Lunch and Learn: How to make your small business technology-ready

Posted: Fri 19th Apr 2024

In this Lunch and Learn, John O’Shanahan explores the synergy between your individual readiness for technology and the successful adoption of digital solutions in your business operations.

He shares the integration of entry-level projects like cloud-based applications, optimisation efforts using Google and Microsoft tools and advanced initiatives using robotics process automation.

John is the founder and managing director of LeanBPI, Limerick Ireland and Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma. He has over 35 years of global operations experience, specialising in micro-enterprise business improvement through digitalisation. He is also pursuing a doctorate in digitalisation for small business at the University of Limerick.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • Discover the critical role of personal technology readiness in shaping the digital transformation path of your small business

  • Gain insights into a spectrum of digital projects – from basic to advanced – including practical applications of robotic process automation and optimisation strategies to enhance your operational efficiency

  • Learn from other small businesses that have successfully integrated digital tools

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John O’Shanahan is the founder and lead consultant with LeanBPI, a market leader in digital innovation for small businesses, working with Local Enterprise Office clients and Irish SMEs since 2015. John has over 30 years’ experience in business operations, having held multiple roles with leading international companies in markets as diverse as Taiwan, Mexico, and The Netherlands. Lean BPI specialises in helping SMEs/Micro industry clients to improve their workflows, converting from paper based or manual systems to more efficient simplified digital processes. Having completed 200+ successful business improvement projects across a variety of sectors, John’s application of lean best practice, thought leadership and digital innovation has led to clients experiencing increased business performance, reduced costs and sustainable results. As well as helping clients optimise off the shelf software solutions, John and the team at LeanBPI develop bespoke solutions, built to meet client needs, enabling them to implement new workflows, which improve their business performance while reducing the stresses of the day-to-day operations. By applying lean methodologies, and digital Innovations, Lean BPI simplifies and streamlines a business’ processes to maximise its overall business performance. John holds an MSc in Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems from the University of Limerick and is a doctoral candidate in the University of Limerick.

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