Companies are going deeper into the massive amounts of data that are housed in their ERP systems, and they are using tools that are available within the ERP structure to do it. Data analysis used to require data dumps and separate analyzing tools to get information that was intuitive and suggestive of trends. Now, these tools are built into the architecture of the ERP framework, and according to . . .Read More
Remote controlled toys are awesome! There aren't many kids out there that haven't at some point wanted a remote controlled toy to add to their toybox. The remote controlled helicopters and trucks are my personal favorites. I would position the approach to whichever parent I felt was most likely to feel compassion for my plight and would campaign on my behalf for these super amazing toys. After all, they were the "money-people", and as far as I was concerned, it did grow on trees.
So, how do you get the attention of the company executives when it comes time to purchase new ERP? Amazingly, there are some companies where the executive team is aware of the project, but not involved or lending support to it. Executive support is critical for ERP implementation for several reasons . . .Read More
Godlan recently announced its "Apprentice" program as an opportunity to invite young talent into the manufacturing space. This program was announced around the time an article was published entitled, "Can paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?". In the article, Megy Karydes, discusses the problem of youth unemployment and why many had not considered manufacturing an option.
How did we get here? Manufacturing has been an industry that has . . .Read More
In college, for those in the School of Business and Management, there were lots of presentations to give that required us to have documents from just about every program in the entire Microsoft Office Suite. These presentations weren't all that bad considering that my friends in the History and Psychology departments were inundated with research papers. The Power Point and Excel portions of these presentations weren't so bad, and especially if you had a month to complete the assignment.
Can you imagine a month to complete a proposal now? Now, you have one opportunity to . . .Read More
Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used software applications in the business world. So, with its widespread use, it is natural that Infor SyteLine ERP would have an Excel Add-in that aids users in creating financial reports. This feature is available in an effort to assist SyteLine users in creating reports that are easy to read and are presented in a format that is familiar to everyone in the organization.
To access the Excel Add-in, go to the InforXtreme support site and . . .Read More
"We're goin' dewn Kep-Tin!"
Scotty was in a sheer state of alarm and panic when he shouted these words to Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. It was time for Captain Kirk to prove once again why he was the most famous of space rebels. His defiance of the traditional methods of keeping space safe from enemies made him admired and hated. So, it was no surprise when at the last minute the instructions that he shouted at the crew were the words that would save them from imminent death.
With the death of Windows Server 2003 support, are you going to be shouting orders to keep the ship from imploding at the last minute? Windows Server 2003 support is ending in July of 2015. This is less than twelve months away, and if you don't . . .Read More
In 1999, when you probably last upgraded your ERP system, you were using a red stapler and were just trying to make sure that you were Y2K compliant. Y2K forced many into the position of having to upgrade their ERP systems. It was period of time that was full of questions and ERP vendors were installing a record number of systems, all because of the Y2K compliance requirements.
Do you remember the programmers in the movie Office Space? This group of disgruntled programmers lead lives of quiet desperation, updating code for the Y2K changeover, while . . .Read More
The first Friday in October will celebrate the third annual manufacturing day across the U.S.
Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers, educators and manufacturing associations to hold events celebrating and educating people on the current manufacturing environment.
The manufacturing sector used to be the largest sector and one of the most visible in the U.S. However, the Service sector has quickly become the largest sector in the U.S. and has also attracted a lot of the U.S. labor force. Manufacturing Day is another opportunity for the industry to draw potential workers back to the sector.
The lack of skilled manufacturing workers has become . . .Read More
When it comes time to make a major purchase, I think we all are concerned about making sure that we get the best deal possible. Nobody wants to make a major purchase and find out later you could have gotten a better deal or there was a better quality brand. Whether we call it this or not, we are all looking for a certain "ROI" or Return on Investment for every major purchase that we make.
A recent Nucleus Research analysis of ERP software revealed that ERP applications have an average ROI of . . .Read More
Next-shoring is the new buzzword in manufacturing. Have you heard it yet?
It was coined by a group of McKinsey Analysts early in 2014. The basic concept is not the moving of operations in order to better serve customers and obtain materials, it is the use of technology to overcome physical limitations.
In the past, manufacturers have located themselves in areas where they could easily obtain raw materials or where they service key customers, but the new focus according to McKinsey is operational agility. Operational agility not only encompasses the use of new technologies like robotics and 3D printing, it is the ability to use these technologies in a highly flexible environment.
Interestingly, the idea of next-shoring is not . . .Read More
Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer, and signifies a shift in most of our schedules. School has officially started for most kids and summer vacations are over for the year. It is a time where the focus shifts from beach trips and days at the pool to Fall sports and the beginning of cooler weather.
As I thought about Labor Day, it is evident that it is so much more than just the last blow out weekend of Summer. Labor Day is a holiday that is meant to celebrate the tenacity and innovation of the American work force. President Grover Cleveland established the holiday in 1887 to pay tribute to the American workforce.
