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Tips on Successfully Motivating Millennials in the Workplace

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In popular media, the word Millennial is thrown around as a synonym for young people in general. But in reality, the term Millennial specifically speaks to people who are born between 1982 and 2000 (ages 19-36).

They’re defined by historic, technological and cultural events including:

  • Having an Internet connection in their home as a child
  • Growing up in the post 9/11 era and the Great Recession
  • Feeling impacted by the rise of Google, social media, online dating and e-commerce
  • Growing up in after-school sports, arts or educational programs instead of being latchkey kids
  • Being raised in a more egalitarian household than previous generations

This is a generation with high expectations of their employers – but they also set high standards for themselves, and by 2020, millennials will account for nearly half of the workforce. Baby Boomer, Flower Children and Gen Xer business owners need to have strategies in place to help develop the leaders of tomorrow.

Take a look at these tips for guiding the next generation and how to adapt the modern workplace to set Millennials up for success:

Allow for Self-Directed Growth Opportunities

Millennials enjoy a workplace that demonstrates a commitment to employee growth. A tip for companies is to create a compensation or organizational structure that allows Millennials to set business-based and personal goals. Creating a personal development plan for growth within the company will keep employees engaged and focused with the ability to seek a long-lasting future within the business.

Have a Positive, Proactive Company Mission and Vision

According to a 2016 survey by Deloitte, Millennials feel that 75 percent of businesses are focused solely on their own agendas rather than helping to improve society. To prove them wrong, companies need to be charitable and show a vested interest in social activism. This includes encouraging the charitability of employees by regularly donating, adding a social responsibility focus to their mission, or going on team outings to focus on giving back to the causes and communities they care about.

Adopt a Flexible Working Environment

Millennials often seek a flexible work-life balance in terms of the hours they work and the location they work from. In fact, this is so important to them that they would rather be rewarded in this way than by monetary compensation. Flexible working hours give people a better relationship with work and allow them to focus on the quality of the results they achieve, rather than how many hours they spend in the office. It also gives them the time and headspace to think more creatively and to focus on a task without the constant distractions that offices often cultivate.

Break Down Traditional Hierarchies

Millennials love to disrupt the work game by embracing transparency, openness and authenticity. They need to be given free rein to get their creative juices flowing, leverage fresh ideas and overperform. It is important to provide them with that open environment and trust that they won’t misuse the freedom. It is up to you and your management team to decide to what extent freedom is acceptable, and in what form.

Like every generation before them, Millennials face big challenges as they continue to enter the workforce. But more importantly, employers need to take a step back and realize that by helping their employees succeed, they find success too. A more positive work environment helps superstar Millennial talent flourish because they feel supported by their leaders and teammates – that’s a workforce that will drive everyone forward.


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Put Your Intellectual Property Value Ahead Of IT Innovation

 

Innovation comes in countless shapes and forms.

Whether considered from a technology products and solutions standpoint or in terms of developing and advancing a company’s business, services, and culture, the role of solutions providers should be front and center.

In its 2018 IT Channels and Alliances Predictions study, research firm IDC states:

“By 2020, intellectual property will define the business models, the relations between partners and the value of the distribution channel. And manufacturers will be ‘judged’ by their capacity to integrate and extend the IPs of their partners.”

That’s great news, of course, provided the channel is prepared to effectively assume the responsibilities and deliver on corresponding expectations. As trusted advisors of our customers, we’ll take the brunt of the blame, perhaps deservedly, in the wake of a crisis. It’s our brands on the line, more so than ever today, given we’re putting increasingly complex solutions together.

That’s why it’s incumbent upon us to vet partners in much deeper ways to literally know what they offer and will do for us or on our behalf — under all types of circumstances that may arise. We must have no doubt the vendors we choose to support truly have our backs.

You may say this always has been important or critical, and you’re right.

 

Quenching The Thirst

What’s different is the backdrop. The unprecedented thirst for innovation and the opportunity to quench it for years to come. With transformation on the tongues of decision makers in every industry and vertical market, you cannot possibly be thinking otherwise. Here are three points to keep in mind as you weigh your options and overall strategic direction:

  1. Instead of trying to address each and every pain point a customer may experience, sharpen the focus in areas that are particularly well suited for your own emerging business model.
  1. Start with you, your value add today, and what you conclude it should become. You can’t completely ignore the fixations of current customers and what they want to do, but it could be a colossal misstep if that’s your starting point.
  1. Align with vendor partners you can trust from both IT and intellectual property value perspectives, where the advantages skew your way instead of the other way around.

