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Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 18, 2015 3:17 pm | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

How to know when it’s time to replace your homegrown ERP system.

10 Often Forgotten ERP Implementation Faux Pas

March 10, 2015 3:26 pm | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

ERP software implementation disasters are the result of assorted smaller, and seemingly...

ERP Technology for Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

March 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on...

Why Manufacturers Need to Do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting...

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 28, 2015 10:51 am | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

5 Essential ERP Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider

January 13, 2015 1:51 pm | by Jean Magny | Articles | Comments

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can ensure consistency and accuracy in manufacturing, plus give you a dashboard snapshot of any given step in the project manufacturing lifecycle. So, when evaluating an ERP solution for your custom ETO manufacturing environment there are a few key things you should look for. 

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After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

Taking it Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 3:01 pm | by Nick Sprau | Articles | Comments

If your company is ready to streamline AP and AR processes, increase efficiency, and better manage time spent handling and approving invoices and other documents, it may be time to look into an automated document management system.     

The Role of Cloud Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective — ultimately driving greater revenue.

Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors.             

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies for Your Business

October 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available.               

Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

Allied Valve Uses IT Agility and Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 19, 2014 11:08 am | by NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Allied Valve is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.                             

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP and MES

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, called Epicor ERP version 10.

What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Taking control of your product portfolio and more effectively managing quoting can be a challenge. That’s where the power of a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution comes in.                      

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Business Intelligence And The Future Of Manufacturing

April 28, 2014 10:12 am | by Adam Cohen, Director of Partner Business Development, Information Builders | Articles | Comments

Today’s plant floors generate unimaginable volumes of data. That data can help a manufacturer increase throughput, understand where it is most exposed to risk and respond to customer demands in near-real time. Yet in the manufacturing sector, many businesses struggle to maintain pace with their data.  

Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

Pot Pies And Auto Supplies

October 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.

There Are Now 31 Flavors Of Manufacturing Cloud ERP

October 16, 2013 9:32 am | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock President & CEO | Articles | Comments

In the last ten years the very systems which worked so well in the past are creating problems in the present. Manufacturers are finding that their markets have changed, caused by both business and consumer-altered demands. Today, the business must adapt to a significantly changed business environment than that which they served a decade ago.

Time To Upgrade Your ‘Useless’ ERP System?

October 9, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering.

CMMS Use, Needs, And Wants

August 19, 2013 8:02 am | by Michael Koploy Analyst, Software Advice | Articles | Comments

Over the past two months, Software Advice has surveyed maintenance professionals to identify how the industry uses software to get organized, improve efficiencies and tackle other industry challenges. 84 percent of those surveyed use some kind of software to manage maintenance. Commercial software products (i.e. CMMS, EAM/ERP or other business software tools) were used by 77 percent of those surveyed.

Manufacture ERP Success: Plan For Change, Not Technology

July 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Randy Copperman, Vice President of Support Services, Channel Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers look to ERP systems to build success. But change does not come from investment in ERP — it comes from commitment to strategic implementation. Installing ERP provides manufacturers with technology. Implementing ERP provides a culture of data-driven decision making, equipped to develop solutions with lasting value.

The Latest ERP Trends For Manufacturers

June 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Sage ERP Solutions | Videos | Comments

Learn what the three most important new trends are in ERP, and how they will play a key role in helping manufacturers run their businesses more efficiently. Sage points out what manufacturers need to do to take their ERP to the next level.

How Clouds Can Dominate Sunny Florida

April 24, 2013 4:43 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

2012 saw the widespread acceptance of cloud computing, “including the validation of the model by some of the largest software companies in the world.” So as leading vendors continue to invest the resources in making this technology smarter, more reliable, and easier to use, manufacturers can do their fair share by giving these innovative solutions a little attention as well.

Is Your ERP Working Hard Enough For You?

April 18, 2013 3:06 pm | Events

As businesses are inundated with more and more enterprise IT options, prioritization of requirements can become more complex. Luckily, today’s enterprise solutions are smarter and more effective than ever before.

Pulse Of Manufacturing: Controlling Cost And Complexity

April 12, 2013 10:40 am | by infor | Events

In this survival-of- the-fastest era, it’s more important than ever to keep a finger on the pulse of change. Join infor for this monthly webinar as they take a closer look at the news, trends and what’s in the future for technology and software innovation.  Join infor and get the panel’s perspective on the ERP applications helping manufacturers step up to the challenge.

What Should Your ERP Look Like?

April 11, 2013 3:14 pm | Events

As businesses are inundated with more and more enterprise IT options, prioritization of requirements can become more complex. How can manufacturers best navigate this complex ERP terrain and ultimately make the best decisions for their businesses?

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