Jar(gone)

A podcast bringing clarity to commonly
misunderstood business jargon.

Jar(gone) provides a fresh, thought-provoking point of view on what other consultants are pitching and the jargon they toss around. We hear terms like technical debt, IT transformation, enterprise risk management, AI, zero trust cybersecurity, and more. What do these mean? And how do these phrases and ideas come into play within organizations? Listen in to The Jargone Podcast.

 

Factors to Consider Before a Post-Acquisition Rebrand

From aligning company culture to developing a new technology strategy, there’s a lot to consider before a rebrand. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Todd Boutte discuss the implications of a rebrand and how to approach it, particularly as it relates to new acquisitions (although the principles they discuss are applicable for any type of […]

Signs It’s Time for a New ERP

When is it the right time to reevaluate your ERP? Most companies don’t reevaluate their ERP but once a decade. However, it’s important to take a good look at the ERP, especially if the organization is experiencing significant growth (positive) or inefficiencies (negative). Sometimes a new ERP is better and more cost-effective in the long […]

What to Do Post-ERP

The traditional post-ERP assessment lacks a holistic approach and addresses process, organizational, and reporting issues in silos. We’ve found a better way: perform the post-ERP assessment with a focus on how the whole business operating system (BOS) can be refined based on functionality provided by the ERP. In this episode, Todd Boutte and Bill Aimone […]

Decoding the Cloud & Selecting True Cloud Software

What is true cloud software? In this episode, Bill Aimone and Todd Boutte discuss the concept of the cloud and how it has evolved over time. They explore the differences between traditional enterprise software and newer true cloud solutions, and the challenges companies face when trying to discern between the two. They also delve into […]

When Is an Organization Ready for Change?

What are the signs an organization is ready for change? At fast-growing companies, leadership often has a vision for growth. Leadership’s vision, however, doesn’t always align with the organization’s capacity for growth at that time. Change needs to happen, but what if the organization isn’t ready for change? In this episode, Alex Perry and Bill […]

Addressing the Accountant Shortage with AI

There are recent reports of accountant shortages as people have exited the field and student interest in accounting has declined over the past few years. In this episode, we discuss ways to address the accounting shortage with AI—something much more doable that restructuring entire accounting programs at universities, especially in the short term. We discuss […]

Cutting Costs Starts with Organizational Structure

Perhaps you’ve seen in the news how hundreds of large corporations have been cutting costs lately. They’re laying off employees, closing stores, and decreasing spending on innovation. But not all of these cost cutting methods are efficient and effective. They’re often just a temporary fix. Before any cost reduction effort, it’s important to look at […]

The Business Case for ERP at a High-Growth Company

High-growth companies often reach a crossroads where implementing an ERP system is necessary for continued growth. Put simply, it helps to automate processes, provide better information, and establish better controls. How can high-growth companies know when it’s actually time to implement an ERP? What are the signs? In this podcast episode, Bill Aimone and Peter […]

3 Keys to an Effective Sales Process

Many executive leaders believe they have a robust B2B sales process in place. Reality is—for many sales organizations—the sales process is merely a list of items to enter into the CRM. There’s much more to it than that. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss three main components of an effective B2B sales […]

How to Determine Your Team’s Roles in an ERP Implementation

If you’re going to invest time and money implementing a new ERP, you want to do it right. One of the biggest challenges organizations face during an ERP implementation is determining how to divide responsibilities among Finance, IT, and Operations (i.e who does what, who owns what, and who is accountable for what). We’ve seen organizations […]

Why Focusing on Procure to Pay Won’t Solve Your Problems

When it comes to making improvements and leveraging new technologies, organizations tend to invest in their procurement and payables processes instead of their customer billing and collection processes. The problem is, most of the inefficiencies and opportunities for valuable improvements exist in the customer billing and collection process. This is where cash comes in the door….and […]

The State of the ERP: Handbook Updates & More

In this episode, we’re discussing the newest edition of our State of the ERP Handbook (how to use it, who should use it, what’s included, etc.). Our handbook provides new information and an unbiased view into widely used ERP solutions. We clarify what an organization should focus on when considering a new ERP. What should […]

