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We were looking for an accounting package to complement our ERP system. Lawrence Young and Associates helped us to define our true needs and objectively evaluate proposed solutions.

Furthermore, Lawrence provided insightful thinking towards finding a cost-efficient solution and partner. Thanks to LYA's expertise, we were able to secure a viable, sustainable solution at a reasonable cost. We recommend them highly.

Marco De Rosa
Chief Financial Officer
Adorable Junior Garments 2013 Inc.
www.adorablejunior.com


In 2012, Lawrence Young was recommended to us by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) as the go-to resource for ERP system selection and planning. Lawrence's mandate was to assist us in analyzing our ERP system needs, generate and send an RFP to potential suppliers, and coordinate presentations from potential suppliers in order to assist us with the selection process.

Throughout the process, Lawrence was very effective at determining our needs and highlighting numerous opportunities for improvement within the current software environment that we have.

Lawrence is a hands-on consultant who was very quick to respond to questions, and any necessary follow-ups were executed quickly. He worked closely with our team during our needs analysis phase, and all comments were that he was professional, easy to work with and very knowledgeable. One of the things that we appreciated the most was that Lawrence was very honest in the feedback he provided to us.

It was a pleasure working with Lawrence, and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone that is considering implementing an ERP system. Your money will be well spent for his services.

Andrew Legault
President
CNC Automation
www.cncautomation.com


Our firm contracted with Lawrence Young for IT consulting services when we decided it was time to upgrade our computer systems and implement a new ERP system.

Although my team was somewhat nervous and reluctant to proceed quickly, we turned to Lawrence for assistance. Lawrence not only provided invaluable insight into where my company was positioned within the IT world, but also was very easy to work with. He was very understanding and easy to approach, and communicated to my employees on their level not his, which in turn kept my staff focused and confident that a new system was what operations required to grow our business.

Working closely with our staff during the needs analysis phase, Lawrence was able to determine our functional requirements and recommend improvements to our business processes. Lawrence's experience and knowledge were invaluable to us over this entire process, and we did not receive one negative report to management throughout his entire process.

It became very obvious early within our consultation that Lawrence Young and his team were a great investment and money well spent. It was a pleasure to work with Lawrence and I would certainly look to hire Lawrence Young anytime we require assistance in the future.

Joe Delehay
President
RJ Concrete Equipment Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
www.rjconc.com


Leeza contracted Lawrence Young & Associates as advisors during the Request for Proposal process to select new ERP software. Lawrence's depth of knowledge and meticulous approach to the selection process instilled total confidence in our management team. Lawrence also provided useful guidance in the selection process by ensuring a consistent application of a standard set of criteria.

Having taking time to understand our business processes and what features we wanted in new ERP software, Lawrence helped us interface with all the responding software vendors and ultimately determine what features and functionality we needed, and crucially, which product would best satisfy our requirements.

The entire process was an education conducted by a very knowledgeable, organized and supportive professional. Thank you Lawrence.

Jack McDonald
Vice-President
Leeza Distribution Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
www.leezadistribution.com


In 2006, we implemented a leading mid-market ERP software package to help us manage our fast-growing company which manufactures the TRUX line of chrome and stainless steel truck accessories. By 2009 we realized we had made a terrible mistake with the choice we had made-we were more than 50% over budget, the system did not balance, and we had realized very few of the benefits we were promised by the company that sold us the software.

Our external auditors suggested we contact Lawrence Young to help us get out of the mess we were in. After analyzing all of the facts, Lawrence thankfully concluded that there was nothing wrong with the software we had chosen, but that the system had been very poorly implemented.

He quickly found us a qualified reseller of the same software who worked closely with him to reconfigure the system, properly train our users and reengineer our business processes. Several months after we first contacted Lawrence, the system was up and running and delivering the information and control we had never been able to obtain previously.

Lawrence is an extremely capable and caring professional who I only wish we had engaged at the beginning of this project. He reacted to our urgent situation and delivered everything he said he would, and on-time and on-budget. Thank you, Lawrence, for putting an end to our suffering!

Rick Merovitz
President
Your Truck Shop Inc.
Laval, Quebec
www.truxaccessories.com


McDougall Energy Inc. contracted Lawrence Young & Associates to assist in the preparation of a Request for Proposal for our company to select new ERP software.

