Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus has a diverse background that includes business strategy, marketing, product management, industry analyst, sales and technology leadership roles in start-ups and large-scale enterprises. He’s also an active member of the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of enterprise software analysts, bloggers, and executives. Louis also teaches graduate-level courses in business strategy and marketing at Webster and Loyola Marymount universities. He is a regular contributor to the Forbes.com as Enterprise Software Strategist and his own Software Strategies blog. Louis has published 16 books on a variety of operating system and software topics and spoken internationally on many aspects of cloud computing and enterprise software.

5 Factors Driving Supply Chain, Inventory Management & Warehouse Management Convergence in 2017

High-performance supply chains are the lifeblood of any company’s operations, and the cornerstone of strong customer relationships. Supply chains that excel at execution successfully orchestrate supply chain management (SCM), inventory management and warehouse management (WMS) systems to fulfill strategic goals. Both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) customers now expect real-time responsiveness through any of the selling channels they choose to purchase through. By using SCM systems as the foundation to unify inventory management and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), more companies can deliver real-time responsiveness and excellent experiences to their customers, through any channel, any time.

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How to Compare Manufacturing ERP Software

The worldwide market for manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is valued at $7.3B in 2016, growing to $7.9B in 2018, attaining a compound annual growth rate of 2.5%. Cloud-based ERP systems are the fastest growing segment, projected to reach a 5.5% growth rate per year through 2018 according to International Data Corporation.

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Enterprise Accounting Software Recommendations

Financial information is the fuel that keeps every business growing and moving forward.

A core part of any accounting system is the general ledger, which captures and categorizes the many different types of transactions a business engages in daily. General ledger transaction entries are diverse and cover the core areas of any company’s business. Financial data reported in general ledgers include revenues generated from sales, service and licensing fees, along with the different classifications of expenses, assets, liabilities and forms of equity.

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Comparing Cloud ERP Systems: Who’s Winning & Why

In 2017 and beyond, Cloud ERP will continue to accelerate as the system of record for organizations of all sizes, with specific focus in the manufacturing industries. Legacy ERP systems, either home-grown or highly customized to ways of doing business long ago, are now becoming quickly obsolete. It’s common to find legacy ERP systems delivering just 7-10% of the information a company needs to excel at meeting and exceeding customer requirements including ship delivery times. Add to this the fact that these legacy ERP systems are on-premise and require extensive software upgrades to keep delivering the 7-10% of valuable data, and the conditions are perfect for Cloud ERP systems to accelerate fast.

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