Kim O'Shaughnessy

Kim OShaughnessy

Kim O'Shaughnessy is a Market Research Associate at SelectHub, where she researches, writes and manages content on ERP, SCM and Endpoint Security 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.

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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ERP RFP Template and Step-by-Step Guide

According to a 2018 report from Panorama, 28 percent of respondents described their ERP software implementation as a “failure.” What’s more, that’s a two percent increase in the rate of reported failures from their study in 2017. While nobody has all the answers on why the failure rate is so high, one reason may be that businesses simply don’t have enough information to make an educated decision.

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8 Reasons Why ERP Systems are Important in 2019

With the global ERP software market expected to be worth $41.69 billion by the year 2020, the impact of these systems is evident. While that number is impressive, those who’ve never used the software may find it difficult to understand why ERP is important to their business. But as globalization squeezes the market for many industries, it’s essential to seek out any and all tools to give your business a competitive edge. For many companies, this is achieved through the use of ERP software.

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The Benefits of Cloud Endpoint Security

According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are at a greater threat when it comes to cyberattacks than large corporations. While larger companies may have more at stake, SMBs typically have fewer resources to prevent and treat online threats, making them an appealing target. But many traditional endpoint security software systems are too large, complex and expensive for SMBs to make use of. Cloud endpoint security, however, offers the right price and ease of use for many SMBs, making it an excellent alternative to traditional systems.

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What is Endpoint Protection? What You Should Know

Online theft is the fastest-growing criminal act in the United States, but only 29 percent of companies report full confidence in their security management practices. If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you fall in the 71 percent of companies unsure of how to best manage their security. A popular choice for businesses looking to solve this problem is endpoint protection software.

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Field Staff Management Software & Top Field Service Challenges

Many of today’s companies need to manage large numbers of skilled staff across various locations. They may monitor the work of a geographically diverse staff, a high number of remote workers and/or a very large workforce. Modern field staff management software, also known as field service management, helps firms automate field staffing and make overall business management more efficient.

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BPM vs ERP

According to a 2018 BPTrends Report, 93 percent of companies are involved in multiple efforts to improve their processes. However, only 50 percent of those using a BPM software reported satisfaction with the tool. It’s possible that the other half of BPM users would be more satisfied with a different way of managing their processes, like with an ERP software. But first we need to understand the full breakdown of BPM vs ERP software.

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Endpoint Antivirus vs Endpoint Security

Did you know cyber attacks cost the global economy a staggering $400 billion per year? With advanced technology, cyber criminals are smuggling themselves into devices all around the world. However, there is software available to block these cyber attacks in the form of antivirus and endpoint security software. Both systems work to protect your company’s data and the systems that support your business. And while they’re not interchangeable terms for the same systems, there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two. To help you decide which product is best for you, we’ve broken down endpoint antivirus vs endpoint security.

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ERP Software Selection Criteria, Process and Vendor Checklist

A good enterprise resource planning (ERP) system should have an impact on every single part of your business. These highly sought after enterprise applications help manage activities including planning, research and development, purchasing, supply chain management, sales, and marketing. There are countless ERP software solutions available, so it’s crucial that you make the right ERP choice that fits your organization. But do you know what the ERP selection process looks like?

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar! That’s the very reason we built this ultra-comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to choose an ERP system. Packed with tips and recommendations, you can use this article as part of your ERP software evaluation checklist.

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ERP Functions List and Characteristics

There’s definitely a lot of buzz surrounding ERP software these days. You might’ve heard it’s a necessary tool to stay competitive in today’s market. Or, you’ve heard how efficient it can make your business operations. But first, let’s start with something simpler. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a business solution that integrates all your applications and manages your resources. So what can an ERP do specifically? To answer that question, we need to understand the basic ERP functions.

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ERP Requirements Checklist and Template

According to Ed Featherson, VP of Cloud Technology Partners, it’s very common for buyers to spend too little time gathering their ERP requirements. Understandably, many buyers focus on how their current processes will transfer over into the new system. However, ERP software is more than a replacement for pen and paper. It’s quite transformative when used correctly, but the only way to do that is to think about that transformation from the beginning. To accomplish this, it’s important to think about everything an ERP system offers. To help you get started, we’ve created an extensive list of the most popular ERP requirements and features.

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The Best Work Order Management Software in 2018

Work order management software is a specific kind of work order asset management software that helps to create and manage service requests and — you guessed it — work orders. So, what is a work order? Usually, these work orders are for various types of maintenance tasks. Work order software is often folded into a category called computerized maintenance management systems, or CMMS software. But you can also find work order management functionality from field service management, or FSM software.

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PLM Requirements & Features Checklist

Today’s product development has become more iterative and collaborative than ever before. In order to accommodate new design methods while maintaining quality, businesses are turning to PLM software. Product lifecycle management systems give your company the increased visibility needed to adequately follow product development in what is now a complex and repetitive process.

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PSA Software Requirements & Features Checklist

Despite the name, professional service providers don’t actually get to spend that much time providing services. Instead, they’re bogged down by administrative tasks. In fact, the 2017 Legal Trends Report found that lawyers only spend 29 percent of the day on billable work and a whopping 48 percent on administrative tasks. Thankfully, PSA software can solve many of the issues that cause this imbalance. But do you know what features to look for to streamline the inefficiencies within your business? To assist you in your professional services automation software selection, we’ve compiled a checklist of popular PSA software requirements and features. Use it to determine which ones you’ll need as you shop for your next system.

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EDI Requirements Checklist and Template

Electronic data interchange (EDI) technology goes back as far as the 1960s, yet it’s still a common tool used by many businesses today. What has prolonged its life is its security, reliability and ubiquitous presence. And while many have spoken of API’s ability to replace EDI software, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon.

The EDI market is projected to be worth nearly six billion dollars by the year 2025 with 85 percent of the industry utilizing the technology today. As a result, it’s still a smart move to invest in these tools. To help you out on your software selection journey, we’ve compiled a checklist of popular EDI requirements. Use it to compare vendors to get a system that perfectly fits your needs.

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Best Field Service Management Software for Small Business

Cost is easily one of the biggest concerns for small businesses. You know you need the tools to grow, but you can’t squander what you’ve earned so far. Field service management (FSM) software should provide you with the features you need to provide exceptional customer service but can’t break the bank. But, not to worry. There are many cheap field service software options with a wide range of capabilities. We’ve listed the best field service management software for small business starting with the most affordable options.

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