Manufacturers need the powerful tools available in ERP systems. When ERP systems first appeared on the market, manufacturers were among the first businesses of any kind to use them. Now, the ERP market is thriving, with software constantly being updated and upgraded. There are many possible manufacturing ERP modules to choose from in systems today. The overload of choice can leave some businesses confused about which features are the best fit for their business, that’s why requirements gathering is so crucial. While it’s important to remember that each business will have unique ERP requirements, manufacturers of all kinds should find the four requirements listed below to be of use in the…Read More
Over 600 million apps are downloaded worldwide each day. Moore’s law observes that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. With computing moving into nanotechnology, this continues to be true. I recently read that knowledge is doubled at least every year (soon to be measured in hours?). Just a few years ago it was unheard of for a mid-sized manufacturing company to have a terabyte of data. But, now I have a quarter of a terabyte of storage on my iPhone. How do you keep up? How do you keep your business systems up-to-date? How much of your competitive advantage is based on this ever changing technology? How much better are you than your competitors? It’s such a blessing to have all this incredible technology and data storage available. What’s hard is sifting through all the noise and settling on what’s right for your business. You want to upgrade, but is your upgraded business system going to result in “Better, Faster & Cheaper”?Read More
Companies that supply components and complete systems for military and defense electronics are facing ever increasing challenges with meeting regulatory requirements such as the ones referenced above from May 12. Regulations such as this not only affect the design and packaging of components and systems but the engineering, ERP, and business systems that are used to design and build these products.
Companies that do not have in place proper. . .Read More
Executive buy-in is terminology that often gets tossed around when exploring and / or implementing an ERP project. Typically, the executive management will not be involved with the day to day implementation. In fact, there may be limited executive representation throughout the ERP selection process. Typically, the ERP selection team should primarily be comprised of the company power users from each department, and company leaders.
So, what role does the executive management team play? Executives have a . . .Read More
I remember a few years ago when “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes were all over the place. There are stores that sprung up in strip malls and shopping outlets simply due to the demand for the Jeff Foxworthy Redneck joke special.
So what do these jokes have to do with ERP? If you find yourself making a list of questions that start with the phrase, “My ERP may need replacing because…”, then you have officially categorized your business like . . .
We’ve all heard the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, but perhaps not always paying attention to the subtle life lessons that we were supposed to be learning from this simple nursery school story. I suppose the first lesson was not to go into a stranger’s house without being invited. Despite whatever life lessons we were supposed to learn, the thing that stuck out to me was that Goldilocks wasn’t satisfied with just any food, or chair, or bed. Goldilocks was determined that everything needed to be just right. Just right for her that is.
Goldilocks is reminder of why we should not accept an ERP system that is too hot, too cold, too hard, too soft, or too big. ERP can bring a level of efficiency and scalability to your business that you need, but choosing the wrong ERP system can be . . .Read More
Excel is probably one of the most widely used software programs among students, businesses, and manufacturers. It is incredibly versatile and relatively simple to use. Despite its simplicity, it can even compute and perform complex mathematical operations. It is a useful tool and an accessible way to analyze and communicate data.
Despite its usefulness, you may soon find yourself in a love / hate relationship with Excel.
As business develops, so does the amount of data. If your business operations are being managed from spreadsheets there is . . .Read More
In college, there was an introduction to Marketing class that required all of us to give two presentations during the semester. Presentations are a lot of work to prepare for, and were over with in a very short period of time. I hated the preparation, but I was always happy to have the presentation completed, because that meant I would have a couple of classes where the rest of my classmates were giving their presentations, and I didn’t have to have any assignments due in the class. It was time that I could use prepping for other classes or just enjoying the break.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way with an ERP demo. You may not be the one giving the presentation, but there is still plenty that will need to be done before, during, and after the demo. The vendor software demonstration is a critical part of the ERP software selection process, according to . . .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:
I have seen it time-after-time. A new ERP Implementation in the waiting, Executive Sponsors selected, Steering Committee in place, Project Managers ready to manage, Core Team ready to dive into the trenches, Project Plans firmed, caffeine charged Technical Consultants prepping the environment And functional consultants ready to inspire and guide the client to new heights of best practices.
Then the Value Assessment reveals that by taking advantage of new functionality lacking in the clients legacy ERP system, or slight changes to business processes, that an exponential gain can be made in efficiency, staffing, throughput, inventory reduction, or one of the many other business metrics companies use to determine success. The Consultant . . .
