Kim O'Shaughnessy

Kim OShaughnessy

Kim O'Shaughnessy is the Lead Market Research Associate at SelectHub, where she researches, writes and manages content on ERP, EDI and PSA solutions. She discovered her zeal for writing while earning her BA in Communications at the University of Michigan. Kim enjoys working on any project that offers a creative outlet, and you can often find her blogging about video games in her spare time. If someone manages to pry her away from the game controller, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Manufacturing Trends: Leveraging Software & Tech To Maintain a Competitive Edge

From the artisans who bake a $20 loaf of bread to the plant managers who make sure you’re never more than 20 feet away from a phone charger, manufacturing companies of all types face similar challenges during times of disruption. To maintain a competitive edge, many organizations turn to manufacturing software solutions. But when the software itself is rapidly changing, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why we spoke to several experts to put together a list of the top manufacturing trends for 2019 and how leveraging software can help you get ahead.

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Unique Industries Served by ERP Solutions

ERP, also known as enterprise resource planning, has always had deep roots in the manufacturing sector. The term was originally used to describe the MRP systems of the 1990s that were also able to manage things like accounting, human resources and more. But in the 40 or so years since the term was coined, the ERP industry has undergone major changes. This has prompted many professfionals to ask the question, “What industries use ERP software?”

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The Best Order Fulfillment Software Solutions

There’s a myriad of things that can go wrong in the time between a customer’s purchase and delivery. Even the slightest human error, like the wrong letter or number on an order, could disrupt the entire process and put the company’s reputation at stake. But shockingly, many businesses haven’t automated the process with order fulfillment software. According to the Small Business Report by Wasp Barcode, 21 percent of companies use a spreadsheet program for tracking inventory, 18 percent do it manually with pen and paper, and a brazen eight percent don’t do it at all. That’s astounding, especially when you consider all the possibilities available with today’s SCM software.

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Project Management Software Trends and Its Future in 2019

Successful project management isn’t just about keeping your resources and tasks organized. In order to really stay ahead of the curve, you’ve got to know about the latest tools and techniques coming up in the industry. That’s why we spoke to several experts to get their thoughts on the project management software trends we’ll see in 2019 and the years to come.

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Program Management vs Portfolio Management vs Project Management

Every business, from startups to fortune 500 corporations, needs to implement some form of project management. It’s the discipline through which every project and task gets accomplished. But it can be hard to find the best project management software if you aren’t equipped with the right vocabulary. What exactly are the differences when it comes to project management vs program management vs portfolio management?

Both program and portfolio management are closely related to project management, which often leads to confusion. But there are stark differences that separate the three. In light of this, we wanted to help clear things up and highlight the differences between project vs program vs portfolio management.

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PMO Software: Everything You Need to Know

Any type of iterative work can quickly get out of hand if not monitored closely. To solve this issue, you set up procedures and standards that your team needs to follow. But then after a few weeks, you notice employees completing tasks out of order. Or possibly you see many tasks go unfinished. This is where a PMO comes in. PMO stands for “project management office,” a dedicated department for defining and maintaining the standards of individual assignments. But your PMO doesn’t have to tackle this responsibility alone, which is precisely why PMO software, a type of project management software, exists.

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Field Service Trends & Predictions: New Tech to Know About in 2019

People outside the industry hear the words “field service” and, if they’re even familiar with the term, probably just think about the cable guy who helps them connect to the WiFi. However, those on the inside know that this industry is booming with innovation at every turn. New technology like the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality (VR) and driverless cars all have a role to play in the next era of field service management software. To help you prepare for all the changes coming to the industry, we’ve come up with our perspective regarding field service management trends and predictions.

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SelectHub Introduces Software Industry Awards Aimed at Product Teams Instead of Vendors

The Technology Selection and Research Company Aims to Recognize the People Behind the Products

Denver, January 8, 2019 — SelectHub, a software selection and research company, announces their first industry awards program will begin in February 2019. Named the SelectHub Software Awards, the company will give these awards to product development teams rather than vendors to recognize the individuals working closest to the solutions.

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EDI Software Trends: The Future of EDI in 2019

If there’s anything certain about the future of EDI software, it’s that its future isn’t certain at all. Electronic data interchange technology has been around for decades, and in that time, numerous authorities have declared it’s imminent end. But EDI has remained a staple in the B2B communications realm all these years. However, as 2019 approaches and new technologies develop, it’s important to reassess EDI’s place in the supply chain. To better understand what’s on the horizon for this long-standing software, we asked several experts their thoughts on the EDI software trends of 2019 and the years to come.

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The Best iPaaS Vendors & Their Features and Benefits

Cloud computing has completely changed the landscape of the IT industry. Cloud technology’s accessibility and ease of use have turned it into a booming industry. But the rise of the cloud, coupled with competing technologies like APIs and EDI software, has brought on new challenges to companies as well. Combining on-premise applications, cloud software solutions and social platforms makes the integration process much more complicated. This has many companies turning to iPaaS vendors (or integration platform as a service).

