1. Articles in category: ERP/Value Assurance

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    1. Taking Control of Cloud ERP

      Today’s maturing and evolving Cloud ERP solutions allow organizations to streamline their financial operations and business processes — with employees able to access and support the organization from anywhere, at any time. Easy access, however, also means increased risk. Unfortunately, many companies struggle to strike a good balance between business enablement and security protections, and proceed without a clear direction.

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    2. Is Your ERP Solution Helping or Hurting your Business? 5 Warning Signs That It’s Floundering

      Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand for greater inventory traceability, visibility and precision in the global food supply chain. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by customer requirements and government regulations while continuing to minimize costs and maximize profitability.

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    3. Buying the best BPM for your needs

      While enterprise applications like ERP, CRM, HRIS and others cover their respective domains, business processes often need information to flow between these systems. An organization may also have specific processes that are not well handled by these enterprise applications, for example, unstructured or partly structured processes, or those touched by people outside the organization. The last thing you want to do is to customize application code to handle these types of processes because that makes upgrades difficult, risky and expensive. Another problem is that enterprise applications may not be easily adapted to changing business conditions.

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    4. Manufacturers Cut Costs to Grow Their Business: 3 Must-Do Steps to Success

      Squeezing every dime out of operations in the name of optimal efficiency is a key strategy for today’s manufacturers. But running a bare-bones business makes it difficult to handle the increased demand that comes with growth. So how can manufacturers continue to cut costs without inhibiting their infrastructure’s ability to expand and grow? These companies have manufacturing with cloud ERP and they’re counting those dimes as they secure a favorable position for growth:

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    5. Overcrowding in the C-suite

      Remember when the C-suite was a simple, uncrowded place? There was a CEO with business strategy, growth and vision responsibility, and a CFO who oversaw the financial side of the business. Rounding it out, there was (sometimes) a COO who managed operations. And that was often it — a small trio of leaders who shared the job of driving the business forward. Today’s packed C-suites look quite different.

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    6. How One Manufacturer Capitalized on Cloud ERP in Uncertain Economic Times

      Many companies invest up to 70 percent of IT spending on non-value added support and maintenance, but MFC Netform minimized this cost by relying on the cloud, investing only half of the technical resources it had expected. The company’s management attributes the ability to manage through a tough economy with a lean staff to its investment in a manufacturing cloud ERP.

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    7. Do You Know What’s Happening on Your Plant Floor?

      Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) on the plant floor is as critical to the viability of the business as any component in the execution of manufacturing. Relying on an ERP system to effectively automate a process not only results in a nearly perfect production process, it also frees an operator to focus on other, value added activities. Plant floor operators can leverage the ERP system to provide information for proper equipment calibration and ongoing measurements.

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    8. Sap's ERP app for SMBs gets an overhaul for digital transformation

      The digital transformation imperative is becoming increasingly urgent for companies large and small, and SAP wants to help. On Wednesday, the ERP giant set its sights squarely on SMBs with an updated app that's been enriched with analytics and other key features.Originally announced last year, SAP Business One 9.2 is the latest version of SAP's ERP app for small and medium-size businesses, and it's now generally available both on-premises and in the cloud.

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    9. How to select a Tier 2 ERP package

      Companies that outgrow their small company accounting systems are challenged with finding a cost effective and robust ERP.  The Tier 1 ERP solutions provide fully functional ERP and reporting solutions across all industries. However, the associated costs may drive a company to look at Tier 2 options.  Investments by Tier 2 vendors over the past five years allow these applications to offer an attractive alternative by providing integrated solutions at a much lower total cost of ownership.

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    10. Addressing the agile 'fear factor' during ERP upgrades

      A couple of years back, the fear of making changes in ERP was real. Most marketing & tech vendors had a hard time convincing organizations to make changes. If they changed something, what might break? Fast forward a few years and we are in a somewhat similar boat. The fears are different, the CIOs are now worried about changing, evolving, and upgrading their underlying resources, but the fear is there nevertheless.

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    11. Manufacturing ERP Innovation: Only in the Cloud

      If your company is stuck on a legacy ERP system, you won’t be able to innovate. Having a cloud ERP strategy can ensure not only your manufacturing enterprise will be there leveraging innovation—but also can ensure that your business thrives today. Only a true cloud ERP—built for manufacturing—enables you to take advantage of new innovations the minute they are available.

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    12. 3 warning signs for a 'never-ending' ERP project

      Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations are never easy. Many projects start with excitement and high levels of participation but quickly devolve into run-on projects with that are over budget and rife with change orders. Recovering and bringing the project to completion often costs as much as the original budget and end users do everything to work around the new system. This article discusses three warning signs that indicate that an ERP project is starting to spin out of control.

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    13. An overview of cloud customer relationship management

      Businesses are confident about buying customer relationship management (CRM) software as a cloud-based service. In an analysis of some of the main players in the market - While Saleforce supports a community of third-party vendors from which customers can select and integrate applications suited to their needs, Microsoft and Oracle claim tight integration with between their cloud offerings and existing software will be important to businesses wanting to enhance CRM.

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    14. Cloud ERP Enables 80 Percent Growth for Manufacturing Supplier of the Year

      Aaron Thomas Company, Inc., a full-service contract packaging company, specializes in the food industry. To focus on growing business and maintaining its reputation for performance and quality, the company realized its legacy systems and manual processes were no longer sustainable. Aaron Thomas went with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, a cloud-based ERP solution, to gain real-time visibility into inventory, automate the quality control process and provide transparency to customers. With its cloud ERP implementation, Aaron Thomas experienced 80 percent revenue growth, reduced mock recalls to seven minutes flat and tripled its customer base without adding headcount. 

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    15. Why value trumps price when buying enterprise software

      The corporate procurement process traditionally focuses on achieving the best purchase price. A far better approach is to focus on the value provided by the software rather than its price.The value of enterprise software comes from its ability to satisfy requirements. If software is bought on price, you can absolutely guarantee that shortcuts were taken, and a thorough requirements analysis was not done. Such projects always carry a serious business risk.

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    16. 8 ways to get the most out of your ERP system

      Implementing an ERP system is an expensive proposition that can cost millions of dollars and take months, even years, to fully deploy. So what steps can you take when choosing or deploying an ERP solution to decrease the likelihood of failure? Here are eight suggestions from ERP experts, systems integrators and project managers who have successfully implemented an ERP software system.

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    17. Knowing when it's time to replace your aging enterprise software

      Given the rate of change in business today, there will come a point at which the existing collection of systems just can’t accommodate the organization’s needs. The first step in answering the “keep or replace” question is to create a comprehensive list of requirements. Since ERP is being considered, this will run into thousands of requirements.

       

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    18. ERP software gets a makeover

      ERP software is known for providing valuable services to a variety of users. Unfortunately, ERP applications have lagged behind consumer apps in user experience. A lot of ERP vendors have made major progress on the user interface front over the past two years. Cloud ERP products are leading the way in providing a better user experience. The next trend in mobile ERP is to provide powerful mobile interface.

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