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31
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage ERP, along with innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), is changing how manufacturers view and use best practices. The Internet of Things is the interconnectivity of devices and objects in which software is embedded to track data. Through the IoT, networks can include buildings, vehicles, software, and more. The data derived from the IoT can improve delivery times, production management, safety, and much more, depending on how it is used. Used wisely, the IoT—along with Sage ERP—can provide you with unprecedented amounts of data that can help you manage all aspects of your business better. Monitor Shop Floors One of the innovations affecting manufacturing from the IoT is the ability to monitor conditions on the shop floor. Sensors embedded in equipment, pallets, trucks, and other devices can relay information and make adjustments based on real-time data. For example, think about plant equipment that can get hot during operations. Plant equipment sends temperature data to the HVAC controls, which understands that the rising temperatures may affect quality output. It then adjusts the fans to blow cool air over specific equipment in use, and keep the temperature at an optimal level, so that outputs maintain quality standards. Such equipment […]

24
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you solve the ongoing problem of finding and recruiting talented people for open positions in your company. It’s getting harder to recruit and retain great talent. According to Glassdoor, the recruitment website, the market has shifted to one in which job seekers have more options than before. The current ratio of unemployed Americans is now 1.4 to 1 in 2017 compared to 6.6 to 1 in July 2009. This means fewer applicants for jobs and a more difficult time for employers to find the best people to fill vacant positions. One way to improve your recruiting average and to shorten the time it takes to attract qualified candidates is to use software such as Sage People. Sage People offers award-winning human resource management software that’s available to companies of all sizes. It helps you manage personnel, records, positions, and more—so, when the time comes to recruit, you are ready. Download our free whitepaper, People Marketing, to learn new approaches to hiring new employees. Sage People: Shorten Recruiting Time Old-fashioned methods of recruiting meant sending out lots of classified ads and hoping for a flood of qualified resumes. Most of the resumes that […]

17
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers a powerful enterprise resource planning tool for businesses at all stages of growth. Many have wondered what the C stood for in Sage 300c. Now, with a new name change, we know that it stands for the connected cloud you receive with Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) . But there are other C’s of Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) —Cloud, Customers, and Customized—that make it one of the most popular ERP products on the market. Let’s take a look at how each C benefits your business. Cloud-Based Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) ERP systems are no longer optional. To remain competitive, businesses must use data to refine their strategies, target their customers, and improve service. Without data, you’ll rely on guesswork that may lead you to the wrong conclusions. With real-time data, you’ll be able to make faster, better decisions and build a stronger, more competitive business. Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers this and more. It’s a cloud-based ERP application. This means that it is accessible anytime, anywhere, from any device. If you can log into the Internet, you can log into Sage 300cloud. […]

10
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) offer more than a great way to manage the information from all areas of your business. They also provide you with better cash flow management. Businesses need cash to fuel growth, development, and innovation. Better cash flow management ensures that you have the necessary cash to make sound investments into new projects. It helps your business flourish. Here’s how an enterprise resource planning system can help your business grow. What Is Enterprise Resource Planning? An ERP or enterprise resource planning system is business process management software. It integrates and automates many back-office functions to help you improve productivity. ERP systems such as Sage 300cloud (cloud-based ERP) offer many advantages to your business. Improves Cash Flow Enterprise resource systems help you automate and integrate systems and processes throughout your company. It can automate routine tasks such as billing and invoicing, and integrate with systems such as accounting and finance to run reports on unpaid invoices, past due invoices, cash flow, and much more. ERP systems such as Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) can help you with: Late purchase orders: It can be frustrating when orders aren’t shipping out quickly. Customers get annoyed, and delays in shipping […]

03
Jan 2018
Wednesday

Sage Business Cloud can help you stay on top of changes to the world of accounting. It’s amazing how many changes take place in an industry that for many years remained relatively stable. In decades past, accounting had more to do with tracking debits and credits, receivables and payables, than it did with strategic business decisions. Today, that’s all changed as accountants have become even more indispensable to the team setting the company’s strategic vision. Accountants are part of business management, an important voice in the future of an organization. Software such as Sage Business Cloud can support the changes you need to make and help your accounting team stay on top of things. Nothing Stays the Same Except Change There’s an old saying that nothing is constant except change. That goes for the world of accounting, too, where several trends are driving a great deal of change. Some of these trends are larger, market forces that are affecting many industries, including accounting. Others are specific to the accounting industry itself. Connectivity: Customers today demand real-time updates. They expect an interconnected world in which information flows freely and in real-time. Internet, cloud, and other technologies have raised expectations about how […]

