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5 Benefits of Cloud-Based ERP for Manufacturers

  • 28 March 2018
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Categories: ERP,Manufacturing

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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The Top 4 Challenges Facing Furniture Manufacturers

  • 21 March 2018
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Categories: Manufacturing

Despite the uptick in US manufacturing as a whole over the past year, furniture manufacturers face a set of challenges that will make it difficult to compete in the coming years. While some of these obstacles apply to manufacturing in general, furniture manufacturing is especially sensitive to price fluctuations, customer demand, and a stiffly competitive environment. As with all industry trends, proper planning is key to navigating the competitive landscape. In this post, we’ll cover the top challenges currently facing…

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Calculating the Business Value of ERP

  • 14 March 2018
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Categories: ERP

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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Categories: ERP

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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Top 5 Challenges Facing A&D Manufacturers

  • 28 February 2018
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is enjoying slow yet steady growth. The industry grew by 2.4% in 2016 to $674.4 billion, which slightly outpaced the United States’ GDP growth of 2.3%. This was driven by continued growth in the European A&D industry, increased global defense spending in the US, as well as increased revenue in sectors such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics. Nevertheless, this incremental growth shouldn’t be taken for granted. A&D manufacturers, in particular, face challenges…

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5 Barriers to Adopting Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense

  • 21 February 2018
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Categories: Aerospace & Defense

Additive manufacturing, a technology estimated to be worth $87 billion globally by 2020, has the enormous potential to revolutionize aerospace and defense (A&D) product development and supply chains. Also known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing can create localized, personalized, and flexible production. Though it certainly sounds promising to any A&D executive, several barriers still exist that are hindering additive manufacturing from becoming the gold standard in production within the A&D industry. 1. Lack of Consistency Additive manufacturing suffers from variability…

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Where Are the New Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Hotspots in the US?

  • 24 January 2018
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In August, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) released its 2017 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings. These rankings are based on a qualitative weighted score that combines individual rankings on labor, infrastructure, industry, economy, cost, tax policies, and geopolitical risk garnered from ten unique data sources. The United States as a whole finished first once again in the country-by-country rankings due to its relatively strong economy, active defense posture, and strong infrastructure that has generated $212 billion in annual revenue. Needless to say,…

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How Organizational Change Management Benefits Your ERP Implementation

  • 17 January 2018
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Categories: ERP

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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Cre8tive Technology & Design Named in Bob Scott’s 2017 VAR Stars

  • 10 January 2018
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Cre8tive Technology & Design has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2017, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such growth, industry leadership and recognition, and innovation. Selection is not based on revenue and those firms chosen represent a wide range of size and many different software publishers of accounting software. “Each year, 100 VAR…

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The Role of ERP in a Quality Management Strategy

  • 27 December 2017
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Categories: ERP

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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