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5 Benefits of Process Automation for Your Business

Posted by Joseph Timmins | March 29, 2018

It’s Monday, and your warehouse manager is on vacation. Your assistant manager should be in charge but calls in sick. Soon, production has used so much of a single item that inventory level is becoming dangerously low, putting Friday’s commitment to an important customer at risk. Lead time delivery doesn’t support the schedule. There’s expediting, but that will send your margin down the drain.

If you’re in operations, manufacturing, or supply chain, this is garden-variety stress.


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Topics: business system


What is Business Process Automation and How Can It Transform Your Company?

Posted by Joseph Timmins | March 14, 2018

Business process automation (BPA) enables manufacturers to remove both simple and complex steps from their processes, which streamlines operations and results in efficiency. BPA shouldn’t be confused with industrial automation (IA), which is also widely found in manufacturing companies, as they are quite different.


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Topics: business system


Kanban vs MRP: The Answer Rests in Your Forecasting Skills

Posted by Joseph Timmins | January 10, 2018

In a recent post, we discussed the value of implementing electronic Kanban (E-Kanban) into your modern ERP system. In this post, we’ll discuss some differences between manufacturing replenishment based on Kanban and MRP.


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Topics: manufacturing, kanban


Why Everyone Should Know About Your Inventory

Posted by Joseph Timmins | December 6, 2017

Which of your products should you offer on special? Which should be marked up? How should you bid on that major RFP received by your sales team? If you can’t answer these types of questions in a matter of minutes, you’re falling behind competitors who manage inventory with better ERP systems.


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Topics: ERP


Content You'll Gobble Up

Posted by Joseph Timmins | November 21, 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays – which means busy, busy, busy! Now’s the time to start taking small escapes from the hustle and bustle so you don’t get burnt out.

And we’d love to help! We invite you to relax and learn from some of our best resources.


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Topics: ISO, SAP Business One, ERP


ERP Workflows Offer Structure to Growing Businesses

Posted by Joseph Timmins | November 9, 2017

As your manufacturing or distribution business grows, your processes become increasingly complicated. To remain competitive, you need to develop workflows that are supported by your ERP. 

Workflows that are supported by ERPs ensure employee consistency, meaning employees will:

  • Know how tasks are done
  • Know how their tasks fit into the overall process

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Topics: ERP


ERP Puts Your Critical Business Information to Use

Posted by Joseph Timmins | October 24, 2017

Because every business thrives on the data its employees collect while performing their daily tasks, it follows that the easier it is to capture and share data, the more effective your business decisions will be.

That's the essence of ERP’s value.


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Topics: ERP


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


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