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29
Mar 2017
Wednesday

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) […]

22
Mar 2017
Wednesday

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 […]

15
Mar 2017
Wednesday

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 […]

08
Mar 2017
Wednesday

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. […]

01
Mar 2017
Wednesday

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, […]

22
Feb 2017
Wednesday

Integrated business systems may be the hot new trend for manufacturing leaders today. The push to integrate systems so that information is shared, synthesized, and combined for new insights and useful actions is proving to be just what the manufacturing sector needs to fuel innovation and change. ERP systems are at the forefront of this technological revolution along with business intelligence, accounting, inventory systems, and more. For more on successful integration and ERP, download IWI Consulting Group’s free whitepaper: ERP: A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, you’ll gain additional insights and tips for using technology to spur strategic growth. These tips, along with many others presented in these articles, may be helpful to your company’s growth this year. Improving Speed Through the Manufacturing Process One way that integrated business systems are helping boost manufacturing success is by improving speed throughout the supply chain and beyond. Contextual intelligence, or the knowledge gained from using data derived from multiple systems throughout an organization, helps companies keep pace with customers’ rapidly changing needs. Speedy insights gleaned from integrated systems are improving speed throughout many aspects of the manufacturing process. Real-time order status: Integrating ERP, CRM, inventory and warehouse management, […]

15
Feb 2017
Wednesday

It is time to refresh and renew your Sage CRM system? If it’s been more than a year since the implementation of your CRM system, it may be time to take a new look at your entire CRM program. Like any project, assessing goals and objectives annually in your CRM program ensures that you’re not doing the same thing repeatedly just because it’s always been done that way. It can help you pinpoint your goals and tailor CRM projects to achieve those goals. Common CRM Objectives Good CRM objectives align with your company’s core goals. CRM is a philosophy of conducting business, not just a software. Good CRM objectives infuse that philosophy throughout your organization. Most CRM systems have at their core three sales and marketing objectives: Acquisition: Quantify, monitor, and acquire new customers. Retention: Retain or keep customers. How long you keep a customer may be determined by your industry average. Satisfaction: Satisfaction can also be called loyalty. As an offshoot of retention, it’s a mark of a company that is building long-term customer relationships. Align CRM Objectives to Corporate Goals Your Sage CRM goals should be aligned to corporate goals. Most companies evaluate and update their goals annually. […]

08
Feb 2017
Wednesday

Engineers love accuracy. Their world revolves around it. Tools that provide faster and more accurate data flow from sales to engineering, purchasing, and production such as CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) make your engineers’ jobs easier. CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) Links Inventory, Bills, and More CAD (computer assisted design) helps engineers create designs on the computer that can then be made into prototypes and projects. Typical CAD system require a list of materials entered into the CAD system and then entered into other systems used throughout the company such as inventory management systems and ERP systems. This multiple data entry is time-consuming and increases the chance of data entry mistakes. With CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), engineers are able to build out the specs for your projects while they simultaneously create item lists, including a list of supplies. They enter one set of materials for the project into one system, eliminating duplicate entry and the potential for mistakes inherent in any duplicate system. With CADLink for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), you can: Design new products and create the bill of materials (BOM) in one system. […]

01
Feb 2017
Wednesday

If there’s only one thing you do to improve your warehouse management this year, make it barcoding. Bar codes are a simple improvement in your warehouse management process that can add great value to your bottom line. How? They make inventory management faster and easier. Three Ways Barcodes Make Your Job Easier There are probably dozens of ways that barcodes make a warehouse manager’s job easier. These three, however, are those cited by many warehouse managers worldwide. Better inventory tracking: Keeping stock levels consistent so that you can fulfill incoming orders is important, but it can be difficult to know exactly what you have in the warehouse at any given moment. Managing multiple inventory locations within a single warehouse, or multiple warehouse locations containing the same SKUs, make the job even harder. Barcodes scanned into the system enable you to check inventory in and out of warehouses, monitor stock levels, and reorder before inventory levels drop too low. It makes inventory tracking faster, easier, and more efficient. Easier receiving: Receiving is often a bottleneck in many warehouses. The press to get customer orders out the door as fast as possible sometimes results in incoming shipments backing up in the receiving […]

25
Jan 2017
Wednesday

New Release Scheduled for February 2017 Fans of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) look forward to February 2017 the way children look forward to Christmas because that’s when the newest version is released. Last year’s upgrade was so popular that Sage’s customer base grew by 29% globally. The 2017 update may prove to be their best yet. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3): Why all the fuss? If you’re wondering why all the fuss about Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), let’s take a quick look at what it does and how it helps businesses. You may find it’s exactly what you’ve been searching for all these years. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), also called Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), is a system that supports shared, collaborative business information. The system features centralized data, integrated business processes, mobile access, and more to provide a robust yet scalable suite of business productivity tools. With Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), you can: Save time: Centralized data and resources help you get more done in less time. Check inventory, approve expenses, set reminders, track time, and much more using the convenient on-screen tools. […]