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Sage Fixed Assets software can help businesses maximize their planning processes. Projects that involve renovations to warehouses, manufacturing plants, and office buildings; machinery upgrades; additional vehicles added to your fleet; and other new projects that are part of your annual plan must be tracked to ensure that every dollar spent is spent wisely and well. As you embark on these projects, Sage software offers easy to use and reliable tools to track budgets, expenses, and planning. Tracking fixed assets, managing project plans, and handling budgets manually, using spreadsheets, can be cumbersome. It’s difficult to manage multiple spreadsheets and getting them to work well together to derive the “big picture” plan is an almost impossible task. Sage software makes it easy. Sage Fixed Asset Software (FAS) can help you plan, manage, and account for every item in your fixed asset list as you forge ahead with your projects. It’s a great tool that integrates with existing Sage products, such as Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) or Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), for a robust software infrastructure to manage new company projects. Sage Fixed Asset Software Includes Tools for Planning Projects Sage Fixed Asset Software enables planning with multiple […]

Cloud ERP software can help your manufacturing business cut costs and improve productivity. With so many choices available now in ERP software and delivery methods, you can add powerful productivity packages to your company without incurring the astronomical cost of adding staff and buying hardware to maintain it. For example, cloud-based ERP software adds great functionality for manufacturers without the need to purchase new hardware. IWI Consulting Group offers Sage Business Cloud, which includes Sage Intacct and Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), to provide you with accounting, financial, and operational insights and tools that add great value to your business. Cloud ERP is creating quite a stir in the manufacturing world, opening up many new possibilities for companies worldwide. About 25% of small manufacturers use cloud-based software, while 20% are looking to expand into cloud software. Benefit 1: Lower Costs Anytime you can lower production costs, you have an opportunity to increase profits, even without raising the prices of your goods. Manufacturers are learning that cloud ERP can help lower production costs. One way in which cloud ERP can help lower costs is by providing useful data and accurate cost analysis. By combining data from various areas of […]

Great things are happening at IWI Consulting Group: We’ve added new products, new employees, and new promotions.             New Product: Sage Intacct   IWI is now a Value Added Reseller to sell and implement Sage Intacct. This is a cloud accounting solution that can also be used for light distribution. Sage Intacct’s core financials includes everything you need to increase productivity, make faster decisions, and grow your business. As your business expands, Sage Intacct can support that growth with advanced accounting modules. If you have unique business needs, Sage Intacct can be extended and customized to meet them. Learn more.     New Employee: Keith Kusek, Manager of Strategic Accounts Keith joined the IWI team in July as a Strategic Account Sales Manager, focusing primarily on bringing in new Sage Enterprise customers.  He is originally from Chicago, where he attended Illinois State University. He originally worked in the financial industry, and was transferred to Toronto for work in 1987. After a short job transfer to the U.K., he returned to Toronto where he met his wife and put down permanent roots in the GTA. Prior to joining the IWI team, Keith worked for an impressive list of well known companies […]

CRM (customer relationship management or client relationship management) leverages data to manage customer interactions and communications. If the data isn’t managed properly, updated regularly, or kept clean, it can create problems instead of solutions. Although CRM is both an approach to managing client relationships as well as a broader term for the software to manage it, it is really about communications. At its heart, however, is data—a lot of data. Managing that data is the key to getting the most from your client relationship management. Three Common Client Relationship Management Problems (and Solutions) Problem: Customer records lack important data. Customer records are incomplete. They lack essential data which is necessary for ongoing communications efforts. Fields are missing and you cannot continue your CRM programs without the missing information. Solution: Check with your customer service, sales, and marketing staff to make sure they are asking for all the data when they are in contact with customers. Integrate other systems in your company with your CRM system so purchasing information, orders, and invoices are also brought into the system to complete each customer profile. Make sure your CRM system is set up correctly, so it is capturing all the available information. Problem: […]

Running a small business can feel overwhelming at times. Business owners wear many hats: accounting, financial, product management, sales, customer service, warehouse, logistics. Even if you have a strong support staff, the final decisions about the direction in which your business is headed rests with you. Accounting may be the back-office folks while logistics is on the front line but both have to work together to support the overarching business goals. Without the teamwork in place to achieve common goals, you’ll end up wasting precious time and energy. Instead, shared software can help you achieve a common framework. Fortunately, Sage software products such as Sage Business Cloud Financials can take some of this burden off your shoulders. Ensuring that accounting and logistics are in sync is a big step in the right direction. Accounting and Logistics: Are You on Speaking Terms? There are aspects of accounting and logistics that, if they aren’t in harmony, can seriously curtail business. If your company ships tangible goods rather than performing a service, proper handling of its logistics is essential. Problems arise when accounting and logistics aren’t in sync. For example: Shipping fees are too high: According to a UPS survey, 79% of the […]