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In the brisk, profitable world of chemical manufacturing, maintaining a competitive edge is critical to your company’s success. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), a business management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, can help you keep that competitive edge. It’s a cost-effective solution that can help chemical manufacturers maintain total control over production without sacrificing speed or quality. To learn more about using Sage EM for a competitive advantage in the chemical industry, download our free e-book, Unleashing the Chemical Industry. Excellent Business Support for Chemical Manufacturers With over 3,205 chemical manufacturers in Canada exporting an average of $38 billion in products, chemical manufacturing is a vital component of the Canadian economy. Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador are some of the fastest-growing areas of chemical manufacturing. And even though most of the manufacturers or 91% have under 99 employees, some companies have scattered workforces worldwide with offices in multiple countries and continents. Such a bustling industry needs tools that can keep up with its growth. That tool is Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). Some call Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) a business management tool but others know it as enterprise resource planning software or […]

Sage People for Sage EM Helps You Understand People to Improve Processes Consider the Sage software you use at work. It provides accurate, real-time insight into everything from your company’s progress towards goals to its financial health. You can track warehouse and inventory status, customer information, and more. But what about … your own employees? How much do you really know about the people contributing to your company’s bottom line, the people running the forklifts in the warehouse, and the people answering the calls in the customer service department? Tracking human resources information is the purview of a new breed of software called human resources information management. Sage software now offers Sage People for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), a new generation of human resources software that helps you gain insights into the people who work for you so that you can create a better workplace. Reducing Turnover Improves Profitability High turnover rates can hurt productivity and profitability. Compensation Force reports that the average turnover rate in the manufacturing and distribution industry is 16%; this percentage is high compared to other industries, which range from 10% to 18%. There are many estimates on the actual costs of employee […]

The latest Sage software release, Sage Live, offers exceptional benefits for small and midsize businesses. Now with one single dashboard, you can manage all parts of your business and view important information. It brings efficiency and simplicity into the complex business environment as only Sage software can do. With the cloud technology of Sage Live, you can unleash the power to grow. Many ERP systems are now moving to the cloud, so what’s different about Sage Live? Sage Live is built on the Salesforce platform, so you can link your sales, accounting, banking, invoicing, and payments with the world-leading Salesforce CRM. You can customize your solution even further by connecting to over 3000 apps on the Salesforce App Exchange. Sage Live, the Latest Sage Software for Business Sage Live offers many benefits. These include: Improved efficiency: Eliminate repetitive or low-value tasks. Sage Live can help you conquer repeat tasks so that time is freed for more productive things. Single solution: A single solution eliminates the needs for a bevy of software packages. Multiple software solutions may not integrate easily or at all, and it can be time-consuming to share data among them. A single Sage software package like Sage Live […]

Mistakes happen to everyone, but there are some business areas where mistakes can be costly. One of those areas is the warehouse. A single mistake can pile up and create more issues down the line giving your customers a poor impression of your business. Unhappy customers may take their business to a competitor. In fact, inventory management mistakes can cost your business thousands of dollars a year. If you want to improve profitability by reducing inventory management mistakes, try these four tips. Tip #1: Automate your warehouse. Automated warehouses use barcode scanners, inventory management systems, and other tools to log goods into the warehouse and log them out again during fulfillment. Such systems reduce the amount of manual errors made by failing to count items, mistaken counts, and mistakes during data entry. Tip #2: Add structure to the inventory fulfillment process. If your warehouse doesn’t have a structured process for receiving orders, picking, packing and shipping, you are leaving the success rate on your order fulfillment to chance. You can reduce mistakes and close gaps in the system by creating a structure and process that details each step for your employees. Make sure that the process is in writing, and […]

Yes, Please! With Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), It’s Possible What if we told you that investing in new enterprise software would add value to your company? Boost productivity – and profitability? You’re probably wondering, “Where can I sign up for that?” It’s as simple as a new ERP system. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is built for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms. Sage understands the challenges faced by small and growing businesses and has created a robust information system that addresses finance, supply chain, and production needs. Here’s how Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) helps build value, productivity, and profitability in your manufacturing business. New Enterprise Software Offer Better Value Older business systems often piece together disparate software packages like a patchwork quilt, stitching them together with custom programming that works – most of the time. Newer enterprise software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offer comprehensive functions built into the package so that you do not have to fuss with integrations. Not only is finance, supply chain management, and production offered in one software package, but many other needs of a growing manufacturing or distribution business are addressed, too. Human resources, […]