 

Reinvent Or Restore?

If you’re not yet reinventing your core value, at some juncture you’ll likely face an uphill climb toward restoring solvency. Our own company’s resurgence and rebranding may yield some useful insights.

We see our firm as unique for a variety of reasons that include our status as a certified MBE (minority business enterprise) VAR. We always have placed strong emphasis on embracing diversity in thought, approach, as well as solutions because it’s the right thing to do. We’re also playing a lead role in helping our customers apply the same types of principles and advantages through the intellectual property we combine with SAP’s platform and applications.

This type of partnership means we can get to market faster with turnkey offerings that meet the heightened need for — and often untapped value of — diversity across all enterprises and industries. In short, we’re striving to fill a void that is calling out loud and clear, as this Forbes article attests, from all directions: hiring, developing, and leading.

Diversity, in our eyes, is what makes our company stronger and we know it will be among the most vital elements in the long-term success of our customers — all of them seeking transformation in one form or another. If they don’t put people first in the equation, that will undoubtedly bite back harder than almost any technological breakdown.

 

Prove It, Then Deliver

We also know most companies aren’t looking to make giant leaps of faith into unchartered waters, regardless of how enticing any innovation may appear. They want — and deserve — empirical evidence of what our IP can do for them. They also want to focus their energy on growing and managing their business, not their IT.

The challenges and demands the channel faces are, at least in one sense, not dissimilar to what other types of companies face amidst the tectonic shifts that are forever redefining social and workforce trends as well as consumer and B2B markets. That’s why no solutions provider can afford to continue warming the seats of complacency. After all, we’re not just chartered with revolutionizing our own business models and services; we must do the same for our customers.

In the end, it’s a combination of proven intellectual property, solid platforms, and dependable partnerships that will not only endure but thrive in this new test of time. Your IP will be the biggest difference maker, packaged as a service. Beware all the waves of disruption that can easily distract from such an urgent call to action, yet enterprises are primed for this approach. They crave intelligence and analytics to make better all-around decisions. Show them the way.

In the end, it’s not about IP, IT, R&D, or any other type of innovation. It’s about doing the most important things best and practically everything else better.

Capitalize by staying above the fray and by bringing proven as well as practical (and possibly everlasting) new intellectual property value to the forefront.


Climbing The Mountain To True SAP Intelligent Enterprise

 

The pursuit of a modern SAP intelligent enterprise aligns distractions alongside opportunities in a labyrinth that can overwhelm business leaders. When faced with that level of complex change management, the key to success is designing a clear route toward your outcomes and then taking small steps until your organization begins to grasp and embrace the digital revolution. For LSInextgen, the first step was clear. Our underpinning dedication to diversity proved the best place for our company to start its journey to becoming an intelligent enterprise.

Even before we turned our attention toward the SAP intelligent enterprise, we benefited from diversity in our business. Having varied points of view within our team has expanded our horizons, layering context and creativity over solutions and interactions with customers. Now, as we evolve our business, we’ve discovered that our human diversity offers fresh insights at the “people” level that inform the next steps of our transformation: determining how we can use innovative technology to improve and enhance our solution set, our partnerships, and our delivery platforms. Simply put, having a diverse team has made us more receptive to new concepts and helped accelerate our progress.

You may wonder what motivated me to embark on this complicated journey to a new business model. To me, the intelligent enterprise is defined by the capacity to leverage data and knowledge to drive seamless interactions between people, processes, and platforms – creating efficient, agile companies delivering exceptional customer experience to complete the circle.

Imagine if business intelligence solutions empowered your team to deliver innovative, impactful services to your partners using enablement tools that worked when, how, and where they were needed – providing business outcomes that inspired the same agility within your partners’ companies. That outcome seemed well worth the risk of transforming to a new type of company. Leveraging the intelligence found in our everyday operations, then applying a fresh, diverse way of thinking is revolutionizing the way we do business.

