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  • The Progression Leading to Industry 4.0

    The Progression Leading to Industry 4.0

    November 19, 2021

    Innovations have brought about some significant milestones to industries over the years. In 1765 the first industrial revolution began when the use of coal and steam engines became popular allowing for the transportation of goods using railroads. Mechanization also became widespread and the United States became more focused on[...]

  • Choose the Right Erp for Digital Transformation

    How ERP Helps Businesses Accelerate Digital Transformation

    October 26, 2021

    Digital transformation is the integration of innovative, digital technologies into all areas of a business to improve the customer experience and core operations. It’s about finding new ways to generate value and promote overall business efficiency.  Setting the Stage for Digital Transformation To build a cognitive enterprise, it’s important[...]

  • Digital Transformation with Manufacturing ERP

    Digital Transformation with Manufacturing ERP: Why Manufacturers Need to Modernize Now

    October 21, 2021

    The manufacturing industry is constantly evolving and modernizing, presenting new challenges for small and midsize manufacturers. Supply chains have become more global, more complex, and now with the pandemic, more restrictive. Customer demands are pushing for greater convenience, better quality, and lower costs. Employees expect modern systems, mobility, flexibility,[...]

  • What are the Reasons to Choose Cloud ERP over Legacy ERP?

    Is It Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP With a Modern Cloud ERP?

    October 1, 2021

    Is your current ERP system up-to-date with the needs of your business today and into the future? If you’ve been using a legacy ERP system for decades, it’s likely your business is compromised. Your current business management software should be more powerful and capable than the system you used a[...]

  • Cloud ERP vs. On-Premise ERP

    Cloud ERP vs. On-Premise ERP

    Companies are not only acknowledging the advantages of effective ERP systems, they’re also increasingly adopting these solutions such that the market will be worth $60.23 billion by 2026. Advanced technology, AI, data analytics, IoT, and global competition have collectively engineered the need for more transparent business processes. They have[...]

  • Understanding ERP modules and their business benefits

    Understanding ERP Modules and Their Business Benefits

    September 10, 2021

    Gone are those days when growing companies used to manage their data on spreadsheets. Modern businesses rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help them collect and organize financial and operational data in a shared database to promote efficiency, as they scale. From providing accurate, real-time information to[...]

  • ERP Implementation Best Practices in 2021

    7 Best Practices for ERP Implementation in 2021

    July 1, 2021

    It’s no small task to implement an ERP system and it may seem intimidating. However, when done properly, the rewards are monumental, providing increased opportunity now and into the future by elevating your business operations. To execute a successful ERP implementation you’ll need the proper planning, resources, and support.[...]

  • The Essential 5 Steps to Selecting the Right ERP System for Manufacturers

    The Essential 5 Steps to Selecting the Right ERP System for Manufacturers

    June 4, 2021

    It’s more important than ever for manufacturers to find ways to effectively manage their operations in the face of Covid-19, supply chain disruptions, inflation concerns, glimpses of recovery, and the many dynamics impacting manufacturers’ bottom lines. A survey from the Institute for Supply Management shows almost 75% of organizations[...]

  • ERP for Supply Chain Management

    ERP Software Selection: 6 Things to Consider for Supply Chain Management

    May 3, 2021

    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions are now a dime a dozen. It’s for this reason that careful attention is needed when selecting the right ERP software for your specific business requirements. That includes your supply chain management needs, such as managing your suppliers and vendors, purchasing or supplying material[...]

  • How AI and ML Enhance ERP

    How AI and ML Will Enhance ERP and Its Impact

    May 14, 2020

    Scenarios in which the entire production cycle is managed with just a few clicks and taps and are not limited to science fiction movies anymore. As per a study by Gartner, 37% of organizations have implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions in one form or another. Digital disruption has led companies[...]

  • Manufacturing Digital Transformation

    How CFOs Are Leading Manufacturing Digital Transformation

    February 26, 2020

    CFOs and senior accounting professionals already manage the information that is essential to profitability: general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, budgeting, costing and so on. In light of the finance professional’s responsibilities, it makes sense that CEOs and boards want the CFO to lead digital initiatives in order[...]

  • 8 Ways That Cloud ERP Helps Manufacturers Create Value with Exception Management

    8 Ways That Cloud ERP Helps Manufacturers Create Value with Exception Management

    January 29, 2020

    Cloud ERP creates value by saving time and resources with exception management. Management principles often focus on optimizing a system. Exception management is focused on preventing problems before they occur. What is Exception Management? Let's start with a definition of exception management. It is a type of process management[...]

  • From Value Creation to Digital Transformation with Cloud ERP

    January 8, 2020

    This blog is part of a three-part series on how cloud ERP enables manufacturers to achieve operational excellence. In this series, we also cover how cloud ERP helps manufacturers improve cash flow by providing accounting visibility and deliver a best-in-class customer experience. These topics and more are covered in our Achieve Manufacturing Excellence[...]

  • Delivering a Best-in-Class Customer Experience with Cloud ERP

    This blog is part of a three-part series on how cloud ERP enables manufacturers to achieve operational excellence. In the series, we also cover how cloud ERP helps manufacturers improve cash flow by providing accounting visibility and drive companywide value through adoption and digitization. These topics and more are[...]

  • How Accounting Visibility from Cloud ERP Improves Cash Flow

    This blog is part of a three-part series on how cloud ERP enables manufacturers to achieve operational excellence. In the series, we also cover how cloud ERP helps manufacturers deliver a best-in-class customer experience and drive companywide value through adoption and digitization. These topics and more are covered in[...]

  • 4 Steps to Value Creation with Intelligent Cloud ERP for Manufacturers

    December 23, 2019

    The OptiProERP team is constantly reading and sharing industry articles so we can point out those of particular value to you.   This piece from SAP, "The Definitive Guide to Value Creation with Intelligent Cloud ERP," is an informative read and well worth your time. Here’s why. Value Creation Defined[...]

