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You can get even more benefits from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) when you understand and apply these tips, tricks, and hacks to the system. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers a powerful set of data management, financial reporting and analysis, supply chain management, and warehouse management tools for complex manufacturing environments. The more time-saving benefits you can derive from your use of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), the more your business will profit. Not familiar with Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)? Take a free virtual tour at IWI Consulting Group. Three Tips to Get More from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Run a Smooth Implementation Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers an essential business planning and financial management tool that’s especially helpful for manufacturers. You can get even more benefits from using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) with these tips. Create a team of champions: Some companies make the mistake of assigning the management of a new ERP system to the IT director and leave it at that. Winners create a team of champions—leaders from each department who can learn the nuances of the new system and share […]

Manufacturers rarely get excited about software updates. After all, software supports manufacturing but rarely takes center stage. The new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) may change how manufacturers perceive software. It’s time to get excited about Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)! You can also take a virtual tour of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). IWI Consulting offers this free, virtual tour of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)—just visit us and you’ll see why manufacturers are raving about the new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). New Integrations One of the hallmarks of the Sage family of software is its ease of integration with other products. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is no different, and in fact, Sage has gone the extra mile to ensure that integration with other software products is fast, easy, and smooth. Just look at this list of integrations: E-commerce: If you haven’t built an e-commerce store yet, it’s time to start. The new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) integrates easily with e-commerce platforms. You can build or customize an existing web store. The software also helps you manage pricing, inventory, and customer interactions and transactions, […]

If you’re working with an ERP consulting firm such as IWI Consulting Group, you have access to some of the best minds in the ERP world. Your consultants want the best for you and they want your Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) or Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) system to become an integral part of your business. In order for you to really gain the maximum benefit from your ERP consulting project, these tips will help you use your system in new and innovative ways. Build and Refine Strategic Plans Data found in Sage ERP can be used to build, refine, and support your company’s short and long-term strategic plans. Be sure that the software chosen for your company scales with your growth and enables you to add functions and modules, as required. Sage-based software is ideal for long-term growth. There are many modules—such as HRMS, CRM, and more—that can be added to build out a bigger, better system over time. Create Data Policies The information derived from your ERP system is only as accurate as the data inputted into the system itself. Data policies and guidelines help set standards and expectations for how and who can enter […]

Sage Summit Tour 2017 Toronto, June 27-28 at Beanfield Centre Hours: 9 am – 5 pm   IWI Consulting Group is a Silver Sponsor of the Sage Summit Tour and we hope to see you there. Registration for the most personalized, interactive, and experiential business event of the year is now open. Get the inside story on new innovations Connect, network, and learn with like-minded professionals and peers, locally Learn from visionary speakers and thought-leaders Experience a personalized, interactive, experiential place to learn You will also have the chance to see Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s “The Rick Mercer Report”  who is a keynote speaker at the Sage Summit. Don’t miss this incredible event! Register now for just $99 with this special link just for IWI Consulting Group customers. For more information on keynote speakers and the event agenda for this incredible Sage event you don’t want to miss, click here. If you are outgrowing your current system or need to make some changes to your business model, IWI Consulting Group can help you take the next steps. Please contact us with any questions you may have.        

Sage CRM offers many positive benefits, but one that’s guaranteed to make a sales and marketing manager smile is its ability to provide a seamless multi-channel customer experience. No matter where a customer chooses to connect with your company, be it through phone, email, or social media, they receive the same response and service, period. Many legacy systems offer only one inbound channel. Most companies use inbound call centers to handle customer service. Yet customers today expect more. When your competitors offer instant chat or responses to Facebook queries, it sets a whole new standard for your company too. You can ignore it only at your own peril. Now with Sage CRM, it’s actually easier than ever to embrace multichannel CRM. How Much Is CRM Worth to Your Company? Forrester Research offers assistance to help your company evaluate the potential value of a CRM system to your business. Look at the following metrics as you evaluate Sage CRM and other CRM systems: Revenue: What opportunities does Sage CRM offer to increase revenues? With add-on sales, special communications, and targeted marketing, you can evaluate the impact of your CRM system on revenues by assessing the many ways in which it can […]