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
Top 5 Benefits of Owning a VCR:
- You can own a rewinder shaped like a race car
- Remembers where you left off after 15 years on shelf
- Find hit movies for $1 in the looney bin or flea market
- You get to hear the audio in FastFoward too
- FF though anti-privacy warnings with ease
Of course, in theory you'd have to travel 6 miles to and fro twice a week to rent and return videos . . . if video stores still existed!
Recently there was a . . .Read More
Have you ever thought, “Why are we still doing manual PO Requisition approval paperwork outside of SyteLine?” Many companies still take the manual route with this process even if the ERP they use is capable of automating it. There are always benefits involved in keeping data inside the ERP system and off paper, but we won't go in to that here.
Here is a summary . . .Read More
We are all called on to trim the fat and become more efficient. You understand the basics but putting thoughts/goals into action is all too often an overwhelming effort. But, an effort worth tackling.
In a recent training class with a number of quality professionals we were given a test assignment to simulate a manufacturing assembly process. We set up multiple work centers in our training room and took on multiple roles. Our team, which consisted of . . .Read More
Is your bracket busted? It's okay. I don't think anyone saw Dayton, Georgia State, or UAB coming. This is part of what makes the NCAA basketball tournament so much fun to watch. There is no guaranteed outcome, and Cinderella may emerge from her pumpkin at any given time. The games are among the best basketball games you will see all season. It is one of the most exciting times of year for any college basketball fan. It is the time of the year when "Cinderella" emerges from her pumpkin and casts her shadow of expectancy. It happens every year!
So when do you NOT want to see a Cinderella emerge? When you are selecting your new ERP software. Software selection is a lot like a tournament bracket. You start with 10-15 vendors, then you narrow the field down to your top 4. The real challenge is . . .Read More
SyteLine is a visually stunning and functionally sophisticated ERP software offering. With the ease of “personalization” of forms and IDO’s personalization that it offers, all without modifying the underlying source code, it’s quite easy to be “…blinded by the light…” and either forget or simply not be aware of some functionality that brings a tear to the eye of olde time Symix alumni. Here are just a few of the “Did you know?” kind of topics:Read More
Throughout the year, it is necessary to purchase and have gifts sent to varying parts of the country. I suspect that many of us face this every Christmas, Birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, and the list goes on. We call these "giftable holidays" in my house. Every giftable holiday, the hunt for the desired gift and hopefully free shipping begins and usually ends a little too close to desired arrival date. So, the giftable holiday recipient usually finds a package waiting for them 2-3 days after the giftable holiday. Fortunately, the people that we send these gifts to know us, love us, and forgive our tardiness. There is no expectation of on-time delivery placed upon my household, and it's a darn good thing!
That is not the case in the manufacturing world. On-time delivery can be the difference between maintaining a customer or not. Sometimes discounted pricing cannot even save you when the customer has had one too many experiences with late deliveries. It's the domino effect. You need material to meet a customer order, your customer needs the product you provide in order to complete and process an order for their customer, and the dominoes continue to fall.
If you survey any group . . .Read More
ERP Personalization – The trouble I have seen...
Many times when attempting to personalize ERP software, it's complicated, time consuming, and worst of all the personalizations may not carry forward in version upgrades automatically. Fortunately, that's not the case with SyteLine ERP.Read More
It seems like there are a barrage of articles that can be referred to at any given time to assess the state of manufacturing in the United States. Some say manufacturing is up, some say its down. It's all a matter of selective stats, factors and opinion.
Looking ahead to what 2015 may hold for manufacturers is no different. There are many opinions, and plenty of articles to substantiate those opinions.
According to the . . .Read More
It is the time of year for resolutions and Christmas afterglow. What is Christmas afterglow? It is the time just after Christmas where you look forward "playing" with your new toys. Now, toys may be a thing of the past for some of us, but there always seems to be that gift that you look forward to tinkering with. It may be a new tablet, phone, or laptop. It might be a car, a bike, or boat. Whatever it is, there always seems to be one item that is intriguing and peaks some creativity within you.
It is fun to explore the new possibilities that your new favorite toy can provide. Why should it be any different with an ERP system? An ERP Demo is one of the best ways to take an ERP system out for a spin. And if you start now, you could be experiencing dramatically improved business processes & performance, and realizing ROI by the . . .Read More