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Reducing Lead Time With Industry 4.0

  • 4 April 2018
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Manufacturing in today’s major industries means being able to balance increased demands and customization requests without slowing down production. Not only does demand continue to rise, but customers are more frequently seeking specific items that need to be made in smaller batches rather than produced in mass. Current manufacturing models weren’t built with these demands in mind, which can result in long lead times or delays in production for such orders. Fortunately, Industry 4.0 is beginning to catch up to…

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5 Benefits of Cloud-Based ERP for Manufacturers

  • 28 March 2018
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The shift to cloud-based services and infrastructure is on the rise, and discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing companies are leading the charge when it comes to public cloud spending. The two industries alone make up just under one fifth of all market spending on these services. This isn’t a surprise; manufacturing benefits greatly from the efficiency, scalability, and agility provided by cloud-based solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms. Here are just five reasons why cloud-based ERP can keep…

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Calculating the Business Value of ERP

  • 14 March 2018
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Return on Investment (ROI) is one of the most important considerations for company leadership. After all, any investment must yield some value to be worthwhile. The ROI on some investments, like a new piece of equipment that increases your shop’s daily production, is easier to calculate due to your familiarity with their direct benefits. But what about the ROI of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system? Understandably, executives may be hesitant to invest in a costly software solution like ERP.…

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Implementing a Proactive ERP Risk Management Strategy

  • 7 March 2018
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So, your company is considering implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. By bringing all data and technology under a unified system, your organization can enjoy access to detailed information, reduced costs, and streamlined processes. It’s no question that the benefits of ERP far outweigh the risks. Of course, risk can’t be completely eliminated. Companies that fail to implement a new software solution successfully may face employee pushback, incomplete training programs, and a lack of commitment to the project as…

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How Organizational Change Management Benefits Your ERP Implementation

  • 17 January 2018
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The manufacturing workplaces and supply chains of today are evolving, and with that comes the shifting function of your company and its staff. Manufacturers already know that implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a step in the right direction, but there’s no question about it — implementation isn’t easy. In fact, analyst firm Gartner estimates that up to three quarters of all ERP implementation projects fail. It’s imperative that you get a good handle on the transition process in order to…

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The Role of ERP in a Quality Management Strategy

  • 27 December 2017
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Having a sound quality management strategy is essential for any manufacturing business, regardless of what it is you produce. If creating or updating your strategy seems like an intimidating task, enterprise resource planning (ERP) can help. Rather than addressing just one part of your company’s process, ERP is a single solution that allows you to monitor quality at every step of the manufacturing process. A quality management strategy requires certain details. Here are a few of the ways ERP can…

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5 Questions to Help You Decide Whether It’s Worth Investing in ERP

  • 20 December 2017
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You’ve probably come across enterprise resource planning, or ERP, when investigating options for improving your operations. ERP is a solution that lets manufacturers both large and small take advantage of the modern technologies that are reshaping the industry. If you’re still not sure whether ERP is a good fit for your operation, see if you’ve asked yourself any of these questions recently. 1. Do I Have the Real-Time Information I Need to Make Quick Decisions? Decisions need to be made…

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How ERP Helps Manufacturers Adjust to Changing Demand

  • 13 December 2017
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There are two inseparable factors that can make or break a manufacturing business: supply and demand. Without the right data, these factors can seem unpredictable. Sudden changes in demand can wipe out companies that don’t act quickly enough to satisfy customers. It can feel like a hurricane blew through unannounced — without data, that is. A healthy, state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can act like a meteorologist for demand, allowing companies to strategically control supply. Anticipating Demand Demand is…

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Our Partnership With Century Business Solutions to Deliver Credit Card Payment Within Epicor 10

  • 4 December 2017
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Cre8tive Technology and Design is excited to announce its partnership with Century Business Solutions to allow credit card processing directly within Epicor 10. After evaluating several different payment options, Century Business Solutions stood out as the premier payment provider for the Epicor 10 integration. The credit card module will utilize Century’s proprietary payment gateway, EBizCharge, to provide credit card processing for thousands of merchants across the country. “We strive to provide our customers with solutions that bring great value and…

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Calculating the Cost of Quality With ERP

  • 22 November 2017
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In the competitive global marketplace, reducing operational costs and running a leaner, more efficient operation are goals on every company’s radar. Of course, it’s essential that product quality not be compromised by any changes make for the sake of efficiency. Effective quality control management is paramount. Using the cost of quality metric, it's possible to monitor precisely how much capital goes into maintaining the optimal level of quality not only on the production floor, but within all business operations. By…


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