Posts Categorized: ERP Software Selection

9 Steps to Successful ERP Software Implementation: Part 3

In this final part of the implementation blog series, we will be discussing three more success factors to better prepare a company for an ERP implementation including: well-defined data migration plan, complete system testing, and knowledge transfer.  Well-Defined Data Migration Plan. A well-defined data migration plan that addresses the following factors will help keep the… Read more »

9 Steps to Successful ERP Software Implementation: Part 2

In this part of the blog series, we will be discussing three more success factors to better prepare a company for an ERP implementation including: approved solution and user/power user ownership, coach to peer trainings (train the trainer), and documented standard operating procedures. Approved Solution and User/Power User Ownership. In this step of implementation, it’s… Read more »

9 Steps to Successful ERP Software Implementation: Part 1

The daunting and labor-filled task of implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system should be considered as important as its selection. In a recent study conducted by Panorama Consulting Group, an independent ERP consulting firm, the following statistics were noted: Over 90% of ERP implementations take longer than expected; Nearly 60% of implementations cost more… Read more »

Importance of Third-Party Functionality

Process manufacturers should be utilizing an ERP software system solely designed for process manufacturing. There also needs to be realistic expectations that, often times, baseline functionality may not provide you everything you require, and a third-party application can enhance and further benefit your ERP software needs. Anyone telling you otherwise is naively ignoring the competitive… Read more »

ERP Software Investment Protection: Quality Maintenance Plan

When making a major software purchase for your company, don’t overlook the benefits of a maintenance plan. It’s in your best interest to budget for a quality maintenance plan. Here are some of the things that constitute a quality maintenance plan, in addition to the importance of these qualities. Well-trained, Articulate, Live Customer Service Representative:… Read more »

What is Process Manufacturing?

Process manufacturing is associated with formulas and batch recipes which are typically produced in bulk quantities. The easiest way to think about it is that once it’s produced you can’t return it to its basic components. For example, the ingredients that go into making an aspirin tablet can’t be extracted in their original form. Process… Read more »

Cloud ERP: Saving Small Businesses Money

Saving money is an integral part of running any business, so many small companies struggle with the financial investment involved in purchasing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. A number of common misconceptions contribute to the notion that it’s too expensive including misunderstanding the savings, understanding business efficiency improvements, or the fear of making an… Read more »

Tax Benefits of 2013 Expire Soon!

Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this year’s increased Section 179 tax savings. The Section 179 tax benefits will decrease significantly for 2014, unless there are changes to the current law. About Section 179 Created to help businesses purchase or lease new equipment An easy strategy to improve your 2013 bottom line Significant impact to… Read more »

Cloud ERP: Saving Process Manufacturers Time & Money

The demand for cloud-based ERP solutions within the process manufacturing market has grown dramatically. Small to mid-sized manufacturers can now manage their business operations, accounting, and business intelligence with minimal upfront costs. At its very foundation, Cloud ERP is designed to be a simpler approach to ERP. Some Cloud ERP providers offer an affordable monthly… Read more »

Initial ERP Search: 4 Questions to Answer

If you’re starting to gather information on an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, there are some basic introductory questions that you should be prepared to answer when you speak to a business development representative. Are you planning to purchase in six months or less? Regardless if you’re planning to buy now or a year from… Read more »