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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 [...]

Dynamics 365’s Digital Landscape Offers New Ways to Move Your Business Forward

By | 2017-05-17T17:16:31+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365|

No matter the industry, companies within are looking for ways to better improve their relationships with their customers, whether it's from reshoring or simply updating their business systems to better serve their customers. Many of these companies already have a type of CRM or ERP software system in place, but these are often older systems that are siloed, overly complex, and quite outdated. To free businesses from these constraints, Microsoft developed Dynamics 365 to connect companies to all parts of their operations seamlessly via the cloud. Since this system does operate through the cloud, businesses can start with as little as they need for operations and grow as the business grows. Microsoft reports that since they rolled out Dynamics 365 in July 2016, they've had HP, AccuWeather, Ecolab, Helsana, and the Renault Sports Formula One Team "transform their businesses" with Dynamics 365. Of [...]

Scalable Cloud Analytics Bring Wide-Ranging Insight to Your Reshoring Initiative

By | 2017-05-09T16:52:51+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Azure, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Cloud Clarity, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365, Power BI, Reshoring|

Globalized industry conditions affect manufacturers in multiple ways. Emerging competitors from almost anywhere can rapidly enter your market and go after your customers. A complex, cross-border supply chain network of existing and potential trading partners may offer better economies than doing business with companies in your region alone, but you may need to take some extra steps to ensure that deliveries happen on time and the quality of the goods meets your standards. On the other hand, even after you reshore operations to be closer to customers in North America, you might still position at least a subset of your product portfolio to an international audience. Strategic initiatives require intelligence Reshoring may intensify the already demanding requirements for manufacturing intelligence, because you undertake a business-critical project that may be unique in the life of your company. At the same time, [...]

Modern, Mobile ERP in the Cloud Helps You Build a Workforce That Aligns With Your Goals

By | 2017-05-09T16:50:19+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, Dynamics 365, ERP, Manufacturing, Reshoring|

Many reshoring manufacturers have ambitious goals for their transition. For them, it’s not primarily about saving costs or simplifying logistics and compliance processes. They want to get closer to their customers through greater responsiveness and direct collaboration. They aim to profit from fast-moving, high-value innovation. An educated, motivated workforce is essential in achieving these goals. For some manufacturers, that will mean learning how to attract and retain the best people. In many offshore locations, economic necessity and the relative scarceness of good jobs may make it easy to recruit outstanding professionals. In the reshore operation, that may be more of a challenge. The people you want expect you to provide contemporary technology to help them succeed Mid-career professionals as well as younger workers will expect you to provide a professional work environment that helps them grow in their careers and [...]

You Can Create a Better Customer Experience When Reshoring Builds on Cloud-based ERP and CRM

By | 2017-05-09T16:50:24+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365, Reshoring|

In North America and Western Europe, many companies have reshored call centers, support functions, and inside sales operations because the customer experience was abysmal. Operators in the offshore locations often did not understand the mentality of demanding customers and may have lacked the training and product knowledge that would have made them more effective. Offshoring savings in terms of labor costs translated into expenses when customers left or broadcast negative reviews on social media, or when managers had to commit to expensive next-day shipping or other remedies to retain a dissatisfied customer. Reshoring manufacturers have rarely made those kinds of experiences. Most of them long ago worked out any kinks and inefficiencies in their supply chains and logistics to meet customer expectations. As long as offshore operations could be held to clearly defined product specifications and measurable quality standards, they [...]

Reshoring Manufacturers Find Success in the Cloud [Infographic]

By | 2017-05-09T16:19:51+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Cloud, Dynamics 365, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Reshoring|

Reshoring manufacturers have been seeing plenty of success by bringing their operations back within the boundaries of the United States. There has been major advancements with cloud ERP systems that sit at the center of manufacturing organizations that take some of the complexity of a major initiative like reshoring off the shoulders of executives worrying about critical details. This infographic breaks down the who, what, when, where and why this trend isn't a passing fad. You'll also get information on how cloud ERP is the right decision in a lot of these cases with how versatile and mobile these platforms can be for forward-thinking manufacturers.     If you want access to more reshoring information, read the free 14-page white paper, "5 ways cloud-based ERP makes reshoring easier and more profitable."

How to Use the Advanced Warehousing Application More Efficiently for Warehouse Workers

By | 2017-04-27T19:05:28+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Dynamics 365|

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations can be as frustrating as it is useful when it comes to managing inventory in the warehouse. Its Advanced Warehousing App can make warehouse management and the jobs of warehouse workers quite easy and efficient, but only if you know a certain secret the app holds within. Whenever a warehouse worker is added to the app, a location is created for that user with a location profile taken from the warehousing parameters set in the app. That's what it's supposed to do, right? There's no big deal about that, and most of the time, it works just fine. However, Sikich's own ERP consultant Evert Bos explained on the MS Dynamics World blog how this can be a problem. When we want to be proactive and enthusiastically create warehouse users before we have entered a user [...]

5 ways reshoring with cloud-based ERP makes business easier and more profitable

By | 2017-04-25T15:25:06+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cloud, Dynamics 365, Manufacturing, White Paper|

Considering bringing manufacturing back to the US but worried about the complexity ? The solution is already sitting at the center of your operation That's right. A modern ERP system plays a central role to meet the demands of reshoring - supply chain visibility, multi-location supplier collaboration, agility to respond to changing conditions. Get started on your reshoring initiative now with this 15-page white paper! Explore the opportunities of reshoring Learn how to reduce the risks and plan the rewards Access the 5 main reasons that modern, cloud-based ERP is a great asset to help you perform a successful reshoring project We will never sell your email address to any 3rd party, or send you nasty spam emails.  Promise. Reshoring Trends Featured [...]

Reshoring: One of the great manufacturing success stories

By | 2017-05-02T15:33:43+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP|

What happens in reshoring? Reshoring is when Manufacturers and other production companies move their formerly offshored operations from China, India, Latin America, and other regions back to North America. Initially, shortly after the turn of the millennium, while other companies still offshored with gusto, a handful of specialty manufacturers realized that offshoring did not enable them to deliver the product quality and supply chain control that they required to ensure the long-term viability of their businesses. Around 2010, some of the largest brands in the industry began to transition manufacturing back onshore when they saw what a difference reshoring could make in their ability to meet changing customer needs and spur innovation. When business conditions in the offshore countries changed—increasing costs, more complex regulation, and risk to intellectual property all greatly contributed—many more manufacturers initiated reshoring initiatives. Certainly, other reshoring [...]

Build Competitive Advantage with Dynamics 365 Cloud-Based ERP

By | 2017-04-14T13:45:46+00:00 April 14th, 2017|AX, Cloud, Dynamics 365, ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing|

Success for all manufacturers, especially industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs), starts with lean production and real-time order tracking, on top of providing superior products and customer service. The necessary component to this success is data, which is often out of reach due to data silos and disconnected systems. Centralize data within a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and achieve the productivity and profitability improvements a digital transformation delivers. Disparate software and legacy systems are simply unable to support businesses in this digital era. Managers can’t quickly or easily access the data needed to make decisions about inventory, production and customer services. According to “Future of Manufacturing: How Industrial Equipment Manufacturers Build Competitive Edge through Cloud ERP,” many IEMs are taking the next step toward building a profitable future by replacing outdated systems with modern technology. Build a Profitable Future With [...]

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