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Are the Costs of ERP Workarounds Eroding Your Bottom Line?

One of the sure-fire signs you’ve outgrown your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is when your staff must develop manual workarounds to complete various tasks that the ERP system was intended to automate. Yet, you’re conflicted about what to do about it. "After all," you think to yourself, "in this economy, can we really stomach pouring money into a new system right now?" Consider these three examples of inefficient ERP workarounds – and how they’re eroding your bottom line...

6 Must-Ask Questions When Interviewing ERP Implementation Firms

There’s more to enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects than selecting the right technology. You’re also tasked with choosing a firm to successfully deploy that solution. And when you consider the substantial cost and inherent risks of ERP, the stakes are high in finding the best partner for the job.
What should you look for in an implementation partner? What questions should you ask? Here are 6 questions to give you deeper insight into whether an implementation firm is a good fit for your project.

ERP Equips Distribution Companies to Preserve More Profit Under Pressure

Distribution companies are under intense competitive pressure to offer more value to customers, sooner, and at lower prices. How do you preserve margins in this environment? An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, tailored specifically to streamline your operations, solves this challenge. Disconnected software systems, where the software in accounting, sales, inventory management, and other departments …

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Does Your ERP Have Enough (Business) Intelligence?

When defining your enterprise resource planning (ERP) requirements, make business intelligence (BI) a top priority. You could deploy the most robust ERP solution in terms of data collection, but if you haven’t factored in sufficient business intelligence capabilities, the data your ERP captures will not be very valuable or useful. It’s one thing to collect …

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Why Ease-of-Use Should Be a Top ERP Priority

When you deploy new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, you do so with certain business benefits in mind – enhanced operational efficiencies, better visibility of overall company performance, and greater employee productivity. The idea here is that you’re investing a significant amount of money in a system that’s designed to help your company squeeze more …

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The 5 Most Often Overlooked Costs of ERP

The promise of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is that it should create greater efficiencies in your business operations, producing genuine cost savings and an attractive return on investment (ROI) within a reasonable timeframe. Simply selecting the right software at the right price, however, is not enough to realize these business benefits. There are costs …

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Which Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solution Best Fits My Company?

When it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, one size does NOT fit all.  A midsize professional services firm with one location has significantly different ERP requirements than a larger multi-site, multi-continent manufacturer. Some companies require greater scalability and customization, while others can achieve considerable gains with a simpler, yet powerful out-of-a-box solution, at …

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Top 5 Advantages of Microsoft Dynamics GP vs. NetSuite

Proponents for NetSuite’s web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system say that it is the ideal fit for small to mid-size businesses because there is no software, hardware, or servers to buy upfront. Companies pay a monthly subscription based on number of users, giving them access to the benefits of ERP at a significantly lower initial …

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Bridge the ERP “Expectations Gap”

The potential business gains from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are abundant: critical data support for better decision-making, improved supply chain efficiencies, and streamlined processes that squeeze more profit from operations, just to name a few.   But what often creates a rocky path for companies to realize these gains, even when they have implemented the …

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What Drives Today’s ERP Investment?

If you have not ventured into the mid-market ERP procurement arena in the past few years, then you will notice there has been a quantum shift in what is driving today’s ERP investment. And this shift has ushered-in a new set of expectations and criteria by which you make a sound ERP investment. Not long …

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