2 Key Reasons for Implementing ERP Solutions

ERP ( if you are unfamiliar with the initials) stands for enterprise resource planning.  ERP software is designed to encompass all aspects of your business, such as manufacturing, inventory management, shipping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing.  Global ERP solutions are designed to keep multisite or multi-country companies running smoothly. Financial information.     ERP, at its most […]

Managing the ERP Implementation in Mid-Sized Businesses

For many businesses that have grown large enough to require an ERP system for managing their operations, the greatest stumbling block often comes from a poorly planned and executed implementation project.  Coordinating the activities of financial administration, materials management and production professionals is a difficult task.  Aligning those activities within the ERP system in such a […]

SAP Business One: Integrating all your Business Information

Making data-driven management decisions necessitates something that is intuitively simply, yet rarely straightforward:  having good data. Developing methods and supporting tools for collecting data is all-too-often a difficult chore.  Even when those data collection procedures are implemented, trying to mesh all that data tends to get increasingly complicated when multiple systems are used to do […]

A Successful ERP Implementation Process Requires Support from Beginning to End

Many businesses wishing to take advantage of the benefits of an ERP system delay the implementation due to a long string of concerns.  Most of them stem from a few, simple origins: inability to accurately define and document detailed system requirements lack of know-how on customizing the software to align with existing practices, lack of know-how […]

Business Management Software Enables Prediction and Prevents Breakdown

The need for preventative maintenance in any industry that relies upon hardware and machinery in order to function is a fairly simple and intuitive requirement.  Best practices in these industries has changed over from reactive, find-and-fix methods when things break down to practices that ensure things are properly maintained and operated such that they do […]

Software needs assessment: avoiding out of the box solutions

Many businesses, having encountered a process that seems to take too long to complete, turn to an automated software solution in order to overcome those process delays.  Unfortunately, this can often have the effect of making a bad process go very, very fast.  Eliminating the flaws in the process to remove the extra steps and […]

Mid-Sized Businesses: Uncertainty Slows Expansion

The slow recovery, and other concerns, continues to impact mid-sized businesses as managers are cautious about growth in the near future. Reuters, reporting on a survey by  JPMorgan Chase & Co., says: “Only 35 percent of executives at the companies said they anticipate increasing capital spending in the next 12 months, down from 44 percent […]

Complex Project Manufacturing requires integrated information management

In large scale, mass market consumer manufacturing, production planning and supply chain management are critical, interwoven functions. Keeping inventory levels low through Just In Time inventory requires continuously monitored and updated projections in order to meet shifts in customer demand.  In environments where items are produced in the thousands or millions, the scale and quantity of […]

Finding Innovation in ERP and Accounting for small and medium businesses

The small and midsized market for ERP packages is a tough place to try to pick winners and losers.  There are a lot of software brands and publishers (at one point, over 200 products were available to small and mid-sized businesses). There is Microsoft with their Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains), Dynamics NAV (Formerly Navision) […]

Manufacturing best practices and the implementation of an ERP

The aim of world-class manufacturing organizations is to function in a perfect supply chain where Kanban-style “pull” systems respond to immediate customer demand without the need for complex trend analysis and error-prone product demand forecasts.  If every aspect of the value stream from the raw materials, to your supplier’s stock room, to your shop floor and on […]