  • How Shop Floor Execution Software Supports a Customer-first Focus

    November 14, 2019

    Many small and mid-size manufacturing businesses think of shop floor operations as an internal-facing process. As a result, the tendency is to view their shop floor planning software (SFES) as only a tool to drive internal value using its ability to control, monitor, and measure shop floor efficiency. But the shop[...]

  • ERP Accounting and Financials: What Management Needs to Know

    The Jump from QuickBooks to ERP Accounting: What Management Needs to Know – Part 4
    ERP Analytics/Reporting and Finance Control

    October 21, 2019

    By: Allan Lessing, Director of Customer Success Part 4: ERP Analytics/Reporting and Finance Control As I finish up this series of blogs, I want to encourage managers at new, small, and midsize businesses to start to look beyond QuickBooks to ERP accounting and financial functionality. It’s time for ERP[...]

  • A Single ERP Platform with Competitive Advantages

    The Jump from QuickBooks to ERP Accounting: What Management Needs to Know – Part 3
    Competitive Advantages of a Single ERP Platform

    By: Allan Lessing, Director of Customer Success Part 3: Competitive Advantages of a Single ERP Platform Management at small and midsize manufacturing companies are cautious and risk adverse when it comes to employing new technology and changing to a new process. But reliance on QuickBooks and other stand-alone solutions[...]

  • The Jump from QuickBooks to ERP Accounting: What Management Needs to Know – Part 2
    ERP Benefits and Value of the Cloud

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By: Allan Lessing, Director of Customer Success Part 2: ERP Benefits and Value of the Cloud We are constantly monitoring what managers want to know as their companies consider moving from QuickBooks to ERP for accounting and financials. It’s almost an inevitable step as companies grow, add more transactions,[...]

  • Growth and Business Needs

    The Jump from QuickBooks to ERP Accounting: What Management Needs to Know – Part 1 Growth and Business Needs

    October 17, 2019

    By: Allan Lessing, Director of Customer Success Part 1: Growth and Business Needs Throughout my career, I’ve seen it countless times. Managers of growing small to midsize manufacturing businesses find that the capacity of their start-up applications often falls short. They need to make the strategic jump to more[...]

  • SAP Ranked No. 1 ERP Solution – What It Means for Us and Our Customers

    September 13, 2019

    I’m excited and proud to announce that SAP, with whom we have a strategic partnership, has been ranked No. 1 ERP software by revenue for the second consecutive year. The #1 ranking was reported in Gartner’s Market Share Analysis: ERP Software Worldwide, 2018. As SAP’s strategic industry partner for[...]

  • What are the Steps in Production Planning and Control?

    What Are the Steps in Production Planning and Control?

    September 11, 2019

    Production planning and control is a predetermined process that plans, manages, and controls the allocation of human resources, raw material, and machinery to achieve maximum efficiency. Production planning is a sequence of steps that empower manufacturers to work smarter and optimize their production process in the best possible manner.[...]

  • ERP and MES: The Relationship Explained

    5 Ways ERP and MES Integration Makes Manufacturers Agile

    August 27, 2019

    In our last blog post, we explored the differences between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and how together they help provide operational clarity. In this post, we’ll explore how ERP and MES integration can make your manufacturing business more agile.  MES software focuses on all[...]

  • Machine Learning Use Cases in Manufacturing

    Machine Learning Use Cases in Manufacturing

    July 8, 2019

    To understand how machine learning will impact manufacturing, it’s first useful to understand what the term means. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence where computers leverage new information to automatically improve their outputs. Machine learning is no longer limited to just mobile phones or game shows. When[...]

  • Top Reasons to use an ERP System for Accounting

    Top Reasons to Use an ERP System for Accounting

    July 3, 2019

    I know you’re already accustomed to using your favorite accounting software that stores your company’s financial data. But the problem most manufacturers face is that this software is limited to providing accounting solutions alone and in no way aid in streamlining your other everyday business processes. You need to[...]

  • ROI of ERP System

    ROI of an ERP System: What Returns to Expect From a Manufacturing ERP Investment

    June 18, 2019

    The decision to implement or upgrade an ERP solution can help take your business to the next level. A modern ERP solution reduces operating costs, increases productivity, and offers standard features that automate business tasks and save time. Investing an extensive amount of money in ERP is a big[...]

  • SAP Business One’s capabilities that help improve inventory visibility

    5 Ways ERP Improves Inventory Visibility

    What is inventory visibility? Simply put, inventory visibility is knowing how much inventory is available, at what location, and at any given point in time. Whether in transit, in a warehouse, or distribution centers, you need to know inventory levels at all locations.   What are the benefits of inventory visibility? 1. More[...]

  • Forecasting made easy for manufacturers with intelligent ERP software

    June 4, 2019

    Predicting future demand contributes to making well-informed organizational decisions. Forecasting helps businesses plan for future endeavors by evaluating historical data and analyzing trend patterns. It is the process of extracting information from past and present data to make diligent decisions regarding purchase, sale, inventory and other departments. Before planning[...]

  • How Manufacturing ERP Scales-up Productivity and Reduces Costs?

    How Manufacturing ERP Scales-up Productivity and Reduces Costs?

    May 22, 2019

    In today’s high-tech world, all manufacturing businesses strive to stay ahead of the competition and handle growth driven by customer demands. To gain customer loyalty, you need to have the right processes in place. This is achieved with the technology that enables your business: technology that’s affordable on a[...]

  • ABC Analysis of Inventory: Optimize Business Bottom Line

    May 20, 2019

    The most common concern supply chain management experts struggle with is accurately identifying the causes of inventory inconsistencies. If a discrepancy is identified when users pick an item or perform a count, an inventory correction needs to be performed. Every inventory issue has a specific method that can be[...]

  • Maximize Operational Efficiency with Smart Manufacturing

    Maximize Operational Efficiency with Smart Manufacturing

    May 15, 2019

    Manufacturing businesses demand versatility, adaptability, and resourcefulness. In this tech-savvy world, every small and large-scale organization needs to gain greater visibility of data and operations so that processes are streamlined and time is efficiently used. Smart manufacturing is a broad term that means modern technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning,[...]

  • What is Material Requirements Planning and Manufacturing Resource Planning Software?

