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06
Dec 2017
Wednesday

In August, we began a series looking at the use of HR software such as Sage People. Among all the departments in your company, human resources are probably the last department to use data and analytics to improve performance. It may seem cold and unkind to refer to people as data or statistics, and we would agree that you can’t reduce human beings to numbers. But you can manage your organization better if you do so with the numbers in mind; the number of new hires, vacancies, training days, and more can all help you improve how your company recruits, hires, and retains employees. The Challenge of Becoming a “People” Company People-based companies run a little differently from other companies. While the definition of a people-based company may vary depending on who you asked, the accepted definition is that a people company puts people first. People are viewed as the most valuable asset, not the land the company owns or the patents they hold or another asset. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workers are paramount. Even during times when it is difficult to find people with specific skill sets, a people-company typically has no problem attracting great talent. […]

29
Nov 2017
Wednesday

Sage is known for its robust yet easy to use software. The company recently acquired San Jose, California-based Intaact to provide Sage Intaact, financial management solutions that target growing businesses. Sage Intaact will help small to mid-sized businesses improve their financial management. The software offers a sophisticated and powerful cloud-based infrastructure for financial management, operational insights, process automation, seamless integration, advanced features, and an updated user experience. Moving Traditional ERP to the Cloud Customers worldwide are moving rapidly to cloud-based ERP. Sage, always responsive to their customers’ needs, recognized this desire and sought to find or develop new cloud-based products that would exceed customer expectations. According to a recent study, cloud adoption rates are soaring: 81% of organizations responding to the study have either completed or are in the process of adopting a cloud-based strategy. Cloud-based ERP adoption stands at 27% versus 56% for on-premises adoption, with the remaining respondents choosing SAS. Benefits of Cloud Software Cloud software offers greater flexibility, scalability, security. and cost savings. Flexibility: Cloud-based software can expand to accommodate new lines of business, industries, or other areas of growth. Sage software products are easy to integrate and offer the ability to build out a flexible system […]

22
Nov 2017
Wednesday

Sage ERP systems have helped many companies make great progress towards their revenue and productivity goals. Shared access to information, better data and reports, and integrated systems have helped companies use important information successfully to further their goals. Now, cloud technology has been added to the mix. No, it’s not what’s drifting across the sky. Cloud technology refers to shared servers, linked through the internet, to form a richer, more robust resource of computing power. New cloud-based ERP is helping companies in new and innovative ways. Let’s look at how Sage Business Cloud can improve customer service, an important part of the value proposition that businesses bring to their customers. Cloud Applications Can Improve Your Customers’ Experience Cloud applications make data accessible to all who need it. Cloud ERP increases the ability to collaborate with all your stakeholders—from vendors to employees to customers—no matter where they are located. It allows you to give your customers access to information about their orders, services, and invoices. Not only does this increase customer satisfaction, but it also reduces the expense of support and improves efficiency. In fact, a great number of customer service calls can be avoided if the customer has a thorough […]

15
Nov 2017
Wednesday

It’s estimated that around 43% of all small to mid-sized businesses lack barcode tracking, a known way to improve inventory accuracy. If you are still using paper-based counts, spreadsheets, or worse still, aren’t tracking your inventory at all, then these inventory management tips and best practices will make a big improvement in your company. An inventory tracker is an automated system of tracking items entering the warehouse from receiving, tracking their location and quantity while they are in the warehouse itself, and then tracking them as they leave inventory to fulfill customer orders. Even though companies are manufacturing and moving goods at a faster rate, they still tend to hold onto too much and overstock their inventory (Source: Supply Chain News). As the number of days outstanding grows, the value of the inventory decreases. Your company ends up spending more money to maintain warehouse facilities and personnel to maintain an overabundance of goods that shrinks in value. Is there a way to improve inventory accuracy? The answer lies in the software used throughout your company for inventory management, as well as the attention given to inventory management best practices. With a software upgrade and an adjustment in your warehouse management […]

08
Nov 2017
Wednesday

Technology is changing the procurement landscape. Are you ready? Technology is a disruptive force, but manufacturing software solutions can ease the transition from one technological era into another. Consider the changes happening throughout the procurement field. Technological advancements, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud’s ability to enable the use of big data, and much more are all changing the procurement field. Manufacturing software solutions can make those changes much easier to integrate into your overall systems. The world of procurement is undergoing a seismic shift, a radical change from what it was to what it will be. To get ready, let’s take a look at what is happening in the industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability to add internet-linked devices to vehicles, pallets, and other objects. Data can be sent from the object to the internet and through a central resource such as your ERP system. Companies transporting perishable materials such as ingredients, chemicals, or other materials may use the IoT to monitor temperature fluctuations during transport. Companies who use geo-targeting get up to the minute information on the location of raw materials or customer orders. As the IoT […]

