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In the brisk, profitable world of chemical manufacturing, maintaining a competitive edge is critical to your company’s success. Sage X3, a business management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, can help you keep that competitive edge. It’s a cost-effective solution that can help chemical manufacturers maintain total control over production without sacrificing speed or quality. To learn more about using Sage X3 for a competitive advantage in the chemical industry, download our free e-book, Unleashing the Chemical Industry. Excellent Business Support for Chemical Manufacturers With over 3,205 chemical manufacturers in Canada exporting an average of $38 billion in products, chemical manufacturing is a vital component of the Canadian economy. Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador are some of the fastest-growing areas of chemical manufacturing. And even though most of the manufacturers or 91% have under 99 employees, some companies have scattered workforces worldwide with offices in multiple countries and continents. Such a bustling industry needs tools that can keep up with its growth. That tool is Sage X3. Some call Sage X3 a business management tool but others know it as enterprise resource planning software or ERP for short. Sage X3 offers built-in process manufacturing software to help you maintain […]

Sage People for Sage X3 Helps You Understand People to Improve Processes Consider the Sage software you use at work. It provides accurate, real-time insight into everything from your company’s progress towards goals to its financial health. You can track warehouse and inventory status, customer information, and more. But what about … your own employees? How much do you really know about the people contributing to your company’s bottom line, the people running the forklifts in the warehouse, and the people answering the calls in the customer service department? Tracking human resources information is the purview of a new breed of software called human resources information management. Sage software now offers Sage People for Sage X3, a new generation of human resources software that helps you gain insights into the people who work for you so that you can create a better workplace. Reducing Turnover Improves Profitability High turnover rates can hurt productivity and profitability. Compensation Force reports that the average turnover rate in the manufacturing and distribution industry is 16%; this percentage is high compared to other industries, which range from 10% to 18%. There are many estimates on the actual costs of employee turnover. Certainly, there is a […]

Yes, Please! With Sage X3, It’s Possible What if we told you that investing in new enterprise software would add value to your company? Boost productivity – and profitability? You’re probably wondering, “Where can I sign up for that?” It’s as simple as a new ERP system. Sage X3 is built for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms. Sage understands the challenges faced by small and growing businesses and has created a robust information system that addresses finance, supply chain, and production needs. Here’s how Sage X3 helps build value, productivity, and profitability in your manufacturing business. New Enterprise Software Offer Better Value Older business systems often piece together disparate software packages like a patchwork quilt, stitching them together with custom programming that works – most of the time. Newer enterprise software such as Sage X3 offer comprehensive functions built into the package so that you do not have to fuss with integrations. Not only is finance, supply chain management, and production offered in one software package, but many other needs of a growing manufacturing or distribution business are addressed, too. Human resources, sales, and marketing components may be added to build out your system so that you don’t need custom […]

When the Time Is Right for Sage X3 You know that your company needs a new ERP system. The existing software is slow, requiring nightly manual batch updates that bog down the entire network. Production is upset that they can’t get real-time figures. Your supply chain manager wants to know why she can’t get accurate information on where shipments are when customers are waiting for orders. It’s a headache that many manufacturers face. There are certain signs that your current ERP system no longer meets your company’s needs. Do you know what to look for to determine when the time is right to upgrade your ERP system? Some hints that it’s time to upgrade your ERP system include: Slow decision-making: Although some people may just prefer more time to consider all of their options, slow decision-making may also be a sign of an aging ERP system. If you are waiting to collect data from your system, or you need someone staff to verify the accuracy of the data that you are pulling from your system, it’s a sign that your system is outdated. Systems such as Sage X3 provide real-time data so that you never have to worry about whether […]

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 […]

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 […]