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Integrated business systems may be the hot new trend for manufacturing leaders today. The push to integrate systems so that information is shared, synthesized, and combined for new insights and useful actions is proving to be just what the manufacturing sector needs to fuel innovation and change. ERP systems are at the forefront of this technological revolution along with business intelligence, accounting, inventory systems, and more. For more on successful integration and ERP, download IWI Consulting Group’s free whitepaper: ERP: A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, you’ll gain additional insights and tips for using technology to spur strategic growth. These tips, along with many others presented in these articles, may be helpful to your company’s growth this year. Improving Speed Through the Manufacturing Process One way that integrated business systems are helping boost manufacturing success is by improving speed throughout the supply chain and beyond. Contextual intelligence, or the knowledge gained from using data derived from multiple systems throughout an organization, helps companies keep pace with customers’ rapidly changing needs. Speedy insights gleaned from integrated systems are improving speed throughout many aspects of the manufacturing process. Real-time order status: Integrating ERP, CRM, inventory and warehouse management, […]

It is time to refresh and renew your Sage CRM system? If it’s been more than a year since the implementation of your CRM system, it may be time to take a new look at your entire CRM program. Like any project, assessing goals and objectives annually in your CRM program ensures that you’re not doing the same thing repeatedly just because it’s always been done that way. It can help you pinpoint your goals and tailor CRM projects to achieve those goals. Common CRM Objectives Good CRM objectives align with your company’s core goals. CRM is a philosophy of conducting business, not just a software. Good CRM objectives infuse that philosophy throughout your organization. Most CRM systems have at their core three sales and marketing objectives: Acquisition: Quantify, monitor, and acquire new customers. Retention: Retain or keep customers. How long you keep a customer may be determined by your industry average. Satisfaction: Satisfaction can also be called loyalty. As an offshoot of retention, it’s a mark of a company that is building long-term customer relationships. Align CRM Objectives to Corporate Goals Your Sage CRM goals should be aligned to corporate goals. Most companies evaluate and update their goals annually. […]

Engineers love accuracy. Their world revolves around it. Tools that provide faster and more accurate data flow from sales to engineering, purchasing, and production such as CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) make your engineers’ jobs easier. CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Links Inventory, Bills, and More CAD (computer assisted design) helps engineers create designs on the computer that can then be made into prototypes and projects. Typical CAD system require a list of materials entered into the CAD system and then entered into other systems used throughout the company such as inventory management systems and ERP systems. This multiple data entry is time-consuming and increases the chance of data entry mistakes. With CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), engineers are able to build out the specs for your projects while they simultaneously create item lists, including a list of supplies. They enter one set of materials for the project into one system, eliminating duplicate entry and the potential for mistakes inherent in any duplicate system. With CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), you can: Design new products and create the bill of materials (BOM) in one system. […]

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 […]