Business systems have come a long way since the first computerized systems made their way into the small to mid-sized business sector in the 1980s. Innovations throughout the world of technology, from areas as diverse as manufacturing and finance, are changing how business systems think, work, and function. The following are some innovations that we think will have the biggest impact on business systems in the near future. Although no prediction is foolproof, these innovations are already slipping into many diverse areas of business. Five Innovations to Watch Blockchain: Once relegated to the world of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain looks as if it will cause the next big technological explosion. Innovations that depend upon fast, anonymous, and secure transactions can rely upon blockchain’s digital ledger algorithm to record and create transactions in the blink of an eye. Banking, financial services, and insurance are already exploring the use of blockchain technology, but it’s making ripples in other areas where secure transactions are required. Someday, you may be able to vote online thanks to blockchain technology or buy a house using this encryption technology. Internet of Things (IoT): It sounds like science fiction, but it’s true: The Internet of Things (IoT) […]

Check Out Our Special Offer for QuickBooks Users! If QuickBooks isn’t making the grade anymore, consider switching to Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) . Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers many powerful accounting tools that provide better support for payroll, purchasing, and several other tasks. Many companies begin automated accounting with QuickBooks. It’s easy to set up, and easy to use. However, as your company grows, so too will its accounting needs. That’s when a more robust accounting package such as Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) comes in handy. Five Reasons Why Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) Is a Better Choice There are many reasons why Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) may be a better choice for your accounting and ERP needs than QuickBooks. Some of the reasons why Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers more than QuickBooks include: Customized reporting: QuickBooks has a series of ready-made reports that can be slightly customized by changing pre-set fields. But for more robust reporting, you need to either export data or import it into Excel—hardly a user-friendly alternative. Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers many customizable reporting features. With Sage 300cloud (formerly known as […]

ERP systems and other integrated business systems can help improve quality control throughout the food manufacturing process. Food manufacturers, like companies who manufacture pharmaceuticals and similar products, must comply with stringent rules and regulations to ensure safety and quality of end-products. Having accurate, timely data helps ensure compliance and safety. For companies in the food manufacturing business, IWI Consulting offers a whitepaper entitled Improving Transparency in Food Manufacturing. Ways in Which ERP Benefits the Food Manufacturing Process Quality assurance professionals and quality analysts know that data fuels many of their decisions. They rely upon accurate, timely data, scientific facts, and knowledge of their industry’s laws and regulations to produce high-quality products that are safe for the public. Having accurate data is vital for food manufacturers. Data integrity, consistency, and accuracy are all improved thanks to ERP systems for food manufacturing companies. Such information can help you predict problems and take corrective measures to prevent them. Here are more ways in which ERP benefits the food manufacturing industry. Accurate data: Food manufacturing depends upon accurate data for both quality and consistency. Centralized data and careful selection of those approved to input data improve both accuracy and quality. When specific employees are responsible […]

Mobile ERP for manufacturing can transform your organization. Companies worldwide in many industries are embracing mobility to enhance productivity, efficiency, and profitability. Workers may be fine with using standard PCs, but managers, supervisors, and salespeople absolutely need mobile ERP for manufacturing. With mobile ERP, they can take their workplace anywhere they need to go. As they move about the shop floor, visit with customers, or meet with suppliers, they can use their smartphones and other devices to access critical information that can help them make decisions and share information to close sales. Now that’s something worth investing in! Include these four steps for an effective mobile ERP strategy If you’re considering mobile ERP for manufacturing, but aren’t sure where to start or how to implement if effectively, these tips will help you move in the right direction. Offer primary access through mobile devices. Instead of making mobility a secondary data access method, enable mobility for all of your data access and reporting and encourage adoption of it as a primary method of access. Universal, secure mobile access will encourage more people in the workplace to adopt it as their main method of retrieving and using data. Establish goals, measure results. […]

At IWI Consulting, we want your business intelligence programs to be successful. BI is more than software; it’s a way of thinking about your business. To help you make your business intelligence projects a smashing success, we’ve put together a resource for you. Better Visibility, Extraordinary Decision Support: In this paper, you’ll gain additional insights and tips for using business intelligence to uncover data and insights to drive better decisions. Seven Tips to Make Your BI Program a Smashing Success Implementing any new business technology can be challenging. There’s a learning curve as people get used to the new technology and, no matter how simple and user-friendly the technology, people do need time to get used to it. Others may find themselves overwhelmed with the riches of information now available through good business intelligence systems. If you’re among either camp, or you’re in charge of implementing a new business intelligence solution for your company, the following seven tips will help you get your new business intelligence project off the ground and running: Leverage existing information and structures: Your new BI system should have integrated with existing structures such as your ERP system. You can leverage existing training resources, templates, reports, […]