    May 1, 2019

    Developed in the 60s and 70s, material requirements planning (MRP) offered an important breakthrough for shop floor managers. It linked production plans for finished goods with the requirements for Manufacturing companies convert raw materials into a form that is of more value and use for the consumer. Developed in the 60s[...]

  • OptiProERP: The ‘Rising Star’ Manufacturing Business Solution

    OptiProERP: The ‘Rising Star’ Manufacturing Business Solution

    April 17, 2019

    OptiProERP, a modern and end-to-end ERP solution for manufacturing and distribution has been awarded the Great User Experience and Rising Star awards by FinancesOnline, an independent software review platform. FinancesOnline’s team of experts evaluated OptiProERP with a total rating of 8.0/10 after a run of their internal tests. FinancesOnline research concluded that the actual[...]

  • MRP vs MRP II vs ERP

    MRP vs MRP II vs ERP: An Introduction for Manufacturers

    April 10, 2019

    The activity in manufacturing is complex. From maintaining accuracy in stock levels to controlling production functions, there are many tasks involved in manufacturing. Before computers dominated the industry, manufacturers used to plan production and manage purchasing activities manually. ERP software has become indispensable for businesses as it manages all[...]

  • What is MRP? Why is it Important for Manufacturing Businesses?

    What Is MRP? Why Is It Important for Manufacturing Businesses?

    March 27, 2019

    Recently OptiProERP attended an international exhibition about manufacturers. Our marketing executive met Harper Sheldon, operations head of a leading manufacturing company and one of our loyal customers during the event. Mr. Sheldon shared his experiences stating the importance of MRP for manufacturing businesses. Read some of what he shared:[...]

  • Is Intelligent ERP right for me?

    Is Intelligent ERP Right for Me?

    March 21, 2019

    Digital Transformation Is Sneaking up on You! I received a bit of a shock on the September 27th , 2018. I discovered it was Google’s 20th Birthday! You see, I have been in the IT industry for more than twice as long as Google has existed, and yet I[...]

  • What Does Intelligent ERP Do ?

    What Does Intelligent ERP Do?

    March 20, 2019

    The possibilities are endless with digital transformation, limited only by an ability to think about your business – what you do, how you do it, how you could do it better, quicker or smarter. In our blog, “What is Intelligent ERP?”, we looked at the enablers of digital business:[...]

  • What is Intelligent ERP?

    What is Intelligent ERP?

    March 4, 2019

    You may have heard about Intelligent ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), but what is it? In two words, CONNECTIVITY and ACCESS. IDC defines Intelligent ERP as ERP applications or suites that use machine learning and advanced analytics built on a large, curated data set to forecast, track, learn, route, analyze,[...]

  • 5 Key Benefits of ERP for Accounting and Financial Management

    5 Key Benefits of ERP for Accounting and Financial Management

    February 26, 2019

    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has become an inevitable part of modern businesses. It provides business functionalities that are designed to address inventory requirements, the quality of finished products, productivity, and visibility to crucial business processes.   The benefits of ERP systems are many, but how does it benefit the accounting and financial management[...]

  • 5 Main Differences Between ERP and Accounting Software

    5 Main Differences Between ERP and Accounting Software

    Accounting software typically covers the management of areas such as financial reporting, accounts payables and receivables, banking, and recording of basic revenues/sales ERP solutions include multiple modules with accounting being one of them. Other modules include supply chain, planning, inventory management, warehouse management, production, HR, sales, purchasing, and more.    However, many people use the terms “accounting software” and[...]

  • What is Manufacturing ERP

    What is Manufacturing ERP?

    January 25, 2019

    What distinguishes Manufacturing ERP from other ERP systems? We are all familiar with what ERP systems are: One software solution that brings all core business processes into one database and system, eliminating ‘silos of information’ and separate applications for various departments. They operate in real time, and have a[...]

  • How OptiProERP Integrates SAP Business One With Magento?

    How OptiProERP Integrates SAP Business One With Magento

    January 17, 2019

    Transformation depends on the way businesses satiate the needs of their valuable customers. Understanding how to do it is a big task. Right now, e-commerce is booming. Online business has taken a great jump and this has encouraged usability of open source e-commerce software like Magento and Opencart. If[...]

  • How Does a Manufacturer Automate Logistics Operation in their Warehouse?

    How Does a Manufacturer Automate Logistics Operation in Their Warehouse?

    January 15, 2019

    Envision an automated forklift running down an aisle, stacking inventory into huge racks that tower 60 feet above the floor of your warehouse. Or an auto-guided robot that processes orders of up to 3,500 picks per hour! Could this be a warehouse of the 22nd century? Well, you don’t[...]

  • Why Small Manufacturing Businesses Need More Than an Accounting Software?

    Why Small Manufacturing Businesses Need More Than Accounting Software

    January 8, 2019

    Here’s what you need to know 6 min read… If you are a SMB that plans to grow, you need more than just accounting software! Our business strategist Emily Bronte explains why. Have you ever felt while managing business processes that you were spinning plates while riding a unicycle?[...]

  • Tips and Warnings for Implementing an ERP System

    December 28, 2018

    Back when I was virtually full-time working with clients on ERP implementations, I had a trick that seemed to work to overcome many of the issues around keeping a project on track and on budget. I would take the entire plan, all the steps, and put them in a[...]

  • The Cost of Delaying an ERP Upgrade

    December 26, 2018

    A new piece of plant equipment will always trump a new ERP system to grow your business – or will it? In all my many years of introducing new ERP systems to manufacturing companies, the number one reason why the project did not go ahead is not because we[...]

  • What are Some Cutting-edge Developments in Connected Manufacturing?

    What Are Some Cutting-edge Developments in Connected Manufacturing?

    December 24, 2018

    Digital transformations are driving the manufacturing industry on a moment-to-moment basis. Just the way the industrial revolution impacted manufacturing, the digital transformations worldwide are responsible for changing the industry. Now most manufacturers are using technologies that are moving mass production to customized production, and this too is happening at[...]

  • Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2022

    7 Key Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2022

    December 13, 2018

    Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been the force that has pushed industrial and societal transformations forward. Today, we’re amid another industrial revolution, as a new generation of sophisticated technologies is transforming manufacturing into a highly connected, intelligent, and ultimately, more productive industry. The man-powered shop[...]

  • Demystifying cloud computing for small and midsize businesses

    Demystifying cloud computing for small and midsize businesses

    December 12, 2018

    "Cloud computing is a great euphemism for centralization of computer services under one server.” – Evgeny Morozov, author and technology skeptic Do you use cloud technology in your business? If your answer is a ‘yes’, you are one of the many tech-savvy businesses. And, if your answer is a[...]

  • The price and wisdom of business applications in the cloud

    The price and intelligence of business applications in the cloud

    December 7, 2018

    Cloud computing is a prevalent buzzword among businesses and technology professionals. The real question for many IT technologists is whether the cost of transitioning to cloud applications will be low enough to have a significant ROI? Or will it be more costly to delay this investment? The benefits of[...]

  • Agile Manufacturing vs Lean Manufacturing

    Agile Manufacturing vs Lean Manufacturing

    November 30, 2018

    Lean and Agile are two of the most commonly discussed and debated principles of manufacturing, particularly when there’s a transformation underway. While there are many similarities between the two, manufacturers need to have a clear understanding of how and when to put them into practice. If you look close,[...]

  • What is the Difference between Manufacturing and Fabrication?

    What Is the Difference Between Manufacturing and Fabrication?

    November 27, 2018

    After a busy and productive week, you get an urgent call from a client. They have a rush job and need it completed right away. The manufacturing unit operates over the weekend, but you need to add an additional shift to meet the deadline. Now imagine, with all details[...]

  • How Much Does a Typical Implementation Cost?

    How Much Does a Typical Implementation Cost?

    November 21, 2018

    Achieving extraordinary business transformation through the implementation of an ERP solution isn’t a matter of luck. It requires careful planning and a commitment to the best practices of quality. To establish predictability and transparency in your project, whether you are intending to implement an on-premise or a cloud solution,[...]

  • Basic Modules of ERP Solution in the Manufacturing Sector

    Basic Modules of an ERP Solution in the Manufacturing Sector

    November 16, 2018

    ERP software provides some of the most up-to-date modules for manufacturing businesses today. ERP modules help you meet the requirements of the manufacturing industry by creating a complete production scenario including routings and bills of materials. It also makes it easy to manage finances and costing by generating a[...]

  • What are the Benefits of ERP in the Manufacturing Industry?

    What Are the Benefits of ERP in the Manufacturing Industry

    November 14, 2018

    The manufacturing sector has gone through a massive overhaul. Sought-after manufacturing practices encourage information mobility, growth management, and enhanced productivity. Fortunately, with best-of-breed software solutions, it has become possible for employees to work collaboratively, no matter where they are, and irrespective of the time. Manufacturers are now investing in[...]

  • What is Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

    What is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

    October 29, 2018

    A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an information system that connects, monitors and controls complex manufacturing systems and data flows on the shop floor. The main goal of an MES is to ensure the effective execution of manufacturing operations and to improve production output. An MES helps achieve that[...]

  • How Cloud ERP is Transforming Manufacturing Business

    How Cloud ERP is Transforming Manufacturing Businesses

    October 26, 2018

    What is Cloud ERP? Cloud computing has fundamentally changed the way organizations work. As long as your data resides in the cloud it is always easily accessible. If we had to define it at its most basic level, ERP software links all the business processes from procurement to sales,[...]

  • How can ERP Help Apparel Manufacturers Save Time and Money?

    How Can ERP – Help Apparel Manufacturers Save Time and Money?

    October 23, 2018

    The textile and apparel industry is one of the most dynamic and crucial industries across the world that was worth approximately $3,000 trillion in the year 2015 – including clothing, footwear, textile, and luxury fashion. From manufacturing and designing clothes to distribution and use of manufactured textile, every operation[...]

  • 5 Steps for Successful ERP Implementation

    5 Steps for Successful ERP Implementation

    October 18, 2018

    In this blog, we will quickly walk you through a 5 step process that will help you plan a successful ERP solution implementation. Here are the 5 steps for a successful ERP implementation: 1. Identify the problem: Why do we need an ERP implementation? You can easily streamline your business[...]

  • Top 3 Benefits of Supply Chain Management

    Top 3 Benefits of Supply Chain Management

    October 15, 2018

    When looking for an ERP solution it’s important to find one that will take care of your entire supply chain management needs. The ultimate goal of efficient supply chain management is reducing the inventory costs of your organization. And, if your organization has difficulty tracking goods consumption and product[...]

  • Why Are Manufacturers Switching to Cloud ERP?

    Why Are Manufacturers Switching to Cloud ERP?

    October 12, 2018

    Is Cloud ERP a bunch of hype? Can it help to evolve and strengthen core business functionalities? Cloud-based ERP is hosted on a cloud computing platform and managed by the vendor. Backup and disaster recovery plans are available to ensure work is not interrupted. For small and mid-sized businesses,[...]

  • Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing

    Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing

    October 10, 2018

    Technology is the enabler of industrial advancements! According to IDC predictions, by the year 2020, 60% of manufacturers will depend on digital platforms which may help them increase their overall bottom-line by 30%. Doesn’t it sound amazing? Gone are those days when manufacturing was labor-intensive. Over the past few years,[...]

  • Role of Cloud ERP in Digital Transformation

    Role of Cloud ERP in Digital Transformation

    October 8, 2018

    Digital transformation is the driving force of modern businesses. It encourages paperless transactions, informed decisions, and real-time information. Technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud, etc. are all contributing to the digital transformation process. These are the services that enable Industry 4.0 and encourage[...]

  • 7 Key Integrations for Manufacturing ERP Software

    7 Key Integrations for Manufacturing ERP Software

    October 4, 2018

    ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning software encompasses a set of tools that collects, organizes, and updates the business data in one system. Manufacturing ERP software offers functional choices to buyers, which can be overwhelming. Enterprise Resource Planning software has become a bedrock in the manufacturing industry. It not only streamlines[...]

