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Expanding into global markets is an exciting prospect that comes with many advantages, but it can feel intimidating and overwhelming. There are always fears attached to new ventures. Thankfully, good preparation and accessing the right resources can make things much easier. By embracing the help of consultants, you can reap the benefits of their knowledge and experience with success. Whether you’re a start-up that wants to jump on international opportunities early in the game, or you’re an established business that has found it’s finally time to go for it, using an enterprise resource planning system, doing proper research, and organizing logistics are key areas to focus on to make your expansion go smoothly – from planning to execution to daily operations. At IWI Consulting Group, we’re business management software experts assisting Canadian businesses and non-profits to use enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems to improve their current operations and expand into new markets. These software solutions can be custom-fit to suit your company’s needs, now and in the future, with consulting support and resources. Focal Points For Expansion: Utilize An ERP Solution. An enterprise resource planning system can help your business expand into new markets plus increase overall […]

Consumers stream massive amounts of content for entertainment and information purposes, for work and leisure; scalable, flexible, and reliable cloud capabilities have made this possible. They want to enjoy these services from many locations and on a wide array of devices. Binge-watching the latest dystopian sci-fi series at home and composing a tweet-storm during the morning commute are both cloud-based functionalities that require reliable services and connection. Social media platforms, entertainment streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, live streaming events, and virtual meeting spaces, to name a few, wouldn’t be possible without the cloud. Media companies need to stay on the cutting edge of technology and they were some of the first enterprises to realize the potential of the cloud. Maintaining big data processing, ingesting, transcoding, and transferring huge files in several formats – and doing so securely – is made much more efficient with multi-cloud solutions. There can be sudden spikes in demand, and the ability to scale up to meet this and other unanticipated events is invaluable. Some Benefits Include: Companies that are expanding, or ones that are downsizing, benefit from the scalability of cloud computing services. There is no need to hire IT staff to install, upgrade, […]

The end of the year is in sight but it’s not time to slow down. The final months of a year is a great time to reflect on successes, consider areas that need improvement, and continue ongoing brainstorming for new initiatives and plans. There’s always room for growth; key areas to work on are market research, social outreach, and resource management and planning. IWI Consulting Group offers IT and Sage consulting services for enterprises who are looking to improve their efficiency and growth, plus transition from traditional practices to the digital realm. With over 100 plus years of combined expertise in various industries and with combined technological knowledge, we can help your business implement Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management solutions for a competitive advantage. Below are three areas that are important to not only keep an eye on but to make pillars of your company’s entire growth strategy. Include Trend-watching in Growth Marketing Your market research already includes competencies in areas like targeting your demo, testing and feedback, sales, advertising, pricing, distribution, and more. It’s important to add trend-watching to this list to help bolster the others. Before developing or launching anything new, take the time to study […]

You can have an innovative product or unique and useful service, and you can have a great team of enthusiastic employees with refined skills, but if you can’t sell your product, it all goes to waste. Knowing how to sell and how to increase sales may seem like obvious must-haves for businesses, but it can often be a weak point that can crumble an entire operation. Mid-sized and small businesses account for the majority of sales in Canada and the US, and there are several ways your teams can improve sales and grab a bigger slice of the marketplace.   Have a strong but smart digital presence. Many companies make the mistake of thinking they need a presence on every social media platform and to spam their customers with constant emails and newsletters. Strong means quality not quantity. Use the social applications that suit your target audience or customer base, i.e., Snapchat for a younger demo and Facebook for a more mature one. Hire creative professionals to build solid platforms for you with concise and complete information for current and new customers. Shop around to find reasonably priced rates for a graphic designer for your logo, a copywriter who can […]

A business can’t thrive without effective financial management. It takes expert skills and tools to properly plan, implement, and monitor resources, especially for mid-sized businesses with complex operations and a moderate budget to handle. To make the best use of your resources, track and manage core financials, and to stay competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace, it’s vital to have complete information at your and your team’s fingertips.   There is no doubt monitoring financials is complex. Stellar financial management requires powerful management tools in the cloud. IWI Consulting Group is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Sage software provider that can help by customizing an AICPA-endorsed solution like Sage Intacct for your business. The system is designed to be flexible and adapt to suit your needs. With these core financials you can increase productivity and efficiency to accurately manage and grow your business. It includes:   A flexible and scalable general ledger with full visibility Enhanced purchasing to set the optimal price at the right time Order management for high volumes, complex processes, and tailored pricing details Easy accounts payable and receivable A full picture of cash and capital management Accessible dashboards and reporting to control operations and financial data […]

