The manufacturing of unique products and the consumer demands for increased variants and features and options are requiring the need for change within business operating software. If you are still focused on core ERP to make efficiency improvements, cost reductions and streamlining your supply chain, you are only going to get half way to optimal success. You must start looking forward to how you are interacting with your customers and meeting their demands for unique products. The new millennial buyers are thinking differently and expect their products to be built the way they want. Let’s take a look at what you should be looking at for the future if you are going to lead the market through the offering of configured to order products, versus becoming commoditized and marginalized.Read More
ERP Software isn’t just for big companies anymore. There has often been the perception that investing in ERP Software is impossible for smaller companies. However, an examination of the current ERP Software landscape would probably surprise small businesses that have shied away from investing in ERP software in the past.
There are two substantial concerns for small businesses when it comes to ERP Software.
The first concern focuses on . . .Read More
SaaS or Software as a Service (Cloud) is a hot topic of conversation everywhere. Software as a Service is not remote hosting of your enterprise system, it is a subscription based service that hosts your business application in a multi-tenant data center somewhere. There are many stated advantages and disadvantages to this model and I hope to cover most if not all of them in as unbiased a way as I can.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of a SaaS deployment:
Typically, a relationship starts with expectation and excitement. And you invest in it to see where it will lead you. Investment comes in many forms, and varies based on the type of relationship. You may invest resources, money, time, and assets, not to mention emotional equity into something that has value to you.
Over a period of time you either discover that the relationship is working for you, or you determine that it's not. In the event that the relationship isn't working, there is usually a natural parting of ways, a "conscious uncoupling", or a dramatic scene that finally spells "the end". No matter how it happens, getting out of a bad relationship is liberating.
Think of all the business relationships you have developed over the years. Often, these relationships are good and built on mutual benefit. On occasion, you will find yourself clinging to something that just isn't working. This can happen for a number of reasons: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
Whether or not we want to admit it, tax season is upon us. So, you should start expecting to see those articles that will tell you the top ten mistakes that you can make on your tax return, or the latest changes to tax law that everyone needs to know. Tax season also brings out the people dancing by the side of the road beckoning you into their den of tax preparation and rapid refunds.Read More
For years enterprise software companies have offered on-premise OR SaaS, but usually not both. And certainly not with mix-n-match style options that let you have ultimate control. If you are responsible for the software environment in your facility, you may not be keen on radical change within your current structure. So, what's the answer?Read More
What if you could deliver on time, every time? Every day, you race against time. Competition is fierce, so you need to get to market quicker and do a better job of matching up supply with demand. And no matter how complex your supply chain is, you need to respond faster to change, reduce excess inventory, and cut costs. Most importantly, you’ve got to give customers what you promised them, at the time you promised it. And here’s the good news: Not only can you meet these expectations, you can beat them. The secret is to find an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that improves productivity, both in the office and on the shop floor.Read More
"Infor ERP Business in the cloud gives us the scalability to support future growth without forcing us to increase our IT and administrative costs. Having data in the cloud enables us to focus on our core business and leave system and hardware administration and backup to Infor.” -Adrian King, CFO, Gloucester EngineeringRead More