  • 5 Must-have Features of Warehouse Management System

    5 Must-have Features of a Warehouse Management System

    September 27, 2018

    A warehouse is the cornerstone of every manufacturing organization. It is simply a central location where goods are procured, stored, and distributed for further processing. From handling major and minor warehouse operations such as inspection, procurement, acceptance, put-away, picking, packing, order assembly, and shipping, a warehouse management system (WMS)[...]

  • 5 Common ERP Implementation Mistakes Every SME Should Avoid

    5 Common ERP Implementation Mistakes Every SME Should Avoid

    September 25, 2018

    Tougher competition in the market encourages businesses to better optimize resources, ensure customer satisfaction, and improve productivity. An Enterprise Resource Planning solution helps manufacturing organizations optimize business operations to increase growth. Selecting an ERP is a complicated and time-consuming task that requires exhaustive research and evaluation of multiple options.[...]

  • How Long Does it Take to Implement Fully Functional ERP System?

    How Long Does It Take to Implement a Fully Functional ERP System?

    August 3, 2018

    Gone are the days when ERP was merely a business management software in which only big budgeted companies invested. Now, it has become an indispensable and integral part of the business that streamlines daily processes and boosts the bottom line. ERP implementation is a major task that requires organizations[...]

  • 5 Benefits of Automation in the Manufacturing Sector

    5 Benefits of Automation in the Manufacturing Sector

    July 30, 2018

    There has been a big shift from the way manufacturers worked in the past thanks to modern technologies that streamline operations. Long ago, factories hired a large number of workers to carry out each activity - this consumed more time and it could be a bit chaotic. Today, manufacturing[...]

  • Benchmark the Best-In-Class Solution for your IM&C Business

    Benchmark the Best-In-Class Solution for your IM&C Business

    July 24, 2018

    Industrial Machinery and Components is a huge industry that depends on complex products and manufacturing processes to produce goods. Considering the growing global competition, every manufacturer aims to balance customers’ demand for improved responsiveness and growth. An Industrial Machinery and Components business requires advanced technology that can drive the[...]

  • What is Agile Manufacturing and How Can it Help you Succeed?

    What is Agile Manufacturing and How Can it Help you Succeed?

    July 19, 2018

    Digitization allows companies to accelerate the pace of innovation and turn speed and agility into a competitive advantage. This is the age where factories are connected smartly with high-tech solutions to better plan and manage resources and processes. Nowadays, manufacturers are embracing lean and agile manufacturing initiatives to improve[...]

  • 7 Stock Control Methodologies Manufacturers Should Practice

    7 Stock Control Methodologies Manufacturers Should Practice

    June 15, 2018

    “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” – Shigeo Shingo, leading expert (Toyota Production System) In this dynamic manufacturing world, customers’ demand is unpredictable and inconsistent. Manufacturers struggle a lot while managing their stock, inventory operations, and transactions. When we talk about stock[...]

  • How IoT Technology and ERP can Benefit Manufacturers?

    How Can IoT Technology and ERP can Benefit Manufacturers?

    June 11, 2018

    Gone are the days when sales personnel would maintain piles of paper sheets in their office or spreadsheets on their computers to process information. Today businesses, whether small or large, invest in state-of-the-art software that can make their work easy and eliminate issues. Managing a business is not easy.[...]

  • What is GDPR and its Significance in the Manufacturing Industry?

    What is GDPR and What is its Significance in the Manufacturing Industry?

    May 25, 2018

    GDPR has become a buzzword in recent times. Everyone is talking about this profound EU regulation that’s going to create a huge impact in the European countries. EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a directive that will replace the current 1998 Data Protection Act from May 25, 2018,[...]

  • How can ERP System Improve Inventory Accuracy?

    How Can an ERP System Improve Inventory Accuracy?

    May 11, 2018

    “Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” – Mark Cuban In today’s dynamic world, managing every aspect of your business is imperative to productivity. Unquestionably, inventory is one of the largest expenses incurred by businesses as[...]

  • Five Benefits of ERP in Automobile Components Manufacturing

    Five Benefits of ERP in Automobile Components Manufacturing

    May 10, 2018

    The automotive industry is one of the largest and most versatile sectors around the globe and is evolving continually with imminent resurgence. With a record-setting pace, the automotive industry has forecasted increased global sales of passenger cars to hit the market. Considering the rising global competition, it is always[...]

  • How close a match to my industry requirements can an ERP system get?

    May 9, 2018

    I was once showing a prospect an ERP solution, and the business owner asked “What does this ERP system specialize in?”  “Wholesale / Distribution”, I replied. “Woop-de-do,” was the response, “so do 90% of all ERP systems”. That was back in the days when ERP Systems tried to be[...]

  • Time to Take a Leap – Grow from MRP to ERP!

    Time to Take a Leap – Grow from MRP to ERP!

    May 3, 2018

    MRP, also known as Material Requirement Planning, is a business planning tool used by organizations to manage production planning, inventory control, and scheduling. It ensures timely availability of material, optimum utilization of resources, planning for manufacturing, and procurement functions. To be precise, an MRP system emphasizes three major functions,[...]

  • How customizable does my ERP need to be?

    May 2, 2018

    One of the first questions asked by a prospective customer when evaluating a possible ERP solution is: Can I customize this software? Whether the need to customize is real or not, it is often an important consideration in terms of “future-proofing” the chosen ERP solution. Proprietary ERP is often[...]

  • How Can Material Requirement Planning Create A Difference In Manufacturing?

    How Can Material Requirement Planning Create a Difference in Manufacturing?

    April 26, 2018

    In this modern world, every manufacturer is looking for ways to reduce costs and optimize business operations to the fullest. When we talk about the manufacturing industry, production and resource optimization are crucial to an organization’s profit. MRP or Material Requirement Planning software was developed in the 1960s to[...]

  • How free is “Free”?

    Open Source software is free, right?  We can save a fortune using it, can’t we? Well, that depends….. The attraction of Open Source software is not just that the initial license is free, but you also avoid on-going annual maintenance fees of around 20-25%.  That’s a powerful incentive, but[...]

