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Do You Know What is Important in Selecting the Right System?

Are you prepared to make a good match with ERP software suppliers? Start with understanding what your business needs are and whether the ERP software is a match.ERP systems often fail to live up to their promise - even in the best of circumstances. It is a tough environment [...]

Case Study in the Power of Design

Taking a big picture view while simultaneously eyeing execution when implementing an ERP system will help companies not only achieve desired results, but do it quickly.Situation:  Our client had implemented an ERP system several years ago. As is typical when a system is implemented, they implemented the basics and [...]

Forget Data Cleanup and Find a Measure to Start NOW!

Are you mired in data cleanup and not focused on measures that can immediately help you? Stop searching for the “right” data lever and look for measures to track and improve processes.If you have the systems to measure your ideal metric, go for it but don't let it become [...]

Technologies Transforming Supply Chains

One of the ways to become cost competitive with lower labor cost countries is to automate. Look for all the new uses for technology in supply chains. Modern marvels and new information technologies are transforming supply chains. Automation, robots, AI (artificial intelligence), 3D Printing, Bitcoin technology and the IoT [...]

Crowdsourcing is “In”

Crowdsourcing is an engaging, collaborative practice that is catching on to stimulate innovation and new ideas in R&D and software design. In asking questions about outsourcing, insourcing and near-sourcing of the executive panel at APICS Inland Empire's symposium, we heard several great stories. One of them was compelling about [...]

Keys to Delegation Success for Projects

With today’s high customer expectations for quick service, 24/7 accessibility and expanded services supply chain managers are increasingly overloaded. Delegation is key to meeting demands and working efficiently.Published in "Liquid Planners" website, March 1, 2016 Click here for original article. In today's Amazon-impacted world, customers have higher expectations of [...]

Unscrambling a Challenged System Implementation

When faced with a challenging system implementation, take a step back and reassess instead of devoting more resources to a plan that may not work out.From time to time, we receive a call from a client dealing with a challenged ERP implementation. Unfortunately, "challenged" is a nice word for [...]

Resurrecting a Struggling System Implementation

Take the necessary steps and dedicate resources to review processes and think more broadly about specific steps and functions before the purchase of a new ERP system.We received a call this week from another frustrated CEO who is struggling with a system implementation. What we hear frequently from executives [...]

Data, Data, Data

Many manufacturers and distributors focus on collecting data rather than using it to analyze performance and achieve business results."Data, data data" seems to be the hot topic for manufacturers and distributors, similarly to "location, location, location" in real estate success.  What is going on? As technologies have come a [...]

Serving up an ACE in ERP Selection & Design

ACE(SM) is a tested proprietary process that helps companies align critical success factors with business processes and supplier partnerships to achieve endgame results through improved ERP selection and design.Our most successful clients are constantly thinking about where they are headed.  They think about why they are going there - [...]

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