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31
May 2017
Wednesday

Manufacturers face many challenges in an increasingly globalized world. Lowered trade barriers, cheaper imports, and changing tastes among businesses and consumers are all just part of the cascade of challenges that manufacturers face on a daily basis. IWI Consulting Group would like to offer you a special white paper entitled ERP: A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, we address the many challenges faced by manufacturers and explore how software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can help you overcome these challenges. The Only Constant Is Change All businesses face changes on a daily basis. From fickle consumer tastes to changing ways of accessing information, the world changes at an ever-faster clip. Manufacturers are not immune to the increasing pace of change. Manufacturing today is a far cry from the way it was 30 years ago – or even a few years ago. You don’t have to look far back into the past to see how global, regional, and local changes have impacted the manufacturing industry. It is important for manufacturers to accept, rather than resist, change. Change is happening at every level of the organization. To embrace change is to realize the potential inherent […]

24
May 2017
Wednesday

When the Time Is Right for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) You know that your company needs a new ERP system. The existing software is slow, requiring nightly manual batch updates that bog down the entire network. Production is upset that they can’t get real-time figures. Your supply chain manager wants to know why she can’t get accurate information on where shipments are when customers are waiting for orders. It’s a headache that many manufacturers face. There are certain signs that your current ERP system no longer meets your company’s needs. Do you know what to look for to determine when the time is right to upgrade your ERP system? Some hints that it’s time to upgrade your ERP system include: Slow decision-making: Although some people may just prefer more time to consider all of their options, slow decision-making may also be a sign of an aging ERP system. If you are waiting to collect data from your system, or you need someone staff to verify the accuracy of the data that you are pulling from your system, it’s a sign that your system is outdated. Systems such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) provide real-time data so […]

17
May 2017
Wednesday

Manufacturing is all about efficiencies. The more efficient your operation, the more profitable it can be. To improve efficiencies throughout your company, using a manufacturing ERP software package such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can enhance efficiencies throughout the supply chain, production, finance and more. One way in which you can improve efficiency is by better data management. There’s an old saying in computers, “Garbage in – garbage out.” It means that the quality of the outputs is only as good as the quality of the inputs into the computer system. You’ve seen this yourself in the manufacturing process. High-grade raw materials entered into the start of the manufacturing process results in a better product. Better products result in higher customer satisfaction and eventually, high demand as word spreads that your company produces the best quality products in the industry. Well, the same may be said for data. Your Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) system can yield accurate, insightful reports – or it may yield incorrect data, depending on the inputs. To ensure you get the most from your manufacturing ERP software, put into place the following best practices for data management. Quality in – quality […]

10
May 2017
Wednesday

Strong growth is how companies survive—and thrive. The absence of growth is stagnation. Yet to grow, companies automatically assume that they must add overhead. Salaries, benefits, office space all add up. Sometimes it seems as if rapid business growth eats up all of the potential profits. Planning for growth can be difficult. Managing your overhead, personnel costs, supply chain inputs, warehouse space, shipping, receiving, and operational tasks all change with growth. Staying flexible, nimble and responsive helps you meet higher demand without stumbling. Another way to support increased demand is by using cloud-based ERP tools. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning tool that supports rapid growth without high-cost increases. You can do more with greater efficiency using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). Sage X3 is a cloud-based software package that provides support for all areas of your organization without a significant investment in hardware, software, and infrastructure to support it. As a cloud-based system, it runs through an internet connection. Any device that can access the internet can be used to run Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). New hires may not necessarily need to work on site. You can add […]

03
May 2017
Wednesday

If you need to build a business case to boost support for Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), one great way to support your request is through an ROI analysis. ROI stands for “return on investment.” Management likes to see figures that support new technology initiatives. An ROI analysis can help you build the case to purchase and use Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). A Forrester poll of IT decision makers shows that 93 percent agree that providing a written business case to justify new work or software requests is very important. In a manufacturing environment, where every penny counts, completing an ROI report may make the approval and adoption of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) easier. What Is Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)? Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is a powerful enterprise resource planning tool that enables your organization to track, monitor, and report on all the important business metrics you need. From supply chain management to warehouse management, sales and service, marketing and accounting, all groups within your company will benefit from using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). For a detailed look at how Sage EM (formerly known as Sage […]

