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Manufacturing is all about efficiencies. The more efficient your operation, the more profitable it can be. To improve efficiencies throughout your company, using a manufacturing ERP software package such as Sage X3 can enhance efficiencies throughout the supply chain, production, finance and more. One way in which you can improve efficiency is by better data management. There’s an old saying in computers, “Garbage in – garbage out.” It means that the quality of the outputs is only as good as the quality of the inputs into the computer system. You’ve seen this yourself in the manufacturing process. High-grade raw materials entered into the start of the manufacturing process results in a better product. Better products result in higher customer satisfaction and eventually, high demand as word spreads that your company produces the best quality products in the industry. Well, the same may be said for data. Your Sage X3 system can yield accurate, insightful reports – or it may yield incorrect data, depending on the inputs. To ensure you get the most from your manufacturing ERP software, put into place the following best practices for data management. Quality in – quality out in all things, including Sage X3. Data Management […]

Strong growth is how companies survive—and thrive. The absence of growth is stagnation. Yet to grow, companies automatically assume that they must add overhead. Salaries, benefits, office space all add up. Sometimes it seems as if rapid business growth eats up all of the potential profits. Planning for growth can be difficult. Managing your overhead, personnel costs, supply chain inputs, warehouse space, shipping, receiving, and operational tasks all change with growth. Staying flexible, nimble and responsive helps you meet higher demand without stumbling. Another way to support increased demand is by using cloud-based ERP tools. Sage X3 is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning tool that supports rapid growth without high-cost increases. You can do more with greater efficiency using Sage X3. Sage X3 is a cloud-based software package that provides support for all areas of your organization without a significant investment in hardware, software, and infrastructure to support it. As a cloud-based system, it runs through an internet connection. Any device that can access the internet can be used to run Sage X3. New hires may not necessarily need to work on site. You can add a virtual workforce, asking people to use their own computer equipment to log into […]

If you need to build a business case to boost support for Sage X3, one great way to support your request is through an ROI analysis. ROI stands for “return on investment.” Management likes to see figures that support new technology initiatives. An ROI analysis can help you build the case to purchase and use Sage X3. A Forrester poll of IT decision makers shows that 93 percent agree that providing a written business case to justify new work or software requests is very important. In a manufacturing environment, where every penny counts, completing an ROI report may make the approval and adoption of Sage X3 easier. What Is Sage X3? Sage X3 is a powerful enterprise resource planning tool that enables your organization to track, monitor, and report on all the important business metrics you need. From supply chain management to warehouse management, sales and service, marketing and accounting, all groups within your company will benefit from using Sage X3. For a detailed look at how Sage X3 works, IWI Consulting Group presents a free virtual tour. Just visit our website and take the tour for details on Sage ERP X3. You can use this information to enhance your ROI and […]

You can get even more benefits from Sage ERP X3 when you understand and apply these tips, tricks, and hacks to the system. Sage ERP X3 offers a powerful set of data management, financial reporting and analysis, supply chain management, and warehouse management tools for complex manufacturing environments. The more time-saving benefits you can derive from your use of Sage ERP X3, the more your business will profit. Not familiar with Sage ERP X3? Take a free virtual tour at IWI Consulting Group. Three Tips to Get More from Sage ERP X3 and Run a Smooth Implementation Sage ERP X3 offers an essential business planning and financial management tool that’s especially helpful for manufacturers. You can get even more benefits from using Sage ERP X3 with these tips. Create a team of champions: Some companies make the mistake of assigning the management of a new ERP system to the IT director and leave it at that. Winners create a team of champions—leaders from each department who can learn the nuances of the new system and share the excitement with others. Create your own internal team of champions by asking for volunteers from each department to become Sage ERP X3 experts. […]

Manufacturers rarely get excited about software updates. After all, software supports manufacturing but rarely takes center stage. The new Sage ERP X3 may change how manufacturers perceive software. It’s time to get excited about Sage X3! You can also take a virtual tour of Sage X3. IWI Consulting offers this free, virtual tour of Sage ERP X3—just visit us and you’ll see why manufacturers are raving about the new Sage X3. New Integrations One of the hallmarks of the Sage family of software is its ease of integration with other products. Sage X3 is no different, and in fact, Sage has gone the extra mile to ensure that integration with other software products is fast, easy, and smooth. Just look at this list of integrations: E-commerce: If you haven’t built an e-commerce store yet, it’s time to start. The new Sage ERP X3 integrates easily with e-commerce platforms. You can build or customize an existing web store. The software also helps you manage pricing, inventory, and customer interactions and transactions, all as part of your typical Sage X3 core supply chain management processes and systems. It’s a great way to grow your business. Production scheduler: The new production scheduler lets […]

