After Matt graduated college, he got a job in accounting for a distribution company. The company used an ERP system to track its finances and Matt really enjoyed using the software. While there, he proceeded to talk with his father, who has been in the ERP and software industry for 30 years, to help figure out his pathway to also get into that field. Matt then decided to go into Dynamics NAV and did a 2-week bootcamp course at Microsoft’s office in Dallas, ultimately landing him his first consulting job, implementing Dynamics NAV and leading him to Silverware today.
How did your previous experience in accounting prepare you for what you do now?
It helped tremendously. NAV and ERP in general are all, at their core, finance and accounting tools. The other functions the software provides is built on top of that. For me, having experience in accounting and using these systems gave me a strong foundation for taking my first step and opening the door for building a career as a NAV consultant. Companies know how important it is to have that experience and understanding. Once I began working as a consultant, I was able to build additional strengths and gain experience in other operational areas. My goal is to become as well-rounded as possible so I offer more value to Silverware and its clients.
What do you enjoy most about your job as a consultant for Silverware’s cannabis product, Silver Leaf CBC, and working as part of the Silverware Inc. team?
Silverware is unique to me. At other firms, the teams are spread out and no one talks to one another. Here, everyone cares and reaches out to discuss any needs. It is a very collaborative work environment where the people work together seamlessly to achieve the same goal. Working as a consultant on the cannabis team and delivering our Silver Leaf CBC product to our clients is rewarding because I know that we offer a great product that works well for the cannabis industry.
Can you tell us about a challenging project you recently worked on and what you did to overcome those challenges?
It’s hard to zero in on one specific project, but in general the cannabis business can be very challenging. It is such a new industry, one with complex regulations, and it is growing so fast. Everyone we work with is moving a million miles a second, and they expect you to move just as fast with them. Between each state system, state compliances, etc., there’s a lot of information to tackle so we can best accommodate our clients’ needs. To help our clients overcome any challenges they face, I’m always working to increase my knowledge in the industry and make sure Silver Leaf CBC is able to best serve each client.
What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing a career in ERP software consultancy?
My first piece of advice is to find what you truly love to do and to look for opportunities that best fit your values and your abilities. Secondly, most consultants come from starting as an end-user, which is extremely helpful. It is important to learn and understand the system your clients are using from the users’ perspectives. Most ERP systems have very similar characteristics and the skills you learn as a user on one system are transferable to another. My end-user experience came from using Dynamics GP, but when I got my hands on NAV, I felt very comfortable. There are a lot of similarities between the two with both the lingo and how things function. It made it easier for me to learn the ins-and-outs of NAV and its unique nuances.
If you had the opportunity to have dinner with someone famous, living or deceased, who would you choose and why?
This is a tough one, but I’d have to say Derek Jeter. I played baseball from the time I was 8 until I went to college. Jeter was someone I followed throughout his career. The way he handled himself on and off the field was always one of the things that set him apart and when the lights shined the brightest, he excelled.