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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 […]

22
Nov 2017
Wednesday

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 […]

15
Nov 2017
Wednesday

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 […]

08
Nov 2017
Wednesday

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 […]

01
Nov 2017
Wednesday

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 […]