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Anytime is the Right Time for Fit-Gap Analysis

A fit-gap analysis allows an organization to assess how current business processes and workstreams are meeting its business requirements. A fit-gap analysis during the selection phase of a new ERP solution allows an organization to discover which processes are lacking in the current system, but also sheds light on potential gaps between current processes that are working and the proposed software package. As such, a fit-gap analysis is widely recognized as a crucial stage in selecting and successfully implementing a new ERP system.

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The Security Challenges (and Solutions) of Enterprise Mobility

For all of its benefits, enterprise mobility comes with some significant security risks. There are the physical risks of a device becoming lost or stolen. And there is the digital security threat of viruses and malware. Moreover, how does a company contend with the conundrum of storing corporate data safely on an employee-owned device? That in turn raises the question of which mobile devices are appropriate for use in the enterprise. Faced with all of these issues, it is not surprising that many businesses would rather ignore enterprise mobility altogether. However, that isn’t a good strategy, either. Enterprise mobility is now a fact of life, security risks and all. The good news is that these challenges are not insurmountable.

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Four Ways Enterprise Mobility Can Boost Sales

Enterprise mobility offers businesses a number of benefits. It can increase a mobile workforce’s productivity, it can enhance collaboration, and it can help the supply chain run more smoothly. Another benefit is that it can boost sales. There are four ways in which enterprise mobility can have a positive impact in that field: instant information access, real time collaboration, connection with customers on the go, and selling on the go.

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Making The Most Of An Evaluation Period

Selecting the right ERP software solution is crucial to the success and productivity of a business. Often times a search for the right ERP package involves an evaluation period during which various vendors are invited to present how their software offering best fits a business and will accomplish a great return on investment. While the end goal, of course, is to purchase and implement the best software solution, the evaluation period can bring additional benefits to a business along the way.

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Reporting Functionality Is Key To Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence includes collecting and organizing data from your ERP system to make insightful business decisions. These days, every ERP solution collects and stores a massive amount of data, but if that data cannot be accessed by people in intelligent ways, then the power of the information is limited. So how do the decision makers get the information they need? Reports generated from the ERP database present information in a manner that makes the most sense to the business user.

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How Mobility Can Transform Customer Engagement

In March 2006, the Advertising Research Foundation released its first definition of the term “customer engagement.” The ARF defined the phrase as “turning on a prospect to a brand idea enhanced by the surrounding context.” Since March 2006, the definition of customer engagement has undergone further refinement. What has also become clear in the past several years is that enterprise mobility plays an important role in customer engagement.

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Stanley Steemer Turns to Enterprise Mobility to Streamline Processes, Increase Customer Value, and Fuel Growth

Merit Solutions, a global business process consultant, systems integrator, and mobile solutions provider, announced today that Stanley Steemer International, Inc. (Stanley Steemer®) has implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX and Mobile solutions for field services that will streamline processes, increase customer value, and fuel growth.

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Stanley Steemer, Tablets, and Candy - Must Be Convergence 2015!

Will you / your team be attending Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta?

Merit Solutions is sponsoring the event, exhibiting in Booth #1628. Here are some reasons you may want to stop by and see us:

If you’ll be at Convergence – we hope to see you there. Safe travels!

Increase Visibility To Maximize the Power of ERP Data

When a small manufacturing business first gets started, the employees are usually tight-knit enough to exchange information “informally” by asking the appropriate knowledge expert. In fact, this type of direct request may be the only method of collecting the information if it is stored differently than your own domain-specific information. For example, accounts receivable may keep information in a set of Excel files, while Sales keeps theirs in a proprietary software program. As an organization grows, the need to be able to view data throughout the business in real-time becomes crucial.

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Medical Device Security-Beyond a Data Breach

In today’s technology obsessed world, even the delivery of healthcare is dependent on software driven devices. Some are standalone, others are networked together. With the ever growing web of connectivity and the movement towards personal medical care, security issues predictably arise. Hacking has become so common place, we are no longer surprised when it happens. Losing your credit card information is bad enough but what if a wearable device was compromised by an anonymous cyber criminal? Remember, the motivation for someone to control another individual’s pacemaker or insulin pump is irrelevant, the point is that if something can be hacked, someone will find away to do it. Hackers may use these devices as another means to troll for personal information.

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