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

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 lean 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, [...]

2013-12-03T11:50:21+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|General ERP articles|Comments Off on ERP Software Comparison: Satisfying Current Manufacturing & Distribution Trends with Dynamics NAV & GP

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?

The Detailed Requirements Analysis (DRA) Process

When a company makes the decision to implement a new business management and accounting system, a key part of the process is for that company to understand, as fully as possible, what it expects to gain from the new system.  Expected benefits, what existing (and desired) business processes will be managed in the new system, [...]

2009-11-24T15:39:52+00:00 November 24th, 2009|Industry Insights|Comments Off on The Detailed Requirements Analysis (DRA) Process

Dynamics AX 2009 Workflows Automate Business Processes

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 features a powerful workflow capability that allows companies to mirror their business processes in the system and then automate those processes. Here are a few examples of workflow templates that come with Dynamics AX (Formerlly Axapta) 2009 and how you can use them to automate and control your processes. Purchase Requisition [...]

2009-09-17T13:12:22+00:00 September 17th, 2009|Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Dynamics AX 2009 Workflows Automate Business Processes

Dynamics AX at the Top in Gartner Study

The Gartner Group has recently published a study of the mid-market ERP providers and Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta) came out on top -- ahead of SAP and Oracle.  Using their "Magic Quadrant" methodology, Gartner analyzed many products' technology, functionality, implementation success and global reach. Click the link below to read the entire article. http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/microsoft/vol4/article12/article12.html

2009-07-22T10:00:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2009|Industry Insights, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Dynamics AX at the Top in Gartner Study

Inventory Accuracy and Control

by Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP, Clients First Business Solutions When it comes to knowing what a company has in inventory – items, quantities and locations – most companies rely on their ERP systems for this knowledge.  However, how much do people trust the data in their systems?  The answer for many companies is that they [...]

2009-06-22T11:19:42+00:00 June 22nd, 2009|Distribution, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing|Comments Off on Inventory Accuracy and Control

Why now is the Best time to buy an ERP solution… An Addendum..

Hopefully you've read our whitepaper on Why Now is the Best Time to buy an ERP Solution. However, I just ran across this front page article from the New York Times.  The article talks about why homeowners are embarking on major projects and renovations during this weak economy. They key points are: Prices significantly lower [...]

2009-04-23T12:04:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2009|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Why now is the Best time to buy an ERP solution… An Addendum..

Business Improvement Goes Beyond Technology

Written by Sheldon Kralstein There is a common myth that professes the achievement of business improvement and return on investment (ROI) by simply replacing or upgrading to newer technology solutions. Achieving real business value and ROI in terms of productivity, efficiency, customer service, competitive advantage, and improved bottom line profits requires much more than technology. [...]

2009-04-09T18:59:26+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Industry Insights|Comments Off on Business Improvement Goes Beyond Technology

An ERP Selection Process that Guarantees Results!

Thanks to IT Toolbox for this post: There are over 1,000 manufacturing systems in North America and yet The Wall Street Journal has stated that “73 % of all manufacturers are dissatisfied with their current ERP systems.” Why? There are a number of theories why implementations have problems: – Poor planning or no planning at [...]

2009-04-01T13:48:57+00:00 April 1st, 2009|Industry Insights|Comments Off on An ERP Selection Process that Guarantees Results!