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9 VERY Scary ERP and ERP System Implementation Statistics

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Last Halloween we shared with ERPVAR blog readers a blog that outlined 7 ways to survive and ERP implementation and a horror movie- two situations where you want to know what you’re doing, that’s for sure.  This year we wanted to share with you some frightening facts and statistics about ERP system implementation we think every business should be aware of.

Sage 100 ERP Consultant Tip: 7 Ways to Stop Sinning with Sales Tax

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Sage 100 ERP Consultant Tip: How to Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Sales Tax

As a Sage 100 ERP consultant who help clients with ERP selection and implementation and ongoing supoprt, our team occasionally has clients who learn they are being audited for sales tax compliance. If your company has never been audited before, you are probably under the impression that you correctly recorded all sales and assigned rates and have always filed and remitted on time.

Sage ERP X3 Version 7: 3 Secrets to Increase Productivity

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Curious about Sage ERP X3?

For every entrepreneur, it’s fairly safe to assume that the first goal of building a business is to have your organization function easily from start to finish.

The challenge in this task is finding a way to make every aspect of workflow simple.

This is why Sage ERP X3 Version 7 has put in place a stress-free model for creating solutions. Sage ERP X3 smoothes the process of connecting every part of your business through an easily usable look and feel. Read more below.

3 Secrets to Achieving Usability in Your Business:

  • Effective Graphics
  • Easy-to-Read Language
  • Simple Navigation

1) The Impact of Imagery

Effective graphics have always been a method to ease the functionality of an ERP system. Truly, a picture is worth a thousand spreadsheets.

The purpose of integrating graphical dashboards into Sage ERP X3 is so that the program has a common look and feel, which creates familiarity for you and your team. With easily readable information, you can make effective decisions quickly. Sage ERP X3’s dashboards and other visualizations allow you to immediately tend to your customers’ needs.

2) Understandable Terminology

In the quest to make Sage ERP X3 more usable for everyone, a lot of unfamiliar terminology was changed. Now there are few tricky words within Sage ERP X3 Version 7. This allows you to expand your business processes and better focus your employees who have less technical knowledge. Plus, with simpler, more understandable terms, you or anyone in your company can accurately and quickly analyze data to make faster decisions.

Cloud ERP Software: 6 Tips from Taylor Swift

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6 Cloud ERP Software Tips from Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is inspired by topics ranging from love found, love lost, youth, fear and just about everything in between, but one topic she has yet to write about is cloud ERP software like Intacct. Regardless of how you feel about her or her music, she is by far one of the biggest musical talents today.

Process Manufacturing Software: PTI Compliance with SAP Business One

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Process Manufacturing Software and PTI Compliance: SAP Business One Prints PTI Compliant Labels

As a process manufacturing business, you know all too well that process manufacturing software must have robust capabilities to meet the high industry standards of regulation and compliance. In this blog, we will highlight how SAP Business One specifically handles your unique requirements to implement and conform processes and standards to adopt The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) compliance. PTI compliance effects many parts of the supply chain from produce growers, packers, shippers to receivers and buyers.  

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.

Has this Software Been Tested?

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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.

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