Insights on Business Management Software and ERP


Converging Robots and ERP to Improve Decision-Making

The FIFA World Cup is well underway and, even if you aren’t the biggest soccer fan, soccer fever seems to have gripped the globe. While we are furiously debating the attributes of the teams, the competency of the referees and the quality of the stadiums, let’s also give a thought to a sign-of-the-times marketing campaign that depicts delivery drones delivering beverages to a stadium full of fans in Moscow. (more…)

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Managing your Supply Chain with ERP – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog I discussed how ERP software helps you better manage the “demand” side of the supply chain.  Now let’s look at the “supply” side. One of your most important “supply” functions is purchasing, and using an ERP system helps purchasing become more systematic and efficient: You can track all of the details against purchase orders, such as pricing, quantities ordered and received, and expected vs. actual delivery dates.  This data also lets you monitor supplier performance. [...]

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Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP

For more than 20 years I have seen manufacturers and distributors struggle with the decision of selecting an ERP system. And I understand why. ERP is like a marriage, there will be ups and downs, and it will involve a lot of hard work and commitment to make it work, so you need to trust that you make the right decision the first time. (more…)

How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

ERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection. Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems in the other departments. (more…)

Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

The disconnect between Sales and Operations in manufacturing companies is so common that it is almost a cliché. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve met plenty of people at other companies going through the same struggles.  Maybe you see some of this in your own company. Sales perceives Operations as incompetent, unable to deliver the right products at the right time. Operations perceives Sales as unpredictable, overly demanding, and unreasonable. And customers are unhappy because they’re being shorted. (more…)

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Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

The Safe Food for Canadians Act comes in to effect on January 1, 2015 and it is going to have an effect on every business involved in Canada’s food chain. The Act puts all food inspection responsibilities under the umbrella of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency bringing together a number of disparate laws, like the Fish Inspection Act, The Canada Agricultural Products Act and the Meat Inspection Act, and their inspection authorities. It also sets out standards for all businesses [...]

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ERP Systems Can Help Small Companies, Too

People often assume that ERP systems are only for larger companies. But, consider this – if you run a small or medium sized business, do you lie awake at night worrying about the following things: Is there a way to improve our inefficient processes? Can we grow without growing pains? Will the business remain viable or successful in the long term? (more…)

Overcoming Learned Human Behavior

Last week I was at the supermarket in the very long queue at the “12 items or less” checkout station, when I glanced over at the adjacent self-checkout station. The store had installed it a few months ago but I (and most other shoppers) had never tried it – thinking it looked a bit confusing and not worth the hassle of learning how it worked, perhaps due to fear of not picking up quickly enough on how to use [...]

Vendor relationships in ERP – the magic potion

Recently I had several very ordinary (and seemingly unrelated) personal experiences that, in hindsight, had a common theme related to using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) business software system. Can you spot the theme? Read more…

Executive buy-in is critical – Part Two

My previous blog was about the importance of leadership and executive buy-in during Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations. Without top-down leadership, no one else in the organisation will buy-in either, and the company will not get much value from the software. Read more…