FP&A Best Practices

Financial Planning & Analysis is a critical function within most organizations and the team wears multiple hats. In its simplest form, FP&A provides the organization with the right forward-looking information for decision support. However, the role of FP&A is broader and the value the FP&A team provides extends into pricing, sourcing, working capital allocation, and […]

Implementing a Business Operating System That Works

We keep hearing the term “business operating system” tossed around. It doesn’t mean what it sounds like (i.e. it doesn’t have to do with computers or software). Put simply, it’s how you operate consistently as a company while adhering to the overall mission, vision, and strategy of the organization. You may have previously heard this […]

The Future of Business Intelligence

Business intelligence has changed a lot in the past 10 years. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Todd Boutte discuss where BI has been and where it’s headed considering recent advancements in artificial intelligence. They talk about how organizations should approach AI when it comes to reporting, plus best practices for utilizing business intelligence tools […]

Cost Cutting Done Right

Economic pressure is causing many organizations to reevaluate their cost structure and find ways to save. As a result, companies are laying off employees and cutting costs across the board. The problem is, many find these costs creeping back in when the cost cutting pressure is off. Why? Traditional cost cutting methods don’t work. In […]

How to Implement & Use P-Cards Correctly

In this episode, Peter Purcell and Senior Manager Katy Wyrick offer a fresh perspective on purchasing cards. They discuss why they’re important, when to use them, and how to use them along with practical advice for implementing P-Cards within organizations. They also share how clients are successfully using P-Cards to simplify purchasing, prevent unnecessary expenses, […]

How & When to Use Purchase Orders the Right Way

Purchase orders are often cumbersome, but they don’t have to be. In this episode, Peter Purcell and Alex Perry discuss how to correctly use purchase orders to track expenses, help with cash flow forecasting, and prevent unnecessary overspending. They talk about when to use a PO, when not to use a PO, and how to […]

Business Use Cases for ChatGPT

What are the business use cases for ChatGPT? In this episode, Peter Purcell and Todd Boutte present the possibilities for ChatGPT as a business tool. They talk about where it might show up across organizations in the future as the platform continues to grow, and they share best practices for implementing, maintaining, and taking advantage […]

Technical Debt Risk Management

The recent Southwest Airlines debacle has elevated the term “Technical Debt” into a household word. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Lauren Conces discuss technical debt risk management and share how our clients are proactively addressing technical debt and reducing the risk of technology-related business interruption.     Get JAR(GONE) the Book!  ​In JAR(GONE), authors […]

Managing an Outsourced IT Organization

There are pros and cons to outsourcing a large portion of an IT organization. Benefits include quick access to expertise, lower IT costs, and the ability to scale operations rapidly. While the pros are easy to realize, it’s crucial to ensure partnership with an external IT vendor doesn’t indirectly create problems that outweigh the benefits. […]

A New Way of Implementing ERP

There’s a new challenge in the ERP world as many systems integrators have moved to a fully remote work schedule while their clients are in the office. Consequently, companies going through a remote ERP implementation with remote systems integrators are facing unexpected challenges. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss this recent trend, […]

ChatGPT: Implications for Business & Beyond

The buzz around artificial intelligence has picked up again with the public release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT late last year. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Trenegy’s technology lead, Todd Boutte, discuss ChatGPT’s possibilities and pitfalls. Can it replace Google search? How much can we influence ChatGPT’s intelligence, or even trick it into learning incorrect information? […]

Job Profitability Basics

Running a successful service company requires keeping a close eye on profitability across customers, service lines, and types of jobs. Understanding the total costs to provide a particular service to a specific customer (job profitability) is a must for pricing decisions, evaluation of capital investments, and hiring strategies. In this episode, hear how leading service […]

CMDB Basics

Tracking IT assets is one of the best things an organization can do to help IT improve their value and return on investments. Failure to properly commission, maintain, and decommission assets can cause major problems down the line. Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell have helped organizations save millions of dollars per year in this area, […]

IT Transformation

We hear the term “IT transformation” thrown around all the time. But what does it really mean? In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss what IT transformation means, why it’s important, and how IT can be a successful business partner by focusing on four key things: reliability, predictability, security, and responsiveness. Everything else […]

Zero Trust Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity continues to be talked about from the boardroom to the shop floor. In this episode, Bill Aimone interviews Joseph Janeka, CEO of Parsolvo, who shares why traditional cybersecurity isn’t enough to protect critical assets and what it means to implement a zero trust cybersecurity model.