Growing a non-profit has unique challenges compared to a standard corporation. Generally, many NGOs and non-profits are providing a service to the community or the environment, researching and innovating in a target area, and occasionally selling products, often as a supportive segment for a larger charitable cause. Finding and managing employees and volunteers, board members overseeing operations, sourcing funding and other resources, and garnering support from local businesses and sponsors, are some of the areas that can operate differently within a charitable organization versus a traditional brick-and-mortar store, online retailer, or insurance company. Some ways that non-profits can see growth in their size and their revenue includes bringing on teams of well-reviewed, interviewed, and qualified volunteers, both regular and occasional, who need to meet a requirement for service in the community. Providing learning opportunities, skills training, and adding other benefits adjacent to your cause for volunteers (beyond the goodness they’ll feel in their hearts) is a good way to attract high quality workers who may even stick around after their requirement is met. Having a solid team of paid employees and continually adding to your staff and payroll will also attract potential candidates who want to introduce themselves and their […]

Should you bring in an enterprise resource planning consultant to your project? As you explore the myriad options for a new ERP system, the task can seem overwhelming. Should you go with general ERP or a specific system for food manufacturing, custom manufacturing, or other industries? Although asking a current staff member to assist with an ERP selection may seem like a good idea, they may not have the time or information to make a smart choice. Enterprise resource planning consultants know their systems inside and out and can bring many benefits to the project. An ERP consultant can be especially helpful if you’re shopping around for a replacement system. By explaining to the consultant what you like and dislike about the current system, they can use their industry knowledge to steer you towards software that’s a better fit for your needs. We’re of the belief that you should bring an enterprise resource planning consultant into a project as early as possible, but don’t just take our word for it—listen and reflect on these pros and cons, too. Then you can make your own mind up about hiring and onboarding an ERP consultant. When Working with a Consultant Is Best: […]

Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is now called Sage Enterprise Management but the product you’ve known and loved offers more than a name change. Now, Sage Enterprise Management offers exceptional new features that are making businesses across Canada fall in love with Sage products all over again. What’s New in Sage Enterprise Management? Sage Enterprise Management offers a robust suite of applications to manage your business on a global scale. Financial management, supply chain management, production management, and cloud and mobile features all come together into one application that scales with your business for future growth and development. The latest updates to Sage Enterprise Management offer: Faster process cycle time, faster inventory turns, faster customer response time, faster insights into costs and performance. Better management of distributed operations and simpler IT management. Greater flexibility, including customization, configuration and deployment options, in the cloud or on premises. Improvements Over Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) in Production Management Capabilities There are noticeable improvements over previous versions (Sage EM) in the area of production management. For example, in the new Sage Enterprise Management system, you can manage all aspects of production from the initial quote to billing all from one […]

The focus and responsibilities of finance managers change with the economic climate. Basic responsibilities always include financial reporting, planning, budgeting, communicating, and restructuring, plus altering strategies when necessary. In all these areas, many companies must be accountable to investors and the board. The more complex the system and the business, the more difficult executing and balancing these tasks becomes. This requires the ability to react, be responsive, flexible, adaptable and scalable. During the economic downturn, and theoretically during any low economic periods, companies need to tighten the purse strings and make cuts where possible. Of course, a business always aims to be the most efficient it can be, but it’s of the utmost importance when the market is unstable or weak. When the most turbulent times have passed, however, taking hold of opportunities for growth is essential to survive (and to weather the next challenges). Companies and CFOs looking to expand their global reach and presence need to research and operate from new perspectives. Finance managers need to think about other cultures, laws, and regulations, and how they can contribute to a business’s growth in new regional markets and contexts. Technologies are constantly changing, and this can pose some challenges […]

Cloud ERP makes it easier for your company to offer exceptional customer service—the kind of service that surprises and delights customers. Mobile devices have changed how individuals interact with the world. Advertisements on kiosks invite us to use our smartphones to scan QR codes for more information. People expect to connect with friends, family, and business colleagues at any time of the day or night. Mobility is no longer a unique proposition; it’s ubiquitous. Companies today are using mobile ERP to integrate ecommerce, streamline the warehouse, and improve sales and customer service. Let’s take a closer look at how cloud ERP is raising the bar for service, increasing sales response time, and improving overall business success. Cloud ERP Software Raises the Bar on Customer Service Cloud applications have made real-time anywhere access a reality for enterprise software and the systems connected to it. Gone are the days when your team was tied to their terminals to answer customer calls, take orders, or respond to customer queries. Employees may be traveling but they can still respond rapidly to customer questions and concerns. Cloud ERP software helps everyone throughout your company improve their ability to provide exceptional customer service. Improving Sales Response […]