The same work ethic that President Cleveland wanted to honor still exists today, and the manufacturing sector is just as socially and economically vital to the American workforce as it was during that time.
Recently the manufacturing sector has experienced . . .Read More
The Manufacturing sector's steady positive results over the last year and a half has provided the sector with a much needed boost of confidence after several years of decreased profits and little growth. The most recent report from the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business is favorably reporting that the manufacturing sector is enjoying its 13th consecutive month of growth, further adding that 15 of the 18 manufacturing industries are reporting growth in June of this year.Read More
As an ERP Business Consultant with Godlan, Infor's Regional Partner of the year of 2013, I am in a unique advantage to work with organizations that have made the decision to implement the SyteLine product, which boasts over 25 years of experience and evolution. These organizations have recognized the technological benefits that SyteLine ERP provides as well as leveraging the flexibility that SyteLine ERP offers to fit their unique business models. All SyteLine implementations begin with a thorough examination of current business processes to determine where process improvements can be made to best utilize this new technology.
While a new ERP implementation is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate stale business processes, those organizations that have been leveraging the SyteLine ERP product are prime candidates to self-examine current business processes and best leverage their existing investments. We can use the theory of . . .
Most people typically take a little bit of time during the Summer months and go to the beach. It goes along with the phrase, "As American, as apple pie". Going to the beach is just something that many of us look forward to during our vacations.
On one of these trips, it became clear that going to the beach is a lot of work. There are chairs, umbrellas, towels, boogie boards, snacks, and drinks that all need to be carried onto the beach for a day of sun, sand, and fun. So, you get everything set up. Before you know it, the tide has changed, and there is all your stuff getting knocked around by the waves that have been steadily rising until they reach your little settlement.
It is the same on a manufacturing floor. There is a natural ebb and flow, like a tide, that occurs . . .Read More
There are a lot of do-it-yourself projects, and many we have tackled without a lot of heartache at home. Painting, and replacing light fixtures, and even installing some new appliances have become synonymous with home ownership. These are fairly simple projects that can easily be accomplished, but I would never attempt to add an additional room to my house without some professional help.
It is the same with ERP software.
In an attempt to make cost effective upgrades to their current systems . . .Read More
Challenges: Almost all manufacturing companies have a Quality Control (QC) Department. The QC team is typically responsible for quality control and assurance including inspection and disposition of purchased material, finished goods or assemblies during production, and often some form of QC inspection, Certificates of Conformance, and sign-off prior to shipping. However, it’s not unusual that the Quality Control Department operates autonomously from the rest of the Manufacturing Systems. They may piece together related applications, use spreadsheets to record / track defects, or use other manual, paper based procedures to maintain inspection test records and other information for audit purposes. This can become a laborious operation. The QC team may find themselves spending the majority of their days creating and maintaining the related “paperwork” instead of being able to tackle the efforts to evaluate and strengthen the quality of their core manufacturing operations.Read More
Have you ever had to call a customer service center to get information about a product or service and had difficulty understanding the person with whom you are speaking? It's a pretty common occurrence as many customer service call centers are located outside the U.S. and usually in a place where English is the second language. So, inevitably there are some communication challenges. Do you become frustrated during these encounters, and question whether or not the person on the other end of the phone truly understands your needs?
Communication break downs happen all the time! The best way to describe it is in terms of debits and credits. If your use these terms with a CPA, then it means something very different to them than it does your banker. Every industry has its own lingo and acronyms. Just because you don't know them doesn't mean that you don't have some understanding of them, but when it comes to purchasing ERP Software, you better be ready to ask a lot of questions.
ERP software language can be very different in meaning than your everyday business language . . .Read More
Did you ever have Lincoln logs, Tinkertoys, or Legos as a kid?
If your ERP system is like two of these, you may be at risk . . .
Lincoln logs were great for a game of cowboys and indians. The only problem was that once you built the house, corral, and store, it was hard to modify any of your buildings. You basically had to take everything apart to make any modifications. For some people, that was part of the fun. I just wanted to get to the cowboy and indian war.Read More
Want to know what the elephant in the room is when selecting an ERP selection consultant? Objectivity.
There are many business decisions that force us into using information, facts, and instincts, but when it comes to a purchase like ERP software, you want to rely more heavily upon information and facts. Often times, we are too close to the heart of the situation to step back and take a look at the whole picture. When objectivity is overridden the process loses its effectiveness.Read More
As I look at all of the statistics on how employees can lose time and productivity at work (from Angry Birds to Email), it’s staggering. Minutes per day turn into days per quarter and then weeks per year . . . lost. According to an IDC report titled “The Knowledge Quotient”, 61% of knowledge workers regularly access four or more systems to get the information they need to do their jobs. Also, 36% of a typical knowledge worker's day is spent looking for and consolidating information spread across a variety of systems. And finally, it said that only 56% of the time workers can find the information required to do their jobs.
If you are a Material Planner and part of your job is to find Planning Data, those stats . . .