Digital Revolution for IT

The digital revolution in IT departments requires improving service delivery, automating IT operation management, and optimizing IT asset management. In this episode, Bill Aimone interviews Peter Purcell to break down the IT jargon including ITSM, ITAM and ITOM.

Making Cost Cutting Stick

At some point, every company will be faced with pressure to cut costs. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss how traditional top-down cost-cutting measures don’t work and why a two-pronged approach is better. A combined top-down and bottom-up approach to cost reduction is a path to sustainable reductions with the highest return. 

Why Wait? Cut Costs Now

Cutting costs isn’t fun or easy, but companies that grab the bull by the horns will see the most success. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell share how to proactively cut costs and do better with what you have.

The State of E&P Systems

E&P companies have unique complexities, and tracking work processes is no easy task. Today’s E&P companies have to navigate through a maze of technology solutions to find the best fit. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Katy Wyrick share their direct experience selecting and implementing E&P business solutions and provide an independent perspective of what’s working today.

Blockchain

What’s all the buzz around blockchain? If you aren’t considering blockchain, you’re losing ground and not optimizing  revenue… right? In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss the facts and myths around blockchain and how it can impact your business.

Change Management

People don’t usually adjust well to changes in the workplace, but companies can’t grow if they don’t change. How do you get your people to do their job differently and not revert back to old habits? Change management, of course! Listen as we share a practical and realistic approach to fostering a culture of change.

Human Resources as a Crutch

Many small to medium-sized companies imitate Fortune 500 companies by using their HR departments as a crutch to complete initiatives that should be handled by other departments or outsourced completely. Listen to our discussion of the areas in which companies rely too heavily on HR and who should really be responsible for leading these efforts.

Oilfield Services Merger Integration

With oil prices up, many oilfield services companies are looking to grow through acquisitions. In this episode, Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell discuss the common struggles companies face as they take this approach. Listen to find out how a company can effectively grow without spending a ton of money on the integration.

Get IT Right

You can’t run a business without Information Technology (IT) and most business owners take a traditional approach because they don’t know their options. Businesses have an opportunity to re-capture lost revenue and improve productivity by getting IT right. IT Strategist and Trenegy Co-Founder, Peter Purcell, shares how business owners can eliminate the traditional IT support.

Cybersecurity Reality Check

The traditional methods for preventing cyberattacks are not working and corporations are spending millions. Leading companies are taking a different approach toward threat prevention by focusing on the people side of the equation. IT strategist and Trenegy co-founder, Peter Purcell, shares how corporations are taking proactive measures to successfully prevent cyberattacks.

Future of the Finance Organization

Modern technology platforms are quickly reshaping commerce, talent acquisition, and knowledge sharing. Technology crowdsourcing and multi-sided platforms have changed consumer behavior and are changing corporate organizational behavior, dramatically transforming how corporations operate.

4 Myths About IT Support Services

Is your company’s IT support slowing you down? Do you feel stuck or trapped with your current IT support provider? Bill Aimone, co-founder and Managing Director of Trenegy, shares four common myths most companies believe about IT support services.

The Discussion Continues in Our Book

In Jar(gone), Bill Aimone and Peter Purcell clarify the buzzwords currently plaguing the consulting world.

What are actionable analytics? Why is change management necessary? What is value stream mapping? In simple language, Jar(gone) answers these questions and more, providing clear explanations for commonly misunderstood business concepts. With expertise, wit, and straight talk, Jar(gone) will help you understand what buzzwords really mean and more importantly, what they don’t.

Jar(gone) by Bill Aimone & Peter Purcell

“I’m glad to see the Trenegy consultants debunking business buzzwords instead of adding more just to make themselves look innovative.”

– Chris Robbins, Chief Financial and Accounting Officer at USD Group LLC

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