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Supply Chain Optimization: 10 Rules to Boost Supply Chain Efficiency

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Effective supply chain management (SCM) in today’s technologically-advanced manufacturing environment can be a daunting task. However, according to Dr. Donald Radliff, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, efficient supply chain and logistics operations backed by a solid supply chain strategy can reduce costs by as much as 10-40 percent. The trick is following ten rules for successful supply chain management: 

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Tags: Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning

Hybrid ERP: The Best of Both Worlds

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Many enterprises considering the latest in ERP systems mistakenly think it has to be an either/or solution – a reliable Tier 1 on-premise system or an agile cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP solution. 

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise Planning, ERP

Prepare for Winter Weather With an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Dave Kravitt

When there is a natural extreme weather condition, like a snowstorm or flooding, often businesses come to a standstill. In 2017 alone, the US was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All of that added up and crossed $300 billion in damages in 2017, a new annual record.

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Tags: Disaster Recovery

How to Manage Your Retiring IBM i Solutions Talent

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The IBM i platform has been a stalwart for many organizations over the past 30 years. Few platforms have comparable longevity and stability. But with that stability, comes the eventual retirement of employees who have been hands-on with the platform for decades.

Aside from the emotional impact of losing core, long-term employees, many companies also fear losing the copious skills developed while navigating the IBM i platform and the mission-critical enterprise applications on it over such a long period of time. In many cases, these long-term employees are the sole repository of intricate software program knowledge, including the mountain of software modifications made over the course of decades. A great deal of intellectual property is stored between the ears of these employees.

All is not lost!

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform

3 Costly ERP Mistakes You Never Want to Make

Posted by Dave Kravitt

With the year end closing in quickly, manufacturing organizations are in the throes of planning and budgeting for the year ahead. Often that means figuring out how to get ahead of challenges that have been costing your organization both time and money. And when it comes to your ERP, the PSGi team has seen the same challenges inevitably rear their heads time and time again. In this blog, we’ve highlighted the three common ERP mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

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Tags: ERP

Moving Towards Mobility with Your IBM i Legacy System (Part 2)

Posted by Larry Dube

Hire New IT Staff, Leverage Your Team, Or Supplement with 3rd Party Tools?

In our last blog post, we focused on preserving your investment in your IBM i legacy system by integrating newer applications that address your organization's need for more mobility. But to meet mobility goals for the future, IT leaders have more on their minds than their system alone. In this blog, we’ll address key considerations for preserving another significant investment; that is, your IT staff.

 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform

Moving Toward Mobility With Your IBM i Legacy System (Part 1)

Posted by Larry Dube

How to Integrate New Functionalities with Older Legacy Applications

Enterprises know they should be adopting the best that modern technology has to offer to stay competitive and on top of their game. But for many, the thought of having to upgrade their legacy systems in order to “stay modern” is something that feels overwhelming. 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, Mobile ERP

How to Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Template

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Disaster Recovery (DR) is no longer about what will it cost you to recover and rebuild your IT systems. With growing business immediacy and complex interdependencies of IT systems, the question has rightly shifted to what will it cost you if you cannot recover your systems. There’s considerable interest in drawing up a Disaster Recovery template for a business, which is effectively a plan to get the business back on its feet in the face of disaster.

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Tags: Disaster Recovery

Too Much To Manage? Top Challenges Facing Tech Leaders Today (And What To Do About Them)

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Guest blog co-written with Thrive Networks

 

As the technology landscape continues to change and evolve at lightning speed, CIOs and CTOs have more on their plates than ever before. For many, spending time on valuable business drivers—the ones that give your business a competitive advantage—takes the backseat to managing and maintaining an IT environment that’s increasingly complex. This challenge is diverse, with many tech leaders needing to oversee everything from vendor management, to rising cyber security concerns, to the many facets associated with maintaining business continuity. And at the end of the day, these tasks leave little time to focus on innovation. 

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Tags: Managed Services

Expert Q&A: How To Avoid a Hodge-Podge IT Environment

Posted by PSGi Staff Writer

Has your manufacturing company experienced considerable growth through acquisition or other significant changes in recent years? While change can be a positive thing, it can also lead to a lack of centralized IT control, in turn creating an IT environment that feels a bit… well, chaotic. This “hodge-podge” type of environment—one that’s characterized by multiple systems managed in functional silos—is actually quite common. And not just an issue among post-acquisition companies. This scenario applies to any manufacturing organization that lacks a holistic, well-planned IT approach.   

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Tags: Managed Services