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About Sikich LLP

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.

Succeed in Today’s Global Marketplace with Cloud-based ERP

By | March 21st, 2017|Cloud, Cloud 101, Cloud ERP Selection, ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing|

There is no shortage of competition in the manufacturing industry and industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) are increasingly facing off against offshore competitors. In order to quote and price products quickly, IEMs need quick access to reliable production costs. There are product lines and customers to pursue and some to avoid. Profit margins in the manufacturing industry are thinning due to fluctuations in the economy, global competition, and changing customer demands. Not every project or customer will deliver a profit, and that’s a reality many businesses need to face. In order to be confident when making these tough choices and preparing a quote, business leaders must fully understand costs across production. This task becomes difficult when using disparate software systems. By the time data crosses your desk, it could be outdated or, quite simply, wrong because it passed through too many [...]

How IEMs Can Take Charge of Supply Chains to Achieve Competitive Edge

By | March 15th, 2017|Cloud, Cloud Clarity, ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Manufacturing in the Cloud|

Industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) know how important the supply chain is to the bottom line. However, outdated and disconnected systems are failing manufacturers by isolating data in silos, making it harder to respond quickly to supply chain challenges and customer demands. IEMs can achieve end-to-end visibility by replacing legacy systems with a modern, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed to support this unique industry. Managing a successful supply chain comes with many challenges in the manufacturing industry. Business leaders must have established relationships with suppliers, maintain visibility with inventory needs and production processes, as well as the logistics that balance these elements. Supply chain weaknesses are not uncommon; however, problems mount when leaders are caught unaware or unprepared for a disruption. Disconnected systems make it difficult to understand and forecast inventory needs far enough in advance to ensure inventory [...]

Forward-thinking IEMs are Turning to Cloud-Based ERP

By | March 9th, 2017|Cloud Clarity, ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing in the Cloud|

The digital transformation is changing the way we do business and has reset customer expectations. Outdated, disconnected management systems just won’t support industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) any longer. Technology has advanced production operations, and now it’s time to use technology to improve back-office operations. IEMs are turning to cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) to build a competitive advantage and a profitable future. Aging legacy systems are no longer able to keep up with businesses today, especially in the fast-paced manufacturing industry. Employees create workarounds to avoid cumbersome systems which leads to silos of data. As a result, current, reliable information is pushed even further out of reach. As discussed in “Future of Manufacturing: How Industrial Equipment Manufacturers Build Competitive Edge through Cloud ERP,” forward-thinking IEMs are taking advantage of modern technology to harness and use data to save money, improve [...]

President Trump’s Speech Addresses Key Points for IEM Policies

By | March 7th, 2017|Industrial Equipment Manufacturing|

Last week, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, which delivered for the first time his major policy plans to Congress. His policies included quite a few key issues for the equipment manufacturing industry. “Equipment manufacturers are fired up, and ready to grow,” AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturing) President Dennis Slater said before Trump's address. “We are hopeful that President Trump’s remarks before Congress will offer a bipartisan road map toward renewed prosperity.”

How IEMs build competitive edge through cloud ERP

By | March 3rd, 2017|Cloud, Cloud Clarity, Dynamics 365, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing in the Cloud, White Paper|

6 Ways Industrial Equipment Manufacturers are Building Competitive Edge Learn how to capitalize on Cloud ERP to build sustainable success As an IEM, you know a ‘digital transformation’ is inevitable if you want to compete at a higher level and satisfy today’s customer expectations, but will the investment really deliver the benefits you need? Download this eBook for a look at the real-world advantages how Cloud ERP is bringing IEMs competitive edge to business like yours right now: 1. Optimize your supply chain from sourcing through product delivery 2. Proactively protect margins with end-to-end cost tracking 3. Promote expansion into new lines of business and markets 4. Bridge information silos to monitor activity inside and outside your organization 5. Expand aftermarket services and sales to build profits 6. Implement ERP quickly to minimize disruption [...]

