Synergy Attends The 2017 MMPC

MMSDC logo 2016.JPGThursday, May 4th was a cold and rainy day outside, but inside Cobo Hall, things were looking bright as ever. The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, a staple of the Michigan business community and champion of diversity, played host to the 40th installment of the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference and it an event to remember. The Walls of Cobo Hall echoed with the sounds of jubilation and progress and companies from around our great state and beyond came together to accomplish a common goal, Support, and champion the success of minority businesses.

The morning started off with a bang as Michelle Robinson, the MMSDC president addressed the eager crowd and opened the Opportunity Fair with the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony. What followed that was a day filled with forging new connections, rekindling old ones, and many businesses establishing an appreciation for the hard work of the minority business community. Synergy continued our tradition of having a very strong presence at the event by not only having five employee’s present, one of which was our wonderful CEO Mr. Sridha Guduguntla but also had one of the more impressive MBE display booth at the show. This display complete with boards depicting Synergy’s new diverse innovative solutions, and a full on multimedia display helped to show others that not only are they a prominent player in the IT staffing space, but also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to innovative business solutions.

The highlight of the event would without a doubt end up being the sheer amount of new connections Synergy was able to make as a result of our company’s strong display, and the amazing effort of our employees. With follow-up appointments trending into the double digits it was safe to say this event, as is the case every year, was an astounding success for Synergy Computer Solutions. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the NMPC this fall which will also be hosted by COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. Synergy was happy to be able to be a part of such a wonderful event, and looks forward to representing the MMSDC for many years to come!

Getting Into Intranet

Flat design illustration concepts for creative process, big data filter, data tunnel, analysis concept Everyone has their morning routine:  drive intowork, fire up your laptop (which is likely outdated making this a twenty-minute activity), and settle in to enjoy your second K-cup of the morning. What comes next is a mixture of checking various devices, logging into multiple networks, and attending various meetings in multiple locations all in hopes of connecting with those in your business.

Now, call me crazy but I’m one that’s partial to simplification. But the modern business landscape seems to have other ideas. It’s true, the office is more accessible than it has ever been but that’s not to say this accessibility doesn’t have strings, or cords, attached. We now have the ability to work from home, however, you must be set up to connect to the company’s network if you want access to the same files you have at work. We have email on our phones, but anyone who has ever tried the frustrating task of opening and analyzing a spreadsheet on a six-inch screen knows it’s hardly ideal. We have created a situation where over-accessibility has led to a dramatic decrease in the quality of communication. In fact, I think the whole thing can be summed up best by the Drew Barrymore and her character from “He’s Just Not That Into You”

I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work so I called him at home and then he e-mailed me to my Blackberry and so I texted to his cell and then he e-mailed me to my home account and the whole thing just got out of control… now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It’s exhausting.”

Now, while our movie star example might have been referencing her love life, I think we can spin this to be applicable to business. This is the conundrum of modern day communication. As business professionals, we now have multiple ways and devices to connect with one another but those efforts always seem to end up scattered and require an inordinate amount of attention. Any manager will tell you wasted attention and scattered communication efforts lead to lower productivity, and as we all know, low productivity means wasted dollars.

With this transitive train of thought in motion, management is left to wonder how to get the collective on the same page and moving in the right direction. If only there was some magical solution that has been developed that can allow individuals to communicate and share all things work-related in one single place no matter what device is being used. Lucky for us someone thought that same thing, and they were technically inclined enough to do something about it. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the INTRANET!

An intranet (by definition) is a local or restricted communications network, especially a private network. While intranets have been around a while, companies have been utilizing the corporate intranet more frequently in an effort to increase collaboration and productivity in the workplace – and not to anyone’s surprise, it’s had resounding results.

 

 

 

 

 

These include but aren’t limited to:

  • 5X more likely to result in an increase in employment
  • 2X more likely to be profitable
  • 2X as likely to outgrow competitors of similar size who lack an intranet
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved interdepartmental relationships
  • Improved relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Increased transparency in the organization

 

How can one simple tool achieve all these things? It’s not rocket science; it’s just a matter of organization. Through providing employees with features like centralized accessible knowledge and quick comprehensive search techniques, individuals can find what they need when they need it. The solution breaks down would-be silos enabling individuals to respond quickly and effectively to problems. And above all, it gives members of your community access to the system anywhere.

