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Monetizing the Data in Your ERP


Your ERP not only allows you to be more efficient and more effective, it allows you to do things you could not do without it.  For example, you can use the data in your ERP to create a better user experience, which can not only improve customer satisfaction, but can increase customer engagement and increase revenue.  Here are a few ways to use your ERP data to engage your customers:

Case Study: Improving Sage 100 ERP Accounts Receivable

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How One Company Reduced Past Due A/R by 88% by Automating Sage 100 ERP Accounts Receivable

About one year ago, MSPARK, an advertising company in Alabama, was experiencing something that many companies have to learn the hard way, ERP systems are helpful in many ways, but they are limited in their ability to help companies optimize their accounts receivable management processes. With Sage 100 ERP accounts receivable tools, the company had to resort to manual processes which proved to be laborious and ineffective for this rapidly growing company explained Kristy Criswell, Director of Credit and Collections at Mspark.

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Photo appears courtesy of David Ohmer.  This blog article was written by Faith Lamprey, President of Aurora Technologies/EDI Support, Inc.  I teach some college classes and I use as much technology as possible in the classes.  Most colleges now have a LMS (Learning Management System) to augment on-campus courses by providing on-line access to students for distribution of resources, taking quizzes and uploading assignments.  It cuts down on the use of paper in the classroom in support of green initiatives (an EDI benefit by the way). 

White Paper: Succeeding in Today's Industrial Equipment Markets

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Market changes occur quickly for industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs), and only those organizations that have vision, strategy and flexible supply chains can adapt rapidly enough to capture market share in a timely manner. IEMs must learn to address the challenges they face with supply chain integration in order to meet customer demands more quickly and efficiently.

As IEMs struggle with today's recovering economy, many of their customers are returning to investment in equipment for the first time in many years. Now is the time to reevaluate manufacturing and supply chain processes and make sure customers’ needs are met and that everything is running smoothly. IEMs should evaluate:

  • the changing IEM customer market and how it affects business practices
  • the challenges facing IEMs, both large and small
  • the skills needed to address those challenges and the changing industrial equipment markets

Rather than a completely separate and external component, supply-chain management and coordination should be an extension of the manufacturing process.
  • 41% of IEMs state that their relationship with suppliers is only "buy and sell"
  • Only 20% describe their relationships as "partnerships"

If that were not disturbing enough:
  • 39% have only "buy and sell" relationships with customers
  • Only 20% call it a partnership

Dealing with changes in manufacturing markets and keeping up with customer demands can quickly turn into an organizational nightmare. Having a good ERP system in place can go a long way in keeping it all organized and efficient. Ultimately, IEMs must find a way to offer increased value and integration to customers and move beyond the basic buy-sell relationships toward building partnerships.

To learn more download the white paper, "Succeeding in Today's Industrial Equipment Markets" at

By CAL Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner serving Manufacturing and Distribution,  

EDI for Sage ERP: 4 Benefits of SaaS EDI Translator

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EDI for Sage ERP: 4 Benefits when Customers Invest in a SaaS EDI Translator

If it’s time for your business to get on board with EDI for Sage ERP, you will eventually reach the cross-road – do I choose a cloud-hosted or SaaS translator or the traditional in-house EDI translator? As an EDI consultant, working over the last 6 years in the EDI industry (the last two with MAPADOC software), I have noticed a trend with more clients who ended up very happy with their choice of selecting the SaaS EDI translator such as SPS Commerce or DiCentral. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits that many people experience when using a SaaS EDI translator and how it compares to an in-house EDI translator. Most customers report that the differences are primarily beneficial despite the upfront costs involved in choosing a SaaS translator. Let’s take a look at what our customers experience.

5 Ways Microsoft Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Boosts Productivity

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5 Essential Microsoft Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Capabilities

In order to understand how Microsoft Dynamics NAV manufacturing capabilities can help drive growth for your business, let’s review some of the robust features that are available for small to medium sized businesses.  As ERP consultants, we work closely with our Microsoft Dynamics NAV manufacturing customers to take advantage of the robust capabilities in NAV. If you are looking to gain greater control and get better visibility on the shop floor,  we hope this post will help you understand some of the manufacturing capabilities that will help in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

SYSPRO ERP Consultant Tips: Mobile Devices and Company Security Risks

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SYSPRO ERP Consultant Reviews: Securing Company Data - Avoid the Risks with Personal Devices

In today’s mobile and connected workplace, it is common for company data to step out of the office. As SYSPRO ERP consultants we have plenty of discussion with our customers about data security and the risks. So how do you make sure your company data is secure when more and more of it is accessed through the internet?

Cloud Software for Publicly Traded Companies

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Going public is an important milestone for any growing organization, but it is a large undertaking.  Before an Initial Public Offering (IPO), business leaders have to consider the benefits, risks and costs of going public.  They also have to consider the added complexity of financial management, reporting and compliance that operating in the public trading arena brings with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).  Homegrown and entry level accounting software are not up to the task, but upgrading your software systems could interrupt business at a time when everything needs to be running smoothly.  Using cloud software for publicly traded companies can help business move into an enterprise level accounting system with less down time and interruption to operations, for a more successful IPO.

What Is ERP And What Does It Mean To You?

What is ERP

What is ERP? Standing for Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP isn’t just a daring buzzword. ERP is a generic term that defines complex software solutions that organizations can use to integrate and streamline a variety of business operations, ranging from product planning to sales and marketing.

Dynamics NAV Warehouse Inventory Flow: Step Up Your Performance

Dynamics NAV Warehouse Inventory

Companies who struggle with managing warehouse inventory turn to Microsoft Dynamics NAV to improve their warehouse inventory flow. In this blog we will walk through what proper inventory flow looks like with Microsoft Dynamics NAV warehouse functionality. To understand this concept of inventory flow, we will “walk through” the warehouse management functionality inside the ERP software system.

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