Choosing the ERP System that’s Right for Your Manufacturing Business

Manufacturing companies have many options when it comes to ERP solutions. Many don’t realize the type of manufacturing requires different ERP software capabilities. It’s important to choose the ERP software system that fits with the type of manufacturing you do. There are basically two types of manufacturing: discrete and process. Discrete Manufacturing Discrete manufacturing refers to production or assembly line manufacturing. Examples would be the assembly of automobiles, computers, or the like. They consist of separate parts and components that can be put together or taken apart. If one part is missing, the final product cannot be completed. This type
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Why Business Process Improvement Efforts Fail

Improving your business is a critical factor in keeping up with emerging technology and your competitors. Using a proven business process improvement strategy is an effective way of establishing continuous improvement efforts. Business Process Improvement (BPI) is a methodology that identifies operations and employee skills where improvements will streamline procedures, make workflow more efficient and result in overall growth and increased profitability. However, even with the numerous benefits that can be derived from BPI, they are not always successful. Here are five reasons why BPI efforts fail 1.    Lack of Support for BPI Lack of support for the BPI effort,
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The Importance of People, Processes and Technology

Implementing technology solutions and changes may seem like a daunting task, but its principles really boil down to the good old triangle of People, Processes and Technology. You need to align all three elements in any project to ensure a change process will work as needed. There have been many discussions over the three elements of this paradigm. Some believe that all three elements are equal in importance. I tend to think that PEOPLE is by far the most critical piece of this strategy. Let’s look at what comprises each of the three elements in this concept and how they
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Why ERP Projects Fail

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects are implemented in order to reduce cost, streamline existing business processes and to have a greater visibility in operations that helps in making faster and informed decisions. Sounds like a perfect solution, right? Then why do so many of ERP projects fail? There are a number of reasons for the failure of ERP project implementations. Below are some of the most common causes of ERP failure, in random order of importance. 1.    Project Objectives Are Not Clearly Defined Clear and specific goals are critical to measuring ERP implementation success. Careful planning and consideration in defining
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Why Is Customer Relationship Management So Important?

By definition, customer relationship management (CRM) is a term that refers to practices, strategies and technologies that companies use to manage and analyze customer interactions and data throughout the customer lifecycle, with the goal of improving customer service relationships and assisting in customer retention and driving sales growth. To answer the question, “What is the importance of CRM?” you need to look past the initials, past the term Customer Relationship Management, and think of CRM not as a “thing” but as a strategy for doing business. Each word in the term is important on its own, and when brought together,
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What Is the Kaizen Concept?

There are a number of methodologies and tools in use for automating and improving business processes. One we’d like to discuss here is called Kaizen. The Kaizen concept originated in Japan, born out of necessity to recover from the devastating effects following WWII. The premise behind Kaizen (taken from the Japanese word for improvement, change for the better, or continuous improvement) is to always maintain an optimistic view. It brings the entire workforce together– including managers and workers, customers and suppliers–to band as a team to overcome obstacles. Success is accomplished through the process of constantly fixing what doesn’t work
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5 Reasons to Hire a Marketing Consultant

You’re a business owner trying to make it in today’s cutthroat environment. You probably know your product or service very well and think it’s a great solution or addition to many consumers. So why aren’t you getting the customers you think you deserve? No one person can be an expert in everything. Why even try? There are professional consultants and agencies that specialize in helping businesses become more successful by assisting them market their brand. A marketing consultant is a marketing professional with expertise in strategies to engage customers and improve business opportunities, both through retaining existing clients and attracting
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Benefits of ERP Manufacturing Software

The manufacturing industry has become increasingly competitive. The need to design, build and deliver the highest quality products in the timeliest manner at the lowest cost possible is essential to win and retain customers. Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, can be the answer to manufacturing businesses looking for an integrated solution that encompasses all aspects of the business, including resources, operations, monitoring, reporting, sales, accounting and finance. Manufacturing ERP systems solve a number of challenges and provide invaluable benefits to manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, manage growth, streamline processes and gain a competitive advantage. In this blog, we highlight some
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Digital Transformation – the Bridge to the Future

All businesses need to embrace digital transformation in order to succeed. Whether your business is a small startup, mid-sized enterprise or a large corporation, you will not survive and remain competitive without it. In general, digital transformation is the integration of digital technologies into all aspects of a business. The process requires fundamental changes to how businesses operate and provide value to customers. It’s a cultural change that impacts every level of employee, from the CEO downward. It is critical to create a digital transformation strategy to define the steps required to succeed in the digital world. The strategy will
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Why Your Business Needs a Project Manager

A project is a temporary effort to achieve an end, whether that is a product, service or result. Projects have defined parameters; a beginning and an end. They differ in that respect from day to day business operations. Project managers (PMs) are individuals trained to manage all aspects of a project, including budget, deadlines, milestones, project scope, client satisfaction and project communications. They are responsible for the overall success of the project and its results. Some mistakenly believe that a team leader or middle manager can also step in to serve as a project manager. They may try to cut
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