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2016 Business Resolutions and How ERP Can Solve Them

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Creating realistic New Year’s business resolutions is a great starting point to succeed in 2016. Here are three areas of improvement and possible solutions that can help you start the year in a productive and positive way: 1. Make customer service a top priority No matter how innovative your product is, or how clever of an ad campaign that you come up with, without quality service, your business will suffer. Consumers are far more likely to share their bad customer service experiences than they are to talk about positive experiences. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is an essential element to …

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Plain Speak: Recognizing Critical ERP Features vs. Jargon

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When you are a vendor marketing solutions in an industry where some competitors believe that the louder the megaphone, the better their solution, your only hope is that the buyer marketplace is smarter than the vendor. Fortunately, there has been a massive “up-curve” in the “BS” threshold of ERP software buyers. And we like that — a lot. ERP was once a game of “smoke and mirrors” where acronyms and multi-syllable (and undecipherable) IT phrases – that were known not to be well understood – were passed out like candy during buyer presentations. This is not to discredit the value …

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Logistics and Logic – Which ERP Capabilities Drive Value NOW?

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In modern day use, the word “logistics” generally refers to activities that happen within or between businesses or organizations to move items -or even people- from point to point. While the origin of the word has some historical early references in the French and Greek language, its original Latin roots do in fact tie it to the commonly used word “logic”. Today we’re going to talk a little about both logic and logistics, because often, our first conversations with companies considering ERP start like this: • What do you want? • What do you need? • What makes logical sense …

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Transforming the Future of Manufacturing Floors

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I have seen a lot in my 30-odd years of leading a software company, but most recently, I’ve been really intrigued by the ways small and mid-sized manufacturers are leveraging technology to be competitive. It reminds me of an article that I read about a year ago that made me chuckle; it was entitled something along the lines of the “average manufacturer is smaller than you think…and getting smaller.” When I first started working with what industry calls the “tier two and tier three” level of manufacturers -meaning: businesses that are generally below a billion dollars in revenue, and often …

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“Which Matters More? ERP Vendor Size or Service Quality”

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It’s no secret that we live in a world where, often, the brands with the largest, loudest megaphone (and the accompanying outsized marketing budgets) get the lion’s share of the press/PR attention. That’s to be expected –nothing new there. Knowing this, it is important that for ERP buyers ask themselves the question, ‘Which matters more? ERP vendor size or service quality?” Recently, I read an article about how to avoid bad ERP choices, and decided to form my own list. While there is no single right way to prove which ERP solution is right for you since everyone’s requirements are …

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How CAD-ERP Integration Benefits MTO and ETO Manufacturers

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This is an interview with Scott Brickler the Chief Software Architect and a partner at SolutionsX LLC. Recently he answered the following questions concerning the benefits of having CAD-ERP integration. Why would companies consider adding a CAD integration tool to their ERP system? Brickler: CAD to ERP integration makes a lot of sense when a company is doing a large amount of engineering or turnover of new designs and/or design changes. Businesses like these are often designing and building custom or configurable products for each customer and are often trying to find ways to cut the lead time from order …

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Lawyerly Learnings for ERP Procurement

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While most of us have our various fills of television courtroom drama, there are probably few with “up-close and personal” experiences of US-style litigation. I did have the occasion to be personally involved with a case in the automotive industry and often reflected on the many likenesses to how software is bought and sold in this country. More importantly, I reflected on how processes implemented in a judicial context could improve the success of ERP procurement. In terms of analogy, the judge is often a consultant and the jury is the company buying the software. The prosecutor and the defense …

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5 Pre-Steps for Transitioning to Your New ERP Solution

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Transitioning to your newly selected ERP solution requires a lot of forward-thinking preparation. This pre-install planning – done before the first file even gets moved – is critical to ERP deployment success and can significantly impact the implementation timeline. As any good carpenter will tell you: measure twice and cut once, which is equally appropriate in the ERP world. A well-measured ERP transition strategy saves time, money and much organizational stress. Earlier this week, we discussed key points for the ERP selection process. This week we’ll focus on five tips for what you, as the buyer, need to do to …

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“ERP Selection for Non-Dummies: Getting it Right”

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One thing that always impresses us when we talk to SYSPRO customers, both current and prospective, is how well informed they are about not only their own manufacturing or distribution operations, but also about enterprise technology. Even newer companies or those with revenue that analysts would classify as the “S” in the SMB – Small, Mid-Sized Business – market, have super savvy management who know a thing or two about good vs. bad technology. Many have had experiences previously on ERP or financial software other than SYSPRO’s. Some are more comfortable with it than others, but all those we have …

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10 Steps to Determine if You’ve Outgrown Your Accounting Software

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As business owners or senior-level executives, we all know “up close and personal” the responsibility that accompanies business growth. The internal dialogue, if those concerns are not voiced outwardly to trusted team members, goes something like this: when should I take the next step, what could go wrong if do take it, and what might the impact be (good or bad) if I don’t take it? That next step might be anything – from a critical new partnership, to geographic expansion, to product/service growth, new hires, etc. But when the next step crosses over into the technology domain, those internal …