But how did we achieve that? We evaluated each step of our business – from our vision to our customers’ needs to our budget. With diversity serving as our cornerstone, we invested time in research and understanding patterns – good and bad – throughout our systems and workflows. Then, we leveraged that data to move our business toward a more integrated approach, each decision informed by the goals of our customers with the outcome of optimized day-to-day operations.

Rather than upending our investments in technology, we focused on better utilizing our digital assets to improve engagement and productivity within our team, driving faster, more efficient business outcomes that delivered greater value to our customers. Along the way, we were staggered at what our team could imagine as possible, exploring innovative and diverse ideas at each step.

Repositioning your company as an intelligent enterprise can be overwhelming. My advice is to conquer the task through three phases: planning and exploring creative options; architecting your digital business; then testing and execution. At each step, I recommend an honest evaluation of the status quo and a thoughtful risk approach to new investments. Don’t forget to celebrate the incremental successes that come within a larger transformation plan. Last, don’t fear failure – but don’t dwell on those miscalculations. Instead, learn from your mistakes and lean forward into the next idea.

Evolving into an SAP intelligent enterprise is a marathon, guided by the vision for your company, your people, and your value to your customers. With that knowledge directing your transformation, you’ll find priorities clarified and more easily achieved. When true digital transformation is realized, the fluid connection between your team, your partners, your solutions, and truly valuable business outcomes provided to your customers drives unparalleled maturity and profitability.


Logistic Solutions Inc., at WWFH 2018

Logistic Solutions Inc., (LSI)’s President Al Limaye with Giovanni Caforio – CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Elizabeth Elizabete Miranda – President & CEO of CQ Fluency.

 

 

Additionally, Al Limaye with Rondu Vincent – Director of Supplier Diversity at BMS and Chris Baggett – Director of Federal Government Affairs and Political Strategy at BMS.

 

LSI President Al Limaye with Joaquin Duato, Vice Chairman of Executive Committees at Johnson & Johnson, and Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, at the 2018 We Work for Health Summit in Washington, DC

 

The final image shows those who received awards at the 2018 We Work for Health Summit in Washington, DC.

 

Logistic Solutions Inc., (LSI) attended the WWFH Summit again this year and Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO Giovanni Caforio and team were instrumental in LSI’s attendance at this prestigious event. This year’s discussion included importation of medications and changes to parts B & D of Medicare. As a preferred minority supplier in the pharmaceutical field, it was extremely important for LSI to weigh in on these relevant topics. Logistic Solutions Inc., would like to extend a thank you to Bristol-Myers Squibb and their team for providing us with the opportunity to be one of a select few to represent New Jersey. We will continue to help impact the community in a positive way.

For the second consecutive year, LSI has been a part of the WWFH Summit, a meeting with conversations with congressmen and women from 14 different states. The two day long discussions raise concern about legislation in the pharmaceutical field. LSI is a preferred minority supplier in the pharmaceutical field, and was one of a handful representing New Jersey in talks that discussed importation of medication and changes to medicare.

The conversation leaves an impression one our most important resource, people. Local businesses, officials, and families all gave input as to what they believed would have the best impact on the community. Halting changes that would make life more difficult for individuals that need certain medication is a pressing issue, and events like these continue to give the people input in the political world. Moving forward, LSI will continue to support and help voice the opinions of our employees, neighbors, and community


SAP S/4HANA Migration Guide

According to PwC research, by 2020, hybrid ERP environments – combining on premise and cloud solutions, will be the norm. Many IT executives have begun to move their core, often legacy applications from on-premise to public cloud infrastructure with varying levels of success. However, maintaining core systems is critical to business as usual. An SAP S/4HANA migration guide can easily create this digital core by connecting to people, devices, and business networks in real-time to deliver new value.


Top Strategic Priorities for CIOS with SAP HANA in 2018

As we enter a new year, we have already begun to see the technological landscape shift dramatically. Driven largely by digitization, new technologies, and rapidly increasing data sets, the modern CIO must deliver business value. They must drive innovation. CIOs and IT leaders have the opportunity to deliver more value than ever before. The most successful CIOs are those that recognize and adapt to these evolving challenges and opportunities.

 

Data Security :

More organizations are experiencing cyberattacks within their networks as devices become connected and more public information is stored in the cloud. IT leaders must place a strategic focus and budget money to address protecting their company information. Data protection will be at the forefront of cybersecurity strategies in 2018. Security in SAP HANA means protecting important data from unauthorized access and ensures that the standards and compliance meet as security standard adopted by the company. To manage secure data access and protect corporate information, SAP HANA provides a comprehensive security framework and tooling for authentication and single sign-on, authorization and role management, user and identity management, audit logging, secure configuration and encryption.

