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11
Jan 2019
Friday

An enterprise resource planning system is essential for increasing growth and efficiency in today’s marketplace. Sage is a leader in ERP packages that can help your business integrate operations, collect and use data, plus stay current, backed-up, and secure in the cloud. Adopting and tailoring a Sage solution that suits your parameters can be streamlined and set-up right from the start with the help of knowledgeable consultants. IWI Consulting Group assists small- to medium-sized businesses and non-profits with adopting enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and human resources management systems and customizing them to meet unique needs. We specialize in Sage 300 Cloud support in Toronto and in onboarding a variety of other Sage financial management and enterprise management software packages, with training, resources, and ongoing assistance when you need it. An ERP system can do a lot for your operations and management. A suite of programs like Sage Business Cloud has multiple solutions to choose from, like Sage Intacct, Sage Enterprise Management (formerly known as Sage X3), Sage People, and Sage Live. If you’re working in the retail industry, manufacturing, in the non-profit sector, food processing, or dealing with financials, your specific needs are going to differ. Our consultants […]

01
Jan 2019
Tuesday

A new year is here, and it’s an ideal time to review your business practices in addition to your personal goals. The retail industry has seen many changes in the last decade, and whether you’re running a brick and mortar store or an online shop, there are always a few key areas to keep an eye on. Take Advantage of an ERP System The retail industry has stayed relatively static with operations and management practices for a long time. Sellers and suppliers used to determine what consumers should buy and how they can shop. Now, customers are the driving force for the shopping experience, and if you don’t meet their needs, it’s easy to browse for competitors who will. It’s important to use data to your advantage and seek business management software support that can help integrate and inform all areas of your business. IWI Consulting Group provides leading retail management solutions and omnichannel platforms. They include the top enterprise resource planning systems operating in the cloud for secure and accurate data collection, analysis, and easy access for employees in all departments. Our consulting experts can help you tailor a solution and train your teams to use it effectively, with […]

28
Dec 2018
Friday

Non-profits by their very nature face specialized issues and circumstances that require mission-focused management and strong teambuilding. Utilizing the help of enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help immensely with the nitty-gritty of operations, financial management, human resources, donations, and more. While running a successful non-profit or non-governmental organization takes a wide variety of skills and competencies, there are a few core areas to strengthen to form a solid base on which to build. At IWI Consulting Group, we assist non-profits and businesses with adopting and tailoring an ERP system to improve their efficiency, productivity, and integrate all areas of their operations. As a Sage Business Partner, we can provide Sage 300cloud support in Toronto and help with a whole range of other Sage software solutions for small- and medium-sized companies. Our core areas of focus are ERP, customer relationship management (CRM), and human resources management systems (HRMS), plus IT networking assistance. We’re invested in the success of your non-profit and management strategies. The following three areas of focus will help you bolster your organizational cohesion, focus, managing capabilities, and more. 1. Know Your Mission Most businesses have at least a general idea of their values and the messaging they […]

18
Dec 2018
Tuesday

New small businesses face unique financial management challenges because they don’t share the same advantages that larger corporations do in the marketplace. Cash flow is a primary concern. Even with a promising product or service that is performing well, and deals being made that will pay out in the future, there is still a limited amount of cash on hand to pay for current expenses. Owners may not receive a steady income for an uncomfortable length of time because paying employees and the bills come first. Small businesses also often report having problems in the areas of credit availability, making payments on loans and debt, fulfilling on contracts with purchasing, rising manpower costs, the cost of technology and IT departments, and simply paying operating expenses. Unforeseen expenses are difficult to plan for. Inefficiencies in the supply chain can occur that better management could help fix. In the foreground of all these issues is the matter of attracting and retaining customers. One robust solution that can help make a big difference for struggling and ambitious small businesses is a financial management system that operates in the cloud. Many new companies are taking advantage of the security, flexibility, scalability, and cost-savings of […]

26
Nov 2018
Monday

The early stages of a start-up are an exciting time filled with hopes and fears alike. You have an idea that people really need and will find greatly useful. Planning and executing your innovative, unique, and possibly risky idea can be thrilling, but it requires a delicate balancing of sober preparation and careful management with bold moves and forward momentum. Accessing the right resources and expertise, research, and finding the best people are the foundation for success. IWI Consulting Group can assist your start-up with local and global ERP solutions that will help your company thrive from the get-go. Start-ups rely on creating great customer relationships early on, even in the development stages, and we can help you make sense of early, preliminary data and use it strategically to continue to stay ahead. Adopt a Custom ERP System Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is a business-wide, real-time system that helps you integrate your operations and run all aspects and processes of your company. You can track materials, monitor the supply chain, check on orders, inventory, sales, schedules, access employee information, manage human resources, increase the efficiency of financials, improve customer relationship management, and more. Modern systems provide access through a […]

