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14
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage software is always at the leading-edge of innovation. In 2016, the company’s chatbot, “Peggy,” made her debut. While she could only respond to simple commands like “How much do customers owe me?” and “What’s our gross revenues for the month?” the new chatbot continues to evolve as a so-called “smart” assistant. Peggy, and other innovations like this, demonstrate just how far the world of technology has come, and how it continues to evolve. Sage software embraces new technology and adds it whenever it makes sense to do so for their customers. Here are the areas that Sage is watching. You may wish to keep an eye on them, too. Three Tech Areas to Watch Technology evolves at a speed today which was previously unheard of in decades past. Innovations can be sweeping or incremental, completely disruptive or simple updates. Devices such as smartphones available today hold more computing power in a pocket-sized device than most offices had twenty years ago. The following three tech areas are ones to watch now, for these are the areas affecting companies in manufacturing, distribution, and many other industries. Even if they aren’t impacting your business now, they will, and soon. Chatbots and autonomous […]

09
Feb 2018
Friday

2018 DocLink Evolution Roadshow! Eaton Centre, Toronto, ON March 27, 2018 | 9AM – 1PM DocLink Evolution is on the road this year, stopping in major cities across North America. DocLink Evolution is for any and every DocLink user seeking DocLink roadmap and updates, training, enhancements to business process configurations, advanced feature education, and the inside scoop on how DocLink will evolve next.   Going paperless is easier than you think. Learn tips and tricks for managing your data flow, enhancing your business processes and more. Register for this roadshow at its stop in Toronto. Did we mention, it’s FREE? Sign up today!  

07
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage software includes both on-premises and cloud-based versions. It is the latter that we’d like to address since some people hear “cloud” and think it is insubstantial—here today, gone tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers a lightweight, agile system that is easier to implement, mobilize, and customize and a feature-rich enterprise system that is powerful enough to support every aspect of your business. Sage Business Cloud offers you the best of Sage products combined with mobile, agile features only available through cloud systems. Site-Based ERP Has Its Place Many site-based ERP systems have helped businesses to grow and be profitable by streamlining the entire business from manufacturing, warehousing, sales, and financial management. Such ERP systems have been customized to meet specific company requirements and have been entrenched in company processes. On-premises implementations were required for these critical systems because of the need for reliability, speed, and control. Because of this, while many other business systems have moved to the cloud, ERP has been one of the last to do so. Legacy Systems Losing Ground to Cloud In almost all areas of software adoption, legacy systems are losing ground while cloud-based systems […]

31
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage ERP, along with innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), is changing how manufacturers view and use best practices. The Internet of Things is the interconnectivity of devices and objects in which software is embedded to track data. Through the IoT, networks can include buildings, vehicles, software, and more. The data derived from the IoT can improve delivery times, production management, safety, and much more, depending on how it is used. Used wisely, the IoT—along with Sage ERP—can provide you with unprecedented amounts of data that can help you manage all aspects of your business better. Monitor Shop Floors One of the innovations affecting manufacturing from the IoT is the ability to monitor conditions on the shop floor. Sensors embedded in equipment, pallets, trucks, and other devices can relay information and make adjustments based on real-time data. For example, think about plant equipment that can get hot during operations. Plant equipment sends temperature data to the HVAC controls, which understands that the rising temperatures may affect quality output. It then adjusts the fans to blow cool air over specific equipment in use, and keep the temperature at an optimal level, so that outputs maintain quality standards. Such equipment […]

24
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you solve the ongoing problem of finding and recruiting talented people for open positions in your company. It’s getting harder to recruit and retain great talent. According to Glassdoor, the recruitment website, the market has shifted to one in which job seekers have more options than before. The current ratio of unemployed Americans is now 1.4 to 1 in 2017 compared to 6.6 to 1 in July 2009. This means fewer applicants for jobs and a more difficult time for employers to find the best people to fill vacant positions. One way to improve your recruiting average and to shorten the time it takes to attract qualified candidates is to use software such as Sage People. Sage People offers award-winning human resource management software that’s available to companies of all sizes. It helps you manage personnel, records, positions, and more—so, when the time comes to recruit, you are ready. Download our free whitepaper, People Marketing, to learn new approaches to hiring new employees. Sage People: Shorten Recruiting Time Old-fashioned methods of recruiting meant sending out lots of classified ads and hoping for a flood of qualified resumes. Most of the resumes that […]

