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15
Mar 2018
Thursday

Great things are happening at IWI Consulting Group: We’ve added new products, new employees, and new promotions.             New Product: Sage Intacct   IWI is now a Value Added Reseller to sell and implement Sage Intacct. This is a cloud accounting solution that can also be used for light distribution. Sage Intacct’s core financials includes everything you need to increase productivity, make faster decisions, and grow your business. As your business expands, Sage Intacct can support that growth with advanced accounting modules. If you have unique business needs, Sage Intacct can be extended and customized to meet them. Learn more.     New Employee: Keith Kusek, Manager of Strategic Accounts Keith joined the IWI team in July as a Strategic Account Sales Manager, focusing primarily on bringing in new Sage Enterprise customers.  He is originally from Chicago, where he attended Illinois State University. He originally worked in the financial industry, and was transferred to Toronto for work in 1987. After a short job transfer to the U.K., he returned to Toronto where he met his wife and put down permanent roots in the GTA. Prior to joining the IWI team, Keith worked for an impressive list of well known companies […]

14
Mar 2018
Wednesday

CRM (customer relationship management or client relationship management) leverages data to manage customer interactions and communications. If the data isn’t managed properly, updated regularly, or kept clean, it can create problems instead of solutions. Although CRM is both an approach to managing client relationships as well as a broader term for the software to manage it, it is really about communications. At its heart, however, is data—a lot of data. Managing that data is the key to getting the most from your client relationship management. Three Common Client Relationship Management Problems (and Solutions) Problem: Customer records lack important data. Customer records are incomplete. They lack essential data which is necessary for ongoing communications efforts. Fields are missing and you cannot continue your CRM programs without the missing information. Solution: Check with your customer service, sales, and marketing staff to make sure they are asking for all the data when they are in contact with customers. Integrate other systems in your company with your CRM system so purchasing information, orders, and invoices are also brought into the system to complete each customer profile. Make sure your CRM system is set up correctly, so it is capturing all the available information. Problem: […]

07
Mar 2018
Wednesday

Running a small business can feel overwhelming at times. Business owners wear many hats: accounting, financial, product management, sales, customer service, warehouse, logistics. Even if you have a strong support staff, the final decisions about the direction in which your business is headed rests with you. Accounting may be the back-office folks while logistics is on the front line but both have to work together to support the overarching business goals. Without the teamwork in place to achieve common goals, you’ll end up wasting precious time and energy. Instead, shared software can help you achieve a common framework. Fortunately, Sage software products such as Sage Business Cloud Financials can take some of this burden off your shoulders. Ensuring that accounting and logistics are in sync is a big step in the right direction. Accounting and Logistics: Are You on Speaking Terms? There are aspects of accounting and logistics that, if they aren’t in harmony, can seriously curtail business. If your company ships tangible goods rather than performing a service, proper handling of its logistics is essential. Problems arise when accounting and logistics aren’t in sync. For example: Shipping fees are too high: According to a UPS survey, 79% of the […]

28
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) is an exceptional business software product. Not only does it include both classic and web versions, it integrates with Microsoft Office and other common business software packages so that you do not need to hire a special developer to integrate your software with existing products you are using. It’s a robust tool on its own that easily connects with others to form the perfect software package you may need for your business. This year, Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) has made many improvements. Sage is known for listening to its customers and responding quickly with improvements as needed. Let’s take a look at what Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) has to offer your business in 2018. Many Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) Improvements Two versions: Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) offers a classic and web version available and running in parallel: Each person in your company can choose the interface they like best. You don’t all need to be on the same interface – the person at the desk next to you can choose classic while you choose the latest web interface. Microsoft Office 365 integration: The new connected ecosystem […]

21
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage software’s Sage Business Cloud is all the software your company will ever need in one convenient, cloud-based system. Cloud software can save your business money and offers exceptional convenience and flexibility. According to Forbes, hybrid cloud adoption grew from 19% to 57% among all organizations surveyed. Hybrid clouds are a combination of public and private cloud environments. This trend points to a common theme: businesses are embracing cloud software for its ability to save money and improve productivity. Sage Business Cloud: The Future of Software Sage Business Cloud offers a comprehensive bundle of software products to meet a business’ every need. Because these products are bundled together and developed by the same parent company, they are ready to synchronize and work harmoniously from the moment you start to use them. No custom programming or other special resources are needed to use all the products found within the Sage Business Cloud. Within this package of Sage software, your business can access: Accounting software to handle basic and advanced accounting functions, including general ledger management, accounts receivable and payable, invoicing, and more. Financials, which enables you to see at a glance how your company is doing this quarter compared to last, […]

14
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage software is always at the leading-edge of innovation. In 2016, the company’s chatbot, “Peggy,” made her debut. While she could only respond to simple commands like “How much do customers owe me?” and “What’s our gross revenues for the month?” the new chatbot continues to evolve as a so-called “smart” assistant. Peggy, and other innovations like this, demonstrate just how far the world of technology has come, and how it continues to evolve. Sage software embraces new technology and adds it whenever it makes sense to do so for their customers. Here are the areas that Sage is watching. You may wish to keep an eye on them, too. Three Tech Areas to Watch Technology evolves at a speed today which was previously unheard of in decades past. Innovations can be sweeping or incremental, completely disruptive or simple updates. Devices such as smartphones available today hold more computing power in a pocket-sized device than most offices had twenty years ago. The following three tech areas are ones to watch now, for these are the areas affecting companies in manufacturing, distribution, and many other industries. Even if they aren’t impacting your business now, they will, and soon. Chatbots and autonomous […]

09
Feb 2018
Friday

2018 DocLink Evolution Roadshow! Eaton Centre, Toronto, ON March 27, 2018 | 9AM – 1PM DocLink Evolution is on the road this year, stopping in major cities across North America. DocLink Evolution is for any and every DocLink user seeking DocLink roadmap and updates, training, enhancements to business process configurations, advanced feature education, and the inside scoop on how DocLink will evolve next. Going paperless is easier than you think. Learn tips and tricks for managing your data flow, enhancing your business processes and more. Register for this roadshow at its stop in Toronto. Did we mention, it’s FREE? Sign up today!  

07
Feb 2018
Wednesday

Sage software includes both on-premises and cloud-based versions. It is the latter that we’d like to address since some people hear “cloud” and think it is insubstantial—here today, gone tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers a lightweight, agile system that is easier to implement, mobilize, and customize and a feature-rich enterprise system that is powerful enough to support every aspect of your business. Sage Business Cloud offers you the best of Sage products combined with mobile, agile features only available through cloud systems. Site-Based ERP Has Its Place Many site-based ERP systems have helped businesses to grow and be profitable by streamlining the entire business from manufacturing, warehousing, sales, and financial management. Such ERP systems have been customized to meet specific company requirements and have been entrenched in company processes. On-premises implementations were required for these critical systems because of the need for reliability, speed, and control. Because of this, while many other business systems have moved to the cloud, ERP has been one of the last to do so. Legacy Systems Losing Ground to Cloud In almost all areas of software adoption, legacy systems are losing ground while cloud-based systems […]

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 […]