27
Dec 2017
Wednesday

A big part of effective supply chain management is managing information. A steady stream of real-time information that updates your managers on where items are along the supply chain is invaluable. Software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) can help you improve supply chain management by ensuring that everyone throughout your organization is kept informed about the location of resources, parts, supplies, raw materials, personnel, and orders. The Art of Supply Chain Management Your supply chain managers are the ones who ensure that everything moves smoothly from order intake to order production. They’re the ones who manage vendors, resources, and equipment to keep your operations running. To do a good job with supply chain management, they need information. Sage software, such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300), provides real-time updates on operations, finance, accounting, sales, production, warehouse, and inventory. Depending on the additional Sage software modules your company has chosen, you can get even more information flowing through your Sage enterprise resource planning system. There’s an art to managing the supply chain, and it starts and ends with information. Sage […]

20
Dec 2017
Wednesday

Over the past several months, we’ve discussed how your organization can become a “people-centered” organization. Sage software, such as Sage People, can help you improve human resources management throughout your company so that you nurture your employees’ professional growth. The benefits of becoming a people-centered organization are many. In past articles, we’ve taken a look at many of these benefits, including higher employee retention, lower turnover rates, and improved productivity. Now, let’s take a look at the practical steps you can take to become a people-first company. Sage People: Sage Software Automates the HR Process Automating the human resources “transaction” processes is a great way to save time so your HR department can focus on people, not paperwork. Sage People provides the tools you need for self-service to simplify core HR processes. It is a cloud-based package that includes: Self-service management of employee information. Benefits management. Payroll management. Onboarding tools to help you attract and welcome new employees. Recruitment tools. Maximizing employee performance by identifying skill development, monitoring workplace development tasks and more. Sage People integrates well with other Sage software products, making it a great addition to your company’s suite of productivity-enhancing software. Automating HR puts the emphasis where […]

13
Dec 2017
Wednesday

One of the advantages of many current software packages for small and mid-sized business packages, such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage Business Cloud, is that they level the playing field. What does that mean? Many years ago, companies that wanted a robust enterprise resource planning tool had to invest heavily in their own infrastructure to support such an endeavor. It wasn’t just the cost of the software. They had to buy hardware to run it, install the hardware in their buildings, and hire people to manage and maintain the systems. This alone made the costs off-limits for many small businesses. Today, cloud computing offers unlimited scalability for manufacturers, as well as access to robust software that can power your business operations. Sage software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Sage Business Cloud puts the same powerful software into the hands of a small business owner as it does to a large, multi-national corporate. The result is that small businesses can finally compete on a level playing field against the big guys. Cloud Computing Requirements Everyone seems to be talking about cloud computing these days, but what exactly is it and what does […]

06
Dec 2017
Wednesday

In August, we began a series looking at the use of HR software such as Sage People. Among all the departments in your company, human resources are probably the last department to use data and analytics to improve performance. It may seem cold and unkind to refer to people as data or statistics, and we would agree that you can’t reduce human beings to numbers. But you can manage your organization better if you do so with the numbers in mind; the number of new hires, vacancies, training days, and more can all help you improve how your company recruits, hires, and retains employees. The Challenge of Becoming a “People” Company People-based companies run a little differently from other companies. While the definition of a people-based company may vary depending on who you asked, the accepted definition is that a people company puts people first. People are viewed as the most valuable asset, not the land the company owns or the patents they hold or another asset. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workers are paramount. Even during times when it is difficult to find people with specific skill sets, a people-company typically has no problem attracting great talent. […]

29
Nov 2017
Wednesday

Sage is known for its robust yet easy to use software. The company recently acquired San Jose, California-based Intaact to provide Sage Intaact, financial management solutions that target growing businesses. Sage Intaact will help small to mid-sized businesses improve their financial management. The software offers a sophisticated and powerful cloud-based infrastructure for financial management, operational insights, process automation, seamless integration, advanced features, and an updated user experience. Moving Traditional ERP to the Cloud Customers worldwide are moving rapidly to cloud-based ERP. Sage, always responsive to their customers’ needs, recognized this desire and sought to find or develop new cloud-based products that would exceed customer expectations. According to a recent study, cloud adoption rates are soaring: 81% of organizations responding to the study have either completed or are in the process of adopting a cloud-based strategy. Cloud-based ERP adoption stands at 27% versus 56% for on-premises adoption, with the remaining respondents choosing SAS. Benefits of Cloud Software Cloud software offers greater flexibility, scalability, security. and cost savings. Flexibility: Cloud-based software can expand to accommodate new lines of business, industries, or other areas of growth. Sage software products are easy to integrate and offer the ability to build out a flexible system […]