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Sage ERP systems have helped many companies make great progress towards their revenue and productivity goals. Shared access to information, better data and reports, and integrated systems have helped companies use important information successfully to further their goals. Now, cloud technology has been added to the mix. No, it’s not what’s drifting across the sky. Cloud technology refers to shared servers, linked through the internet, to form a richer, more robust resource of computing power. New cloud-based ERP is helping companies in new and innovative ways. Let’s look at how Sage Business Cloud can improve customer service, an important part of the value proposition that businesses bring to their customers. Cloud Applications Can Improve Your Customers’ Experience Cloud applications make data accessible to all who need it. Cloud ERP increases the ability to collaborate with all your stakeholders—from vendors to employees to customers—no matter where they are located. It allows you to give your customers access to information about their orders, services, and invoices. Not only does this increase customer satisfaction, but it also reduces the expense of support and improves efficiency. In fact, a great number of customer service calls can be avoided if the customer has a thorough […]

It’s estimated that around 43% of all small to mid-sized businesses lack barcode tracking, a known way to improve inventory accuracy. If you are still using paper-based counts, spreadsheets, or worse still, aren’t tracking your inventory at all, then these inventory management tips and best practices will make a big improvement in your company. An inventory tracker is an automated system of tracking items entering the warehouse from receiving, tracking their location and quantity while they are in the warehouse itself, and then tracking them as they leave inventory to fulfill customer orders. Even though companies are manufacturing and moving goods at a faster rate, they still tend to hold onto too much and overstock their inventory (Source: Supply Chain News). As the number of days outstanding grows, the value of the inventory decreases. Your company ends up spending more money to maintain warehouse facilities and personnel to maintain an overabundance of goods that shrinks in value. Is there a way to improve inventory accuracy? The answer lies in the software used throughout your company for inventory management, as well as the attention given to inventory management best practices. With a software upgrade and an adjustment in your warehouse management […]

Technology is changing the procurement landscape. Are you ready? Technology is a disruptive force, but manufacturing software solutions can ease the transition from one technological era into another. Consider the changes happening throughout the procurement field. Technological advancements, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud’s ability to enable the use of big data, and much more are all changing the procurement field. Manufacturing software solutions can make those changes much easier to integrate into your overall systems. The world of procurement is undergoing a seismic shift, a radical change from what it was to what it will be. To get ready, let’s take a look at what is happening in the industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability to add internet-linked devices to vehicles, pallets, and other objects. Data can be sent from the object to the internet and through a central resource such as your ERP system. Companies transporting perishable materials such as ingredients, chemicals, or other materials may use the IoT to monitor temperature fluctuations during transport. Companies who use geo-targeting get up to the minute information on the location of raw materials or customer orders. As the IoT […]

Business intelligence software adds considerable value to business environments in which complex streams of data must converge in order to be analyzed and used. CRM systems, ERP systems, inventory management systems and more all provide a high volume of data. A good business intelligence system such as Sage Intelligence can take that data and make it easy for decision-makers to understand and use. Sage Intelligence offers an Excel-based method of sourcing, integrating, and manipulating data so that it can inform decisions. Sage Enterprise Intelligence is web-based. Companies using business intelligence tools are 5x more likely to make swift decisions, possibly because they have the data they need at their fingertips to empower them to make choices. The Benefits of Business Intelligence Software There are many benefits of using business intelligence software. More accurate forecasts: With better business data, you can forecast sales and manufacturing needs closer to actual. This tightens up your processes and helps to eliminate wasteful spending. Better decisions: Accurate, timely data feeding into a business intelligence system can help you make better decisions throughout your company. When you have confidence in your data, you have confidence in your decisions. Tighter alignment with the market: Confidence in sales […]

Sage software offers many specialized packages to help companies in various industries maximize their products. Sage Fixed Assets provides accounting features with multiple methods of tracking and calculating asset depreciation. Because it is a Sage software product, it integrates easily with other packages include Sage ERP versions. Why is Sage Fixed Assets valuable for wholesale distributors? Let’s take a look at a few distribution challenges wholesalers may face, and how Sage Fixed Assets helps them respond to such challenges. Challenge 1: With so much data available, it can be challenging to collect and analyze it all. Wholesale distributors need to collect data on their fixed assets to make better business decisions. Just because a forklift or truck is several years old doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. A two-year-old forklift that breaks down constantly requiring costly repairs may justify replacement before a five-year-old workhorse that needs only routine maintenance. Through Sage Fixed Assets, you can track many data elements for better business decisions. Track book value, replacement value, and depreciation of each asset. Use this data along with maintenance records and other data from your Sage software to analyze assets in a logical manner. Because it integrates with your […]

