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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 […]

One of the advantages of many current software packages for small and mid-sized business packages, such as Sage X3 and Sage Business Cloud, is that they level the playing field. What does that mean? Many years ago, companies that wanted a robust enterprise resource planning tool had to invest heavily in their own infrastructure to support such an endeavor. It wasn’t just the cost of the software. They had to buy hardware to run it, install the hardware in their buildings, and hire people to manage and maintain the systems. This alone made the costs off-limits for many small businesses. Today, cloud computing offers unlimited scalability for manufacturers, as well as access to robust software that can power your business operations. Sage software such as Sage X3 and Sage Business Cloud puts the same powerful software into the hands of a small business owner as it does to a large, multi-national corporate. The result is that small businesses can finally compete on a level playing field against the big guys. Cloud Computing Requirements Everyone seems to be talking about cloud computing these days, but what exactly is it and what does it do? We define cloud computing along five metrics. […]

Some companies run on gut instinct. Others run on data. If your company falls into the latter camp, welcome to Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics, a comprehensive analytics solution for insights-driven organizations. Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics offers a comprehensive portfolio of analytics with the ease of an out of the box solution. Deep integration with other Sage software enables Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics to manage data and extra insights without cumbersome technical programming. It’s easier to set up than many other data analytics programs, making it a favorite for companies who crave data but have little time for custom programming. Let’s take a look at some of the features Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics offers. One analytics solution: The software takes multiple data inputs and generates outputs through dynamic role-based dashboards, Sage BI dashboards and reporting, and other BI tools, as required. It’s one solution to the problem of multiple BI needs. Easy deployment: One pre-packaged solution makes deployment a snap. Various models include cloud, on-premise, and hybrid models. Pre-set data models for Sage X3 and other ERP and CRM applications offer better deployment options. Seamless integration: This tool is built to integrate with […]

Sage X3 offers unprecedented insight and business data for discrete manufacturers. Worldwide, there’s growing unease about the slowdown in demand. Nationalism is rising and sales are slowing. When there’s this confluence of global factors, the emphasis shifts from expansion to improving productivity. Sage X3 can help you improve productivity and more. There are several steps you can take to improve productivity and profitability as the global demand for discrete manufacturing slows. These include: Leverage Sage X3 data and analytics: Sage X3 users know that the system provides excellent data and analytics. Condition-based monitoring, which helps discrete manufacturers monitor the condition of equipment and facilities, can be monitored and tracked. Warehouse management can be improved using data from Sage X3. Other areas of improvement include data-based marketing, sales, and operational decisions. Use all the data that you can from Sage X3 and make sound, fact-based decisions. Monitor costs and expenses carefully and make better decisions about your operations. Use pricing for competitive advantage: Sage X3 can help you improve your supply chain management, which in turn can drive down the cost of goods. You can use lower wholesale costs to provide incentive pricing for good customers or to increase market share […]

The data derived from Sage X3 can be used for many things, including improving warehouse management. You’d think that it would take a lot of effort to improve warehouse management and productivity, but sometimes little efficiencies make a big impact. It only takes a few errors to start leaking profits from your business. Case in point: even a half percent (0.05%) of mistakes in picking can lead to money lost processing returns, productivity, and dissatisfied customers. It may seem like a very small amount, but even a little bit is too much when it comes to losing money. Use the data from Sage X3 to review your current return statistics. Read through the reasons why people are returning products. If the wrong products are going out, then you need to take steps to improve picking and packing. Ways to Improve Picking and Packing Examine return information: Review all the information in Sage X3 on your returns. If the number of items returned for incorrect products or reports of incomplete orders is high, it could mean problems in your picking and packing area. Review the existing process: If you have written process and policy manuals, review them now to make sure […]

