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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’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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An interesting study from the Aberdeen Group examined how Leaders, defined as companies “leading” the vanguard of innovation in manufacturing, are using and benefiting from ERP business strategies. Among the 81 companies who responded to the group’s survey, 90% of Leaders implemented ERP strategies while only 10% of Followers, or companies who lagged behind, had implemented it. It seems that knowledge is power, especially knowledge derived from ERP for manufacturing. Key findings from the study include: ERP is near-ubiquitous in discrete manufacturing: 80% of Leaders have ERP. ERP strategies impact key business drivers by providing timely impactful information, managing growth expectations, reducing costs, and enabling operations across multiple facilities. Leaders are 25% more likely to have ongoing initiatives tailoring their ERP for manufacturing solutions to address business challenges. Leading companies value collaboration, visibility, and real-time data access. Among the discrete manufacturers included in the study, the authors found that it wasn’t just having an ERP system in place that made them successful. It was also how well they used it. Companies who used their systems to plan, strategize, and improve across all business functions gained a competitive edge over others. Laggards in the discrete manufacturing space continued to conduct business […]

A whitepaper recently stated that 79 percent of the manufacturers surveyed indicated that new technology dramatically improved their supply chain management. It seems that investing in new technology can yield great benefits. With Sage X3 and Sage 300, among other choices, you can better manage all of the steps in your manufacturing process and improve customer satisfaction and fulfillment speed. Information Is Power Having accurate information from all points of the supply chain can provide timely data for decision-making. Managing costs, reducing downtime and inventory excess, as well as demand forecasting, requires access to data from throughout the entire supply chain. Without it, you may miss something important, leading to bad forecasts and poor judgment. Real-time visibility, along with collaboration from all points of the supply chain, provides you with the information that you need to stay on top of the daily changes in your business. Sage X3 and Sage 300 can help you to do this. Information is power, and with the right system at work for your manufacturing operation, you can use that power to grow your revenues. Make Better Business Decisions Data, not guesswork, undergirds important business decisions. When your entire supply chain receives real-time data, you’ve got […]

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 […]

Increased productivity is just one of the many benefits derived from ERP systems, according to a new white paper. The paper, entitled Conducting a Cost-Benefit Analysis for ERP, outlines numerous benefits to companies who implement enterprise systems. Building the Economic Case for ERP Systems If you plan to propose an ERP system for your company, it’s important to build a solid economic case for its implementation. Conducting a cost-benefit analysis can help you easily articulate the financial benefits to your company in return for their investment. The first step in the process is to gather the costs of implementation. Obvious costs include acquiring the system, customizing it, testing it, training the staff to use it and upgrading it as necessary. Cost should be calculated on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis for comparison. Next, assess the economic returns. The paper suggests that the returns on investment include: Streamlined procedures Greater intelligence Increased productivity Greater reliability Improved reporting One way to build your case is to focus on any one of these issues that may be exceptionally germane to your company. For example, if your current system lacks a robust business intelligence reporting system, emphasizing the benefits to your company of […]