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Getting Lean with ERP

Organizations of every kind want to get lean. Adding value, eliminating waste, and automating are some current buzzwords. ERP, on the other hand, is sometimes considered a necessary evil or even a creator of waste. But these two disciplines can get along quite nicely as complementary tools in our toolbox.

The best definitions of lean consider it to be an endless cycle. We identify value and define it in terms of value to our customer. We map the value stream; we identify all the activities that create value and place them along the stream of our processes. We create flows where our products and services move easily from one step to the next. We establish pulls; nothing is completed and passed along the stream until the downstream operation is ready to receive. We seek perfection, practicing every step until it is automatic and eliminating any unnecessary steps. Then we do it all over again.

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Job Opening: Microsoft Dynamics AX Financial Consultant

Merit Solutions is looking for an experienced Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Financial Consultant to join our growing team!

Working from home and traveling to our customer sites, the Microsoft Dynamics AX Financial Consultant will be part of our projects located on the West Coast, on occasion across the USA and potentially overseas. You will be reporting to Merit Solutions' Consulting Director.

As a consultant, you are tasked with lending your expertise to clients in need of insight. Our clients expect our consultants to view their business problems from a fresh perspective and to then act as the catalyst for change. Our consultants provide the objectivity and influence and excel at problem solving.

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Using Xamarin’s Signature Pad in Android apps

Xamarin’s Signature Pad control makes adding, changing, opening and saving signatures much easier. This example will show how to do basic operations like loading a signature from an array of points, saving a signature as an array of bytes, and exporting users' signatures as an image.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Production Consultant Job Opening

Merit Solutions is currently looking for a Microsoft Dynamics AX Production Consultant to join our growing team!

Working from home and traveling to our customer sites, the Microsoft Dynamics AX Production Consultant will be part of our projects located on the West Coast, on occasion across the USA and potentially overseas. You will be reporting to Merit Solutions' Consulting Director.  

As a consultant, you are tasked with lending your expertise to clients in need of insight. Our clients expect our consultants to view their business problems from a fresh perspective and to then act as the catalyst for change. Our consultants provide the objectivity and influence and excel at problem solving.

Learn more about this job opening: Microsoft Dynamics AX Production Consultant.

Data Integrity - Being the Trusted Source

Issues with data integrity have always existed. With recent egregious cases, the FDA has been taking greater measures to uncover these attempts to misrepresent key data. There have been stories of inspectors looking through the contents of garbage cans to find discarded documentation. Additionally, they are receiving specific training to better identify faulty data.

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Make An ERP System Fit Your Business, Not Vice-Versa

The decision is made: you need a new business suit. You contact suitmakers to present why their suit is best and how great you’ll look in it. One outfitter is particularly persuasive, and you make your purchase. When the suit arrives, it is two sizes too big. A phone call to the company reveals a nasty little secret – their clothes only come in one size. The customer service rep suggests you solve the problem by gaining 25 pounds.

Now imagine you’ve made a significant investment on an ERP system only to find out the software company expects your company to “gain 25 pounds” to fit the system. The analogy is particularly apt because the wrong ERP system can impose functionality that forces you to expand business processes to get the job done.

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Avoid User Workarounds

Employees trying to complete their daily tasks in the most efficient manner possible. A positive for an organization, right?

Of course, but red flags go up when employees start implementing their own workarounds to the organization’s ERP system. What the employee sees as bright ‘tips and tricks’ to share with co-workers can actually hurt the organization in the long run.

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Total Economic Impact and Potential ROI of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that enterprises may realize by implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Microsoft Dynamics on their organizations.

Forrester's interviews with two existing customers and a survey of 22 others, along with the subsequent financial analysis, found that a composite organization based on the organizations interviewed/surveyed experienced the risk-adjusted ROI, IRR, costs, and benefits shown below. (All numbers have been rounded.)

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ROI

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All Roads Lead to CAPA

CAPA is considered by many to be the holy grail of the quality management system. It can be the convergence of change control, continuous improvement, complaint management and tracking and trending. Executing a CAPA system and repeating it is critical to survival. It is a reflection of a company’s ability to react both proactively and reactively to address issues. Continue reading "All Roads Lead to CAPA"

Systems Integration with Merit Solutions

The needs of IT are changing - and industry leaders are beginning to see IT as an enabler of business performance. This transition has created more complex challenges for CIOs as they look for ways to create the highest value for customers through greater flexibility and faster technology innovation.

Social connectedness, mobile devices, and growing opportunities for interaction “any time any place” have changed the way people live and work. They require anywhere, in-context collaboration services that link the right people, in the right place, in the right context, at the right time, across multiple channels of communications.

Yet years of growth and global expansion through acquisitions and new market opportunities have left many enterprises with manufacturing, distribution, accounting, customer service, sales and procurement operations that are being run on disparate legacy business systems. These systems are highly inefficient, expensive to support and maintain, and lack visibility into the global business data companies need to make quick, informed decisions.

Learn about how Systems Integration can help you maximize the return on your IT investments and enable you to flow more value to your customers.