Process manufacturing ERP such as Sage X3 can help you build better cost models, especially in the chemical manufacturing industry. Many companies overlook the additional costs of transporting, storing, and securing chemicals when they compute the costs of manufacturing each item. By using process manufacturing ERP, you can track all the elements related to the cost of goods and build more accurate costs into proposals and estimates for your customers. IWI Consulting Group offers a free white paper, ERP – A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, you’ll learn more about how ERP systems, in general, help manufacturing firms grow their customer base, revenues, and profits. Download the free paper today. Looking for specific ways to improve your chemical manufacturing processes? Download our free ebook, Unleashing the Chemical Industry. Estimating Accurate Costs in the Chemical Industry Chemical manufacturing takes into account more than the cost of raw materials, labor, and markup when it comes to pricing its products. Among the special considerations the industry must include are specialized packaging, transportation, and storage. Packaging for chemicals needs to meet specific safety requirements. Drums, jerry cans, and other containers must meet safety requirements, sometimes requirements across borders if exporting products […]

Sage People for Sage X3 provides a valuable springboard for transforming your organization into a “People Company”. What is a people company? It is a company that uses data to focus on its employees—the people—first. Future Trends: People-Based Companies Sage conducted research among 500 human resources leaders. The company wanted to find out what made leading organizations so strong. Was it their products, services, or employees? It turns out that it’s a little of all three, but a lot of the latter—the people behind the organization. In fact, companies in the Sage software survey who ran far ahead of the pack because of their emphasis on people were dubbed “Gazelles” after the swift-running animal. These companies have transformed their outlook and strengthened their businesses by focusing on the individuals that make up their companies rather than on outdated human resources policies and procedures. By putting people first, they end up making even more profit. Human Resources Is Catching Up to the Rest of the Company One thing that the Sage report noted is that the human resources department in many companies is still playing “catch up” to the rest of the company in terms of using data to make decisions. […]

Sage X3 Offers More for Growing Companies Manufacturers exploring their options for adding enterprise resource planning systems to their companies need to be aware of many factors during the research phase of their project. Understanding just what an ERP system does, the features and benefits of each system, and how the system will integrate with existing systems is critical. But perhaps, more importantly, is understanding how an ERP system is configured to work for the manufacturing industry. Software such as Sage X3 is built with manufacturers in mind. It’s been tested with many manufacturing firms who have known, used, and benefited from its attributes over the years. Choosing software that’s used by other companies in your industry is one way to ensure that it has what you need to run your business efficiently. There are several key questions to ask before choosing your software package. These include: Have you included all internal stakeholders in the software assessment process? The worst thing you can do is begin speaking with vendors and consultants about ERP systems without complete feedback from the entire team back at the plant or office who intend to use the system. Input from all areas within an organization […]

Sage People is a human resources management system that can transform how you manage the people at your workplace. People are your greatest asset. The right people in place at your company can propel growth, fuel innovation, and exceed customer expectations. To attract and retain the right people, however, you need to manage benefits, payroll, job functions, and more within your company, in a way that’s beneficial to employees and time-saving for your company. That’s where Sage People comes into the picture. It’s a flexible, fully functional human resources management system that can help you manage all of your HR functions in one place. What Does an HRMS System Do? HRMS systems have been around the business world for several years now. They do not take the place of your human resources department, but they can save the team in HR considerable time and effort by offering: Employee Self Service: Employee Self Service refers to a system that allows employees to request time off, review their pay history, update contact information, and complete other routine tasks from a dashboard available through a web browser. Employees can access and review much of their personal information in a secure format without having […]

Transparency, visibility, accuracy, and accountability are all the new watchwords in the food and beverage manufacturing industries. Sage X3, a business management system, is a software tool that offers manufacturers the information they need to successfully compete in the global market. IWI Consulting offers a whitepaper entitled Transparency in the Food Manufacturing Industry which offers more insights into how a business management system can help you improve your business. Download it today and learn more. Global Supply Chain Challenges Solved The food and beverage industry has become increasingly globalized over the past several years. Product ingredients may include wheat from Manitoba, preservatives manufactured in the United States, spices grown and dried in India, and packaging components from Europe. All of this makes tracking supply chain inputs and visibility into your supply chain vital. If one link in the chain must be tracked to its source, you need immediate access to the data in your system. Disparate systems or logs kept in spreadsheets can take too long to review manually and can be difficult to cross-reference. An enterprise resource planning system such as Sage X3 brings all data into one business management system so you can query the database and receive […]