The Dangers of Facebook Live

By | March 2nd, 2017|News, Security|

Facebook is, without a doubt, the most popular social media platform, boasting that over one billion people are active users. Since they introduced their Facebook Live feature, which allows users to broadcast what they're doing, saying, etc. to their friends, it's soared in popularity. However, unless you have restricted the platform's privacy settings, you could broadcast your life to the entire world without realizing it. In fact, even if you do restrict these settings, you're still at risk. Your live broadcast may be, what you consider to be, completely harmless. But if you broadcast from your home, you open yourself up to being followed in real life and not just in Facebook. It's easy to then extend this to business dangers. If employees are walking around with what is essentially a broadcast satellite truck in their pocket at all times, you need to [...]

Case Study: Brookdale – Web-Based Resident Agreement System

By | March 1st, 2017|Case Study|

Web App Development for a Resident Agreement System Customer Profile Brookdale has grown to become the national leader in senior living solutions. Brookdale offers solutions in four main categories—Independent, Assisted Living, Dementia Care, and Skilled Nursing. Brookdale operates over 1,200 communities with 80 thousand associates. Business Situation Brookdale Senior Living is the largest senior housing provider with more than 1,200 locations. They were in search of a web-based solution for generating  resident agreements. The solution needed to populate the appropriate legal documents by state with data input into the user-interface by property managers and consume data stored in a data warehouse. Partner Profile Sikich is an application development and integration services company that combines business experience with industry-standard technologies to help its clients automate business processes and create innovative solutions that deliver greater simplicity, agility [...]

Case Study: The Duchossois Group – On-Demand Reporting

By | March 1st, 2017|Azure, Case Study, GP|

On-Demand Reports and Dashboards for Financial Management System Customer Profile The Duchossois Group is a family office with a team of full-time accounting and legal experts that manage investments, taxes, philanthropic activities, trusts, and legal matters including all day-to-day financial transactions for multiple family generations. Business Situation The Duchossois Group migrated to Microsoft Dynamics GP and was in search of a reporting and dashboard solution to be used by executive staff and family members. Since staff and family travel frequently, the solution needed to function remotely on both tablets and desktops alike.  Family members also required on-demand access to financial and investment reports that are typically only available monthly or quarterly. Partner Profile Sikich is an application development and integration services company that combines business experience with industry-standard technologies to help its clients automate [...]

Case Study: DeepVote.com – Social Voting Mobile Application

By | March 1st, 2017|Case Study, Design, ERP|

Social Voting Mobile Application Customer Profile DeepVote.com strives to educate busy people who are tired of politics and really want to know what is going on with their government today.  They use the tools of today to let the citizens of the world  keep the power of the government in the hands of the people. Business Situation for Mobile App Development DeepVote.com was in search of a content driven, responsive website and mobile application to allow users to get quick and simple information about their elected officials and how they align with the user’s social and political views.  The site needed to have a strong back-end system to allow tracking of votes, maintaining a list of politicians, content updates and data import processing. Partner Profile Sikich is an application development and integration services company [...]

Case Study: Starbucks – Equipment Service Dashboard

By | March 1st, 2017|Case Study, Managed Services|

Data Service Management and Equipment Service Dashboard Customer Profile Cornelius is the world’s leading supplier of beverage dispense and cooling equipment. They manufacture and market an extensive line of beverage dispense systems for beer, juices, teas, drinks and more. Starbucks operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee in 65 countries. Business Situation Cornelius was hired to develop a new beverage machine for Starbucks, but found there was not a system for tracking and reporting on equipment service data. Service data was typically reported to Starbucks by equipment service providers via Excel spreadsheets with reporting done manually. Partner Profile Sikich is an application development and integration services company that combines business experience with industry-standard technologies to help its clients automate business processes and create innovative solutions that deliver greater simplicity, agility [...]

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