16
Nov 2018
Friday

Expanding into global markets is an exciting prospect that comes with many advantages, but it can feel intimidating and overwhelming. There are always fears attached to new ventures. Thankfully, good preparation and accessing the right resources can make things much easier. By embracing the help of consultants, you can reap the benefits of their knowledge and experience with success. Whether you’re a start-up that wants to jump on international opportunities early in the game, or you’re an established business that has found it’s finally time to go for it, using an enterprise resource planning system, doing proper research, and organizing logistics are key areas to focus on to make your expansion go smoothly – from planning to execution to daily operations. At IWI Consulting Group, we’re business management software experts assisting Canadian businesses and non-profits to use enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems to improve their current operations and expand into new markets. These software solutions can be custom-fit to suit your company’s needs, now and in the future, with consulting support and resources. Focal Points For Expansion: Utilize An ERP Solution. An enterprise resource planning system can help your business expand into new markets plus increase overall […]

23
Oct 2018
Tuesday

Consumers stream massive amounts of content for entertainment and information purposes, for work and leisure; scalable, flexible, and reliable cloud capabilities have made this possible. They want to enjoy these services from many locations and on a wide array of devices. Binge-watching the latest dystopian sci-fi series at home and composing a tweet-storm during the morning commute are both cloud-based functionalities that require reliable services and connection. Social media platforms, entertainment streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, live streaming events, and virtual meeting spaces, to name a few, wouldn’t be possible without the cloud. Media companies need to stay on the cutting edge of technology and they were some of the first enterprises to realize the potential of the cloud. Maintaining big data processing, ingesting, transcoding, and transferring huge files in several formats – and doing so securely – is made much more efficient with multi-cloud solutions. There can be sudden spikes in demand, and the ability to scale up to meet this and other unanticipated events is invaluable. Some Benefits Include: Companies that are expanding, or ones that are downsizing, benefit from the scalability of cloud computing services. There is no need to hire IT staff to install, upgrade, […]

15
Oct 2018
Monday

The end of the year is in sight but it’s not time to slow down. The final months of a year is a great time to reflect on successes, consider areas that need improvement, and continue ongoing brainstorming for new initiatives and plans. There’s always room for growth; key areas to work on are market research, social outreach, and resource management and planning. IWI Consulting Group offers IT and Sage consulting services for enterprises who are looking to improve their efficiency and growth, plus transition from traditional practices to the digital realm. With over 100 plus years of combined expertise in various industries and with combined technological knowledge, we can help your business implement Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management solutions for a competitive advantage. Below are three areas that are important to not only keep an eye on but to make pillars of your company’s entire growth strategy. Include Trend-watching in Growth Marketing Your market research already includes competencies in areas like targeting your demo, testing and feedback, sales, advertising, pricing, distribution, and more. It’s important to add trend-watching to this list to help bolster the others. Before developing or launching anything new, take the time to study […]

27
Sep 2018
Thursday

You can have an innovative product or unique and useful service, and you can have a great team of enthusiastic employees with refined skills, but if you can’t sell your product, it all goes to waste. Knowing how to sell and how to increase sales may seem like obvious must-haves for businesses, but it can often be a weak point that can crumble an entire operation. Mid-sized and small businesses account for the majority of sales in Canada and the US, and there are several ways your teams can improve sales and grab a bigger slice of the marketplace.   Have a strong but smart digital presence. Many companies make the mistake of thinking they need a presence on every social media platform and to spam their customers with constant emails and newsletters. Strong means quality not quantity. Use the social applications that suit your target audience or customer base, i.e., Snapchat for a younger demo and Facebook for a more mature one. Hire creative professionals to build solid platforms for you with concise and complete information for current and new customers. Shop around to find reasonably priced rates for a graphic designer for your logo, a copywriter who can […]

19
Sep 2018
Wednesday

A business can’t thrive without effective financial management. It takes expert skills and tools to properly plan, implement, and monitor resources, especially for mid-sized businesses with complex operations and a moderate budget to handle. To make the best use of your resources, track and manage core financials, and to stay competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace, it’s vital to have complete information at your and your team’s fingertips.   There is no doubt monitoring financials is complex. Stellar financial management requires powerful management tools in the cloud. IWI Consulting Group is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Sage software provider that can help by customizing an AICPA-endorsed solution like Sage Intacct for your business. The system is designed to be flexible and adapt to suit your needs. With these core financials you can increase productivity and efficiency to accurately manage and grow your business. It includes:   A flexible and scalable general ledger with full visibility Enhanced purchasing to set the optimal price at the right time Order management for high volumes, complex processes, and tailored pricing details Easy accounts payable and receivable A full picture of cash and capital management Accessible dashboards and reporting to control operations and financial data […]