March 4, 2017

My perspective is that of a CEO of Wellzesta, Inc., a software company in the mobile health/wellness space. I function also as CTO, COO, and CFO. Our company produces an enterprise level App called Wellzesta Life that is offered through business-to-business (B2B) sale to providers in senior living.

In this article, I outline the stages that a typical software startup company goes through, give some advice, and relate a few personal stories. The article is intended for beginning entrepreneurs, exper...

December 29, 2016

1. You don't have to turn your favorite hobby or pastime into your full-time living, but you do need to have a passion for your work. If your work is meaningful to you, your work life will be a joy.

2. If you can't be passionate about the work itself, be passionate about the reason you do it. Maybe you don't love your job or company, but the money and benefits are good for your family. Be passionate in your choice to do right by your family while also taking steps to find a role you do love.

3. Surr...

October 29, 2016

In recent years, many prominent universities have developed graduate level programs in supply chain, procurement, and logistics.  Many go after an Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or other masters level designation in hopes of being promoted to managing people. And yet, that doesn't always happen. A master's degree is a great tool, but you have to make sure it's the right tool for the problem you are hoping to solve. 

To get the most out of a graduate degree, you have to understand how...

October 29, 2016

If you ask most people about love, they'll talk about family. Almost as often, you'll hear about home-cooked food served with devotion by a doting parent perhaps. Meanwhile, in the United States at least, you may also end up talking about business and, almost always, money.  There's an inherent belief that, with the right amount of money, you could buy anything—maybe even the experience of mother love served in the form of a wonderfully simple and succulent favorite dessert.  

I'm skeptical. M...

October 29, 2016

Some of my best childhood memories are of the time right after exams when I went to visit my grandparents. My sister and I were royally treated and completely spoiled: special food, treats, and delicacies; special toys; and plenty of pampering, love, and affection. My grandfather had done well and their home was a big house with a huge front yard.

Every morning, my grandmother would be up at dawn spraying a mixture of water and fresh cow dung on the front yard to repel insects and germs.  Next, she...

October 29, 2016

A few years ago, I walked into a distribution center in Baltimore that could only be characterized as a dump. I didn't say that out loud, of course, because I didn't want to offend the managers and executives there, nor did I want to tarnish their first impression of me. Executives do want to know the truth, but they also want actionable advice on how to fix it so it's not something to mention at a first meeting.

The company planned to overhaul its supply chain infrastructure. They had just welcome...

October 29, 2016

Technologist and innovator Steve Jobs shared his wisdom with graduates of Stanford University in a 2005 address 

You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you...

October 29, 2016

Recently, I got to chatting with a customer who asked me if we had ever considered adding a warehouse management system (WMS) to our product lineup. I pointed to the crowded playing field (which is filled with giants like Manhattan Associates, JDA, SAP, Infor, IBS, Logfire, Microsoft, Oracle, and Softeon). His response surprised me: "Nobody writes WMS keeping the operators in mind."

As he said it, I knew it was true. He elaborated, saying the people that write these software packages sit in their f...

October 29, 2016

I recently saw a video about the newest robotics capabilities and it gave me an eerie feeling.  It showed robots from Boston Dynamics trudging through the snow and lifting and carrying, all on two legs. I cannot stop imagining a world where these robots acquired super intelligence and are fighting a war against the humans to take over the world like they did in the movie Terminator 4 Salvation. Now, Google-parent Alphabet has listed the company for sale, and I cannot help speculating that I was no...

June 22, 2016

Technology is not a silver bullet to bring down every business problem.Instead, process drives cost savings and technology enables better processes. The two cannot be separated. Process and procedure produce the benefit; whereas, technology provides the capability to not only deploy such a process, but also to establish processes in the form of a system that is easy for operators to follow.

It is very important to ensure that the process that is being deployed produces expected results, irrespectiv...

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