Enterprise Resource Planning

Features and Requirements of Production Planning Software

Companies utilize production planning software and related scheduling/optimization tools to plan on many different horizons. They do so for both short-term and long-term projections, and to handle inventories, bring products to market, and serve customers more efficiently. These types of innovative enterprise tools contain many different components that help project managers, executives and others keep tabs on what’s happening with production in a given environment.

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Top 5 Most Common ERP Modules

The value of an enterprise resource planning system (also known as an ERP system) can be summed up in one well-known cliche: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. An ERP by itself won’t change your business. Rather, it’s the integration of various processes that makes it a robust software solution.

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Do I Need Standalone Material Requirements Planning Software?

For manufacturing businesses, life is a sea of acronyms and abbreviations. Whether you’re trying to find a CRM, EAM, or ERP solution, things can get confusing pretty quickly. It’s even trickier to pinpoint the right tools and programs when you’re looking for software that overlaps with, mirrors or complements other systems.

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Can You Trust ERP Software Reviews?

You know what they say: you can’t trust everything on the internet. While there’s plenty of reliable information (e.g. this blog), there are certain pages whose “facts” should be taken with a grain of salt. For reviews in particular, it can be tough to gauge which ones to trust and which to avoid.

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ERP Advantages and Disadvantages

Whether your business is large or small, there are several advantages of enterprise resource planning software. Enterprise resource planning software, or ERP, is a suite of customizable applications that allow businesses to integrate and manage their most important processes. Although there are plenty of advantages, it’s not all 100% smooth sailing; ERP has its disadvantages, too.

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The ERP Buyer’s Profile for Growing Companies

We recently conducted interviews with 225 companies who were all looking for enterprise resource planning (ERP). The goal of this survey was simple – listen and learn from what these companies had to say about their individual decision-making strategies. We all agree that this is not a simple task. But we also agree that selecting the best ERP software is a critical factor for business success. Our intent is to analyze all these responses and present the most salient observations in a report that will help assist companies along this selection path to a successful conclusion.

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Cutting Edge Distribution Strategies

Every business needs sound distribution strategies to ensure that their products are getting into the right hands. With the advent of the Internet, mobile phones, and social media, there are more ways than ever to get in touch with your potential customers. We’ll go over some common types of distribution strategies as well as some you may not have heard of yet.

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Pitfalls of ERP Integration

Enterprise Resource Planning systems, or ERP, streamline business processes by integrating the routine management of multiple departments into one software system. Large companies that need to manage their finances, supply chain management, customer service, and human resources often want to do so in a single centralized, integrated solution. Therefore, these companies turn to ERP integration.

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4 Key Changes in Manufacturing Technology

Technology supports and drives innovation. Recent changes in engineering and manufacturing technology have the potential to help manufacturers create better quality goods in less time. Expenses for manufacturers can be reduced by implementing this new technology while also becoming more competitive thanks to greater efficiency. Here are 4 key changes in manufacturing technology that have the potential to be game changers for manufacturing operations:

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Process Manufacturing vs Discrete Manufacturing ERP

Those involved in the manufacturing industry know that one manufacturing process is not necessarily like another — and in this high-tech business world, manufacturing operations can vary a great deal. So do the systems that support them. The software architectures that manufacturing companies use to produce products and materials should be designed to support their specific operations.

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Import and Export Compliance with Distribution ERP

For any company that distributes goods internationally, import/export compliance is a top concern. Import/export laws, standards and guidelines in various countries around the world add to complexity for these types of business processes. Customs work, accommodation of international taxes and tariffs, and significant documentation requirements often make importing and exporting rather labor-intensive.

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What is Project-Based ERP?

Project-based enterprise resource planning, also called project-based ERP, is a new approach to enterprise software that’s helping companies change the ways in which they utilize IT. Building on traditional ERP concepts, project-based ERP expands the conceptual capability of ERP tools beyond simple production, into systems that help business leaders plan and complete enterprise projects.

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How ERP Evolved to SaaS

The evolution of today’s technology happens at a lightning-quick pace, and ERP systems are no exception.  What was once an exclusively on-premise solution quickly became a cloud-based subscription service.  This evolution from on-premise business software to SaaS product was initially met with some skepticism, but quickly won them over with its enhanced features and greater flexibility.

Let’s step into the Wayback Machine and take a look at how ERP systems evolved into SaaS products.

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What are the Best ERP Software Integrations?

The oft-repeated phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” is applicable to more than just war movies and superhero TV shows.  It’s also a great summation of why ERP software integration is key to running a successful business.  As Information Builders puts it: “In every ERP implementation, there comes a time where these wide-reaching, all encompassing systems need to communicate with other 3rd party solutions and legacy applications.”  At a certain point, the more you keep your different types of software apart, the more likely it is that data will be inconsistent and your processes will become inefficient.  This can lead to confusion between departments and an ineffective workflow (the bane of any business’ existence).

What exactly is ERP software integration?  In Layman’s terms, it’s the process of bringing together an ERP system with another type of software to maintain consistent information and automate certain processes.  What makes ERP software integration so key is that it provides a single location to find information on everything from ecommerce to HR documents to sales leads, so everyone in an organization stays on the same page.

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It’s Time to Adopt a Hybrid ERP System

I’ve got one seemingly-simple question for you: how well does your ERP system work?  Think about this question carefully — how well does your ERP system actually automate the processes you need it to, and how much manual work needs to be put in for that automation to occur?  If the answer involves more manual work than should be necessary, then your business is suffering the same fate as many other businesses at the moment.

The exclusive use of an on-premise ERP is simply becoming outdated as various needs change for both businesses and their customers.  That being said, completely abandoning your on-premise ERP in favor of a newer cloud-based solution can involve much more effort and money than it’s worth.  The new norm involves adopting a “Hybrid ERP” system.

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7 Critical Functions of ERP Financial Management Software Modules

Financial management software does a lot for businesses. Many of these platforms function as an overall, comprehensive set of resources for figuring out enterprise finances on both a short-term and long-term basis. But there are also specific key things that businesses want out of these software tools.

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Pros and Cons of Open Source ERP Software

With ERP software, as with any kind of software product, there are big questions about how to source software platforms, and how to compare vendor options and other choices.

One evident competition is between specifically licensed ERP products and the collection of options known as ‘open source’ ERP software — ERP platforms that are not built for profit by a particular firm, but maintained with open source licensing, often by communities of users.

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