26
Apr 2017
Wednesday

You can get even more benefits from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) when you understand and apply these tips, tricks, and hacks to the system. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers a powerful set of data management, financial reporting and analysis, supply chain management, and warehouse management tools for complex manufacturing environments. The more time-saving benefits you can derive from your use of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), the more your business will profit. Not familiar with Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)? Take a free virtual tour at IWI Consulting Group. Three Tips to Get More from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and Run a Smooth Implementation Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers an essential business planning and financial management tool that’s especially helpful for manufacturers. You can get even more benefits from using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) with these tips. Create a team of champions: Some companies make the mistake of assigning the management of a new ERP system to the IT director and leave it at that. Winners create a team of champions—leaders from each department who can learn the nuances of the new system and share […]

19
Apr 2017
Wednesday

Manufacturers rarely get excited about software updates. After all, software supports manufacturing but rarely takes center stage. The new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) may change how manufacturers perceive software. It’s time to get excited about Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)! You can also take a virtual tour of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). IWI Consulting offers this free, virtual tour of Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3)—just visit us and you’ll see why manufacturers are raving about the new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). New Integrations One of the hallmarks of the Sage family of software is its ease of integration with other products. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is no different, and in fact, Sage has gone the extra mile to ensure that integration with other software products is fast, easy, and smooth. Just look at this list of integrations: E-commerce: If you haven’t built an e-commerce store yet, it’s time to start. The new Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) integrates easily with e-commerce platforms. You can build or customize an existing web store. The software also helps you manage pricing, inventory, and customer interactions and transactions, […]

12
Apr 2017
Wednesday

If you’re working with an ERP consulting firm such as IWI Consulting Group, you have access to some of the best minds in the ERP world. Your consultants want the best for you and they want your Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) or Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) system to become an integral part of your business. In order for you to really gain the maximum benefit from your ERP consulting project, these tips will help you use your system in new and innovative ways. Build and Refine Strategic Plans Data found in Sage ERP can be used to build, refine, and support your company’s short and long-term strategic plans. Be sure that the software chosen for your company scales with your growth and enables you to add functions and modules, as required. Sage-based software is ideal for long-term growth. There are many modules—such as HRMS, CRM, and more—that can be added to build out a bigger, better system over time. Create Data Policies The information derived from your ERP system is only as accurate as the data inputted into the system itself. Data policies and guidelines help set standards and expectations for how and who can enter […]

10
Apr 2017
Monday

Sage Summit Tour 2017 Toronto, June 27-28 at Beanfield Centre Hours: 9 am – 5 pm   IWI Consulting Group is a Silver Sponsor of the Sage Summit Tour and we hope to see you there. Registration for the most personalized, interactive, and experiential business event of the year is now open. Get the inside story on new innovations Connect, network, and learn with like-minded professionals and peers, locally Learn from visionary speakers and thought-leaders Experience a personalized, interactive, experiential place to learn You will also have the chance to see Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s “The Rick Mercer Report”  who is a keynote speaker at the Sage Summit. Don’t miss this incredible event! Register now for just $99 with this special link just for IWI Consulting Group customers. For more information on keynote speakers and the event agenda for this incredible Sage event you don’t want to miss, click here. If you are outgrowing your current system or need to make some changes to your business model, IWI Consulting Group can help you take the next steps. Please contact us with any questions you may have.        

05
Apr 2017
Wednesday

Sage CRM offers many positive benefits, but one that’s guaranteed to make a sales and marketing manager smile is its ability to provide a seamless multi-channel customer experience. No matter where a customer chooses to connect with your company, be it through phone, email, or social media, they receive the same response and service, period. Many legacy systems offer only one inbound channel. Most companies use inbound call centers to handle customer service. Yet customers today expect more. When your competitors offer instant chat or responses to Facebook queries, it sets a whole new standard for your company too. You can ignore it only at your own peril. Now with Sage CRM, it’s actually easier than ever to embrace multichannel CRM. How Much Is CRM Worth to Your Company? Forrester Research offers assistance to help your company evaluate the potential value of a CRM system to your business. Look at the following metrics as you evaluate Sage CRM and other CRM systems: Revenue: What opportunities does Sage CRM offer to increase revenues? With add-on sales, special communications, and targeted marketing, you can evaluate the impact of your CRM system on revenues by assessing the many ways in which it can […]