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

By | 2017-04-24T20:01:49+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cloud, Dynamics 365, Manufacturing, White Paper|

Bringing Manufacturing Back to the US? Find out how ERP plays a central role when you download this white paper IntroductionReshoring requires a complex effort that demands reliable planning and smart resource management. Modern ERP, more powerful and flexible than the rigid, expensive systems of the past, can provide the foundation to make reshoring and continuing manufacturing operations successful and productive. Discover opportunities and risks of reshoring Learn how to reduce the risks and plan the rewards Access the 5 main reasons that 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 in this Paper [...]

Reshoring: One of the great manufacturing success stories

By | 2017-04-19T20:37:44+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 [...]

Embracing the Digital Transformation Brings High Growth for Businesses

By | 2017-04-11T16:17:28+00:00 April 11th, 2017|CRM, Dynamics 365|

The Hinged Research Institute recently conducted a survey among over one thousand professional service firms that generate at least $1 million annually. Of those surveyed, the firms that have 20% spikes in growth all embraced the digital transformation. All of these high-growth businesses exhibited the following traits as well: The firms are three times more likely than no-growth businesses to credit using technology as the difference-maker. All listed technology as their number one factor in their rapid growth. Sixty-four percent more of these high-growth firms mentioned technology as a differentiator compared to last year's survey. Introhive interviewed Sikich's own Ray Beste regarding why adopting newfangled technology fosters such high growth. In professional services firms (such as accounting firms), where relationships drive success, having the proper technology to capture and report on those relationships is key to stability and growth. Today’s technology allows [...]

ERP Comparison Event – Naperville 6-1-17

By | 2017-04-07T01:23:49+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Dynamics 365, GP, NAV, NetSuite|

ERP Comparison Event - Naperville, IL Sikich Naperville Office (1415 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563) Thursday, June 1 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM   4 ERP Solutions. 1 Location. 1 Afternoon. 365 GP NAV Cloud ERP “The overview helps narrow down solutions for a deep dive later in the decision making process.” “I found the demonstration very useful since we have been using the same software for the past 15+ years.” Reserve Your Seat Sponsored by: Still not convinced? Learn More “Thank you for putting on this seminar! As I move forward, this information will be quite helpful!” [...]

ERP Comparison Event – Boston – 5-18-17

By | 2017-04-12T15:08:36+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Comparison Event, Dynamics 365, ERP, ERP Comparison, GP, NAV, NetSuite|

ERP Comparison Event - Boston, MA Boston Marriott Newton (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Auburndale, MA 02466) Thursday, May 18 | 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM   4 ERP Solutions. 1 Location. 1 Afternoon. 365 GP NAV Cloud ERP “The overview helps narrow down solutions for a deep dive later in the decision making process.” “I found the demonstration very useful since we have been using the same software for the past 15+ years.” Reserve Your Seat Sponsored by: Still not convinced? Learn More “Thank you for putting on this seminar! As I move forward, this information will be quite helpful!” “I [...]

When the Cloud Lifts Off: Easy Upgrades, Strategic IT, and Productive Users

By | 2017-04-05T20:59:11+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Cloud, Cloud 101, Cloud Clarity, Dynamics 365, ERP, Financial Planning, How/When to Decide, Office 365|

It’s worth noting that both the article and infographic I reviewed don’t make much of cost savings in the cloud at all, but instead emphasize other benefits. That wasn’t always the case. When companies and analysts primarily discuss the productivity and operational advantages of choosing a cloud ERP solution, the focus expands to the overall value of the cloud. That’s more strategic and meaningful, and the savings are still possible. Upgrades Without Disruption One point worth noting about the cloud is that systems upgrades are automatic and you don’t pay an extra fee for them – they are included in your subscription. IT managers understand how much easier this can make their jobs, but CFOs and other execs may underestimate this advantage of cloud technology. In an educational article, NetSuite states that cloud ERP systems “are continually upgraded by the [...]

Go with the Flow – How to Set Date Based Alerts with Microsoft Flow

By | 2017-03-22T19:58:36+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Dynamics 365|

With the release of Dynamics 365 (D365) for Operations, one of the most often requested missing features was alerts.  Flow is often mentioned as a replacement and triggers for D365 for Operations—coming in the near future—will provide a wealth of functionality compared to the alerts of Ax 2012. That said, they can take a bit more work to get things going, like a past due date alert for a purchase order line. Let’s take an example. I want to send an email message to my team for every purchase order line that is more than 5 days late per our requested receipt date. First things first – you’ll need to sign up for Flow. Once you’ve done that, click on "My flows" and "Create from blank." In the flow designer, give the flow a name. Then from the services and [...]

How IEMs build competitive edge through cloud ERP

By | 2017-03-20T01:53:05+00:00 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 [...]

Build a business infrastructure that has long-term viability

By | 2017-03-20T01:54:06+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Cloud 101, Cloud Clarity, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, NetSuite|

Technology vendors often have fostered a bias for innovation. The term “legacy system,” for instance, is never used as a compliment. In some conversations, calling out a “legacy system” will produce immediate agreement to throw the software out and replace it with the latest and greatest. Certainly, a software dinosaur may stifle your growth and innovative momentum, and it can be a budget drain as well as an IT administrative pain. We work hard to protect our clients from innovation simply for the sake of innovation. Any change has to deliver meaningful business value for long term ERP or CRM projects. Many times, moving away from a “legacy system” can provide tremendous long-term value for the business, but only if the proper software solution is selected. Avoid costly traps Tossing out a not-so-new software and starting over with a different [...]