do you develop actionable plans?

A detailed discussion of strategy, determining strategy and presentation of a method that enables organizations to develop a comprehensive measurable and actionable strategic plan with resource estimates and key performance indicators in a structured and systematic method that also provides measures of alignment or lack of alignment and provides a basis to facilitate alignment
Cnf 081 Insights of Knowledge Management in a Global Recession

A discussion of the importance of Precision Configuration as a vital component of unlocking the full value of business information system investments as part of a Knowledge Management culture


Random Selection of Articles by Dr James Robertson

Cnf 082 A strategic approach to corporate planning, management and governance

Considerations with regard to governance of information technology and business systems taking account of the abstractness of information technology solutions
TxM 101 Taxonomy Manual Part 2: Why Use JAR&A, Required Knowledge and Experience, Cubic Business Model and Chart of Accounts and Taxonomy Software

A discussion of why James A Robertson and Associates are the leaders with regard to this field, a discussion of the knowledge and experience necessary to develop high quality precision configuration, factors causing business information system failure, discussion of the differences between the work of different practitioners, some important principles, giving executives REAL information, the power of an executive with a blank sheet of paper, common mistakes, risks, the Cubic Business Model, Group Consolidation Charts of Accounts and why it is necessary to use software to build and maintain code schemes
Cnf 078 The New South Africa -- Why Engineering Fails

Technology failures are the consequence of human error or negligence, the presentation discusses the fundamental reasons why technology projects fail in the context of the requirements of engineering in the New South Africa
SNw 043 Strategically Enriching your BIS: Part 1 -- Introduction

Introduction to the principles of precision configuration and strategically enriching your business information systems

Dr James A Robertson PrEng

Business Systems NOT delivering?

Call the Business Systems Specialist

Dr. James Robinson

Dr James A Robertson -- has been involved in the effective application of Business Information Systems, including but NOT limited to ERP, since 1987 and in the profitable and effective use of computers in Business since 1981.

Drawing on a diversity of experience, including formal military training in Quick Attack techniques at the Regimental Commander level, Dr Robertson has developed highly effective methods of investigating any sub-optimal Business Information Systems situation -- be it an established system or a stalled project or any other source of Executive frustration -- quickly and concisely diagnosing the root cause of the problem and prescribing concise practical actions that Business Executives can effectively act on see the Pulse Measurement page and also the Sample Reports page for redacted real reports.

He has also developed highly effective methods of strategically enriching systems to unlock the full potential of existing investments, see the Precision Configuration page and couples this to architecting small pieces of clever software that harness the full potential of your investment, see the Software page.

If you are having problems with your systems, your project or your IT Department, call The Business Systems Specialist
James@James-A-Robertson-and-Associates.com

Business System Failure is RIFE -- we offer insight into why this happens AND WHAT is required to prevent it.

Failure is at epidemic levels with massive damage done to client companies -- if you are NOT aware of the extent of the problem please visit the About Failure page for a catalog of major failures running to billions of Pounds and Dollars.

All evidence indicates that the established players do NOT know how to deliver stable, reliable high value solutions that WORK.

There HAS to be a better way!

This website provides information relating to that way with a large collection of white papers, presentations, standards documents, etc that you can use to start bringing the situation under control

We also offer high level advisory services with regard to the application of the principles advocated on this website

We offer an ENGINEERING APPROACH to addressing these issues

Click here to read more about the Engineering Approach

By Engineering I mean the formal, structured, highly disciplined, highly systematic, highly practical approach that consistently delivers results in ALL areas of human endeavor where formally trained and certified engineers are the ONLY practitioners permitted to operate -- think large buildings, factories, motor vehicles, aircraft -- highly complex systems that work at a level that we take it for granted that they WILL work and where failure is all but unthinkable and, when it happens, attracts immediate public attention and rigorous investigation directed at ensuring that such failures are prevented in the future -- in fact, everything that the management consulting industry that implements complex software systems is NOT

This approach is discussed further on the Engineering Approach page.

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Random Selection of Articles by Dr James Robertson

Cnf 088 Strategic ERP Investment -- ASCO Case Study

Case Study of a very successful ERP Implementation that generated lasting strategic benefit through competitive advantage resulting from  rigorously designed Precision Configuration and associated custom software, joint paper with the CEO and major shareholder of the client, African Sales Company
SNw 051 Strategically Enriching your BIS: Part 3 -- Steps in applying these recommendations

Steps in applying these recommendations with regard to precision configuration in terms of a method of working geared to quickly and efficiently developing high quality data content that captures the essence of the organization and creates a platform to help the organization thrive
Cnf 074 A Moral and Ethical Dilemma -- Systems that Fail

The prevalence of IT project failure, the factors that cause failure, the Critical Factors for Success, the problem of IT people who lie, issues of integrity, morals and ethics, the need for a regulatory body and legislation
Std 005 Procurement: 00b Invitation to Bid

A simple invitation letter which you can tailor and elaborate on as you see fit
Std 017 Procurement: 08b System Procurement Gut Feel Factors

A rating sheet that takes account of the softer, gut feel issues in adjudicating the tender, this is in addition to the highly structured and very formal Adjudication Schedule that I provide and the formal Tender presentation standards that are laid down in the Request for Proposal master document

Book -- The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success

In 2003 I undertook an in-depth analysis of all the information and experience that I had gathered with regard to the factors giving rise to Business Information System failure including ERP and general IT and classified this information into a number of categories including "The Factors Causing Failure" and "The Critical Factors for Success" based on this I developed a two day Course "The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success" which is still offered today.

Based on this I wrote the book of the same name, which is available in electronic form here for download:

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Detailed information about James Robertson on LinkedIn

James has a very detailed profile on LinkedIn should you require further information about him.

