I was asked recently to describe what is the difference between the TLP suite and its competitors, in one easy to understand sentence. I struggled to do this at the time so gave myself the task of thinking about this and coming up with a concise yet meaningful phrase to illustrate differences.
Firstly I started to think about the historical or legacy systems. How would you describe them, what do they do? There are a number of legacy systems out there which, while they have sometimes been upgraded to a new platform, are still based upon their original architecture and thinking. So nothing has really changed with such systems but I had to give some thought to describing them in simple terms. So what I concluded was;
They help your workers do stuff.
They are to your workers what hammers are to the building trade. They allow your workers to do the tasks they have always done, generally in a way they have always done them. As a better weighted and balanced hammer will provide benefit to a builder, so too will a more functional system provide benefit to your workers.
In effect both the hammer and the legacy systems are transaction processing systems that are focused on assisting workers to execute transactions as quickly and accurately as possible.
My eldest son works in design for a Canadian company that builds houses, carries out major office fit outs around the world and so on. Very large in our terms and focussing on delivering innovative work quickly and efficiently, no matter where in the world this happens to be. I’ve spent much time discussing and observing his work and find it fascinating in that he gives no concern to the need for an upgraded hammer, his concern is on the whole project and ensuring the design will result in less time and cost to deliver. This means having the workers do less, less saw cuts, less nails etc. It also means automating the work as much as possible for accuracy and speed purposes.
So to my way of thinking he works on a business improvement system that is focused on ensuring the business meets client objectives as quickly and efficiently as possible. Transaction processing (wielding a hammer) is a subset of the Business Improvement activity which seeks to minimise cost and increase accuracy in this area.
I think this analogy helps explain the difference between the TLP Suite and the group of legacy systems available to Logistics Companies. So, here goes;
TLP is a full Business Improvement System that uses innovation and fresh thinking to enhance user’s capability to efficiently meet client objectives and grow their business while reducing the relevant transaction processing costs.
There you are, and I did this without mentioning nail guns. Like all such phrases it demands explanation as to how this is done, but I am sure this has been hinted at elsewhere.