Working closely with our staff during the needs analysis phase, Lawrence was able to determine our functional requirements and recommend improvements to our business processes, and incorporate them into a comprehensive RFP which was sent to prospective vendors.

Over the course of six months, we were able to issue an RFP, shortlist vendors and have five half-day and two full-day demonstrations that allowed us to methodically select one vendor.

Lawrence's experience and knowledge were invaluable to us over this entire selection process. He was a pleasure to work with, very professional and knowledgeable, and kept our staff focused on the tasks which we had to do. The selection process would not have been completed as thoroughly or on such a timely basis without Lawrence's structured methodology and invaluable assistance.

We would recommend Lawrence Young & Associates to any company that wishes to minimize and manage the risk and uncertainty associated with selecting new ERP software.

Glenn MacDonald, CA-IT
VP Finance and CFO
McDougall Energy Inc.
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
www.mfuels.com


Ten years ago Wirewerks was at a crossroad in its evolution, so I made the decision to bring Lawrence Young in to do a Human Resource Diagnostic, I may say it was a complete pleasure having his knowledge and skill set at our disposal to help us identify the strengths and weaknesses of our organization, and create an action plan for the rapid growth that lay ahead.

Eight years and 50 additional employees later, I brought Lawrence back in to help us address a wide range of new challenges, including corporate strategic planning, new ERP software selection, business process reengineering, and a number of human resource issues. We used his expertise to identify our requirements and issue a formal RFP to prospective software vendors. Lawrence then helped us evaluate the numerous proposals we received, including each vendor’s capabilities and value point. After we signed on the bottom line, Lawrence then helped us deal with implementation issues which arose due to our continuing rapid growth across Canada and into the United States and other markets.

One of Lawrence’s greatest strengths was his ability to communicate effectively with all our employees, and get them to open up and discuss what they felt were the issues that needed to be addressed. His ability to ask the right questions and the get the right answers helped us move forward during a very challenging period of Wirewerks’ growth. Lawrence was a great asset to me and my company, and was worth every penny we paid him.

Jais Cohen
President
Wirewerks Inc.
Lachine, Quebec
www.wirewerks.com


It's been a good experience working with Lawrence. He is well organized, concise, and it's a good exercise because it makes me and our employees understand a little more of our own business processes. Doing the business assessment with us before putting out the RFP helped us to recognize what we should be doing. Lawrence keeps us focused, and I appreciate how well Lawrence is able to cut through and work quickly. His involvement in our software selection project was definitely worth the money. To me, anyone wishing to go down the ERP road should not even attempt it without using a consultant like Lawrence.

Richard Stangl
Vice President
Unitec Industrial Gases
Concord, Ontario
www.unitecgases.com


First and foremost, Lawrence is well organized, precise and took a very cost-efficient approach to address our issues. He was able to come in, grab the reigns and point out our strengths and weaknesses within a small span of time. He helped us focus on what needed to be improved, and worked through it quickly. Because he is so knowledgeable and works in such a structured manner, it made the software selection process extremely easy! My business has excelled and soared to new limits as a result of Lawrence’s hands on involvement with our company. Lawrence is a true professional, and was definitely worth the time and money we invested!

Rita Benisti
President
Idea Nuova Decor
Pointe Claire, Quebec
www.ideanuovadecor.com

As our company embarked upon the RFP process for an ERP replacement project, we knew we would need assistance on this journey. Several large mainstream consulting companies were asked for a bid as well as LYA. In our review, we found that Lawrence offered an extremely comprehensive approach that was very cost effective compared to the large consulting organizations.

Lawrence delivered and provided our organization with much valued analysis, insight and real-life experience for our ERP RFP. His professional background and similar work constructing ERP RFP's with other manufacturing Small-Medium Enterprises (SME) allowed him to efficiently and effectively work with our business to define our requirements and bring together a comprehensive RFP package.

Upon receipt of the many bids, Lawrence provided detailed quantitative comparative analysis on the vendors. Lawrence acted extremely professionally and gave an unvarnished opinion when asked on the pros and cons on each proposal, but left us to clearly make that important selection on our own.

Lawrence's detailed approach and background in the SME space makes him an excellent guide and enhancement to similar organizations that recognize they do not have the depth to drive a complex ERP evaluation and RFP process.

