Put most simply, business intelligence is the ability to compile, organize, and analyze data from across your organization and use it to make better, faster decisions. To make that possible, you must be able to pull all of your information into an easy to understand, actionable format and from there employees must be able to quickly and correctly analyze it to make strategic decisions. if you’re like most companies though, that is much easier said than done. A majority of organizations rely on excel, manual data entry to and from their ERP systems, and other slow, repetitive, error prone processes. The result of such methods is slow decision making often times based on old and incorrect data. Sage 100 ERP Intelligence Reporting helps companies increase reporting productivity, giving them confidence in their decisions and making them more agile, more profitable, and more competitive than their competitors. Continue reading
Hiring new employees, while it is an exciting time, can also be a hectic time as you work to get them set up and productive as quickly as possible…and then of course there is teaching them to use your software programs. Training new employees to use your Epicor ERP system, or any ERP system for that matter, is easier said than done. Here are five suggestions to help you get your employees trained quickly but also to ensure they are fully grasping the information and ready to use it on the job.
When considering the success or failure of an ERP implementation, the software is rarely the only contributing factor. You must take into consideration the entire project, including your ERP vendor selection. Most projects are considered a failure for one or more of the following reasons:
- Going over monetary budget
- Going beyond the time-frame
- Problems with integration
- Interruptions to important business processes
- Lack of end-user training- or poorly done training
- Improper project planning
Of course selecting the right ERP system is important to ensure you have the features and functions you need to optimize your processes, but the above are all factors that lead back to your ERP vendor, not the system alone which is why carefully selecting your ERP vendor is crucial to being able to look back and call your project successful. Continue reading
Are you providing your employees with ERP training or ERP education? Maybe you’ve never though of them as two different things, but it is important now to recognize the difference. When you hear the word “training” what do you think of? Long meetings? Boring videos? Teaching your dog how to shake? The word “education” on the other hand makes one think of learning, conept retention, and real-life application.
The difference between the two is simple: Attitude and end goals.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) when properly selected and implemented is more than a piece of software. ERP becomes a strategy to drive profit, improve processes, eliminate waste, and much more. On the flip side though, ERP can sometimes do more harm than good. Below we take a look at the ways ERP implementation can help you, the ways it can hurt you, and how to avoid making serious mistakes in your ERP strategy. Continue reading
Most companies grow slowly, they slowly gain traction, slowly and steadily grow their customer base, slowly add more employees…you get the point. But over time, they also slowly outgrow their business systems. QuickBooks is a great option for those who are just getting started, but over time companies outgrow the basic functions and features in their QuickBooks accounting systems. If some of the bullet points below strike home with you, then it is a good indication you are ready for a change, you have outgrown QuickBooks. Once you have come to this realization, the next logical question is, “what do I do now?” Continue reading
An ERP request for Proposal (RFP), while it is not required, is a great tool to use in your ERP selection process. Many times companies will come up with an RFP that speaks only slightly to the company’s needs using a standard template which will limit your ability to really tell your potential ERP system and vendor what exactly you are looking for and the requirements specific to your organization. It is important to develop a RFP that is specific, clear, and relevant to your business needs. When developing your ERP RFP be sure to include the following: Continue reading
In a recent article we discussed 6 reasons you should be working with an ERP VAR but how do you choose the right VAR for your company? The sheer number of VARs out there is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Luckily your options will be whittled down a little bit when you choose the solution you think is best for your company, but you will still have tons of VARs to choose from. Here are a few things so consider when you are making your final ERP VAR selection. Continue reading
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Another week and another interesting #ERPCHAT! Each week @ERPfocus hosts a twitter conversation called #ERPchat; every week there is a new topic on which anyone is welcome to chime in. If you missed last week’s #ERPchat, “where will ERP be in 10 years?” you can read our highlights here. This week #ERPchat asked the question, “Is there a role for gamification in ERP software?” Continue reading
Not all manufacturing companies currently use ERP; this could be for a number of different reasons such as expenses related to purchase and implementation, they think- keyword think– they are not a large enough operation to have ERP, or maybe the company has been successful without it for years so why should they change a good thing? those are all topics to be discusssed in other blogs; point being, there are many out there who are not using ERP in their manufacturing company for different reasons, but the thing is, ERP for manufacturing companies has proven time and time again that it can provide massive benefits!So if you are not using ERP- what are you using?
ERPfocus.com came up with a great idea to host a weekly chat about interesting ERP topics- yes, Enterprise Resource Planning can be interesting! ERPfocus.com is a free resource which provides knowledge and evaluation resources to ERP software professionals. The website is always full of interesting blogs, research, tools etc. Whether you’re already using Enterprise Resource Planning or considering your first implementation. Every week you can join in a great conversation around different topics by following #ERPchat on twitter. We were unable to attend this past week, but I wanted to check and see what everyone thought of the topic, “what will ERP look like in 10 years?” Continue reading
Entry-Level Accounting (Part 1)
Companies can buy a business system for almost nothing when they are small. A subscription to QuickBooks starts at just $12.95. You can barely eat at McDonald’s these days for that little investment. Even QuickBooks Enterprise is very affordable at less than $10,000 for a growing business. But there is one thing that makes the leap from QuickBooks to ERP a big one for most companies – implementation services. Continue reading