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Sikich is a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology and advisory services. For 32 years, Sikich has been helping clients focus on overall business growth and the components that result in building the bottom line. Sikich has more than 600 associates and has been ranked as one of the country’s 35 largest accounting firms and the ninth-largest value-added technology reseller.

Model55 Case Study: Seamless Transition to NetSuite for Automated Workflow

By | 2017-05-23T19:16:15+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Case Study, NetSuite|

Sikich recently had the opportunity to help Model55 overhaul their entire business process with NetSuite. They had outgrown their current business practice and needed a system that would consolidate what they were already using as well as grow with them in the future. The following is how Sikich was able to help. Executive Summary Model55 is North America’s largest model apartment provider for the senior living industry. Their goal is to make the set-up of new or existing communities as easy, convenient and hassle-free as possible. Model 55 needed a consolidated system that could handle their financials, CRM system, and have the ability to manage and control inventory. "What was amazing with the go-live is that within two hours we were accepting payments, creating invoices, vouchering vendor bills, and everything was completely up and running before noon so it [...]

Sikich Experts Jumpstart Your CRM Efforts in 3 Easy Steps

By | 2017-05-22T20:06:06+00:00 May 19th, 2017|CRM, NetSuite|

NetSuite is a great financial solution to help your business’ daily activities, but it is also a great CRM solution! Many NetSuite users don’t use the CRM aspect to its full potential which could be hurting their productivity. Manage your sales team within NetSuite more effectively by using these three easy steps detailed below: engage your team, expedite customer acceptance/renewal, and evaluate performance in real-time. Step 1: Engage Your Team One way to increase engagement from sales reps is to require that all sales activity emails, phone calls, and tasks are performed from inside NetSuite. That way, there is one source for better sales activity tracking and reporting. Two benefits of doing this are: Sales management can determine the average number of "touches" it takes to close an opportunity; and Analyzing activities can produce the average time to close a sale, [...]

Understanding Industry 4.0 Trends and Opportunities for Specialty Chemicals Manufacturers

By | 2017-05-23T14:43:58+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Industry 4.0|

There is a lot of information about how Industry 4.0 is going to change the way manufacturing is done. Specialty chemicals manufacturers will see some outstanding change as digitization of operations creates some incredible opportunities. The problem is that more than half of all chemical manufacturers have no plan in place to take advantage of these new ways of doing business. The only remaining complexity is how to get past all the hype surrounding the larger concept of Industry 4.0. This infographic goes through the main points of how this new shift in thinking and doing business can help grow businesses without disrupting day-to-day operations, where there are holes in strategy and how to take advantage of the opportunities.

Proving the Value and Achieving Measurable Outcomes From Your First Industry 4.0 Initiatives

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:51+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Chemical Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

In specialty manufacturing operations, companies use various types of complex production machinery, such as blenders, centrifuges, tanks, pumps, extractors, motors, process controllers, and reactors. Systems that regulate temperature, the air quality, and other conditions are important in facilitating the environment required to perform quality manufacturing. Some of these industrial assets are business-critical; without them, production would come to a halt or employee safety could no longer be maintained. They are also clearly connected to creating customer value. Consequences of their failure or poor performance might include late delivery to customers with resulting customer dissatisfaction and the risk of a competitive takeover of your accounts. Solid metrics are in place, but information has a limited reach Many specialty chemicals companies already closely monitor the performance of their industrial assets and the conditions in their production environments. Production and maintenance managers review [...]

Transforming Relationships with Customers, Trading Partners, and Competitors in the Context of Industry 4.0

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:43+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Azure, Chemical Manufacturing, Dynamics 365, ERP, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

When you take your Industry 4.0 initiative to customer relationships and the product portfolio that you offer, you benefit from your sharpened focus on customer value and the insights gleaned in your proof-of-concept project. Until Industry 4.0 becomes the de facto standard in the specialty chemicals industry, you can enjoy the distinction of digital leadership. That gives you a unique position to launch product and service innovations that rely on the strategic, connected use of digital technology. Own digital leadership The transition from an internal focus of Industry 4.0 to turning the spotlight to customer relationships can be gradual. The operations of many production companies in the specialty chemicals industry are similar to their customers’, and there will often be significant commonalities in the challenges businesses need to address. If, for instance, you successfully use live data from the internet of [...]

