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Minimizing Scrap in Your Discrete Manufacturing Business

  • 11 October 2017
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Let’s talk about cutting your scrap down to zero parts per million — that is, no material wasted during production. Sound like a manufacturer’s pipe dream? It’s not. Keeping scrap counts as low as possible has always been a challenge, but with today’s manufacturing tools and systems, it’s a realistic goal for industrial manufacturers to aim for zero PPM of scrap. While you probably won’t hit the zero mark every time, you can implement strategies so your plant reduces scrap…

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Make Faster, More Informed Decisions with ERP

  • 4 October 2017
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Who do you want at the head of your company: a manager who makes business decisions based on an informed analysis of relevant data, or one who makes decisions based on instinct? A 2015 survey commissioned by Epicor polled more than 1,500 financial business professionals in 11 countries. They found that: 46 percent of CFOs made important decisions based solely on instinct. Many others said that they relied on a combination of instinct and experience due to a lack of…

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How ERP Can Improve the Customer Experience

  • 13 September 2017
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Your manufacturing business may have counted on customer loyalty in the past, but the modern landscape reveals fragile customer relationships and a struggle for manufacturers to retain a solid client base. The level of service your customers receive means everything — it can be the difference between placing their next order with you or shopping around with your competitors. The solution manufacturers already turn to for streamlining internal processes, production, and inventory can actually help with client retention, as well.…

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What AI-Enabled ERP Could Mean for Your Business

  • 30 August 2017
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is more integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) than you might think. According to CIO, AI is transforming ERP solutions. And the impact has been profound. Already a buzz-word in the world of commerce, ERP refers to the automation of routine tasks which can then be performed at optimum efficiency and at the lowest cost. Not only this, but human capital is diverted to higher level tasks. Computer intelligence has the ability to learn to increase and…

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Engineer-to-Order: 3 Client Needs You Should Be Addressing

  • 9 August 2017
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In the engineer-to-order (ETO) industry, client relationships are fragile. Your business needs to be flexible enough to pivot with your customers’ changing needs, while organized to ensure quick and accurate turnarounds on projects. Jimmy Faroh, operations manager at Challenger Door, outlines the unique challenge for ETO manufacturers: “We don’t carry stock. Everything we do is customer-ordered and designed onsite.” This means the loss of just one customer can result in huge amounts of waste in your existing inventory and production…

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Why Cloud ERP Is More Popular Than Ever

  • 24 May 2017
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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is moving to the cloud at a rapid pace, as companies turn to the benefits of cloud computing to achieve more flexible business management. Cloud ERP typically consists of a bundle of applications that help businesses automate their inventory tracking, deliveries, marketing, and accounting — with cloud computing, this is all stored on another company’s server and delivered over the internet. Here’s why cloud ERP is booming in today’s businesses. Cost Reduction A cloud computing solution…

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Technical ERP Terms You Need to Know

  • 25 January 2017
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The world of ERP software, and the terminology surrounding it, is often confusing and complex. If you’re not an expert, navigating through the different terms and acronyms may seem like reading a foreign language. That’s where we come in. Understanding some of the common technical ERP terms will help you communicate better with your authorized partner in ERP, your implementation team, and all of your employees. Here’s a short glossary of frequently used ERP terms and acronyms, to help get…

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The Latest Tips for ERP Implementation

  • 18 January 2017
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Manufacturers are flocking to ERP solutions. In 2016, 1 in 4 manufacturers surveys said ERP investments were their top priority, according to the recent Hennik Research’s Annual Manufacturing Report. It makes sense. The right ERP system can provide seamless communication between the various departments of your manufacturing company. With more and more ERP solutions available, it’s not always easy to determine the right factors to consider when choosing a product for your own business. That’s why we’ve provided a list…

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Training After ERP Implementation

  • 11 January 2017
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Once an ERP system is effectively integrated into a business, it’s time to focus on the task of training the employees who will use it. When implementing a new ERP solution, much of the focus revolves around the planning and go-live date; but most of the benefits come after the dust has settled, all implementation tasks are checked off the list, and the real test of time remains. The long-term benefits of an ERP system depend on the ability of…

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5 Tools for a Successful Modern Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

  • 4 January 2017
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The second half of the 20th century introduced inventions like the cell phone, the personal computer, and the World Wide Web which we now consider staples of a modern business. Several decades and countless inventions later, businesses are adopting new tools for success. Take a look at five popular tech tools used by today’s successful businesses, the percentage of companies that have adopted them, and the primary use of each.   Share This Infographic On Your SitePlease include attribution to…


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