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RansomWare Attacks Up 50% in Last Year

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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According to ZDNet, in THIS article, Ransomware attacks are up a whopping 50% over the last year.  They are now the #1 source of data loss and business downtime exceeding all other reasons.

This article gives you the details and even history of RansomWare which actually dates all the way back to 1989.

Ransomware creators are now working with criminal enterprises where instead of selling the Ransomware to the criminals, they take a 50% cut on all proceeds.
On average, Ransomware takes a victim offline for at least a week.  That alone could shutter many small businesses.

The rise of BitCoin has helped Ransomware.  In the earlier days, credit cards were used for payments but most major credit card processing companies banned the use of credit cards for this purpose leaving no way for the creators of Ransomware to get paid for the unlocking keys.  With BitCoin, they have a completely untraceable way of getting paid, although its orders of magnitude harder for the victim to figure out how to buy and transfer BitCoin versus using a credit card.
The best way to avoid Ransomware is via vigilence around your users Internet activities.  The usual warnings of never clicking unknown links in email or web pages.   However, its almost inevitable that someone may not be careful, or may be in a rush and it only takes one person in your office to unleash Ransomware on every computer.

Using our EverSafe! solution, you will get an immediate notification if Ransomware is detected on your network.  At that point, you can remove the Ransomware. Without EverSafe!, removing Ransomware usually leaves your data that has been encrypted, now forever destroyed.
With EverSafe!, you can just restore all of your data how it appeared only minutes before the infection, and you are back up and running with virtually no downtime or data loss.

ERP Software Comparison: Satisfying Current Manufacturing & Distribution Trends with Dynamics NAV & GP

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

NAV vs. GP…Head to Head Shootout!

Innovation in the Manufacturing and Distribution sector due to growing channels, third party logistics, global sourcing and cross-sell capabilities have resulted in ERP Software Comparisonlean practices that differentiate industry leaders from their not-so-successful counterparts.  According to the latest Manufacturing & Distribution industry report released by First Research, trends such as More Automation, Less Labor; More Services Required; Increases in Labor Productivity and Electronically Equipped are each directly correlated to new ERP technology.  In short, this means that Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) looking to gain a competitive advantage in the Manufacturing/Distribution industry will need to engage in an ERP software comparison and research to seek out the best system for their business.

We’ll take a closer look at how each of these industry trends are satisfied by a leading ERP software provider-and by comparing Microsoft Dynamics ERP with the NAV and GP solutions specifically designed for SMBs.

More Automation Less Labor

According to the industry report, “Productivity has steadily increased in manufacturing because of the increasing use of machines and, especially, computers.” Although much of this automation can be attributed to innovations in heavy machinery, ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP play a role in maintaining this equipment.  In order to maintain automation, cut costs and the time spent on labor repairing these parts, companies will undergo an in depth ERP software comparison to determine which system can best schedule routine preventive maintenance to fit their unique manufacturing and distribution operations.

More Services Required

The increasing use of computers in the Manufacturing and Distribution field has given way to many companies having their own IT departments in order to service their IT problems.  This is where solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP, in comparison to other customizable ERP software systems, have an advantage.  With the extensive resources Microsoft offers, in addition to training and services provided by your local Microsoft Gold ERP Partner, NAV and GP deliver an adaptable solution that’s easy to maintain.

Increases in Labor Productivity

According to the industry report, “sophisticated computer systems” are to blame when it comes to labor productivity.  This is no surprise when undergoing an ERP software comparison between solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP.  Both NAV and GP provide companies with the ability to customize dashboards which give users access to real-time information at the click of a button-ultimately cutting down on the time it takes to navigate confusing systems.

Electronically Equipped

This is probably one of the most important trends in Manufacturing and Distribution that both Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP facilitate.  According to the industry report, companies now have computer systems that control “the identification and throughput of individual items.”  When comparing the inherent functionality in both NAV and GP ERP systems, companies can easily barcode and keep track of skus.  This item information ties back to purchase orders, procurement, fulfillment and accounting-streamlining distribution business processes for you.

Finding the Best Fit for your Company

Accurate and informational ERP software comparisons can be difficult to come across-especially with the overwhelming amounts of information available.  It can also be difficult to determine which systems satisfy current Manufacturing and Distribution trends-as well as their ability to fulfill small and mid-size business models.

The best way to compare the tools and functionality of each system is to either compile research on your own, or attend an ERP Shootout webinar that will demo each solution separately and conclude with a high level overview of differences.

The advantage of attending these shootout webinars is that 1.) you won’t have to complete research on your own, and 2.) you have the opportunity to ask questions about each system.

Watch the recording from our ERP Shootout webinar showcasing Microsoft Dynamics NAV vs. GP to get an idea of which system is right for your business.

Also, keep checking our webinar portal for updates and other upcoming ERP shootouts.

NAV vs GP ERP Shootout

What is ERP and What Can ERP Do for Me?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

We’ve created a new microsite around the definition of ERP software.  It’s a site that explains how it differs from just Accounting software or something as simple as Quickbooks.  The site also specifically talks about Microsoft Dynamics AX and has links to our various video and other content including our specialties in MRO (Maintenance and Repair Organizations) as well as Food manufacturing and distribution.  The site talks about specific modules in the areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Manufacturing
  • Accounting & HR
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Financials

It also discusses typical ERP costs and how to control projects.  Check it out Below and thanks to Andi Conti for her great work!

http://www.whatcanerpdoforme.com/

ERP Software

Has the Press ‘Jumped The Shark’ on the iPhone?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Note:  This is just my personal musings and not the official opinion of  Clients First.

I just don’t get it.  Maybe the press is jumping the shark finally with Apple.  If Apple created a brick with a Logo on it, they would sell 2 million units because of all the fan boys waiting to buy, and many paying $650 because their 2 year contracts aren’t due yet.

Maybe it’s me but I have no ‘phone envy’ when I saw the Iphone 5 vs. my Samsung Galaxy S3….After 2 years of the Iphone 4/4s, what do you get…

1) .5″ of screen length (not width), making it still smaller than the vast majority of alternatives from every other mfg.  If your a small person, with small hands and 20/20 eyesight, this is great for you.  Not so much for my 46 year old reading glasses eyes however.

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Inventory Control Software–Tools to Optimize your Warehouse

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Inventory Control Software – How does it help you manage your warehouse?

Inventory Control Software is computer software and systems that are designed to keep track of the products that you stock in warehouses.  Usually the warehouses are owned by the company, but sometimes they can be third party logistics (3pl) locations as well.  This software usually has a facility to keep track of on-hand quantities, receipts of products and shipments of products such that at a moments notice, users can tell what is available to sell to customers.

Inventory Control Software – Part of a bigger picture

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