Preparing Your Specialty Chemical Manufacturing Operation to Benefit from Industry 4.0

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:24+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Chemical Manufacturing, ERP, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

For specialty chemical manufacturers, Industry 4.0 offers the promise of wide-ranging enablement more than a disruption of their business. In bridging digital systems and physical entities and processes, they can find new ways to create value for customers, become more competitive by launching digitized products and services, and optimize their processes and operations. Most specialty chemical manufacturers already own at least some of the building blocks that make an Industry 4.0 initiative feasible. They typically rely on ERP systems to manage their operations, run complex production machinery with at least some digitized controls, and use business insight and analytical tools to better understand their markets and take control of their supply chains. A practice, not a product Technology vendors and analysts sometimes claim that a certain product or practice is transformative and gets companies moving toward Industry 4.0. Many newer [...]

Proven Technology and Tools Available Today Help You Realize an Industry 4.0 Effort and Generate Results From It

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:29+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Chemical Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

In a recent survey, 53% of the business leaders interviewed stated that adopting Industry 4.0 was a priority for the organizations. Ninety-three percent of manufacturing business execs in another survey agreed that Industry 4.0 offered better opportunities for productivity improvements than many other practices. Merging physical and digital systems, Industry 4.0 is a unified, strategic approach to acquiring and using technology, as opposed to purchasing more of the latest products. The cloud, mobility, the internet of things (IoT), and big data analytics are often hyped as transformative technologies that can help companies realize their Industry 4.0 initiatives. However, there is no Industry 4.0 product. It’s a practice that many specialty chemical manufacturers, often already committed adopters of innovative process manufacturing, asset management, and quality management tools, will find to be a good fit. In the chemical industry overall, companies expect dramatic results [...]

Why Chemical Industry 4.0 is Imperative for the Process Manufacturer

By | 2017-05-15T18:07:41+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Process Manufacturing, White Paper|

Start Chemical Industry 4.0 initiatives without disrupting the business Revenue and operational opportunities of digitized chemicals manufacturing are extremely promising. The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 eliminates residual barriers between digital and physical systems and presents companies with a way forward to re-create themselves with innovative ways to create value for their customers. Already ahead of other industry segments when it comes to the effective use of technology, specialty chemicals manufacturers can perform their own Industry 4.0 initiatives to improve operations, launch digitized products and services, and optimize their supply chain management. Get started on your industry 4.0 initiative now with this 20-page white paper! We will never sell your email address to any 3rd party, or send you nasty spam emails.  Promise. Chemical Industry 4.0 Trends Featured in [...]

Sikich LLP Joins Concur Solution Provider Program

By | 2017-05-16T16:41:19+00:00 May 12th, 2017|News|

Sikich LLP has announced they joined the Concur Solution Provider program and can now refer clients to Concur®, an SAP company and the world’s leading provider of travel, expense and invoice management solutions. Concur can help Sikich’s small and medium-sized clients better manage invoices, expenses, and travel bookings. The Concur Solution Provider Program creates a clear path to success for cloud solution providers, next-generation VARs, and traditional IT partners by offering more value to small- and medium-sized customers through Concur Invoice, Expense and Travel. Sikich is a top 1% Microsoft Dynamics Partner and Oracle | NetSuite Solution Provider. Sikich’s expertise is in the development and implementation of these software products, creating a holistic picture and pushing for innovative changes throughout its clients’ businesses. Partnering with Concur, Sikich can now complete that picture by providing businesses with a completely automated expense, [...]

Why Should You Consider Reshoring Your Manufacturing Business?

By | 2017-05-12T20:40:21+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Reshoring|

The founder of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry Moser, wrote an article last year for Industry Week detailing all of the benefits companies could have if they move producing and sourcing products to the US shores. He hits costs over time right away. Localization, producing near the consumer, often reduces total cost due to shortening supply chains and contributing to a lean and agile strategy. The savings on non-manufacturing costs as a result of producing in the market in which the products will be sold can often overcome a 15-20% manufacturing cost gap caused by an 80% wage gap. Manufacturing companies especially are seeing the value in reshoring thanks to localization. Moser cites the following reasons that reshoring is looking more attractive to manufacturers: rapidly increasing emerging market wage rates, low US energy costs, productivity gains, and the economic benefits of localization [...]

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