01
Nov 2017
Wednesday

Business intelligence software adds considerable value to business environments in which complex streams of data must converge in order to be analyzed and used. CRM systems, ERP systems, inventory management systems and more all provide a high volume of data. A good business intelligence system such as Sage Intelligence can take that data and make it easy for decision-makers to understand and use. Sage Intelligence offers an Excel-based method of sourcing, integrating, and manipulating data so that it can inform decisions. Sage Enterprise Intelligence is web-based. Companies using business intelligence tools are 5x more likely to make swift decisions, possibly because they have the data they need at their fingertips to empower them to make choices. The Benefits of Business Intelligence Software There are many benefits of using business intelligence software. More accurate forecasts: With better business data, you can forecast sales and manufacturing needs closer to actual. This tightens up your processes and helps to eliminate wasteful spending. Better decisions: Accurate, timely data feeding into a business intelligence system can help you make better decisions throughout your company. When you have confidence in your data, you have confidence in your decisions. Tighter alignment with the market: Confidence in sales […]

25
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Sage software offers many specialized packages to help companies in various industries maximize their products. Sage Fixed Assets provides accounting features with multiple methods of tracking and calculating asset depreciation. Because it is a Sage software product, it integrates easily with other packages include Sage ERP versions. Why is Sage Fixed Assets valuable for wholesale distributors? Let’s take a look at a few distribution challenges wholesalers may face, and how Sage Fixed Assets helps them respond to such challenges. Challenge 1: With so much data available, it can be challenging to collect and analyze it all. Wholesale distributors need to collect data on their fixed assets to make better business decisions. Just because a forklift or truck is several years old doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. A two-year-old forklift that breaks down constantly requiring costly repairs may justify replacement before a five-year-old workhorse that needs only routine maintenance. Through Sage Fixed Assets, you can track many data elements for better business decisions. Track book value, replacement value, and depreciation of each asset. Use this data along with maintenance records and other data from your Sage software to analyze assets in a logical manner. Because it integrates with your […]

18
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Some companies run on gut instinct. Others run on data. If your company falls into the latter camp, welcome to Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics, a comprehensive analytics solution for insights-driven organizations. Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics offers a comprehensive portfolio of analytics with the ease of an out of the box solution. Deep integration with other Sage software enables Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics to manage data and extra insights without cumbersome technical programming. It’s easier to set up than many other data analytics programs, making it a favorite for companies who crave data but have little time for custom programming. Let’s take a look at some of the features Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics offers. One analytics solution: The software takes multiple data inputs and generates outputs through dynamic role-based dashboards, Sage BI dashboards and reporting, and other BI tools, as required. It’s one solution to the problem of multiple BI needs. Easy deployment: One pre-packaged solution makes deployment a snap. Various models include cloud, on-premise, and hybrid models. Pre-set data models for Sage X3 and other ERP and CRM applications offer better deployment options. Seamless integration: This tool is built to integrate with […]

11
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Sage X3 offers unprecedented insight and business data for discrete manufacturers. Worldwide, there’s growing unease about the slowdown in demand. Nationalism is rising and sales are slowing. When there’s this confluence of global factors, the emphasis shifts from expansion to improving productivity. Sage X3 can help you improve productivity and more. There are several steps you can take to improve productivity and profitability as the global demand for discrete manufacturing slows. These include: Leverage Sage X3 data and analytics: Sage X3 users know that the system provides excellent data and analytics. Condition-based monitoring, which helps discrete manufacturers monitor the condition of equipment and facilities, can be monitored and tracked. Warehouse management can be improved using data from Sage X3. Other areas of improvement include data-based marketing, sales, and operational decisions. Use all the data that you can from Sage X3 and make sound, fact-based decisions. Monitor costs and expenses carefully and make better decisions about your operations. Use pricing for competitive advantage: Sage X3 can help you improve your supply chain management, which in turn can drive down the cost of goods. You can use lower wholesale costs to provide incentive pricing for good customers or to increase market share […]

04
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Sage X3 can help you overcome many of the challenges you face using outmoded legacy systems. Sure, legacy systems are as comfortable and familiar as a pair of broken-in sneakers, but staying comfortable comes with risks. The risk of lost data, lost productivity, and worst—lost customers and profits. Instead of staying with your legacy system, moving to a new enterprise resource planning system, such as Sage X3, can boost your business into new areas of profitability and efficiency. Overcoming Team Inertia One of the big challenges facing many companies is helping their employees understand the benefits of embracing a new system. Employees may be used to using an older legacy system. They don’t see the costs of continually updating and fixing an older system, nor do they see the areas ripe for improvement. From an employee’s perspective, a legacy system may be just fine. Yet, you know that Sage X3 provides better insights, faster reports, and real-time data, all things that your team has said they want or need in an enterprises resource planning system. To overcome resistance to change and what we’ve dubbed “team inertia,” it’s important to emphasize the benefits to your employees when you’re pitching them on […]