  • Different Types of ERP Systems: What’s the Best Suitable for Manufacturing?

    Different Types of ERP Systems: What’s the Most Suitable for Manufacturing?

    April 25, 2018

    For every business owner, selecting an ERP solution is quite an expensive and labor-intensive affair. ERP is software that seamlessly integrates organizational data into a single system. From inventory management to human resources, quality control to production and supply chain, it addresses all aspects of a business. When we talk[...]

  • Have you considered the advantages of cloud ERP?

    April 19, 2018

    To compete and grow, your company needs an ERP solution that is flexible and agile. Over the past 20 years Cloud ERP solutions have repeatedly proven their superiority in up-time, data security, and agility when compared to on-premise ERP systems. As a result, on-premise applications are quickly becoming a[...]

  • Is ‘Best of Breed’ really ‘Best’ for you?

    April 12, 2018

    A ‘Best of Breed’ solution is designed to do extremely well for one department or area of your business.  Each such solution is usually developed and supported by individual, separate vendors. An ‘End-to-End’ ERP system, sometimes called ‘Best-in-Class’, combines all the different departments and areas of your manufacturing business[...]

  • Want to Keep Pace with Technology? Annual Maintenance Contract is the Key

    Want to Keep Pace with Technology? An Annual Maintenance Contract is the Key

    April 10, 2018

    Without any doubt, Enterprise Resource Planning software is the backbone of the manufacturing and distribution industry. It brings every information, operation, and task on the same platform and ensures that resources are utilized in the best possible manner. Your ERP solution is critical to the success of your business. It’s[...]

  • Accelerate Innovation in High-Tech Manufacturing Industry with ERP

    Accelerate Innovation in the High-tech Manufacturing Industry with ERP

    April 6, 2018

    It’s no secret that technology is driving every facet of the world. This is the era where demanding markets require cutting-edge technology that can support IoT capabilities and business intelligence functions. Today, high-tech market leaders are aiming to create a smart manufacturing environment that has all the capabilities to[...]

  • Unpacking the Benefits of ERP in Wholesale and Distribution Industry

    Unpacking the Benefits of ERP in the Wholesale and Distribution Industry

    April 4, 2018

    Wholesalers and distributors serve a crucial role in the product distribution channel. As technology has evolved, distribution businesses have witnessed ample opportunities and complexities. Nowadays, consumers have become more tech-savvy. They have mobile devices that allow them to easily order a huge range of products including groceries, home décor,[...]

  • Does ERP Add Value in the High-tech Manufacturing World?

    Does ERP Add Value in the High-tech Manufacturing World?

    March 28, 2018

    It’s no secret that technology is driving every facet of the world. This is the era where demanding markets require a cutting-edge solution that can support IoT capabilities and business intelligence functions. Today, high-tech market leaders are looking to create a smart manufacturing environment that has the functionality to[...]

  • How to Manage Business Complexities in Medical Device Manufacturing Industry

    How to Manage Business Complexities in the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry

    March 26, 2018

    The medical device manufacturing industry is one of the most crucial and life-saving industries in the world is largely affected by economic downturns, population demographics, and technological advancements. It deals with a huge range of components such as hypodermic needles, syringes, implanted defibrillators, female diagnostics, and cardiac monitoring equipment.[...]

  • Why Automotive Manufacturers are Using ERP and So Should You

    Why Automotive Manufacturers Are Using ERP and Why You Should Too

    March 22, 2018

    The auto industry is on the verge of a revolution. It plays a massive role in the global economy. As a dynamic and customer-driven industry, the automotive sector deals with components of different sizes and varieties that are required in varied workstations for assembling, polishing, and painting automobiles and[...]

  • What are Modern Manufacturers Looking for in 2018?

    What Are Modern Manufacturers Looking for in 2022?

    March 19, 2018

    The manufacturing industry is experiencing a major transformation. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) have impacted the manufacturing sector and revolutionized operational management – whether on the shop floor or in the warehouse. Manufacturing under Industry 4.0 offers you access to big data analytics, the Internet of[...]

  • Address the Business Needs of Telecommunication Industry with ERP

    Addressing the Business Needs of the Telecommunication Industry with ERP

    February 7, 2018

    Technology is driving the business world and businesses of all sizes are striving hard to embrace it. The telecommunications industry contributes significantly to the world economy. Enterprises in this sector manufacture and design a wide range of products – multi-million dollar room-sized switches to basic mobile phones. To satisfy[...]

  • 4 Ways to Strategize Manufacturing Quality and Reduce Recalls

    4 Ways to Strategize Manufacturing Quality and Reduce Recalls

    January 25, 2018

    In this age of Industry 4.0, manufacturers seek an automated Quality Management System (QMS) that eliminates the need for hunting for a document in multiple locations. Businesses look for a solution that allows them to collect and aggregate data in real-time and keep each piece of information in a[...]

  • How can Warehouse Management System Drive Business Productivity?

    How Can a Warehouse Management System Drive Your Business Productivity?

    January 15, 2018

    Is your business still using spreadsheets to manage warehouse transactions and records? Or do you rely on manual processes for maintaining inventory and its data? Well, these are old and archaic methods of handling day-to-day warehouse operations. And, in either case, you need a solution that lets you keep[...]

  • How to Solve the Biggest Problems in a Small Manufacturing Business

    How to Solve Biggest Problems in a Small Manufacturing Business

    Every manufacturing business be it small, medium, or large faces some common operational concerns. But there remain some challenges that are unique to businesses of a certain size. A small manufacturer may come across operational issues that a large manufacturer doesn’t. This blog focuses on one such set of[...]

  • ERP Software Advantages Every Manufacturer Must Know

    ERP Software Advantages Every Manufacturer Must Know

    January 12, 2018

    Every business is unique, so are the challenges. But quality adherence, delivering goods on time, and cash flow and costing, are some of the issues which keep manufacturers on their toes. You work endlessly to optimize resources but as the business scales so do its requirements. And you look[...]