Some companies run on gut instinct. Others run on data. If your company falls into the latter camp, welcome to Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Data Management and Analytics, a comprehensive analytics solution for insights-driven organizations. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Data Management and Analytics offers a comprehensive portfolio of analytics with the ease of an out of the box solution. Deep integration with other Sage software enables Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Data Management and Analytics to manage data and extra insights without cumbersome technical programming. It’s easier to set up than many other data analytics programs, making it a favorite for companies who crave data but have little time for custom programming. Let’s take a look at some of the features Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Data Management and Analytics offers. One analytics solution: The software takes multiple data inputs and generates outputs through dynamic role-based dashboards, Sage BI dashboards and reporting, and other BI tools, as required. It’s one solution to the problem of multiple BI needs. Easy deployment: One pre-packaged solution makes deployment a snap. Various models include cloud, on-premise, and hybrid models. Pre-set data models for Sage EM (formerly […]

Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers unprecedented insight and business data for discrete manufacturers. Worldwide, there’s growing unease about the slowdown in demand. Nationalism is rising and sales are slowing. When there’s this confluence of global factors, the emphasis shifts from expansion to improving productivity. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can help you improve productivity and more. There are several steps you can take to improve productivity and profitability as the global demand for discrete manufacturing slows. These include: Leverage Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) data and analytics: Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) users know that the system provides excellent data and analytics. Condition-based monitoring, which helps discrete manufacturers monitor the condition of equipment and facilities, can be monitored and tracked. Warehouse management can be improved using data from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). Other areas of improvement include data-based marketing, sales, and operational decisions. Use all the data that you can from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and make sound, fact-based decisions. Monitor costs and expenses carefully and make better decisions about your operations. Use pricing for competitive advantage: Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can help you improve your […]

Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can help you overcome many of the challenges you face using outmoded legacy systems. Sure, legacy systems are as comfortable and familiar as a pair of broken-in sneakers, but staying comfortable comes with risks. The risk of lost data, lost productivity, and worst—lost customers and profits. Instead of staying with your legacy system, moving to a new enterprise resource planning system, such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), can boost your business into new areas of profitability and efficiency. Overcoming Team Inertia One of the big challenges facing many companies is helping their employees understand the benefits of embracing a new system. Employees may be used to using an older legacy system. They don’t see the costs of continually updating and fixing an older system, nor do they see the areas ripe for improvement. From an employee’s perspective, a legacy system may be just fine. Yet, you know that Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) provides better insights, faster reports, and real-time data, all things that your team has said they want or need in an enterprises resource planning system. To overcome resistance to change and what we’ve dubbed “team inertia,” […]

The data derived from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can be used for many things, including improving warehouse management. You’d think that it would take a lot of effort to improve warehouse management and productivity, but sometimes little efficiencies make a big impact. It only takes a few errors to start leaking profits from your business. Case in point: even a half percent (0.05%) of mistakes in picking can lead to money lost processing returns, productivity, and dissatisfied customers. It may seem like a very small amount, but even a little bit is too much when it comes to losing money. Use the data from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) to review your current return statistics. Read through the reasons why people are returning products. If the wrong products are going out, then you need to take steps to improve picking and packing. Ways to Improve Picking and Packing Examine return information: Review all the information in Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) on your returns. If the number of items returned for incorrect products or reports of incomplete orders is high, it could mean problems in your picking and packing area. Review the existing process: If […]

ERP systems such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) have long played an important role in manufacturing operations. The capabilities of this software have helped manufacturers monitor costs, improve communications and teamwork, and enhance customer service. Now, a new study points to the many ways in which ERP systems are making an impact on supply chain management. The Study: Three Surprising Results The Delphi Group asked 23 global manufacturers about the impact of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on their supply chain and supply chain management. The answers can be grouped into three main findings that include the following impacts on supply chain management: Integration of information across the entire supply chain between customers and suppliers Increasing “mass customization” of products Supply chains consisting of several independent entities, making the entire supply chain more complex to manage The supply chain has been shifting over the past few years from a few large suppliers to a network of smaller, independent suppliers. This flexible approach has made it easier for small to mid-sized companies to offer lower prices, faster turnaround time, and newer services such as mass customization to their clients so that they can remain competitive in the global […]