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How IT is Helping Manufacturers Respond to Tariffs: A View from The Trenches

Posted by Dave Kravitt

International trade conflict has brought about a global resurgence of tariffs and other trade restrictions. This trend has driven reams of high-level commentary on the macroeconomic effects of these disruptions to existing international commerce flows. 

In this blog, we set aside that high-level policy discussion to take a look at the practical business problems created for manufacturers by tariffs—and how technology can be used to respond.

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Planning, erp trends

IT is the New Hot Flavor in Food and Beverage

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Industrial Internet of Things, Manufacturing 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0 — these are all pseudonyms that generally refer to the same concept — technology that enables connected operations and production systems that can predict or adapt to changes in the facility or broader environment to provide a better outcome. It is a mouthful with powerful implications. The advantages of a full connected production and delivery system with automated data collection is very appealing to those in the food and beverage industry.  

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Tags: Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise Planning

How to Calculate ERP ROI

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the cornerstone of virtually every manufacturing business, enabling it to plan, allocate, and track the resources required to manufacture and distribute products cost-efficiently. To accomplish all this, it is essential to choose and utilize an ERP system that can enable greater efficiency and increased automation throughout the manufacturing process while providing information that can drive better decision-making and ultimately profitability. 

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Tags: Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise 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

Cloud-based ERP, Tier I Solutions or Neither? Critical Considerations for Upgrading your ERP Platform

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Eventually, your ERP will need to be replaced. Whether your vendor ceases support or your current software fails to meet your evolving needs, your legacy platform won’t last in our increasingly complex, data-driven business environment – at least not without some changes. 

For most manufacturers, the top two considerations for a replacement are cloud-based ERP platforms and Tier I on-premise solutions. There is a third option, however – augmenting your existing ERP with cloud-based, niche functionality-specific add-ons. Following are a few of the pros, cons and critical considerations of each option. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Enterprise Application Support, ERP

6 Common Causes for ERP Failure

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Implementing and maintaining a sophisticated ERP system is a complex task that involves a significant investment in both time and money. But it doesn’t stop there. Just because an organization makes the decision to invest in ERP doesn’t guarantee success. What else is needed is the discipline, planning, and commitment to make it work.

When an ERP implementation fails, company management often concludes that the software didn’t work or the system was just too complicated to adequately handle the company’s unique environment. But experience tells us the real reason for ERP failure is typically one or more of the following issues:

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Enterprise Planning, Enterprise Application Support, ERP

“You can’t sit on a two-legged stool”: The importance of managing and maintaining the three core areas of business functionality

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Today’s manufacturing enterprise is a complex entity with multiple moving parts that must work in unison and harmony. Unlike the simpler, standalone manufacturing operations of the past, the 21st century manufacturing facility is layered with IT infrastructure, enterprise applications and business processes. Managing and maintaining these highly-sophisticated kinds of operations can consume considerable amounts of resources in terms of time, money and tools. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Business Process Optimization

5 warning signs that your ERP system may need attention

Posted by Dave Kravitt

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, like any complex IT platform, should evolve to meet the ever-changing business environment. If you’re like most companies and tend to let your ERP system slide along for a couple of years without much attention, the risk goes up for decreased efficiency and increased costs. 

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Enterprise Planning

ERP Tips: Trends to Watch in 2015

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The end of the year always provides a good opportunity to reflect on industry changes and look ahead to the new year and what it might bring to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) marketplace. After a prolonged period of economic uncertainty, a pent-up demand for ERP system upgrades is looming on the horizon, fueled by companies that haven’t upgraded their ERP system in years. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Enterprise Application Support

IBM i and iSeries servers: The surprising total cost of ownership

Posted by Dave Kravitt

We’re all familiar with that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in the world of IT infrastructure, virtually anything not seen as next-gen is often viewed with deep suspicion. That certainly holds true for enterprise hardware and operating system software that form the backbone of business applications. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, IBM i Platform