Engineers love accuracy. Their world revolves around it. Tools that provide faster and more accurate data flow from sales to engineering, purchasing, and production such as CADLink for Sage X3 make your engineers’ jobs easier. CADLink for Sage X3 Links Inventory, Bills, and More CAD (computer assisted design) helps engineers create designs on the computer that can then be made into prototypes and projects. Typical CAD system require a list of materials entered into the CAD system and then entered into other systems used throughout the company such as inventory management systems and ERP systems. This multiple data entry is time-consuming and increases the chance of data entry mistakes. With CADLink for Sage X3, engineers are able to build out the specs for your projects while they simultaneously create item lists, including a list of supplies. They enter one set of materials for the project into one system, eliminating duplicate entry and the potential for mistakes inherent in any duplicate system. With CADLink for Sage X3, you can: Design new products and create the bill of materials (BOM) in one system. Earmark materials in the warehouse now for design projects currently on the drafting table. Enter one set of materials […]

Food manufacturers and others should take note of these important accounting trends, and check out the new financial reporting standards detailed afterward. Both may help your business in the new year. Accounting Trends: Data, Analytics, and the Accountant Accountants have always been the number crunchers of the company, but there’s an emerging trend of marrying both accounting data and other data from within a company to inform business decisions. ERP systems such as Sage ERP X3 and Sage 300 ERP provide companies with powerful data. Accountants are in a unique position to help them harness and analyze that data. Income sheets, balance sheets, and cash flows remain important reports for any company. In addition to those standbys of the accounting world, new data reports added to these basics can provide an enhanced picture of the company’s financial health. An in-depth analysis of all of the data can give your company’s managers the information they need to make smarter business decisions Accountants and financial professionals have the skillsets to analyze complex data problems and distill valuable information from them. By adding your skills to the data picture, you can help drive good decisions. The Right Tools Provide Great Data: Sage 300 […]

How Sage Enterprise Intelligence Simplifies Data Part of ERP consulting is ensuring that companies have access both to accurate and timely data through their ERP systems. A new report demonstrates that the need continues for data improvements. Such improvements can be made through Sage Enterprise Intelligence, which integrates ERP systems, including Sage 300 and Sage ERP X3. You can download the white paper here. Many companies find they are drowning in data yet thirsting for information. The Aberdeen Group, quoted in a new white paper available from IWI, reports that 47% of mid-sized companies agree that their employees are making decisions based on poor quality or incomplete data. The same report indicates that 90% of business leaders feel they lack adequate information to make decisions when they need data. Approximately 27% of the respondents feel that data is too fragmented and distributed to facilitate the development of business plans. Data, Data Everywhere “Water, water, everywhere/and not a drop to drink” the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. Business can sympathize. Change the words to “data, data everywhere/and not a decision to make” and you understand the common problems faced by many manufacturing companies. The […]

Many business owners seek a competitive advantage through better business intelligence. Business intelligence solutions, such as Sage Enterprise Intelligence can provide you with big-picture data of your organization’s performance. Such data enhances your ability to make timely, accurate, and judicious decisions. These decisions aren’t limited to the big picture, however. Every portion of your business, from the warehouse floor to the manufacturing area, benefits. The more data your managers have, the better they can do their jobs. There are many surprising benefits to be derived from the implementation of new business intelligence solutions. Sage commissioned Forrester Research to analyze data from a representative sample of companies on their implementation of Sage ERP X3. The resulting analysis showed abundant benefits and cost-savings. Some, however, were surprising. Three Surprising Benefits from the Implementation of Sage X3 and Enterprise Intelligence There are dozens of benefits your company gains from implementing business intelligence solutions. But three surprising areas include: Automating compliance Improving processes Enhancing availability of data. Automating compliance: Many companies have stringent approval processes over items such as discounts, price breaks, returns, and other areas that directly impact the bottom line. Workers, however, find themselves chasing down managers for approvals, sending myriad reminder […]

ERP for manufacturing, such as Sage ERP X3, yields many benefits for the manufacturing industry. Some of these benefits are obvious, such as the availability of data, the ease with which you can run reports, and other time-saving benefits. What might not be as readily apparent is the cost-savings that manufacturers can achieve with ERP for manufacturing and distribution. Sage contracted with the esteemed Forrester Research Group to analyze such savings. Although Forrester did not focus entirely on the manufacturing sector, they did discover among their many interviews with companies using Sage X3 that manufacturers derived significant benefits. Here are just a few. ERP for Manufacturing Provides Cost-Savings ERP for manufacturing enables you to add many modules specifically tailored to your industry. One such module from Sage X3 helps you standardize purchasing protocols and processes to achieve the best discounts on goods and supplies. The entire purchasing process saw a reduction in the cost of labor, according to the Forrester research. Because Sage ERP X3 saved considerable time and effort, it reduced the cost of labor by approximately 4% annually. Less time was spent on tasks since many were automated. Inventory Materials and Labor Savings While it is likely that your […]