Stephen Slauenwhite, CPA, CMA, MBA
Vice President Finance
PolyCello (a division of EPC Industries Limited)
Amherst, Nova Scotia
www.polycello.com


MAS Industries is a manufacturer and distributor of automotive steering and suspension parts. The company has experienced continuous growth in the North American automotive aftermarket over the years. MAS was working with a "small" ERP system and it came to a point where we needed to upgrade to a more robust system in order to keep up with the evolving demands placed on our sales, production and service departments.

When we began our search for a new ERP system, we weren't aware of the type of systems available, what to look for, or even where to start. We spoke to other companies that have been through what we were about to begin and were advised to consult with a professional as making the wrong decision could be very costly and time consuming.

We were introduced to Lawrence Young who came highly recommended as a specialist in this field. Aside from being a really nice guy, it was clear that Lawrence knew what he was talking about.

We got together with Lawrence and determined in very high detail all of our requirements. Lawrence then approached many software vendors who he felt could fulfill our needs. We engaged with six companies and then narrowed it down to four based on functionality fit and price, and finally down to two vendors who could best satisfy our needs. The two finalists were both excellent companies, and we decided to go with the one who we felt we could best grow with over the years to come.

We are now just in the final stages of implementation, and things have gone very smoothly with no surprises-imagine that!

I would strongly recommend to anyone looking to make a system change that they consult with a professional, and I highly recommend Lawrence Young as a very experienced and capable individual that will make their system upgrade as painless and cost-efficient as possible.

Mark Stermer
President
MAS Industries
Boisbriand, Quebec
www.mas-industries.com


Choisir le bon logiciel de gestion (ERP) qui améliorera l'efficience de l'entreprise et nous permettra d'accélérer notre croissance pendant plusieurs années est un défi que nous voulions relever avec succès.

Nous avons rapidement réalisé que c'est une tâche complexe et que nous n'avions pas toute la compétence pour faire un choix judicieux, il nous fallait le support d'un expert. Lawrence Young nous a offert sa vaste expérience et toutes ses connaissances. Son approche systématique nous a apporté un support efficace dans notre processus de sélection d'un nouveau ERP.

L'expertise de Lawrence nous a été indispensable pour bien évaluer l'ampleur de nos besoins actuels et futurs, il nous a accompagné et guidé dans la préparation du cahier de charges pour les demandes de soumission. Il a rapidement compris nos objectifs, nos enjeux et nos contraintes ; il s'est immédiatement associé à notre équipe afin d'optimiser notre analyse et garantir un choix qui répondrait à nos attentes.

Suivant un processus d'analyse structuré et fort de son expérience dans le domaine, Lawrence a su bien s'adapter à nos variables et nous accompagner tout au long du processus de sélection et d'approbation.

Sa capacité à vulgariser les aspects techniques et d'inspirer confiance à ses interlocuteurs (peu importe leur rôle) a simplifié et accéléré grandement l'identification des besoins de chaque département, le tout dans une ambiance constructive.

Sa grande expertise nous a permis de comparer efficacement les différentes propositions et de mesurer leur niveau de compétitivité quant à la capacité de bien répondre à nos besoins.

Nous lui sommes reconnaissants pour son professionnalisme et son engagement à nous guider dans l'optimisation de notre choix de logiciel ERP.

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Choosing the right ERP software to improve the efficiency of our company and support our continued growth was an important corporate challenge that we needed to meet successfully. We also quickly realized that we needed expert advice given the complexity of the steps involved in selecting new ERP software.

We engaged Lawrence Young to guide and advise us throughout the ERP System Selection process. His vast experience, knowledge and systematic approach were instrumental in identifying our current and future needs, and preparing a comprehensive Request for Proposal that was sent to prospective software vendors.

Lawrence quickly understood our business objectives, challenges and constraints, and immediately related to and inspired confidence amongst all of our key business process owners, no matter what their role in our company. He then performed the detailed requirements analysis phase with each of our departments in an efficient and constructive atmosphere, which was key to assuring that the chosen ERP system would meet our expectations.

Lawrence's system selection methodology, coupled with his technical and business expertise, enabled us to effectively compare the different vendor proposals we received, and objectively measure each one's competitiveness and ability to satisfy our needs.

We are grateful to have benefited from Lawrence's professionalism and guidance throughout the process of selecting new ERP software for our company, and highly recommend him to other companies who need to select new ERP software.

