“Strategic Projects” was the topic of my last newsletter article. To those of you that don’t read the newsletter, it’s an article a month and it’s free (http://www.geometrick.com/newsltr_signup.htm). The difference between the blog and the newsletter is that the newsletter article is more like a magazine article. I pick classic and deep topics, spend some time writing them and have an editor review them. In the blog, I write whatever comes to mind and don’t necessarily spend a lot of time working on what I write.
Anyway, yesterday’s newsletter article talked about the fact that more of our laboratory informatics projects are strategic, as opposed to the past where projects were more commonly standalone LIMS or ELN or CDS projects. These days, companies need to fit all the puzzle pieces together to create a strategy. Also, coming out of my last blog posting was a conversation that brought-up the issue that consulting companies don’t always tell potential customers why the consulting company is useful to that potential customer. This seemed like the right opportunity to tell potential customers reading this blog why GeoMetrick Enterprises adds value to their strategic projects.
- Keeping you in the big picture. Where larger consulting companies send out individual consultants who understand just one piece of the puzzle, such as the project management, the implementation, the configuration/customization, the documentation portion – I’ve worked on all these areas and understand the big picture. Strategic projects use me as a resource to advise the various pieces of the project to keep them from becoming silos. I’ll watch the big picture and point out the issues to you.
- Extra pair of hands. This same experience allows me to fill-in when needed. It’s common on projects that it’s sometimes difficult to determine exactly how many people are needed for each group of tasks. Sometimes, when a project needs just a portion of a person, it doesn’t make economic sense to hire an entire extra person to sit around doing nothing for part of the time. Thus, when an extra team lead is needed, more documentation must be written, or more configuration/customization is required for go-live, I can fill-in to keep the project on-schedule.
- Teamwork is key. I’m used to working with teams. Let’s face it, every single one of us can be frustrating to others and using experienced resources who are used to dealing with these types of issues can make a difference when trying to deal with a large team full of various personalities and cultures. I’ve worked with many types of people and various cultures, both in theUS and other countries, and even where SAP people are concerned. 😉
- Experience. If I keep harping on the vast experience I have, it’s because that’s what makes the key difference in a quality resource. I’m willing to go the extra mile to add value and to use my experience to make a project as successful as possible. My experience not just varies among project tasks, such as product selection, project management, implementation and documentation, but also among industries and among types of implementations. What I mean is that an R&D implementation often uses different parts of the systems than the QC implementations do, and combining the two brings up yet another variety of issues. My experience is not just with big Pharma, but the small biotechs, food and beverage, chemical, oil and nuclear, to name a few. Some companies push the fact that their consultants work on just one industry or just one aspect of an industry. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from totally different industries that’s helpful when implementing something new in a different industry, though, and I like to learn! That’s another thing that sets me apart.
- No trust required. This is the point where we all tell you to trust us, that all of what I said is really true. But you don’t need to trust me. Large companies have lots of references but they don’t apply to the specific resources coming to your project. I don’t have that huge variety of references to choose from since the references all apply to me but, well, they all apply to me. You can ask them whatever you want and find out if I’m really telling the truth and can verify whether or not I added value to their project or not. Instead of trusting me, you can actually verify whether I’m truly reliable, experienced and solid or just entirely egotistical.