So this should be an easy fix, right? Run to Office Max and grab yourself an intranet and everything is going to be a-ok? Wrong. An intranet is not a one-size-fits-all solution. With this in mind, the question becomes: how can you ensure your company implements the right intranet solution to accomplish your business goals?

Some might suggest that building your own network is the way to go. Who knows you better than you, am I right? According to a recent Modalis Research Technology survey, the average costs associated with building an intranet are about $40,000 and it can take up to 15 months to implement. I’m not sure about you but my organization generally likes our solutions to be implemented at a faster pace than that.

So an out-of-the-box solution surely must be the way to go because it’s cheap, easy, and effective right? Unfortunately, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These all-in-one intranets provide limited opportunity for customization and often lack specific desired components. This means instead of adjusting pain points within the application, you will be left to cope and adjust your way of doing things to adhere to the parameters of the new tool. And that’s not to mention you will have the New Year’s Day-sized headache of trying to integrate this solution into your current systems and networks.

So what could be the true golden ticket of intranets described in the intro of this article? The solution comes from the SharePoint on the Cloud and Microsoft 365 technologies. Utilizing these two products and a trusted SharePoint developer like Synergy Computer Solutions means your company could receive all the aforementioned intranet benefits.

The main component to a useful intranet is the platform it’s built on. There is no doubt that the autonomy and features of SharePoint on a Microsoft 365 cloud platform allow you to benefit from all these perks no matter what your company’s needs may be. With the flexibility SharePoint gives its’ users, your intranet can be designed to incorporate as many or as few elements as your company needs. Furthermore, due to Microsoft’s new version of the program, the entire solution can now be accessed via mobile device without issue. Combine this with the competitive rates and comprehensive security that Microsoft 365 cloud services provides, your company will find itself in a much more economical and secure situation.

The customization that this suite of applications provides is also key because, as we know, no two companies are the same and each firm requires specific features tailored to their way of doing business. Some organizations want a simple build centered on document storage while others might want a social style intranet focused on connecting employees through chat rooms, message boards, and video conferencing applications. Either way, these projects need to be done right and deployed in a reasonable amount of time to prove useful. By utilizing SharePoint on the Cloud, and Microsoft 365 coupled with an expert SharePoint development team, this dream of productivity and connectivity can become a reality.

But what if you don’t have an in-house team of SharePoint experts at your disposal? Well, this is where the final piece of the connectivity puzzle comes in. You know you need an intranet, and you know what you want its capabilities to be based on your business needs. Now, you just need a partner to bring it on home. Enter Synergy and our IntraKonnect Solution.

IntraKonnect can be customized to scale up for organizations with thousands of people working remotely or scaled down to be a valuable tool for small businesses alike. With the ability to create a searchable document repository, house and play multiple movies in a YouTube style format, or allow your employees to connect through WhatsApp-style messaging and Skype for Business-style conferencing, IntraKonnect can provide the boost in collaboration your firm needs to take it to the next step.

This all comes delivered in one organized and streamlined dashboard by bringing you a custom built SharePoint solution, that can be housed on the cloud. Looking for a one-stop-shop style intranet that can connect your entire company? Yeah, We DO THAT.

Synergy Supports the NMSDC

cvja7iixeaqywjrMinority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the United States are part of the under lying fabric of the economy.  By bringing these businesses together, we are able to help strengthen the minority business community and propel our interests forward. The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) helps to facilitate all of these efforts and encourages MBEs to help one another while contributing to the overall economy. During the week of October 23rd the NMSDC did just that by hosting their annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Synergy’s Jeff Petrusha, Bruce Gracz, and Matt Petrusha participated in the event and had a great and productive time.

Synergy Computer Solutions had high hopes for Monday at the Business Opportunity Exchange and we were certainly not disappointed. From the ribbon cutting ceremony to the power lunch, there was interaction, cohesion, and comradery as far as the eye could see. The hall looked wonderful, the speakers were charismatic, and above all there were multiple chances for deals to be made, and opportunities for suppliers to find new inroads with major companies both domestically and abroad.

