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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. […]

18
Jan 2017
Wednesday

What’s new in the world of Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) for 2017? Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers a powerful ERP system to help your business achieve its goals in 2017. If you’re new to the world of Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300), download our free white paper to learn more. Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300): New for 2017 One reason customers love Sage software so much is that the company really listens to customer feedback and each upgrade reflects customer requests and input. Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) is no exception. The 2017 updates include numerous features to increase productivity and save time. Mobility enhancements: Eighteen additional web screens and enhanced layout make it easier to use Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) on your mobile devices. Optimized entry field layout makes it easier to enter information on your mobile device. Optimize and forecast inventory: Enhancements to this popular feature in Sage Inventory Advisor Basics use color-coded models for easier inventory management, enhanced graphs and charts, and more to help you assess current inventory and manage existing assets efficiently. Measure lead time performance, supply performance, and more. Batched credit card […]

11
Jan 2017
Wednesday

Food manufacturers and others should take note of these important accounting trends, and check out the new financial reporting standards detailed afterward. Both may help your business in the new year. Accounting Trends: Data, Analytics, and the Accountant Accountants have always been the number crunchers of the company, but there’s an emerging trend of marrying both accounting data and other data from within a company to inform business decisions. ERP systems such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) provide companies with powerful data. Accountants are in a unique position to help them harness and analyze that data. Income sheets, balance sheets, and cash flows remain important reports for any company. In addition to those standbys of the accounting world, new data reports added to these basics can provide an enhanced picture of the company’s financial health. An in-depth analysis of all of the data can give your company’s managers the information they need to make smarter business decisions Accountants and financial professionals have the skillsets to analyze complex data problems and distill valuable information from them. By adding your skills to the data picture, you can help drive good decisions. The Right […]

04
Jan 2017
Wednesday

Using Manufacturing ERP Software to Meet the Next Revolution Manufacturing ERP software paves the way for companies to enter into this new fourth era of manufacturing. Yes, we’re entering a brave new world of manufacturing, powered by technology, driven by data, and serving a global community. The Industrial Revolution kicked off manufacturing as we know it today, but we are now entering uncharted territory. The first wave of manufacturing was, of course, that famous revolution that saw innovations in manufacturing everything from clothing to shoes. New steam and water-powered engines fueling vast weaving machines made manufacturing faster, producing less expensive goods for public consumption. The second wave of manufacturing was ushered in by Henry Ford, who positioned the assembly line as the new method of manufacturing consumer goods quickly and inexpensively. Now we are leaving the third wave of manufacturing and entering the fourth. The third brought us automated systems: information technology, computerized processing, and robotic assembly lines that transformed how manufacturers build products. The fourth wave or revolution of manufacturing uses cyber-physical systems to bring goods to customers with more precision and accuracy than ever before. It’s an exciting time for manufacturers throughout North America and, indeed, throughout the […]

28
Dec 2016
Wednesday

Change is in the air with the new year. It’s time to embrace Sage ERP software and surrender the spreadsheets. If your company has recently purchased Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) or Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300), you’re in good company. Hundreds of businesses trust these software systems for accurate, reliable data. They reduce time and effort spent on data entry and make reporting a breeze for many companies. Yet, despite all the promise found in software like Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300), some people cling to their spreadsheets. We love what we know, and business people are no different from the person who has always purchased a certain brand of soap or paper towels and refuses to change when the shop no longer has them in stock. Many people forget that spreadsheets weren’t invented for the complex and often complicated reporting we force them into. It takes considerable time and effort to key data into the spreadsheet, set up charts and graphs, and run them accurately. Tracking down a mistake in a spreadsheet that leads to an erroneous graph can take a long time. Spreadsheets, while […]

21
Dec 2016
Wednesday

Inventory Accuracy is Just One Hallmark of a Great Inventory Management System Does your inventory management system have what it takes to boost your business next year? Inventory accuracy is just one part of a great inventory system. Systems such as Sage Inventory Advisor have all the right stuff to maximize profits, minimize losses, and manage your inventory like a pro. Let’s look at some of the characteristics of a terrific inventory management system. Why is a good inventory management system important? For most companies, inventory represents a hefty investment of capital. Products remaining idle and collecting dust in the warehouse are costly. Not only does a business pay to produce laggards, it must also pay to warehouse and maintain them. Good inventory management reduces excess goods, maintains adequate stock, and optimizes warehouse space by thoughtful placement of shelves and bins. Inventory management is both an art and a science, fueled by accurate data from inventory systems married to your company’s ERP systems and more. The right inventory management system can help your company control costs and maximize profits no matter what industry you are in. Five Characteristics of Terrific Inventory Management Well-organized inventory: Inventory that is organized well is […]

14
Dec 2016
Wednesday

Customer-centric enterprise software is the latest buzzword, but it’s more than a fad: it’s a competitive strategy to set your business apart. With customer-centric enterprise software, you can focus on adding value to every transaction to build customer relationships. In an age in which information flows freely through electronic devices, customers are a lot savvier about finding vendors with the best price. Competing solely on price offers little when customers can always find the next option online. To truly make your business indispensable to customers, you need a customer-centric approach. Enterprise software that helps you build a customer service-based business model can help you add that special touch to every transaction that keeps customers coming back for more. A new white paper from IWI Consulting, Customer-Centric ERP: Integrated Systems for Satisfied Customers, is available at no charge to help demystify the concept of customer-centric enterprise resource planning and to help you consider the many benefits to your business. Using Your Enterprise System for Maximum Benefit While all ERP systems offer many benefits, there are specific actions you can take to maximize the benefits of your current enterprise software. Three benefits stand out: Data entry at the point of activity. Standardized […]