You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/DrJamesARobertsonERPDoctor

James has an open networking profile -- click on "Connect" and use email address James@LinkedIn-at-JARA.com.

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Articles by James A Robertson and Associates

There is a large body of white papers, articles and other content produced by Dr James Robertson available on this website

Please click here to visit the detailed listing of articles

Table of Contents

Home

About Dr James A Robertson PrEng -- The Business Systems Doctor -- and Other Topics

Catalogue of Major Business Information System Failures

About the Engineering Approach

James Robertson's Value Add

Attributes of a HIGH VALUE solution

Recognizing Business System Failure

The Critical Human Foundation

Old Software IS Viable

From South Africa

Competencies of Dr James A Robertson PrEng

About Professor Malcolm McDonald

Table of Contents

About my relationship with the Almighty Creator, Yah the Eternally Self-Existing

Comments relating to the Business Systems Industry and other topics

Testimonials and other positive material regarding James Robertson

Reference Articles

List of Articles

Article Catalogue

Achieving High Value Business Information System outcomes

Executive Custody -- What is it and HOW do you get it?

The REAL Issues in Integrated Business Information System Success

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2 -- Mythology and Lack of Executive Custody

Part 3 – Strategic Alignment and Precision Configuration

Why your ERP is NOT delivering and HOW to FIX it

IT Project Management

Pulse Measurement

CEO Anthony Lee Comments on his experience of the Pulse Measurement

No Charge Guarantee on the Pulse Measurement Service

Examples of Pulse Measurement Outcomes

Critical questions regarding the Pulse Measurement™

The Pulse Measurement Workflow

The Critical Factors for Business System (ERP+) Investment Success in the Pulse Measurement

Indicative Pulse Measurement Durations

What is a JAR&A Pulse Measurement?

Survival of the fittest – why it makes sense to measure the pulse of your business

Examples of Pulse Measurement Outcomes over 24 years

Sample Pulse Measurement Reports

Strategy

Strategic Essence: The Missing Link in Business Information Systems

Strategic Essence: Overview

Strategic Essence: Part 1 -- Strategy Defined

Strategic Essence: Part 2 -- Differentiation

Strategic Essence: Part 3 -- The Essence IS Different

Strategic Essence: Part 4 -- The Essence should be the Point of Departure

Strategic Essence: Part 5 -- Discovering Strategic Essence

Strategy -- the Essence of the Business: What is it and how do you develop actionable strategic plans?

Simple Steps to Increase the Strategic Value of your ERP Investment

Free Strategic Snapshot Toolset and Manual

A strategy focused planning system beyond traditional budgeting

Tough IT and ERP Procurement and Contracting that Works

Robust Business Systems Procurement

Part 1 -- Introduction

Part 2 -- Bill of Services, Laboratory, Go-live Certificate, etc

Part 3 -- Executive Engagement, Bid Compliance, Adjudication and other matters

Procurement Documents

Guidance and Advisory Services

The Art of Project Leadership

Why Regular Communication with the CEO is Vital

The Business Simulation Laboratory

Precision Configuration and Strategic Business Information Architecture

Precision Configuration based on Strategic Engineered Precision Taxonomies

The JAR&A Cubic Business Model

Highly Structured Strategic Chart of Accounts -- a Vital Element of your Corporate Information Arsenal

The Product Catalogue -- an Essential Element of any Precision Configuration

Attributes -- answers to the questions you have NOT yet thought to ask

Case Studies of Notably Successful Projects with high value Precision Configuration

092 Doing things differently and better -- ASCO Case Study 2-- BPM Summit 2013

088 Strategic ERP Invesment -- ASCO Case Study -- Service Management Conference and Exhibition Africa

026 Information Architecture and Design of FIS for Rennies Group -- Financial Information Systems Conf

018 CRM Risk Control: Designing and Implementing an Integrated Risk Mgmt Sys -- Integrated Risk Mgmt Conf

011 V3 Consulting Eng: Benefits of MIS to Professional Practice -- SAICE 15th Ann Conf on Computers in Civil Eng

Strategically Enriching your Business Information Systems

Part 1 -- Introduction

Part 2 -- Principles of Data Engineering

Part 3 -- Steps in applying these recommendations

Simple Steps to increase the strategic information value yield from your Business Systems Investment

The Full JAR&A Taxonomy Manual

Part 1: Introduction, Problem Statement, Definitions and Examples

Part 2: Why Use JAR&A, Required Knowledge and Experience, Cubic Business Model and Chart of Accounts and Taxonomy Software

Part 3: How to do it, Case Studies and White Papers and other References

Example General Ledger Manual

Business Process -- Irrelevant, Distracting and Dangerous

The RIGHT Approach

Custom Strategic Software Design and Oversight of Construction

Standards for Custom Software Specification

What IS Software?

IT Effectiveness

Organizing Outlook

Critical Factors for I.T. Success

A Moral and Ethical Dilemma -- Systems that Fail

Case Studies examining Business Information System failures

The BBC Digital Media Initiative Debacle

The Bridgestone -- IBM Conflict

Speaking and Training

Showcase of Conference Presentations

Most Viewed Presentations

Briefings and Seminars

Why your ERP/BIS is NOT delivering and HOW to FIX it

ERP and IT Procurement that Delivers Results

The Critical Factors for IT and ERP Investment Success

Other Seminars

Conferences and Public Presentations

Conferences 80 to 99 -- 2009 to Present

Conferences 60 to 79 -- 2005 to 2009

Conferences 40 to 59 -- 1996 to 2005

Conferences 20 to 39 -- 1994 to 1996

Conferences 01 to 19 -- 1989 to 1994

On-Line Seminars (Webinars)

Webinar on Preparing and Presenting Webinars

Contacting James A Robertson and Associates Limited