The definition of independence according to the dictionary is:
freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I began pondering the meaning of the word in relation not only to our country but also in our work aptitude.
There is no doubt that the independence that we experience as a country is valuable and should never be taken for granted. Wars have been fought, and passionate people have sacrificed to provide us with the lives that we have the opportunity to live.
When I considered the word independence on a professional level, my initial thoughts were positive ones. Independent thinker. Independent worker. Independent processes. These are all positive levels of independence that we value and try to achieve.
The fact is that while independence is positive, it is also not possible in all areas of life. You may get to work independently in your career, but if you are in a relationship or married, there is a certain level of dependence upon someone else. The same is true in business.
For example, we are reliant on:
- Employees to perform to the best of their abilities
- Salespeople to sell our products
- Software and computers to complete our work
- Vendors to provide goods and customers to pay for services
- The list could go on!
In many ways it is easier to be independent and not rely on other sources, but if that isn't an option then it is imperative that you have full visibility into your business. It is also essential to rely upon timely communication from others in order to make business decisions.
That is why ERP Software like Infor SyteLine is essential for day to day business decisions. Infor 10X is an amazing example of how information can flow and enable sound business practice while utilizing a more social feel. According to Peter Goldmacher, an analyst with Cowen and Co., The company’s “massive investments” in it's user interface have served to “materially close the gap between enterprise and consumer software usability.” He added that “Infor is coming to market with the right product at exactly the right time.”
If your business is using an ERP Software, like Infor SyteLine, then you are experiencing a whole new level of business dependence that could be called "Independent Collaboration", the ability to apply independent thinking in a dependent environment.