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Sage 300 ERP offers a powerful enterprise resource planning tool for businesses at all stages of growth. The three C’s of Sage 300c—Cloud, Customers, and Customized—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 300c ERP 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 300c 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 300c. Sage 300 also offers an on-premises solution for customers who prefer site-based ERP. Cloud-based ERP such as Sage 300c offers you so much more than older versions. The new, streamlined interface is easy to use and fast to ramp up. Maintenance isn’t an issue with the cloud-based version of Sage 300, since all maintenance, upgrades, and security services […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exceeding customer expectations, rather than meeting them, seems like a big hurdle to jump. But with software such as Sage 300, keeping customers happy and satisfied is just one of the many attributes of using a comprehensive business management system. It’s easy to get bogged down in warehouse operations at the expense of customer service. Things like cutting costs, improving accuracy, enhancing productivity, and other concepts, are, of course, important; but, all are for naught if they do nothing to enhance the customer experience. The customer is, at the end of the day, the person who pays your salary. By their purchases, they decide whether they choose to do business with your company and whether they believe you are productive, efficient, and accurate. If not, they’ll take their business elsewhere. How can you make the customer the center of your manufacturing universe? By creating a culture that focuses on the customer as the center of operations. Consider the many touchpoints you have with customers now and how each can be enhanced. By focusing on them singly, the collective whole can add up to a big difference. Sales people can be a great source of information to assess the customer experience. […]

Controlling inventory can feel like riding a wild, untamed horse across a rocky cliffside trail. At this precise second you’re still in the saddle holding the reins, but at any moment the horse could plunge off the cliff and take you with it. Inventory control can feel just about as scary. Are you in control of your inventory, or is it controlling you? Software such as Sage 300 can help you take back the reins and guide your inventory to a safer, saner place. There are several other tips and tricks you can put into place to manage your inventory better. With software like Sage 300 and these steps, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Inventory Control Tip #1: Build a Stock List Building a stock list can be the first and best step towards inventory control. A stock list helps you keep track of all the items in inventory as well as their costs and retail price points. With a stock list in hand, you can make smart decisions about how, when, and why to sell items. Let’s face it—your company manufactures products to sell, not to store them in the warehouse. Yet if products are piling […]

If you’re working with an ERP consulting firm such as IWI Consulting Group, you have access to some of the best minds in the ERP world. Your consultants want the best for you and they want your Sage X3 or Sage 300 ERP system to become an integral part of your business. In order for you to really gain the maximum benefit from your ERP consulting project, these tips will help you use your system in new and innovative ways. Build and Refine Strategic Plans Data found in Sage ERP can be used to build, refine, and support your company’s short and long-term strategic plans. Be sure that the software chosen for your company scales with your growth and enables you to add functions and modules, as required. Sage-based software is ideal for long-term growth. There are many modules—such as HRMS, CRM, and more—that can be added to build out a bigger, better system over time. Create Data Policies The information derived from your ERP system is only as accurate as the data inputted into the system itself. Data policies and guidelines help set standards and expectations for how and who can enter data into the system. Choose someone on […]

Check Out Our Special Offer for QuickBooks Users! If QuickBooks isn’t making the grade anymore, consider switching to Sage 300. Sage 300 offers many powerful accounting tools that provide better support for payroll, purchasing, and several other tasks. Many companies begin automated accounting with QuickBooks. It’s easy to set up, and easy to use. However, as your company grows, so too will its accounting needs. That’s when a more robust accounting package such as Sage 300 comes in handy. Five Reasons Why Sage 300 Is a Better Choice There are many reasons why Sage 300 may be a better choice for your accounting and ERP needs than QuickBooks. Some of the reasons why Sage 300 offers more than QuickBooks include: Customized reporting: QuickBooks has a series of ready-made reports that can be slightly customized by changing pre-set fields. But for more robust reporting, you need to either export data or import it into Excel—hardly a user-friendly alternative. Sage 300 offers many customizable reporting features. With Sage 300 ERP, you can run reports from a template or customize your own reporting solution. Better security: Intuit has had to upgrade the security around QuickBooks. After moving it from seat-based software to the […]

Integrated business systems may be the hot new trend for manufacturing leaders today. The push to integrate systems so that information is shared, synthesized, and combined for new insights and useful actions is proving to be just what the manufacturing sector needs to fuel innovation and change. ERP systems are at the forefront of this technological revolution along with business intelligence, accounting, inventory systems, and more. For more on successful integration and ERP, download IWI Consulting Group’s free whitepaper: ERP: A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, you’ll gain additional insights and tips for using technology to spur strategic growth. These tips, along with many others presented in these articles, may be helpful to your company’s growth this year. Improving Speed Through the Manufacturing Process One way that integrated business systems are helping boost manufacturing success is by improving speed throughout the supply chain and beyond. Contextual intelligence, or the knowledge gained from using data derived from multiple systems throughout an organization, helps companies keep pace with customers’ rapidly changing needs. Speedy insights gleaned from integrated systems are improving speed throughout many aspects of the manufacturing process. Real-time order status: Integrating ERP, CRM, inventory and warehouse management, […]

If there’s only one thing you do to improve your warehouse management this year, make it barcoding. Bar codes are a simple improvement in your warehouse management process that can add great value to your bottom line. How? They make inventory management faster and easier. Three Ways Barcodes Make Your Job Easier There are probably dozens of ways that barcodes make a warehouse manager’s job easier. These three, however, are those cited by many warehouse managers worldwide. Better inventory tracking: Keeping stock levels consistent so that you can fulfill incoming orders is important, but it can be difficult to know exactly what you have in the warehouse at any given moment. Managing multiple inventory locations within a single warehouse, or multiple warehouse locations containing the same SKUs, make the job even harder. Barcodes scanned into the system enable you to check inventory in and out of warehouses, monitor stock levels, and reorder before inventory levels drop too low. It makes inventory tracking faster, easier, and more efficient. Easier receiving: Receiving is often a bottleneck in many warehouses. The press to get customer orders out the door as fast as possible sometimes results in incoming shipments backing up in the receiving […]

What’s new in the world of Sage 300 for 2017? Sage 300 offers a powerful ERP system to help your business achieve its goals in 2017. If you’re new to the world of Sage 300, download our free white paper to learn more. Sage 300: New for 2017 One reason customers love Sage software so much is that the company really listens to customer feedback and each upgrade reflects customer requests and input. Sage 300 is no exception. The 2017 updates include numerous features to increase productivity and save time. Mobility enhancements: Eighteen additional web screens and enhanced layout make it easier to use Sage 300 on your mobile devices. Optimized entry field layout makes it easier to enter information on your mobile device. Optimize and forecast inventory: Enhancements to this popular feature in Sage Inventory Advisor Basics use color-coded models for easier inventory management, enhanced graphs and charts, and more to help you assess current inventory and manage existing assets efficiently. Measure lead time performance, supply performance, and more. Batched credit card processing: Pre-authorize credit cards and process multiple invoices and customers easily. It’s a great time-saving feature. Sage 300 for 2017 now works with Payroll version 7.3.  The […]