Charles Bourbonnais
Vice-président, Finance
Polymos Inc.
Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Québec
www.polymos.com


As a small but fast growing business, it was clear that our ERP system, business processes and SOPs had to be looked at closely to gain efficiencies. With limited internal bandwidth and resources, Lawrence turned out to be the quarterback we needed to evaluate our needs and help us navigate through the best choices.

Lawrence is very knowledgeable and understands both large systems and smaller businesses requirements and constraints. He was very effective at identifying our opportunities in upgrading our systems, both for our immediate needs and our mid-term goals. He is organized and acted as the quarterback/external leader in managing the project. He delivered us a detailed game plan and roadmap to navigate through.

Francis Maheu
CEO
Functionalab Group
Montreal, Quebec
www.functionalab.com


After purchasing new ERP software, Seatply Products Inc. contracted Lawrence Young & Associates to review the implementation plan and identify any needs that might not have been addressed in the software and the licensing agreement.

Lawrence's involvement and expertise helped us implement ERP software that satisfies our specific needs, and made the implementation much easier for all of us at SEATPLY.

We recommend the services of Lawrence Young and Associates to any company that plans to select or implement a new ERP system. It's an expenditure that saved us time and money.

Levon Afeyan
President
Seatply Products Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
www.seatply.com


In 2010 Datamark Systems Inc. contracted Lawrence Young and Associates to assist in the preparation of a Request for Proposal for new ERP software to support all of our sales offices and manufacturing plants across Canada.

Lawrence worked closely with our staff during the needs analysis to determine our requirements and prepare a detailed RFP which was sent out to more than 10 prospective vendors. After five half-day demos and three full day demos we are close to choosing the vendor who can satisfy our needs in the most cost-effective manner.

Lawrence's experience and knowledge was invaluable throughout the selection process. So much so, that we have decided to extend Lawrence's mandate to assist us throughout the implementation phase of the new ERP system.

That being said, we would without a doubt recommend Lawrence Young & Associates to any company looking to effectively manage the sizable risk of selecting new ERP software.

Daniel Lapointe
Chief Operating Officer
Datamark Systems Inc.
Laval, Quebec
www.datamark.ca


Depuis plusieurs années, notre système ERP actuel ne répondait plus à nos besoins et nous envisagions de le remplacer. Nous avons donc engagé Lawrence afin de nous aider dans le processus de sélection de ce nouveau ERP.

Dès le départ nous avons pu apprécier l'expertise et la compétence de Lawrence. Passionné et dévoué, il a très rapidement compris les enjeux de notre entreprise ainsi que les défis auxquels nous étions confrontés et il a su gagner la confiance de tous les membres de notre équipe par son approche et son professionnalisme.

L'implication de Lawrence nous a permis de bien structurer notre démarche afin de faire le bon choix tout en respectant notre rythme et les valeurs de notre organisation. Lawrence nous a démontré que sa réputation d'excellence est réelle et bien fondée.

Nous sommes très heureux que Lawrence ait accepté de participer à un second mandat avec nous pour l'implantation de notre nouveau système ERP.

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For several years, our current ERP system did not satisfy our needs, and we therefore decided that it was time to replace it. Accordingly, we engaged Lawrence to help us throughout the ERP System Selection project.

From the outset we were able to appreciate Lawrence's expertise and competence. Passionate and dedicated, he quickly understood our business model and processes as well as the challenges we were facing, and he was able to win the confidence of all members of our team through his approach and professionalism.

Lawrence's involvement allowed us to use a structured and thorough approach to make the right choice, all the while respecting the pace and values of our company. Lawrence has demonstrated that his reputation for excellence is real and well founded.

We are very pleased that Lawrence has agreed to participate in a second mandate with us for the implementation of our new ERP system.

Rene-Frederic Roy
Directeur des Finances / Director of Finance
Innotex Inc.
Richmond, Quebec
www.innotex.ca


As a part of our Lean Manufacturing Program, we mandated Lawrence to conduct a review of our existing ERP system with the objective of identifying it's suitability for the future in the context of the Company's business plan.

As a manufacturer of hydraulic and pneumatic custom-designed cylinders and control systems we needed to work with a consultant that understands the complexities of our engineering, manufacturing and administrative processes.

