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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 […]

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 […]

When it comes to enterprise software, it can be difficult to predict the future. Few would have predicted the rise of the internet and the ease and cost-savings of cloud computing, for example. Yet ERP consulting must take into account many factors, including certain trends that have followed throughout the year and that predict the future of the industry. These three areas are likely to affect enterprise software in the new year and beyond. Are you ready? Prediction #1: Nearly Every ERP System Will Be on the Cloud According to Right Scale, 93% of companies surveyed are using the cloud. Many use cloud-based systems such as Google Docs and other storage and computing software without thinking about it. To these companies, migrating their enterprise software to the cloud makes sense. They’re already using the cloud, so moving other applications such as Sage ERP X3 to the cloud are simply another step in the evolution of their computing needs. Why move to the cloud? Cloud-based systems offer flexibility, cost-savings, and mobility. You can scale them up or down as your business grows without adding costly hardware. Generally, they are more cost-effective than site-based software purchases, and you can easily add more […]

If you’re making an economic case for enterprise software, improved reporting is an attractive benefit. Accurate, timely and reliable data can transform a business’ outlook, and help its leaders make intelligent decisions to steer the business on a course for growth. But if your reports are difficult to understand or not providing the data that you need, you may be missing many opportunities. Take a look at your current business reports. If you find yourself combining numbers in spreadsheets to make reports you can actually use, it’s time to take a serious look at new business systems that offer easier, more accurate reporting options. A new white paper from Sage offers insights into conducting a cost-benefit analysis for enterprise software that may be helpful to you. As you study the many benefits and potential costs, improved reporting may be a benefit your company can profit from for many years to come. How Enterprise Software Improves Reporting Companies can be awash with data. Good reports translate that data into easily understandable information. Enterprise systems such as Sage 300 and Sage ERP X3 offer customizable, flexible reporting solutions for different types of companies and industries. Departments who may need to paint different data […]

The Link Between Streamlined Procedures and Profits It may sound strange to link enterprise software with customer satisfaction, but the two are actually closely linked. Enterprise software can reduce errors, shorten the time it takes to discover mistakes, and help team members respond quickly to problems. The results can be improved customer satisfaction, an important part of any business. Happy customers are return customers, and repeat business is the engine that drives profitability. The more you can reduce turnover or churn, the better. Acquisition costs can skyrocket if your churn rate soars. The more you can streamline procedures, the better you can reduce turnover and improve your company’s ROI. Enterprise software can help by streamlining procedures and improving customer satisfaction. Faster Response Time with Enterprise Software Many companies suffer from slow response time. Your sales team will tell you that slow response to customer inquiries or complaints can seriously impact renewals and continued business. To remain competitive, you must meet or exceed customer expectations. That includes exceeding expectations for response time. Enterprise software such as Sage X3 or Sage 300 can help. Formalized processes, procedures and tasks make it easier for your teams to respond quickly and efficiently to every […]