29
Sep

Using Business Intelligence Wisely

“I just spent the last three days building a report for the boss on the accept / reject rates at each inspection point. I got an order list from sales. I found paper reports on the inspections. I put it all together in a spreadsheet with beautiful colors and formatting. It was a lot of work and I am proud of the report.”

“That sounds great. Why the glum look?”

“The boss wants even more details. In addition, this report needs to be ready at the end of every month. I cannot spend that much time. I need a better way to publish this report.”

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26
Sep

Finding the ROI in Higher Productivity in Your ERP Implementation

If you’re looking into investing in an ERP system, you’ve read about all of the benefits that they bring to organizations. One of those benefits is higher productivity.

Productivity gains are considered a hidden source of ROI because they’re harder to quantify. However, they’re no less important than other advantages that ERP systems bring to companies. Read on to learn how you can harness the power of increased productivity thanks to an ERP implementation.

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22
Sep

Where’s the ROI on Your ERP?

When it comes to calculating ROI for ERP systems, we tend to look at a dollar and cents amount. We think of ROI as a purely financial amount. If you’re saving this much money or earning that much more money than the cost of the ERP, then you’re getting a good return on investment.

However, that’s only one way to think of the ROI on ERP systems. Another way of looking at it is to look at the less tangible or quantifiable benefits that ERP systems bring. Read on to learn about how to assess less obvious sources of ROI.

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19
Sep

Hidden Sources of ROI for Your ERP Implementation: Lower Operating Costs

During his or her pitch, your ERP salesperson most likely highlighted statistics about how much you can save – “you’ll see a 20% reduction in this cost” or “you’ll see a 40% saving in this area.” That tends to be an effective sales approach and gets results, because everyone wants to achieve these goals.

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15
Sep

Error Reduction: The Source of ROI You’ve Never Considered

Do you remember the “Where’s Waldo?” series of books? Each page was filled with an illustration of a crowd of people. Hidden inside the crowd was a tall, skinny man (Waldo) who wore blue jeans, a striped sweater with a matching hat and scarf set, and glasses. Trying to pick him out of a crowd of hundreds of characters led to frustration and eye strain, yet there was ultimately a sense of triumph when you located Waldo.

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12
Sep

Where’s the ROI? In a Single Version of Truth

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “ROI” and “ERP systems”? Do you automatically think of how much money you’re saving because you’ve implemented an ERP system, or how much you’ve profited as a result of this technology?

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5
Sep

Get the most you can from that ERP demonstration

The sales and demonstration crew from an ERP provider are going to be at your office in just one hour. Are you properly prepared? If you are just now asking that question, the answer could likely be – No.

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1
Sep

Managing Compliance Risk in Medical Device Manufacturing

The medical device manufacturer that had a spectacular compliance failure probably made the headlines. Their story will be noted in university classes around the world for years to come. Let’s look at another outcome.

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29
Aug

How Many Data Sources Can Your ERP System Connect To? Yes, There Is a Right Answer to This Question

Here’s a pop quiz for you: how many data sources can your ERP system connect to? You might think that this open-ended question wouldn’t have a right or wrong answer, but it actually does.

If you find yourself saying, “Well, our ERP system can only connect to one or two data sources,” that’s a bad thing. Read on to learn why your ERP system’s inability to connect to a variety of data sources is a sign that you should consider replacing it.

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25
Aug

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs that You’ve Outgrown Your ERP System

There are four signs that you’ve outgrown your ERP system. The first sign is that it has limited functionality. Second, your ERP system is neither user-friendly nor intuitive. A third sign is that your support costs are growing ever higher. Finally, you can’t connect to all of the data that you need.

It’s easy to ignore these signs. How many rationalizations have you come up with to justify not investing in a new ERP system? “It still works. The ERP system isn’t broken. We can still afford these support costs… for the time being.” Read on to learn why these signs are too important to ignore, and what the consequences are for not updating your ERP system.

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