I was impressed with the depth and thoroughness of Lawrence's report and his quick grasp of the root causes of both our software and process-related problems. The thoroughness of the report produced by Lawrence by far exceeded my expectations, and the resulting recommendations will form the basis for our next-generation software upgrade.

Rene Wenker
President
Cowan Dynamics Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
www.cowandynamics.com


Lawrence did exactly what we wanted to have done. We needed someone else to sort through all the systems, and find out which were the best for us. Though we knew the top three, through the work of Lawrence we decided to select a different system at a much lower cost than one of the top three. Some of us had some experience dealing with evaluating systems but we were too busy to focus, so Lawrence took that "bull by the horns" and ran with it. He took a very disciplined approach to the process and handled all the required legwork. Because of his background, he would ask the penetrating questions and keep the vendors in line and sharp. The way he ran the process, pencils were sharpened sufficiently to offset the cost of his fees, so it didn't really cost us anything, in my opinion.

Graham Nash, C.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Garden Protein International
Richmond, B.C.
www.gardein.com


As with most mid-size companies, we did not have the required IT expertise internally to navigate through the ERP selection process. The combination of Lawrence’s experience, knowledge and persistence of keeping the project on schedule resulted in our having a very successful implementation. Lawrence provided us with senior leadership, was able to quickly understand the dynamics of our business and provided an objective view of our business processes to ensure that we kept the scope in-line with our requirements. When approaching any project, the key is to have the right people on the team who can both create and implement a proper plan of action. Lawrence is definitely someone you want on your team!

Ken McCracken
President
A&C American Chemicals Ltd.
Saint-Laurent, Quebec
www.acamchem.com

As a result of continued and rapid growth since our founding in 1999, our partners concluded in 2013 that we needed to replace our administrative systems with a fully integrated ERP system and reengineered business processes. We also realized that although MATRICIS is a technology company, we did not have the necessary expertise internally to assure that we would select the right software from the right vendor at the right price.

Therefore, we engaged the services of Lawrence Young to assist us throughout the ERP system selection project. The first step of Lawrence's mandate was to meet with all of our key people to review our existing software and business processes, and determine our needs going forward. Lawrence then documented the deficiencies in our present environment together with our current and future requirements in a detailed Request for Proposal that was sent to a number of qualified software vendors that Lawrence and we identified.

Lawrence helped us objectively evaluate and compare the proposals we received from the vendors, and then assisted us in identifying which vendors were worthy of further consideration. He also guided us in creating a vendor demonstration agenda and script so that the shortlisted vendors could be further evaluated on a level playing field. Following the demos, Lawrence's valued expertise was again called upon to help us select the chosen vendor and negotiate a mutually fair agreement for software licenses, professional services and annual maintenance.

Involving Lawrence in our system selection project turned out to be an excellent and cost-justified decision on our part, one that will save us money and avoid costly and stressful surprises for many years to come. Thank you, Lawrence, for your professionalism and dedication to our project!

Francois Beaubien
President
Matricis Informatique Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
www.matricis.com


In 2011, Lawrence Young was introduced to me by our contact at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). His mandate was to assess our information technology platform and operations, and help us develop a plan aimed at optimizing its function to satisfy the specific requirements of our business. This was a very challenging task hindered by the low availability of our staff to participate in meetings and interviews, and the complexity of our IT operations which involves data management, process monitoring, quality assurance, bio statistical analysis and document control. Furthermore, our IT platform serves two distinct and very different types of users—our staff and our clients. Of course, resistance to change and skepticism were not negligible obstacles to Lawrence's mandate.

Despite these difficulties, Lawrence was able to overcome all of the problems he encountered, and delivered a comprehensive report describing the current state, reflecting on the critical deficiencies, presenting a thorough risk assessment and developing a prioritized corrective action plan. In his work, Lawrence demonstrated great insight and a remarkable ability to understand the unique challenges of our business. As a consultant, he was patient and sensitive to the confidentiality of the information he gathered, and he remained objective in all aspects of his mandate. In addition, it was clear that he genuinely cared about the outcome of his work, and was sincerely dedicated to helping us improve our operations. Last but not least, Lawrence was always direct and honest to a fault. He presented problems, solutions and risks in a clear, direct and unambiguous manner without sparing any of the relevant details.

