John Cecilia, a Senior Consultant with NABC, Inc. has been working with several international clients including The Offshore Group www.offshoregroup.com. The Offshore Group provides comprehensive manufacturing support services to clients within various locations in Mexico.
NABC, Inc. has been working to migrate The Offshore Group from a legacy CRM solution to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 to help them close the loop in tracking emails out of outlook, notes, and tightening up their strategic sales initiatives to increase revenue.
About The Offshore Group
The Offshore Group’s ISO 9001:2008 certified Shelter Program was established in 1986. Since its inception, the company has partnered with medical device, aerospace, automotive, optics, electronics and other manufacturers to enable them to establish and maintain production facilities in Mexico at reduced cost and risk.
Through a comprehensive outsourced manufacturing support service (MSS) arrangement, The Offshore Group's highly experienced team of international professionals handle the non-core intricacies of doing business in Mexico for its valued clients. Offshore's client firms control 100% of their manufacturing processes and quality assurance functions.
Companies that choose to initiate manufacturing in Mexico under The Offshore Group Shelter Program do so via a direct contract with Offshore International, Inc. They are able to initiate operations in Mexico quickly and profitably without actually establishing a legal presence there, and without making many of the expenditures typically associated with such start-ups. Manufacturers operate in Mexico within the framework of the US legal system.
The Offshore Group currently has 60 manufacturers under contract that employ an aggregate 17,500+ direct labor employees. Its industrial parks in Coahuila and Sonora offer secure, flexible manufacturing spaces that meet the highest of international standards.
Copyright © 2014 Dave Neal
I decided to write up this post after watching the following video and tackling a bathroom remodeling project myself.
With the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 more and more software applications are becoming easier and easier to self-manage with little help from consultants as technology advances.
I decided to put together a little list of Pro’s and Con’s below if you decided to start using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with little professional guidance.
Learning as you are doing - increases knowledge retention
Initial cost savings
Lower quality of initial configuration
Develop deep in-house expertise
Focus on functionality vs. strategy
If your approach is very vanilla 70% out of the box functionality will work for your business on the sales, marketing, and customer service arena’s
Internal resource drain
Increase costs down the road to reconfigure
If I continued I could put a whole lot more in the Con’s section but then it would appear to be a SUPER biased post from a consultant’s point of view. However, after trying to remodel one of my bathrooms on my own the above list resonated with my experience at the home front.
Below are some recommendations for smaller organizations that want to tackle Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011 themselves:
Materials – ROI = Budget
Shopping the market for various consultants -cheaper doesn’t mean better nor does the highest rate – ASK for References!!!
MTV Crib’s Bathroom = Expectations
For the most part keep your expectations aligned with your budget. It’s a lamborghini but you might not drive faster than 10 mph for the first 3 months out of the parking lot.
Old Bathroom Tile\Vanity = Old Data DB, Excel files, Outlook contacts
Clean up source data yourself prior to migrating into Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Blue Print/Interior Decorator = Outline Business Processes and Procedures
Outline as many internal processes as possible in a word document, power point, or visio
Google DYI Sites \ Barnes and Noble
Use Microsoft’s Resource Center and other self-help books published.
These are a couple of things you can do even during a trial stage of using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011, which can help reduce your upfront costs!
Copyright © 2014 Dave Neal
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