Synergy hit the floor running at the opportunity exchange, visiting all our old friends, and even making some new ones.  A long day of mingling included stops at old favorites such as FCA, Toyota, and Baxter international as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield, CNA Insurance, and Dakkota Integrated Systems, and more. The folks from Synergy were busy from morning till evening at McCormick place and could not have been happier for the opportunity to connect with new MBEs and old friends. One thing is for sure, Synergy is always glad to do our part to solve IT problems in the MBE community and support the NMSDC.

Synergy & The Continuous Improvement Tool

picture2These days we often see technology present in an astounding variety of verticals. In fact, there are very few industries that have not been totally revolutionized by the adaptation and utilization of big data and data analytics. One industry in particular has hesitated a little when it comes to adopting leading edge technology, and yet this industry could benefit exponentially from an updated process.

Manufacturing often involves machinery and hordes of heavy duty equipment. The operation, at its core, is all about getting the highest yield of quality products out of the factory in the shortest amount of time. Interestingly enough, outside of major operations, many producers do not have the technology in place to monitor the output, track safety, and to measure the production metrics of their operation effectively.

The flip side to this coin is that few industries have manufacturing’s depth and breadth of quality control programs, be it Six Sigma, ISO, WCM, Lean or Continuous Improvement. We frequently see examples of the manufacturing industry attempting to do better by its products and its employees so why, with all these measures in place, is it that so few have looked into revamping the process and procedures within Quality Control?

Many companies simply have limited options and resources to track information and data dedicated to improving the QC process, that is, until now. Synergy Computer Solutions has infused technology into the realm of manufacturing and introduced a huge improvement to the Continuous Improvement process. We present to you the Continuous Improvement Tool, (CIT). This SharePoint-developed application encompasses everything a manufacturer needs to track, implement, and monitor quality control programs and derive useful reports all while being housed on the Microsoft 365 cloud.

The Synergy CIT can save customers 160 hours a month or more by introducing automation into the world of Continuous Improvement. Our custom SharePoint application allows companies to choose up to nine measurable areas. Within these nine areas, the CIT will produce dozens of forms including three separate types of Kaizens and even forms centered on safety quality and logistics. The program also generates effective and useful individual reports, which can be invaluable in an audit or quality control situation. All of this information is searchable and can be accessed remotely via the Microsoft 365 cloud.

Want to know more about this wonderful and cost saving tool? Call Synergy Computer Solutions today and schedule your free demo.

Synergy Hits its Stride at MMPC

IMG_3092Each year during the first week in May we are reminded again why diversity is so important. No, I’m not referencing a national holiday or even a news story making headlines, but that does not diminish the importance of the events that take place. From May 4-7, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, (MMSDC), hosted an event that brought Minority Business Enterprises together and served as an intermediary to those companies seeking to allocate their minority spend. Together, minority suppliers and purchasers alike, participated in an amazing three days of celebrating diversity and promoting commerce amongst the business owners in Michigan.

As in previous years, Cobo Hall was bustling like the auto show was on a reunion tour – and at the center of it all was Synergy Computer Solutions. Synergy, as always, participated in the show’s many events and even sponsored a booth at the MMSDC Minority Procurement Conference’s Opportunity Fair. Everything appeared to be status quo, however, what did change was what Synergy has to offer. This year Synergy Computer Solutions debuted its Continuous Improvement application and it created some buzz!

Armed with a digital media display, Synergy’s Business Development Managers and Sales Reps were busy all day long showing off the new innovation to interested individuals from all walks of industry.  The booth was not the only place Synergy was drawing a crowd. While walking the floor with our new Microsoft Surface Pro, Synergy employees could hardly take a step without being approached to explain what the interesting application was that scrolled across our tablet screen. By day’s end and almost 20 requests for product demonstrations,  Synergy left the MMPC with validation that the application was a hit. From robotics to automobiles, warehouse management to coating applications, Synergy had successfully engaged several companies servicing multiple verticals.

All in all, the MMPC served as a reminder to Synergy, its staff, and its customers that we continue to be on the cusp of new and innovative solutions that help our clients “solve IT problems.” We are truly grateful for the opportunities the MMPC and the MMSDC have presented and we look forward to continuing to support MBEs and expanding diversity in the IT realm. Working to improve our clients’ workplace while promoting diversity? WE DO THAT!