In short, Lawrence is not one of those consultants that tell you what you want to hear. From Lawrence you will get the truth as he sees it, and it is your choice how to react to it. I consider myself fortunate to have met Lawrence. He brought value to our business, and I would engage him again without a single hesitation.

John S. Sampalis B.Sc., B.A. (hon), M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.C.E
CEO & Chief Scientific Officer
JSS Medical Research Inc.
St Laurent, Quebec
www.jssresearch.com


When ASICC-MED's management team recognized that changes to our internal systems and business processes were crucial to gain a competitive edge in our industry, we established the need to replace our four stand-alone internal operating systems with a single, fully integrated ERP system. We also understood early on in the project that in order to be successful, we required the assistance and guidance of an accredited, experienced and independent professional consultant.

We therefore embarked on a search for a consultant that understood the technology landscape and its countless players, had a proven record of accomplishment, and could lead us through the maze of data and information that we had assembled thus far on our own. And most importantly, we were looking for a consultant that could help us select an ERP system that could satisfy our future needs, given the expected changes and growth in each of ASICC-MED's operating divisions.

After an extensive search that included countless considerations and evaluations of credentials and references of numerous consultants, ASICC-MED elected to engage the services of Lawrence Young. This pivotal decision has been THE turning point of a well-defined and smooth transition towards the best-fit choice of an ERP system for our company.

Lawrence led us step-by-step through the ERP system selection project, which included evaluating our detailed requirements, reengineering our current business processes, generating the Request for Proposal that was sent to numerous qualified prospective software vendors, and creating the vendor demonstration script. He also played an instrumental role in finalizing an agreement with the chosen vendor by helping us make sense of the small print in the vendor's agreement. As well, his vast experience was invaluable in promoting the best understanding between the parties, and avoiding potential conflict during the implementation phase.

Without question, joining forces with Lawrence saved ASICC-MED an immense amount of precious time by documenting our needs in a language understood by the specialized software vendors. In addition, thanks to Lawrence's methodology and guidance, we were able to focus our efforts on making an informed decision, based on measurable best-fit and cost criteria, which will have a profoundly positive impact on our company's operations over the next five years, and beyond.

Our experience with Lawrence has exposed us to an entirely new aspect of leadership and clairvoyance in working with consultants. He has supported us through an intricate and complex process, and always exhibited a great deal of expertise and flexibility when called upon for his professional opinion.

We also must commend Lawrence for his ability and desire to embrace ASICC-MED's unique business model. Throughout the project, he always deployed all of the means at his disposal, and invested all of the time and energy required, to gain our satisfaction by learning and adapting to our unique business needs and requirements.

Chantal Cohen
President
ASICC-MED Inc.
Brossard, Quebec
www.asicc-med.com


Priority Fire Equipment Inc. is extremely happy and thankful for the service provided by Lawrence Young & Associates Inc. Lawrence is a particularly dedicated individual who showcases constant professionalism and efficiency in everything he takes on.

The service from beginning to end has been exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly level that far exceeds any other technology consultants we have dealt with. Not only did he complete the work that was asked of him, but did so always exceeding our expectations and timeline. He was able to communicate effectively with every single person in our team and help them understand the proper structure and best-business processes for the company.

Lawrence was very quick in picking up our needs and simplifying the complex. He is quick but effective. His availability and quick responsiveness make him a pleasure to work with. He takes the time necessary to understand the issues and communicated with us throughout in order to get all clarifications and expectations met. The Request for Proposal he generated, which was sent to prospective software vendors, did not only meet our requirements but surpassed them.

Lawrence truly invests in his work and his business relationships. Priority Fire Equipment will not hesitate to recommend him to anyone — Lawrence consistently delivers a high quality service!

Thank you Lawrence for all your help and dedication!

Frank Conforti
Financial Controller
Priority Fire Equipment Inc.
www.priorityfire.com


During the process of modernizing and upgrading our company’s software, we were introduced to Lawrence Young. We were a little skeptical at first on how exactly he could help with this project, since we had been through the process years prior and the transition had gone rather smoothly.

However, once we recognized that this transition was going to be on a much larger scale then our previous one, we brought Lawrence in to give us an independent, objective and expert analysis of the situation. Lawrence took off with the know-how and understanding of an industry we had very little knowledge of.