 

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Visit LSI at Sapphire Now 2018

Logistic Solutions Inc. is returning to the Orlando for this year’s ASUG Pre-Conference Seminars, June 4, and the Sapphire Now Conference, June 5-7. As a Gold Partner and the only Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) SAP Value Added Reseller (VAR), LSI was awarded the SAP North America Partner Excellence Award in 2016 and is looking to continue positive growth as we partner with more companies moving forward.

LSI will be located in booth 1419B of the partner section of Sapphire Now’s show floor. Visit us to learn how LSI can work for you as a value adding reseller. Understand how we are use SAP products to develop new Business and IT solutions. Additionally, LSI services a wide variety of clients in providing industry specialized software. Take advantage of the various networking opportunities we can provide through our clients and vendors, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies. Along with our booth, the 2018 Sapphire Now Conference displays all of its other exhibiting partners. This year’s distinguished Keynote speakers include a handful of 2018 Olympic medalists and SAP representatives. Over the span of the event, Sapphire Now offers nearly 2,000 sessions and presentations to attend. Take advantage of these great opportunities and visit booth 1419B to see how LSI can help you grow.


Merck’s Economic Inclusion Supplier of the Year Award

We are also the proud recipient of “Merck’s Economic Inclusion Supplier of the Year Award ”. A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step and LSI is happy and proud to have gotten to the place where we currently are. It has been a wonderful experience working with Merck and its leaders who have been pivotal to our growth. Merck, noticed our relentless efforts in succeeding every opportunity we grab and came forward to help us grow. We got our strings attached with Merck in 2014 as a Software Reseller and by being flexible and client centric in our approach, we have created further stronger bonds within Merck on its potential business opportunities and helped Merck overcome or solve its business problems by applying right technology solutions.

 

 

Software Reseller Service & Installs-Configurations:

The LSI group is satisfied software reseller service provider which stands as the top software service providers in North America to report their accomplishment of being granted the SAP Gold Partner status with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) supplier in software services. As the main counselling association committed to furnishing mid-showcase clients with best in class SAP value added reseller services, SAP and SAS implementation services, SAP and SAS installation and configuration services to convey best practices in business activities, this respect speaks to our exceptionally talented group’s tireless drive to accomplish higher guidelines. Notwithstanding being perceived as a standout amongst the best SAP and SAS implementation services in north America accomplices for mid-advertise SAP clients, LSI is additionally yearly granted the refinement of being viewed as one of the best MBE value added resellers (VARs) in the country. Not exclusively do these accomplishments speak to our sense of duty regarding SAP, they are likewise an impression of the esteem we give to customers. For a long time, LSI has been respected for its solid corporate culture concentrated on giving streamlined and mechanized ERP frameworks, related programming, data innovation (IT) arrangements and support, to undertakings inside the assembling, discount conveyance, and online retail ventures.

Being a Software reseller services provider in north America it takes its privilege in considering the projects with and as MBE Oracle partner, MBE Microsoft partner, BMC software vendors, EMC software vendors, ZIMWARE software vendors, dassault systems resellers and fulfils all the IT software solutions in north America. It takes into consideration the services regarding the MBE software reseller services and provides Oracle reseller services in North America. We are expertized in solving the Microsoft and Dassualt installation and configuration services.

To expand its range of services it also includes Big data and analytics solutions. Out of the leading Big data and analytics consulting companies LSI contribute the professional big data and business analytics services and stands top amongst the big data and analytics services in North America.

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Sapphire Call to Lead Purpose: Great for the World and Good for Business

AL Limaye with Ex-President, US – Barack Obama at Call2Lead event, SapphireNow 2018 hosted by President, SAP – Jen Morgan.

 

There are issues near and dear to everyone’s heart. And many people find that having a purpose – committing their time and energy to a higher cause – gives their lives greater meaning.

Since businesses are composed of people, it’s natural that companies are taking a similar stance.

More and more organizations today are supporting noble societal causes and prioritizing policies that make the world a better place.

Why?

It’s the right thing to do. But there’s also an often-overlooked by-product: It creates real business value.

