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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 EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as 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 EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as 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 […]

Over the past several months, we’ve discussed how your organization can become a “people-centered” organization. Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you improve human resources management throughout your company so that you nurture your employees’ professional growth. The benefits of becoming a people-centered organization are many. In past articles, we’ve taken a look at many of these benefits, including higher employee retention, lower turnover rates, and improved productivity. Now, let’s take a look at the practical steps you can take to become a people-first company. Sage People: Sage Software Automates the HR Process Automating the human resources “transaction” processes is a great way to save time so your HR department can focus on people, not paperwork. Sage People provides the tools you need for self-service to simplify core HR processes. It is a cloud-based package that includes: Self-service management of employee information. Benefits management. Payroll management. Onboarding tools to help you attract and welcome new employees. Recruitment tools. Maximizing employee performance by identifying skill development, monitoring workplace development tasks and more. Sage People integrates well with other Sage software products, making it a great addition to your company’s suite of productivity-enhancing software. Automating HR puts the emphasis where […]

One of the advantages of many current software packages for small and mid-sized business packages, such as Sage EM (formerly known 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 EM (formerly known 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 […]

In August, we began a series looking at the use of HR software such as Sage People. Among all the departments in your company, human resources are probably the last department to use data and analytics to improve performance. It may seem cold and unkind to refer to people as data or statistics, and we would agree that you can’t reduce human beings to numbers. But you can manage your organization better if you do so with the numbers in mind; the number of new hires, vacancies, training days, and more can all help you improve how your company recruits, hires, and retains employees. The Challenge of Becoming a “People” Company People-based companies run a little differently from other companies. While the definition of a people-based company may vary depending on who you asked, the accepted definition is that a people company puts people first. People are viewed as the most valuable asset, not the land the company owns or the patents they hold or another asset. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workers are paramount. Even during times when it is difficult to find people with specific skill sets, a people-company typically has no problem attracting great talent. […]