Our company’s priorities, customer requirements and system processes were analyzed by Lawrence to get a feel for what our employees were going through and what our customers required on a day-to-day basis prior to us making the final decision on a software package. During that period we continued to focus and allocate 100% of our time to managing the business and its growth, with Lawrence focusing in on the software that best suited us.

Professionalism and effectiveness, I believe, are the words that best describe Lawrence Young.

Steve De Filippo
Vice-President
Journey Freight International Inc.
Lachine, Quebec
www.journeyfreight.com


My experience working with Lawrence was very positive. This was the first time I had worked with an IT consultant retained directly by our company rather than a vendor, and it was a very different experience. I am happy with the work that was done, and would not hesitate to retain Lawrence in an advisory capacity as we move forward with this project to review our business needs analysis to make sure we are not omitting any key components and to provide advice during the configuration and implementation phases. Lawrence provides value for money, is easy to work with and very down-to-earth. He quickly established a very good working relationship with our Steering Committee and developed a reputation as being an honest and positive broker for our firm.

David Christiansen BA PhD
Corporate Business Manager
R J Burnside & Associates Limited
Orangeville, Ontario
www.rjburnside.com


Lawrence was very helpful and knowledgeable. He spent significant time on site with us and brought experience we didn't have in house. He had specific expertise in "grilling" the vendors and ensuring we received appropriate documents, seeing the process through, clarifying information and making sure proposed vendors were providing what was needed to make our decision. We have a fairly small head office, and so we needed someone with his background, someone who had been through the process before. It was a useful expenditure.

Stuart E. Craven
Chief Financial Officer
Tesla Exploration Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta
www.teslaexploration.com


Our company used Lawrence on several occasions and was more than pleased with the results. Lawrence is always the professional and an effective communicator both oral and written. He quickly penetrated the issues and his work and recommendations remain in effect long after he has completed his mandate. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Sam Zameck
President
EDI Gateway
Montreal, Quebec
www.edigateway.com

When IEC embarked on choosing an ERP ("Enterprise Resource Planning") system in 2012, we knew that the selection process would not be an easy path to travel. It can be time consuming, difficult to identify and match all of the requirements to vendor proposals, and then manage change throughout the company. We had heard so many times from our customers and friends in business that they wished they had anticipated how difficult it was to select the right ERP system that could work with their business processes and help move their businesses forward.

The factors that make this process difficult are:

  • in today's environment organizations run lean in terms of resources, so finding resources that can help a business see the selection process through to conclusion can be very challenging

  • trying to complete a disciplined, impartial review of vendors responses to a business's Request for Proposal ("RFP") is not for the faint of heart

For all the reasons above, IEC chose to search for a consultant that had experience in ERP systems, had a disciplined approach to mapping out business processes and preparing an RFP, and was able to objectively evaluate and measure vendor responses to the RFP.

IEC found these capabilities in the disciplined process that Lawrence Young uses. There is no doubt in my mind that without this approach and Lawrence's honest and impartial feedback, IEC would not be implementing an ERP at this time, but instead would still be mapping out our processes and searching for the right system from the right vendor.

IEC thanks Lawrence for all his diligence, sage advice and help in bringing our search to an effective and expedient conclusion.

Shane Turner
Financial Controller
Independent Electric and Controls Ltd.
Drayton Valley, Alberta
www.iecgroup.ca


Our firm contracted with Lawrence Young for IT consulting services when we decided it was time to upgrade our computer systems and implement a new ERP system.

Although my team was somewhat nervous and reluctant to proceed quickly, we turned to Lawrence for assistance. Lawrence not only provided invaluable insight into where my company was positioned within the IT world, but also was very easy to work with. He was very understanding and easy to approach, and communicated to my employees on their level not his, which in turn kept my staff focused and confident that a new system was what operations required to grow our business.

Working closely with our staff during the needs analysis phase, Lawrence was able to determine our functional requirements and recommend improvements to our business processes. Lawrence's experience and knowledge were invaluable to us over this entire process, and we did not receive one negative report to management throughout his entire process.

It became very obvious early within our consultation that Lawrence Young and his team were a great investment and money well spent. It was a pleasure to work with Lawrence and I would certainly look to hire Lawrence Young anytime we require assistance in the future.