 

AL Limaye with Condoleezza Rice at Call2Lead event, SapphireNow 2018

 

Dedicating your company to the greater good

People are proud to work for companies that putpurpose-driven activities at the forefront of their operations.

I know I am.

For more than 25 years, the enterprise I found and run– Logistic Solutions Inc., has taken keen interest in meaningful issues, such as protecting the environment, reducing homelessness, and helping people with disabilities.

In 2001, we launched Adopt-A-Company, a voluntary, probono program aimed at connecting large enterprises with small organizations recovering from losses due to the tragic events of 9/11.

The large companies “adopt” the small businesses by supporting them with foot traffic, client referrals, monetary/in-kind donations, or other free services. More than 400 establishments have benefited from our Adopt-A-Company initiative to date.

We also emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our dedication to building an unbiased environment that provides equal opportunitiesregardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation is unwavering.

Currently, 75% of our workforce is composed of either female or Asian-American employees. And we have plans to engage differently abled individuals, military veterans, and senior citizens to join our staff in the future.

Our sustainability efforts involve reducing the use of natural resources, minimizing our environmental impact with energy-efficient technology, and developing solutions that create customer value and protect our planet.

We’re fulfilling our environmental responsibilities by participating in an internal Energy Saving Program and subscribing to the 3-R philosophy (reduce, reuse, and recycle).

Many organizations around the globe are dedicating their companies to the greater good. And with a growing commitment to sustainability, diversity, and other important issues, we’re all playing a critical role in shaping our future.

Doing the right thing opens doors and reaps rewards
Supporting purpose-driven activitiesis the right thing to do. But committing to these efforts can also provide your organization with plenty of valuable business outcomes and opportunities.

Our company, for instance, has benefited from creating a diverse, inclusive workforce. Not only have we expanded our knowledge base with contributions from people of different genders, races, and sexual orientations, but our standing as a Certified Diverse Supplier has continually put us in a position to grow our business.

Specifically, it has allowed us to participate in minority councils and meet with stakeholders from large companies,leading to potential business connections.

And we surely aren’t the only organization that has reaped the rewards of having a diverse, inclusive workforce.

A 2017 McKinsey report found that companies whose executive teams rank in the top 25% for racial and ethnic diversity are 33% more likely to financially outperform their industry peers.

Harvard Business Review says that organizations with more diverse leadership out-innovate competitors.

And a new Cloverpop study reveals that inclusive teams make better business decisions 87% of the time.

Prioritizing purpose drives business success
Succeeding as a business is secondary to doing right in the world. Though, of course, every organization should aim to do both.

Customers don’t only want to do business with enterprises that are capable, they want to be involved with companies that share their values on diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and other societal causes.

They want to know that your organization stands for something truly important – just like they do.

I have always ensure that the company Ifound will and should have a commitment for noble cause and not just look at the ROI; that eventually drives me and my business to success

Remember: Putting purpose at the core of your company is both great for the world and good for business.

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Corporate Social Responsibility & Supplier Diversity Services

The philosophy for the SAP gold partners in North America positioning incorporates surveying the SAP Consulting Services in USA, assessing Supplier diversity services and corporate social responsibility services. Subsequent to leading inside and out research and a multi-step examination, LSI outperformed their industry companions and SAP named them a Gold Partner. To be perceived by SAP for being the main affiliate of SAP business intelligence solutions and in addition for our responsibility regarding the Minority Business Enterprise services, is a great respect. We will keep on providing developing little and moderate-sized organizations with SAP’s supplier diversity management services,SAP customer relationship management service, SAP and SAS strategic consulting services, SAP corporate social responsibility services to meet their particular needs. We’re anticipating keeping up the Gold Partner level, adding to our group of much esteemed customers, surpassing the desires of existing customers and meeting the necessities of future clients.

For over many years, the staff of LSI has delighted in working with the pioneers of SAP business intelligence services. Foundation has helped to become a MBE service provider in North America. We would not have accomplished the Gold Partner status without our brilliant SAP strategic consulting and services. We didn’t end up known as the Microsoft gold partners in north America too little and fair sized assembling, without our customers alluding business to us. Adding quality to communitarian endeavours with our customers, SAP’s Partner Program encourages the creation and support of long-haul associations with our SAP Business clients.

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