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Learn More About ERP Comparison Events

By | 2017-03-27T14:22:17+00:00 January 18th, 2017|AX, CFO, Cloud Readiness, Cloud Videos, Comparison Event, Dynamics 365, ERP, GP, NAV, NetSuite, Videos|

Learn More about the ERP Comparison Events It sounds interesting, but you're still not sure if it's worth your time?  We get it, it's a time investment, but it's time certainly well spent! Watch this brief video to learn what you can expect from an ERP Comparison Event, how these events came to be, and why it's so beneficial to decision makers considering an ERP purchase, upgrade or replacement.    LEARN MORE FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU

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 [...]

A Dose of Clarity When Your Cloud ERP Decision is Not Obvious

By | 2017-05-22T18:50:23+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Cloud 101, Cloud Assets, Cloud Clarity, Cloud ERP Selection, Cloud Problems, Cloud Readiness, Cloud Security, Cloud Videos, Cloud Whitepapers, Financial Planning, How/When to Decide, Manufacturing in the Cloud|

24 Must-Know Considerations for ERP in the Cloud Are you ready for a change in business management software but unsure of ERP systems in the cloud? Some companies appear to enjoy great success in the cloud while others don’t quite realize the benefits they hoped for. ERP planned and implemented poorly typically leads to dissatisfaction with solutions and their providers – the cloud is no exception. But when vendors make hyperbolic and conflicting claims, analysts tout trends you already know are all hype, and the technology itself is evolving quickly, it will help to get some of the basics of cloud ERP straight. In this overview we Summarize important benefits of ERP in the cloud Dust off some misconceptions Share [...]

Empower Your Customers with a Self-Service Portal

By | 2017-05-22T20:06:41+00:00 May 19th, 2017|NetSuite|

NetSuite users are sometimes reluctant to enable access to the Customer Center for their customers, but it can provide a self-service experience that is an added benefit for customers, and saves administrative time for companies running NetSuite. Our consultants will make recommendations for custom workflows that notify you of your clients’ interactions on Customer Center. For instance, a workflow may send A/R a notification email when a payment is made online. Sikich Implementation Consultants have identified four key areas of the NetSuite customer center portal that can save valuable time and are easily available from the standard links section: Quick View, Billing, Orders, and Support. Quick View of Customer Balance and Open Transactions Totals Customer Statements can be sent monthly via mail or email from NetSuite, but the Customer Center will provide customers with a real-time outstanding balance of their [...]

NetSuite 2017.1 Updates: CSV Import Enhancements

By | 2017-05-22T20:06:25+00:00 May 19th, 2017|NetSuite|

The new NetSuite 2017.1 release has enhanced the user experience in a variety of ways, one of which is the CSV import function. NetSuite has added two new features to using the CSV import function: consolidated exchange rate updates and large custom list imports. CSV Import Supported for Consolidated Exchange Rate Updates Users are now able to import from CSV files to update consolidated exchange rate record data in NetSuite. If your organization uses OneWorld, has multiple subsidiaries with different base currencies, and manually edits various consolidated exchange rates, then take advantage of this enhancement! First, navigate to List > Accounting > Consolidated Exchange Rates and view a current exchange rates. Before updating a record via import, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the fields of this record. Notice the following fields. These are the fields on [...]

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 [...]

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