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Sage EM Offers More for Growing Companies Manufacturers exploring their options for adding enterprise resource planning systems to their companies need to be aware of many factors during the research phase of their project. Understanding just what an ERP system does, the features and benefits of each system, and how the system will integrate with existing systems is critical. But perhaps, more importantly, is understanding how an ERP system is configured to work for the manufacturing industry. Software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is built with manufacturers in mind. It’s been tested with many manufacturing firms who have known, used, and benefited from its attributes over the years. Choosing software that’s used by other companies in your industry is one way to ensure that it has what you need to run your business efficiently. There are several key questions to ask before choosing your software package. These include: Have you included all internal stakeholders in the software assessment process? The worst thing you can do is begin speaking with vendors and consultants about ERP systems without complete feedback from the entire team back at the plant or office who intend to use the system. Input from all […]

ERP systems and other integrated business systems can help improve quality control throughout the food manufacturing process. Food manufacturers, like companies who manufacture pharmaceuticals and similar products, must comply with stringent rules and regulations to ensure safety and quality of end-products. Having accurate, timely data helps ensure compliance and safety. For companies in the food manufacturing business, IWI Consulting offers a whitepaper entitled Improving Transparency in Food Manufacturing. Ways in Which ERP Benefits the Food Manufacturing Process Quality assurance professionals and quality analysts know that data fuels many of their decisions. They rely upon accurate, timely data, scientific facts, and knowledge of their industry’s laws and regulations to produce high-quality products that are safe for the public. Having accurate data is vital for food manufacturers. Data integrity, consistency, and accuracy are all improved thanks to ERP systems for food manufacturing companies. Such information can help you predict problems and take corrective measures to prevent them. Here are more ways in which ERP benefits the food manufacturing industry. Accurate data: Food manufacturing depends upon accurate data for both quality and consistency. Centralized data and careful selection of those approved to input data improve both accuracy and quality. When specific employees are responsible […]

The right tools for the task at hand can make the work go more smoothly. Sure, you can drive a nail into the wall using the end of a screwdriver, but it makes more sense to use an actual hammer for the task. The right tool makes all the difference, whether it’s carpentry or inventory management. But which tool is the best one for inventory management? Let’s take a look at the tasks necessary for effective inventory management and then discuss the tools that can make the job easier and more efficient. The Art and Science of Inventory Management  Inventory management is both an art and a science. You’re balancing the needs of customers against the needs of your company to reduce costs. You’re also taking into consideration the availability of raw materials, production times, and shipping. As you review these factors, one thing becomes clear: The more information you have about the supply chain, the better you can manage your inventory. And the better you can manage inventory, the more you can control costs, fulfill orders quickly, and satisfy customer demand. That’s where having the right tools comes into play. What Tools Are You Using Now?  If you’re like […]

Nothing is more frustrating than promising a customer a product and finding out it’s out of stock … all because your inventory data is flawed or out of date. Worse still is telling a customer you’re out of stock on something when in fact you have plenty of it. Is it any wonder that businesses crave better inventory data? A new paper from Sage called Conducting a Cost-Benefit Analysis for ERP sheds light on the many benefits to consider when implementing an ERP solution. One of the many benefits is greater reliability. Accurate, timely business data is critical to all departments in your organization, but perhaps it is most critical to the inventory and fulfillment centers. Without accurate data, they can’t fulfill customer orders quickly. They may erroneously report information to sales or manufacturing. These errors can multiply, causing cost overruns, duplicate stock, and excess warehouse space taken up with redundant products. Better Data Leads to Faster Shipping Times Consider your company’s data needs when it comes to shipping times. Integrated systems that can share ordering, warehouse, and fulfillment data can provide an accurate picture of possible shipping times. Customers rely upon this information to predict their own business needs. […]

Increased productivity is just one of the many benefits derived from ERP systems, according to a new white paper. The paper, entitled Conducting a Cost-Benefit Analysis for ERP, outlines numerous benefits to companies who implement enterprise systems. Building the Economic Case for ERP Systems If you plan to propose an ERP system for your company, it’s important to build a solid economic case for its implementation. Conducting a cost-benefit analysis can help you easily articulate the financial benefits to your company in return for their investment. The first step in the process is to gather the costs of implementation. Obvious costs include acquiring the system, customizing it, testing it, training the staff to use it and upgrading it as necessary. Cost should be calculated on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis for comparison. Next, assess the economic returns. The paper suggests that the returns on investment include: Streamlined procedures Greater intelligence Increased productivity Greater reliability Improved reporting One way to build your case is to focus on any one of these issues that may be exceptionally germane to your company. For example, if your current system lacks a robust business intelligence reporting system, emphasizing the benefits to your company of […]