  • 5 Factors to Consider Before You Decide Discrete Manufacturing ERP Solution

    5 Factors to Consider Before You Decide on a Discrete Manufacturing ERP Solution

    The decision to implement an ERP solution is often difficult. But choosing an ERP vendor is even more challenging. As a result, you search online, scan vendor websites, and speak to salespeople, but still have difficulty deciding. Just because a vendor has a strong online presence doesn’t mean they[...]

  • 6 Ways to Reduce Inventory Levels

    August 16, 2017

    For any small to medium-sized manufacturer, the ability to effectively manage inventory can determine a company’s success or failure. Lean manufacturing principles identify inventory as one of the most critical “wastes” to be eliminated. If inventory is not constantly moving through the production process then it is a “non-value add” and[...]

  • Improving Quality Assurance in Lean Manufacturing

    August 9, 2017

    Quality management is embedded within core lean manufacturing principles, however improving quality assurance even further for small and large manufacturers alike, can be achieved by adopting Six Sigma techniques and strategies. Lean manufacturing is a philosophy of continuous improvement (kaizen) with the goal of providing extraordinary value to the customer[...]

  • 10 Steps to Selecting an ERP System for Your Manufacturing Business

    August 1, 2017

    An ERP system is arguably the core infrastructure of any manufacturing operation. It connects every function within the organization providing all of the required data to drive the business efficiently, productively, and profitably. It can handle customer orders, customer relationship management, purchasing, production planning, inventory management, accounting functions, HR functions, and[...]

  • 6 Warning Signs Your Manufacturing Business Needs An ERP System

    July 25, 2017

    Your salespeople are doing a great job drumming up business. But you are having a problem keeping up with demand and you can’t figure out why. Production holdups are increasing, quality standards are dropping, delivery schedules are not being met and your customers are becoming increasingly unhappy. Sound familiar?[...]

  • Lean Manufacturing Best Practices – How to Get Started

    July 19, 2017

    When you start researching lean manufacturing for the first time you’ll be confronted with myriad principles, concepts, processes, and tools, each of which has to have their own acronyms of course. Lean manufacturing best practices are not that complicated! They are based on 3 common-sense principles: A laser focus[...]

  • Will Lean Principles Help My Small Manufacturing Business?

    July 11, 2017

    The short answer is a resounding yes! You can be a 2-person job shop or a 5000-person aircraft manufacturer and lean manufacturing principles apply equally. Lean manufacturing is a philosophy of continuous improvement (kaizen) with the goal of providing extraordinary value to the customer through a process of eliminating[...]

  • 4 Lean Inventory Management Best Practices

    July 5, 2017

    The primary goal of lean manufacturing is to eliminate waste, (anything that doesn’t add value from a customer perspective), and inventory falls within that scope. So essentially lean inventory management best practices are focused on reducing inventory levels to zero. A worthy goal, but impractical to say the least. However, lean[...]

  • Which Inventory Control Method Is Right For You?

    June 26, 2017

    Efficient inventory control is critical to the profitability of any manufacturing enterprise. However, with so many methods of inventory control available, it can be overwhelming to sift through them all to determine the best fit for your company. In general, manufacturers want to find a system that optimizes inventory[...]

  • How to Get Smart Using Business Intelligence

    June 19, 2017

    The ways in which manufacturers extract and apply business intelligence (BI) are in transition. Depending on a variety of factors, manufacturers are relying on everything from manually produced spreadsheets to inflexible legacy ERP systems all the way to “smart manufacturing” approaches utilizing IoT and even IIoT. While the overall[...]

  • Are You Smart Manufacturing?

    June 12, 2017

    A few months ago, we published a blog entitled “The Future of Manufacturing – Are You Prepared?” in which we stated that “… today’s manufacturing companies must reconfigure to emphasize agility, flexibility and ‘smartness’ in order to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving marketplace.” Indeed, the rapid-fire emergence of[...]

  • How Mobility Increases ROI

    June 6, 2017

    In a previous article, we shared some insights into the rapid ascendance of mobile devices as key components in today’s ERP solutions and some of the high-level benefits that manufacturers can reap from their use. Entitled “The Top 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Solution,” we supported the[...]

  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control Why You Need Both

    May 15, 2017

    In last week’s blog, we looked at quality assurance (QA) best practices for manufacturers. In that post, we touched on the fact that many use the terms quality assurance and quality control (QC) interchangeably, even though they represent different functions in the overall quality management process. As we noted[...]

  • 5 Quality Assurance Best Practices for Manufacturers

    May 8, 2017

    Quality Management is a rigorous methodology employed by a manufacturing company to ensure that the quality of its products is consistent. Two essential components of quality management are Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC), which are often used interchangeably, even though there are distinct differences between the two.[...]

  • Inventory Management 101 – The Master Production Schedule (MPS) Explained

    May 3, 2017

    Master Production Scheduling is the process that helps manufacturers plan which products and related quantities to produce during certain periods. MPS is proactive in that it drives the production process in terms of what is manufactured and what materials are procured. In previous articles, we introduced Bills of Materials[...]

  • The 10 Types of BOMs Explained

    April 17, 2017

    In our last post, we focused on the advantages of automated BOMs vs. manual spreadsheet-based systems. Today, we’re going to drill down a little further into types of BOMs (Bills of Materials) so you have a better understanding of some of the available options. What is BOM in the[...]

  • How Automated BOMs Can Save You Time, Money and Eliminate Mistakes

    April 10, 2017

    A bill of materials (BOM) is a list of the raw materials, assemblies, sub-assemblies, components, sub-components, and associated quantities plus labor and equipment needed to complete a job. The BOM also requires quality control over each step in the process to ensure that no defective or substandard components find[...]

  • What Is Cycle Counting & Why Is It So Important?

    April 3, 2017

    Cycle counting is an efficient and cost-effective way to ensure the ongoing accuracy of your inventory counts and valuation. Usually, staff will perform cycle counts on a predetermined schedule, often weekly or monthly, and count a subset of the entire inventory in a specific area of the warehouse. Once[...]

  • 5 Critical Inventory Management Best Practices

    March 28, 2017

    Any small- to mid-size manufacturing business knows that effective inventory management is critical to success. With inventory tying up working capital stock turn is paramount. In addition non-turning stock takes up valuable space, may become outdated or obsolete and there is always a danger of shrinkage. It is critical[...]

