ERP Cloud Vendor–Which SaaS Solution is for you

ERP Cloud Vendors are appearing almost daily, how to choose? There are now probably 25+ viable vendors who sell their software ‘in the cloud’ and who claim to be ERP Cloud Vendors.  Now the terminology can be confusing and I wrote about what each means here. ERP Cloud Vendor – Which to look at?  My [...]

2011-06-03T13:20:51+00:00 June 3rd, 2011|Industry Insights|Comments Off on ERP Cloud Vendor–Which SaaS Solution is for you

SaaS, Hosted or Cloud…What’s the Difference

What really are the advantages and disadvantages to each of these deployment methods? How are they defined?  What do they mean?  Clients First has recently joined the ERP Software Blog which is an alliance of Value Added Resellers (VAR’s) that post useful blog posts on one central site.  We just uploaded a new posting on [...]

2011-05-25T11:24:31+00:00 May 25th, 2011|Industry Insights|3 Comments

Oracle–Yet another major failed project

Well it’s that time of year.  It’s been a while since we have seen an ERP train wreck spelled out so publicly.  This article recently appeared in PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/228412/oracle_sued_by_university_for_alleged_erp_failure.html I don’t want to completely take sides or a make a judgment here as Oracle has yet to state their side of the story and [...]

2011-05-24T06:44:33+00:00 May 24th, 2011|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Oracle–Yet another major failed project

SAP Business ByDesign and Dennis Howlett's findings on SAAS/Cloud Purchases

Dennis Howlett 'AccMan' recently wrote a blog post talking about how some analysts (Gartner in this case) asked some questions of those using the SAP Business By Design solution went about their purchase. You can read the post at the link but I did find something troubling. It sounded like many of the people who [...]

2011-02-24T09:52:06+00:00 February 24th, 2011|Industry Insights|Comments Off on SAP Business ByDesign and Dennis Howlett's findings on SAAS/Cloud Purchases

Going Green with ERP

by Sheldon Kralstein When we think about “Going Green” we tend to visualize conservation, protecting nature and our fragile environment.  Businesses and technology play a very important role in the Green initiative where the definition can be extended to include: Reduction of operating costs resulting in increased profits Gains in efficiency and productivity Improved customer [...]

2010-07-15T08:15:04+00:00 July 15th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Going Green with ERP

Clients First Receives Prestigious President's Award

Like a lot of businesses, we have been fighting hard over the last few years to maintain our business during this latest recession. And it’s paid off. This month we were recognized with the prestigious 2010 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club Award. But what exactly does this mean? The President’s Club Award recognizes the top 5% [...]

2010-07-14T15:16:08+00:00 July 14th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Clients First Receives Prestigious President's Award

Process Improvement Comes First

By:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP Companies around the world implement ERP systems for a wide variety of reasons:  some to eliminate manual efforts, some to run their businesses in an integrated environment, some for regulatory reasons, and on and on.  I think that if you ask many people why they undertake an ERP implementation, you [...]

2010-06-24T15:32:30+00:00 June 24th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Process Improvement Comes First

What is Sales and Operations Planning and Why Should we Worry About it?

By:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP Balancing demand with supply is the basic objective of every single enterprise.  This is easy to state but as it turns out, not so simple in practice.  Some organizations meet this balance well, while others survive through crisis management. Those that do not bring supply and demand into balance suffer [...]

2010-05-24T14:30:14+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on What is Sales and Operations Planning and Why Should we Worry About it?

Lean ERP – An Oxymoron?

By:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP By now, everyone has probably heard of, and many implemented, the concepts of “Lean”.  You know – analyzing your processes, finding and eliminating waste, implementing Kanban methodology and pull systems, adopting Heijunka scheduling techniques and the like – these are what most people think of when they think of Lean. [...]

2010-05-24T14:15:53+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Lean ERP – An Oxymoron?

Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 User Group Information and Signup

Sign up now for our exciting upcoming Sage MAS90 & MAS200 User Group. All are welcome! There is no fee and breakfast and lunch will be served. Limited to the first 75 people who signup due to space restrictions. Topics Include: What’s new in Version 4.4 Upcoming Releases RoadMap Blog-Tips, Tricks and Videos Purchasing Manager [...]

2010-04-26T15:10:17+00:00 April 26th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200 User Group Information and Signup

Complying with PCI-DSS using Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200

Do you process credit cards?  Do you use an integrated solution with Sage MAS90 or MAS200? Sage North America has recently created a portal specific to this issue.  Starting on July 1, 2010, all companies that store, process or transmit cardholder data must be PCI-DSS compliant.  These new standards were created by an industry board [...]

2010-04-15T08:41:50+00:00 April 15th, 2010|Events, Industry Insights|1 Comment

Free MAS 90 and MAS 200 Consulting…I don't think so..

You may have seen claims like THIS In this article, a company claims to offer free consulting for Sage MAS90 and MAS200.  We all know nothing in life is free.  They are simply offering to come out on a sales...um, I mean 'consulting' call to tell you what it will cost to upgrade your system...as [...]

2010-03-09T13:00:33+00:00 March 9th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Free MAS 90 and MAS 200 Consulting…I don't think so..

Analyzing Gross Margin and Profitability with your ERP Software

Profitability and gross margin information is vitally important to sound business decision making and effectively competing in your market space. Modern business software (ERP software) is invaluable in collecting data across the enterprise and presenting it in a form that allows timely and accurate decisions. Without technology, collecting, computing, and presenting this information would be [...]

2010-03-02T12:56:17+00:00 March 2nd, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Analyzing Gross Margin and Profitability with your ERP Software

How to Choose an Accounting System

Here is a white paper discussing, from an objective point of view, how to properly choose both an accounting/ERP solution along with the appropriate vendor to implement. Selecting accounting software Selecting Accounting Software

2010-02-25T12:11:54+00:00 February 25th, 2010|Industry Insights|Comments Off on How to Choose an Accounting System

Credit Card Security Standards- An Overview Video

Wayne Shulz of Shulz Consulting found this very informative video on Credit Card Industry security requirements and how it applies to Sage MAS90 and MAS200.  It really applies to any application that electronically process credit cards however.

2010-02-08T10:24:21+00:00 February 8th, 2010|Industry Insights, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, SAP Business One|Comments Off on Credit Card Security Standards- An Overview Video