Risks and Mitigation Approaches for Business System Integration


MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesDaniel Mark Adsit

Daniel Mark Adsit, SDM ’13, Principal, Mergence Systems

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Date: May 19, 2014

About the Presentation

The successful integration of new technologies is essential to continual success in today’s fast-moving global economy, enabling businesses to upgrade their systems to be more effective, reliable, and scalable. Improved logistics systems, for example, have streamlined global supply chains by using technologies to optimize inventory levels across multiple warehouses. Similarly, modern transportation systems employ systems to break down traditional distance barriers and use new energy technologies to reduce their dependence on traditional fuels.

These transformational experiences require a critical alignment of business processes and technologies. Recognizing the importance of technology integration, organizations invest heavily in system implementation projects. Nevertheless, these projects often encounter unanticipated roadblocks to success.

In this webinar, Daniel Mark Adsit will discuss observed patterns in manufacturing and supply chain technology implementation projects across more than 15 countries—using examples that span diverse cultures, organizations, functions, departments, and technologies. The presentation will:

  • zero in on critical focus areas for businesses contemplating a major project;
  • highlight common yet unexpected obstacles;
  • discuss how stakeholder factors can significantly impact system adoption; and
  • outline steps to take to enhance strategies for addressing complex technology implementation dynamics.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us.

About the Speaker

Daniel Mark Adsit is the principal at Mergence Systems, which focuses on applying systems principles, methods, and tools to complex technology integration projects that impact critical business processes. Prior to forming Mergence Systems, he was a specialist in global supply chain and manufacturing integration projects in plants, sales offices, warehouses, and service centers at Eaton Corporation. He also served as a systems consultant to small organizations in the Ithaca, NY, area. In these roles, Adsit developed the ability to leverage complex technology to deliver practical value to users and stakeholders. As a graduate of SDM, he holds a joint master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT. He also has a bachelor’s degree in information science, systems, and technology from Cornell University.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.