Joe Delehay
President
Dynamic Concrete Pumping Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
www.dcpu1.com


In 2012, Keystone Contractors & Builders was struggling to keep up with the disparate in house, SaaS and manual processes and procedures we were using for financial, administration, HR and project management. After assessing our in-house expertise, it was decided to use the services of a qualified professional and proceed with a complete Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) diagnostic.

After careful consideration and recommendation, Lawrence Young stepped into the fray to assist, guide, and perform this diagnostic. The audit itself required considerable interaction between Lawrence and numerous members of our staff. It became quickly apparent that Lawrence's dedication to professionalism, persistence and patience would win the day for us and provide the kind of diagnostic we required.

The final ICT Diagnostic report, which consisted of a complete profile of our company including current business practices, web site analysis, technological hardware, software, SaaS solutions, etc. complete with recommended actions, proposed action plans, and a well-documented road map, was simply outstanding. The attention to detail, coupled with professionalism and a true interest in us as people-not just clients-assured us that Lawrence indeed did perform above our expectations.

We have since followed Lawrence's recommended road map and have implemented a number of his recommendations with great success. The peace of mind we have knowing that the decisions we are currently making to roll out additional upgrades to our ICT platform, is based on the years of experience and dedication that Lawrence brought to the table.

Lawrence comes highly recommended, and it has been our pleasure to solicit, obtain and implement his professional expertise.

Lawrence Peters
President
Keystone Contractors & Builders
Brandon, Manitoba
www.keystonecontractors.ca

We contacted Lawrence to help us evaluate and source a new ERP system to replace our legacy back office, POS, manufacturing and accounting systems, when, after several years of rapid growth, we needed to move to the next level.

As you can imagine the task seemed daunting, but Lawrence's calm demeanor and professionalism put the organization's mind at ease. He quietly spoke to people on their level and explained what we were doing in terms they could understand and feel comfortable with.

As we progressed from requirements documentation to the RFP, Lawrence's invaluable insight and experience helped us better define our priorities and narrow our search; saving us both time and money.

As the RFP responses came in, Lawrence was also very helpful in helping us sift through the varied responses. He helped us evaluate each of the alternatives from both a cost and functionality perspective and he was able to quantify those differences and explain the nuances of each of those proposals to us.

He then helped structure the demos and his participation in those demos helped clarify what we were being told.

Without his help, we certainly would never have found as good of a system as we did, and his experience and contacts in the industry absolutely helped us during the contract negotiation phase to acquire that system at a very competitive cost.

Needless to say, we wholeheartedly recommend the services of Lawrence Young and Associates to any company that plans to select or implement a new ERP system.

Randall Sehn
CFO, CIO
The Sporn Companies
Burlington, Vermont
www.perrywinkles.com
www.devotiondiamond.com
www.perrywinkles.com/pandora/

Lawrence Young was retained by us to perform a forensic analysis of custom software equipped computers. After two previous "experts" were unable to handle the task, Lawrence came in and did a superb job technically, and then backed it up with a stellar performance on the witness stand.

Lawrence is intelligent, articulate, and unshakeable in his testimony. I was very pleased with his performance and I am sure you will be too if you give him the opportunity.

Robert J. Costello
Partner
Levy, Tolman & Costello, LLP
New York, NY
www.levytolman.com


One of our clients engaged us for ERP system litigation to be initiated against one of the software industry leaders and administered by Mexican courts. Given that we felt that having a strong technical opinion supporting our legal arguments was key to the trial, we hired Lawrence to act as an Expert Witness for this mandate.

Since the beginning of his mandate, Lawrence demonstrated to be both efficient and flexible, as he had to deal with a huge volume of documents and testimonials in Spanish. He was always very committed to the tasks we assigned to him, and he even came to Mexico in order to get a clear and complete picture of the situation.

Lawrence's involvement in this matter even helped us find important facts and data that had remained unknown, even for the IT department of our client. Moreover, Lawrence proved to be very skillful and to have deep ERP system litigation knowledge, and he drafted an integral and thorough Expert Witness Report that will play a crucial part in the litigation.

We recommend Lawrence to any enterprise or law firm that is involved with ERP system litigation, as he will provide you with the technical input that may be instrumental to winning your trial. Lawrence is definitely someone you want on your side!

Luis Asali
Senior Partner
Bufete Asali, S.C.
Mexico City, Mexico


 
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