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Use ERP Automation to Manage Your Business by Exception

Posted by Joseph Timmins | October 10, 2017

You don’t have time to sift through numerous reports each month to determine the health of your business. Instead, you should use the automated alerting capabilities within ERP to know when operations are falling out of range.


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Topics: ERP


Optimize Your Quoting and Pipeline Visibility

Posted by Joseph Timmins | September 19, 2017

While your CRM and ERP don’t absolutely need to be integrated to gain visibility into your sales pipeline, integration surely helps. It’s good to know your customer’s history (ERP) when providing them a new quote (CRM). It’s also good to know pipeline (CRM) and predicting capacity by open orders (ERP) more accurately. Let’s delve into the quoting process as it occurs in one of today’s modern ERP systems.


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Topics: ERP, Pipeline Visibility


Hope Global, Rhode Island Manufacturing, and ERP.

Posted by Joseph Timmins | August 25, 2017

I had a chance to sit with Tom Ferrucci of Hope Global recently.  Tom is their Vice President of Information Technology.  Hope Global is a sizable, well established Rhode Island manufacturing company. 

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Topics: manufacturing, ERP, Rhode Island


Is Your End-of-Month Close Taking Too Long?

Posted by Joseph Timmins | August 10, 2017

Small and midsized businesses often purchase ERP software assuming it will make their entire business run smoothly, including finance and financial reporting. Many businesses, however, continue to struggle when it comes to closing their books each month and reporting on financial health. 
 

If it takes your company a long time (perhaps 20 days) to close your books or you cannot quickly and regularly obtain comparative financial views of the business (I.e. quarter-to-quarter, year-over-year, etc.), your ERP may be missing critical features.


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Topics: ERP, Costing and Pricing


Costing and Pricing Made Better with ERP

Posted by Joseph Timmins | July 27, 2017

Costing and Pricing is Simply Better with Modern ERP

Most businesses do well at figuring their cost of goods for simple products. But, once a product becomes more complex in terms of its raw material inputs, supply changes, or commodity price fluctuations, costing can be a challenge. If you cannot understand your products’ true costs, then you cannot price them competitively either. That leads to eroded profit margins or lost business.


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Topics: ERP, Costing and Pricing


The Benefits of Worker Training Grants

Posted by Joseph Timmins | July 13, 2017

Choosing an ERP system to manage your business is an important step – but it’s only half the battle. The biggest benefits come to the businesses that take user training seriously in preparation for Go Live. A well-deployed ERP solution is characterized by the usage of several, not just a few, features and functions of the new software, which can only result from good training.

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Topics: Training, ERP


How Training Will Improve Your Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Joseph Timmins | June 22, 2017

For Lean to be a success in your company, training is critical. Here are four areas to consider for your current training program to help you build a Lean-enabled workforce.


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Topics: Training, lean manufacturing


Maintaining Your Lean Culture with Operator Training

Posted by Joseph Timmins | June 7, 2017

Lean focuses on efficiency, productivity, and workplace morale by eliminating activities that don’t add value to your manufacturing process. Lean helps companies attain their goals using tools and approaches that are easy to apply, which reduces waste and costs.

They just make sense!


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Topics: lean manufacturing


Bring Back Manufacturing … But Not the Old Way

Posted by Joseph Timmins | May 17, 2017

Manufacturing changed our country and the world, but the height of that was nearly a century ago. Today our society is driven by consumers purchasing the manufactured goods – cars, textiles, furniture – to name just a few. Unfortunately, most things are no longer manufactured in the U.S., even though Americans still do the most purchasing. Loss of our manufacturing jobs and economy has come at a great cost to local communities and individual consumers.


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Topics: manufacturing, lean


ISO Compliance: Say What You Do, Do What You Say

Posted by Joseph Timmins | April 19, 2017

The benefits of ISO compliance offer a significant ROI by allowing you to do more with fewer resources. Improved efficiency and productivity means your employees aren’t getting burnt out by always figuring things out “on the fly.”


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Topics: ISO


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Use ERP Automation to Manage Your Business by Exception

October 10, 2017

Optimize Your Quoting and Pipeline Visibility

September 19, 2017

Hope Global, Rhode Island Manufacturing, and ERP.

August 25, 2017

Is Your End-of-Month Close Taking Too Long?

August 10, 2017

Costing and Pricing Made Better with ERP

July 27, 2017