But before we discuss the top iPaaS companies, let’s go over the definition of integration platform as a service, its key features and benefits.

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ServiceMax Competitors and Alternatives

If you’ve ever read our blog before, you already know how much we like to stress thorough research during the software selection process. That’s because each business operates differently and, therefore, won’t receive identical benefits from different software systems. For instance, ServiceMax is a top software system used by many field service companies, tied for first place on our field service management software leaderboard. However, it’s not the perfect system for every business, which is why we’ve put together a list of nine ServiceMax competitors. While ServiceMax is undoubtedly an excellent system, don’t forget to consider the following vendors during your software selection:

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Top 5 eSourcing Tools and Procurement Software

In a 2015 study by Nielsen, 66 percent of respondents were willing to spend more money with a brand committed to social responsibility. Across all industries, consumers are especially concerned with ethically sourced goods. But for many companies in the supply chain, sourcing remains one of the most difficult processes to audit and keep track of. Not only does this hinder a company’s ability to ensure ethical practices, but it also makes the sourcing process less efficient and more expensive than it needs to be. However, many businesses are turning to eSourcing tools and procurement software to solve this issue.

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Best Inventory Management Apps for Mobile

Anyone who’s stepped foot in a warehouse can attest to just how much inventory laborers have to move around. In addition, inventory personnel is also responsible for documenting the pick, pack and ship process while on-the-go. But if your inventory management software doesn’t support a mobile app, your staff might not be working as efficiently as they could. Due to the mobile nature of this type of work, it’s beneficial to implement one of the best inventory app systems that can keep pace with you and your workers.

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The Big List of Field Service Management Software Features

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk, sipping your morning coffee after having just arrived at the office. All is well until you notice a huge stack of papers lying on the corner of your desk. You quickly realize that today isn’t going to be anything near easy. You thumb through the papers, full of job schedule complaints, work orders, and screenshots of texts and emails between your dispatchers and field technicians. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, doesn’t it? But if you don’t already take advantage of field service management software features, this is more than likely your reality.

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The Future of Distribution ERP Software in 2019 and Beyond

Disruptions within the supply chain industry are growing in number and size. If you think you haven’t already been affected by disruption, you haven’t been paying attention. The problem with combatting disruption is that distribution requirements rarely stay still — they’re never static. As economies shift and develop, so too do the most efficient methods of delivery. While distribution software can end up contributing to this frenetic pace of change, it’s also a secret weapon for warehouses and distribution centers.

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ERP Software Trends: What You Should Know for 2019

An ERP software system is often one of the biggest investments a company will have to make. Not only is it a major financial decision, but an effective solution can impact all parts of your business, like human resources, accounting, manufacturing, marketing and more. As such a critical component of business, buyers should research not only what’s currently available, but also what ERP software trends are coming down the pipeline.

To help our readers out (and sate our own curiosity), we spoke with several leaders about what ERP trends we might see in 2019 and the years to come. Between a movement to the cloud, disruption cycles, competition from Amazon and more, it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for ERP.

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13 Essential Supply Chain Management Tools

As Amazon continues to raise the bar, the margin of error within supply chain management gets thinner and thinner. A simple mistake could easily cost your business thousands of dollars and allow your competitors to get ahead. But thanks to supply chain management software, it’s never been easier for companies to avoid such pitfalls. Supply chain management tools and techniques make it possible for users to reduce errors and costs while optimizing the entire supply chain. Here are 13 different types of supply chain management tools that make these SCM software packages valuable to companies:

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Future of Supply Chain Management: Experts Predict SCM Trends for 2019

With 2019 around the corner, we looked to the experts for their thoughts on the future of supply chain management trends that we may see in the new year. Between robots, the ever-growing cloud, capacity crunch, security and more, we’ve gathered a lot of interesting topics to discuss. Here are five SCM software trends for 2019:

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10 Warehouse Management System Software Benefits

One of the most dangerous consequences of poor warehouse management is workplace injury. According to the US Department of Labor, there were five work-related injuries for every 100 full-time employees in 2016. Along with workforce safety, warehouse managers also have to keep an eye on the daily processes surrounding inventory, shipping, returns, demand and security. To balance safety, efficiency and profitability, many businesses are turning to WMS software. By automating a variety of processes, warehouse management system benefits help reduce the human error that can cause hazards, maximize efficiency and productivity, and have a positive impact on the business overall.

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What is Project-Based ERP?

Experts in software are continually asked, “Is ERP dead?” But frankly, this question isn’t very useful. As the disruption cycle shortens, ERP software vendors are continually adding the features and functionality their customers need to succeed. While one ERP may be ineffective for your company, there’s likely another that could be very beneficial. For instance, many businesses that don’t find traditional ERP useful are looking towards project based ERP.

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