Author Archives: Mark Allen

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Domain migration planning

Many enterprises find their file servers and the means employees use to log into them evolving rapidly. This can leave a patchwork challenge of software resources on various network and authentication venues. Explaining this challenge is very difficult for technologists and nearly impossible for mere mortals to imagine. Take for example this recent project, in which multiple development streams needed to be brought together thoughtfully for the benefit of one future client access platform. Read more
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Corporate procurement visualization

As a company grows larger, the purchasing function becomes more complex and important. The goal is to efficiently buy materials and services to eliminate wasteful spending and improve the supply chain. The following series shows the evolution of our visual representation of procurement used in an SAP software implementation. Read more
How to visualize product lifecycle management

Product lifecycle management story

If your work requires explaining complicated subjects to people that have to understand, then visuals are a great tool. As a goal this year, I'll post a new visual business story on a monthly basis. For those of you that follow my blog (hello out there?) there will be something to look forward to regularly! It is interesting to watch the evolution of a visual explanation from the initial conversations I had with clients through their final illustration. Rather than get hung up on the precise Read more
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How to explain Master Data Management

Technically difficult to explain topics benefit from clear visual explanations. We recently undertook a wide-ranging series of topical illustrations to help implement an SAP software upgrade. Here's one from the series, with definition, sketch, and final file. Master data management (MDM) is a comprehensive method of enabling an enterprise to link all of its critical data to one file, called a master file, that provides a common point of reference. When properly done, MDM streamlines data sharing Read more

Visualize Return on Investment (ROI) to promote products

Put the financial advantages of your services in perspective to influence thinking. We combine the analytical power of numbers with an emotional appeal. If work can be made easier and the entire office becomes much more efficient, why not try it? The Return on Investment happens so quickly that it makes perfect sense from a financial perspective. For US freight brokers that work with complex and fast-moving data, we provided an image that put them at the center of services that make them more efficient Read more