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A treasure trove of data is available in your enterprise software. Do you know how to access it? If you get reports now, do they provide the data you truly want and need to make intelligent business decisions? It can be hard to get information from multiple sources, and even harder to consolidate this information into meaningful reports. The inability to customize standard reports is another challenge because it can, in some cases, require expertise in code in order to achieve the desired reports. This leaves managers and executives left feeling like they must settle for whichever reports they can get. Thankfully, flexibility in reporting is possible and easier than you might think to achieve. Sage Enterprise Intelligence offers flexibility by empowering users to easily manipulate and distribute necessary information on demand. Sage Enterprise Intelligence offers the flexibility your company needs to get meaningful reports. Instead of requiring intensive time and expertise to build the reports, all staff members have access to simple tools to collect, manipulate, and distribute reports quickly and easily. To take it a step further, Sage Enterprise Intelligence also enables users to drag and drop financial formulas from financial reporting software right into reports. Business intelligence […]

Are you making effective use of all of the data you collect in your enterprise software? The amount of information that is available to you can be overwhelming. While the concept of Big Data isn’t new, companies are getting smarter with their data. Smart data strategies include adopting business intelligence software solutions and identifying key performance indicators to track on a regular basis. The next step is to create an actionable plan for improvement. Automating this process increases agility, enabling companies to react quickly to changing market and customer demands. As the amount of data that companies store increases, businesses need a solution that can access and analyze massive amounts of data in real-time so everyone can make better decisions. Are you getting the insight you need from your enterprise software? There are a few key questions you need to ask yourself to identify whether you’re getting what you need out of your system. Can you easily analyze your data? Can you easily change views and create dashboards? Can you quickly and easily customize reports? Can you easily drill down into more detailed information within a few clicks (or do you need to re-run reports and start from scratch)? Can […]

Transparency in food manufacturing is achievable with the right technology and enterprise software. Food manufacturers need greater traceability and data visibility in order to meet increased demands by regulators and consumers. Every step of production is impacted from the supply chain to manufacturing to marketing. This broad range of impact makes enterprise software a key factor in streamlining tracking and providing information visibility to all who need it. We have taken a comprehensive look at the importance of transparency in the food manufacturing industry and how to achieve it in different areas of your business, in previous blogs. We also offer a free whitepaper on the subject. You can find them here: How to Improve Transparency in Food Manufacturing 5-Step Plan to Achieve Food Manufacturing Supply Chain Visibility Creating a Window into Food Manufacturing Operations Using Enterprise Software to Achieve a Competitive Advantage For more information, download our free whitepaper, Improving Transparency in Food Manufacturing. With Sage X3, an ERP tailored for food manufacturing companies, you can gain transparency in all of your business operations.  It can help you collect, store, manage, and act on your operational data for improved transparency. Transparency tools include recipe and formula management, shelf-life management […]

In the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the need to establish transparency in the food manufacturing business. While implementing the technology needed to achieve transparency may require investment, there is also a significant marketing advantage that can improve your return on investment; enterprise software. Consumers are increasingly putting great importance on the origin of their food as well as the methods used to grow and process it. They are motivated by health, safety, and environmental concerns and expect to receive information about food including contents and production practices. As a result, the food processing industry is under increased public scrutiny resulting in a need to provide transparency, traceability, and food safety. How can food manufacturing transparency provide a competitive advantage? Whether you sell directly to the consumer or to distributors, transparency can grow your revenue and enterprise software is necessary to provide this transparency. Putting a marketing focus on transparency will let customers know that you are dedicated to transparency in your operations and processes, providing you with a major competitive advantage over companies who only do the minimum required. Transparency indicates accountability. Customers want their food manufacturer to take accountability for their product rather than hiding problems when they […]

Do you have windows into your food manufacturing facility? No, we don’t mean actual windows, but virtual windows that see through the manufacturing process. These windows provide operations transparency—visibility and access to information that is needed for collaboration, decision-making, and compliance reporting. Food manufacturers are often on the forefront of manufacturing transparency trends because food products can have a major impact on consumer health and safety. Consumers and regulators are concerned about food safety and are driving the need for transparency across all operations. Even so, according to a 2014 Smart Manufacturing Technologies survey, 40% of manufacturers have no visibility into the real-time status of their company’s manufacturing processes. Transparency is vital in food manufacturing. By establishing a window into your manufacturing operations, you are better able to comply with regulations, provide rapid response to customers or food safety issues, customize products, and improve operational performance.  The good news is that manufacturing technology exists to create that window. Technology can automate your processes, gather data about your products and operations, analyze data, and communicate the data in a meaningful way. What does transparency look like in food manufacturing? When your food manufacturing operations are transparent, these things must be present: […]