Manufacturers face many challenges in an increasingly globalized world. Lowered trade barriers, cheaper imports, and changing tastes among businesses and consumers are all just part of the cascade of challenges that manufacturers face on a daily basis. IWI Consulting Group would like to offer you a special white paper entitled ERP: A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, we address the many challenges faced by manufacturers and explore how software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can help you overcome these challenges. The Only Constant Is Change All businesses face changes on a daily basis. From fickle consumer tastes to changing ways of accessing information, the world changes at an ever-faster clip. Manufacturers are not immune to the increasing pace of change. Manufacturing today is a far cry from the way it was 30 years ago – or even a few years ago. You don’t have to look far back into the past to see how global, regional, and local changes have impacted the manufacturing industry. It is important for manufacturers to accept, rather than resist, change. Change is happening at every level of the organization. To embrace change is to realize the potential inherent […]

When the Time Is Right for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) You know that your company needs a new ERP system. The existing software is slow, requiring nightly manual batch updates that bog down the entire network. Production is upset that they can’t get real-time figures. Your supply chain manager wants to know why she can’t get accurate information on where shipments are when customers are waiting for orders. It’s a headache that many manufacturers face. There are certain signs that your current ERP system no longer meets your company’s needs. Do you know what to look for to determine when the time is right to upgrade your ERP system? Some hints that it’s time to upgrade your ERP system include: Slow decision-making: Although some people may just prefer more time to consider all of their options, slow decision-making may also be a sign of an aging ERP system. If you are waiting to collect data from your system, or you need someone staff to verify the accuracy of the data that you are pulling from your system, it’s a sign that your system is outdated. Systems such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) provide real-time data so […]

Manufacturing is all about efficiencies. The more efficient your operation, the more profitable it can be. To improve efficiencies throughout your company, using a manufacturing ERP software package such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can enhance efficiencies throughout the supply chain, production, finance and more. One way in which you can improve efficiency is by better data management. There’s an old saying in computers, “Garbage in – garbage out.” It means that the quality of the outputs is only as good as the quality of the inputs into the computer system. You’ve seen this yourself in the manufacturing process. High-grade raw materials entered into the start of the manufacturing process results in a better product. Better products result in higher customer satisfaction and eventually, high demand as word spreads that your company produces the best quality products in the industry. Well, the same may be said for data. Your Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) system can yield accurate, insightful reports – or it may yield incorrect data, depending on the inputs. To ensure you get the most from your manufacturing ERP software, put into place the following best practices for data management. Quality in – quality […]

Strong growth is how companies survive—and thrive. The absence of growth is stagnation. Yet to grow, companies automatically assume that they must add overhead. Salaries, benefits, office space all add up. Sometimes it seems as if rapid business growth eats up all of the potential profits. Planning for growth can be difficult. Managing your overhead, personnel costs, supply chain inputs, warehouse space, shipping, receiving, and operational tasks all change with growth. Staying flexible, nimble and responsive helps you meet higher demand without stumbling. Another way to support increased demand is by using cloud-based ERP tools. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning tool that supports rapid growth without high-cost increases. You can do more with greater efficiency using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). Sage X3 is a cloud-based software package that provides support for all areas of your organization without a significant investment in hardware, software, and infrastructure to support it. As a cloud-based system, it runs through an internet connection. Any device that can access the internet can be used to run Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). New hires may not necessarily need to work on site. You can add […]

If you need to build a business case to boost support for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), one great way to support your request is through an ROI analysis. ROI stands for “return on investment.” Management likes to see figures that support new technology initiatives. An ROI analysis can help you build the case to purchase and use Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). A Forrester poll of IT decision makers shows that 93 percent agree that providing a written business case to justify new work or software requests is very important. In a manufacturing environment, where every penny counts, completing an ROI report may make the approval and adoption of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) easier. What Is Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)? Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is a powerful enterprise resource planning tool that enables your organization to track, monitor, and report on all the important business metrics you need. From supply chain management to warehouse management, sales and service, marketing and accounting, all groups within your company will benefit from using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). For a detailed look at how Sage EM (formerly known as Sage […]