17
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage 300 ERP offers a powerful enterprise resource planning tool for businesses at all stages of growth. Many have wondered what the C stood for in Sage 300c. Now, with a new name change, we know that it stands for the connected cloud you receive with Sage 300cloud. But there are other C’s of Sage 300cloud—Cloud, Customers, and Customized—that make it one of the most popular ERP products on the market. Let’s take a look at how each C benefits your business. Cloud-Based Sage 300cloud ERP systems are no longer optional. To remain competitive, businesses must use data to refine their strategies, target their customers, and improve service. Without data, you’ll rely on guesswork that may lead you to the wrong conclusions. With real-time data, you’ll be able to make faster, better decisions and build a stronger, more competitive business. Sage 300cloud offers this and more. It’s a cloud-based ERP application. This means that it is accessible anytime, anywhere, from any device. If you can log into the Internet, you can log into Sage 300cloud. Sage 300 also offers an on-premises solution for customers who prefer site-based ERP. Cloud-based ERP such as Sage 300cloud offers you so much more than […]

10
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) offer more than a great way to manage the information from all areas of your business. They also provide you with better cash flow management. Businesses need cash to fuel growth, development, and innovation. Better cash flow management ensures that you have the necessary cash to make sound investments into new projects. It helps your business flourish. Here’s how an enterprise resource planning system can help your business grow. What Is Enterprise Resource Planning? An ERP or enterprise resource planning system is business process management software. It integrates and automates many back-office functions to help you improve productivity. ERP systems such as Sage 300 and Sage 300c (cloud-based ERP) offer many advantages to your business. Improves Cash Flow Enterprise resource systems help you automate and integrate systems and processes throughout your company. It can automate routine tasks such as billing and invoicing, and integrate with systems such as accounting and finance to run reports on unpaid invoices, past due invoices, cash flow, and much more. ERP systems such as Sage 300 can help you with: Late purchase orders: It can be frustrating when orders aren’t shipping out quickly. Customers get annoyed, and delays in shipping […]

03
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage Business Cloud can help you stay on top of changes to the world of accounting. It’s amazing how many changes take place in an industry that for many years remained relatively stable. In decades past, accounting had more to do with tracking debits and credits, receivables and payables, than it did with strategic business decisions. Today, that’s all changed as accountants have become even more indispensable to the team setting the company’s strategic vision. Accountants are part of business management, an important voice in the future of an organization. Software such as Sage Business Cloud can support the changes you need to make and help your accounting team stay on top of things. Nothing Stays the Same Except Change There’s an old saying that nothing is constant except change. That goes for the world of accounting, too, where several trends are driving a great deal of change. Some of these trends are larger, market forces that are affecting many industries, including accounting. Others are specific to the accounting industry itself. Connectivity: Customers today demand real-time updates. They expect an interconnected world in which information flows freely and in real-time. Internet, cloud, and other technologies have raised expectations about how […]

27
Dec 2017
Wednesday

A big part of effective supply chain management is managing information. A steady stream of real-time information that updates your managers on where items are along the supply chain is invaluable. Software such as Sage X3 and Sage 300 can help you improve supply chain management by ensuring that everyone throughout your organization is kept informed about the location of resources, parts, supplies, raw materials, personnel, and orders. The Art of Supply Chain Management Your supply chain managers are the ones who ensure that everything moves smoothly from order intake to order production. They’re the ones who manage vendors, resources, and equipment to keep your operations running. To do a good job with supply chain management, they need information. Sage software, such as Sage X3 and Sage 300, provides real-time updates on operations, finance, accounting, sales, production, warehouse, and inventory. Depending on the additional Sage software modules your company has chosen, you can get even more information flowing through your Sage enterprise resource planning system. There’s an art to managing the supply chain, and it starts and ends with information. Sage ERP helps you stay on top of what’s important. Manufacturing Bottlenecks: What’s Stopping You? What are the most common […]

20
Dec 2017
Wednesday

Over the past several months, we’ve discussed how your organization can become a “people-centered” organization. Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you improve human resources management throughout your company so that you nurture your employees’ professional growth. The benefits of becoming a people-centered organization are many. In past articles, we’ve taken a look at many of these benefits, including higher employee retention, lower turnover rates, and improved productivity. Now, let’s take a look at the practical steps you can take to become a people-first company. Sage People: Sage Software Automates the HR Process Automating the human resources “transaction” processes is a great way to save time so your HR department can focus on people, not paperwork. Sage People provides the tools you need for self-service to simplify core HR processes. It is a cloud-based package that includes: Self-service management of employee information. Benefits management. Payroll management. Onboarding tools to help you attract and welcome new employees. Recruitment tools. Maximizing employee performance by identifying skill development, monitoring workplace development tasks and more. Sage People integrates well with other Sage software products, making it a great addition to your company’s suite of productivity-enhancing software. Automating HR puts the emphasis where […]