  • 7 Reasons Why Cloud ROI Might Be Too Good to Resist

    March 21, 2017

    The cloud has permeated nearly every sector of business and manufacturing is certainly no exception. The reasons are many for this transformation but one in particular is that Cloud ROI might just be too good to resist. In the pre-cloud days, we lived in a time of expensive and[...]

  • Reduce Costs & Delivery Times With Procurement Automation

    March 14, 2017

    Procurement automation can reduce the cost of purchase order requisition, submittal and approval by up to 75% and invoice processing costs by up to 90%. According to the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) companies using procurement automation receive deliveries two days faster on average than those who don’t.[...]

  • EDI is Critical to Successful Supply Chain Management

    March 6, 2017

    EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) enables the electronic transfer of business information between trading partners (B2B) through a standardized format. EDI technology has been around for roughly 50 years, originally developed by the U.S. transportation industry to standardize electronic transactions between vendors and customers. This highly efficient process is entirely[...]

  • 7 Ways to Win New Customers

    February 27, 2017

    If you’re part of an emerging small business, keeping track of your customers’ histories, sales opportunities, marketing campaigns and other key data points is likely essential to your future success. The question is … Are you still depending on inefficient and error-prone spreadsheets and disconnected databases for this information[...]

  • The Future of Manufacturing – Are You Prepared?

    February 21, 2017

    When it comes to the world of discrete manufacturing, old paradigms are slow to change. The long-held stereotypes still persist of outdated, decrepit workplaces that operate at sub-standard efficiency levels and often without adequate safeguards to protect worker safety. Until recently, the “old school” manufacturing model was dominated by[...]

  • The Top 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Solution

    February 13, 2017

    There are countless reasons why manufacturing businesses are increasingly relying on mobile apps to maintain 24/7 access to real-time data that helps them perform better. Yes, the quaint days of lugging around loads of paper and/or having to call the office to keep track of sales, review customer history[...]

  • 6 Hidden Costs of Stockouts

    February 6, 2017

    Generally speaking, when a manufacturing/distribution enterprise experiences a stockout, the ramifications can be troubling on many fronts. A host of factors may be responsible for an inventory shortfall, such as unforeseen demand, poor inventory management or delays in getting product to market. Regardless of the reason, a stockout is[...]

  • 5 Key Advantages of SAP Business One vs. QuickBooks

    January 31, 2017

    OK, let’s say you’re either ready to upgrade from QuickBooks to a more robust ERP solution or you’re at least open to considering options. If you’ve already commenced your search, you likely discovered a large number of ERP choices on the market today that claim to be “affordable”. The[...]

  • 6 Telltale Signs Your Business Has Outgrown QuickBooks

    January 23, 2017

    QuickBooks is omnipresent. Over five million users and counting. It’s the industry-standard choice for start-up businesses to meet their basic accounting requirements at a very user-friendly price point. In fact, there’s a good chance QuickBooks was your first purchase when you started your business. Or perhaps you’re still using[...]

  • Why Manufacturers Require 5 Degrees Of Connectedness

    July 31, 2016

    Analysts tell us the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 34 billion connected devices by 2020, up from 10 billion today. That level of connectivity promises to transform a lot of business processes and business models. But IoT is only one type of connectivity. Today’s manufacturers must connect multiple[...]

  • “My Manufacturing Business Is Small – So Why Worry About Running Simple?”

    I hear this a lot from executives at small and even mid-sized companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies. Many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services or[...]

  • Digital Transformation In Discrete Manufacturing

    Forklifts might be the best example of how technology is shaping the future of discrete manufacturing. Consider these two companies. Company A looks to increase profits by cutting costs and asking employees to find ways to make forklifts cheaper. It seeks to increase market share by offering steeper price[...]

  • 5 Reasons Manufacturing SMEs Need Cloud More Than Ever

    The business environment for sales teams in manufacturing and engineering industries is increasingly demanding: IT infrastructures have become complex, at the same time that everyday sales activities claim simplicity and ease. Additionally, CEOs demand a clear overview of incoming opportunities and the business process. So how do cloud solutions help[...]

  • 4 Ways Digitalization Is Transforming Manufacturing

    The digital economy is upending processes and rearranging markets. Fully 86% of companies say the pace of technology will increase “rapidly” or “at an unprecedented rate” in the next three years, Accenture reports. One-third of the top 20 companies in key industries will be disrupted by new competitors in the[...]

  • Simplify Complex Manufacturing For Greater Efficiencies

    July 30, 2016

    The manufacturing of large things – like aircraft, ships, or other complex, integrated assemblies –  can take months or years to build. These products are typically produced in low volumes using high-touch labor, and because of their complexity, the manufacturing process may involve parts that are subject to continuous[...]

  • 5 Digital Trends in Wholesale Distribution

    June 23, 2016

    We are witnessing an unmatched era of market change and true business innovation. Industry lines are becoming blurred, offering new opportunities–but also creating new competition. Distribution companies need to innovate and adapt, or they will lose market share. Breakthrough technologies have been driving and enabling some of these trends.[...]

  • Mobile Is A Critical Driver For Business Success

    Mobile is the crux of innovation in business today—it isn’t just something to think about, it’s critical to business success. A new survey from SOTI, a provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions, shows most organizations get it: 2016 will see major investments made in mobile technology and EMM[...]

  • 4 Vital Steps for Survival in the Digital Economy

    Are you prepared for digital upheaval in your sector? Or could you fall victim to Digital Darwinism, when technology advances faster than your organization can adapt? Businesses that don’t adjust to the growing networked economy risk becoming irrelevant in their industry. According to the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy:[...]

  • Next Generation ERP for  Manufacturing and Distribution

    May 5, 2016

    OptiProERP was designed to supplement the basic functionality of SAP Business One (“traditional” ERP, deep in finance, less so in operations) to build a Next Generation total ERP solution specific to Manufacturing and Distribution companies. These companies’ needs include Routing, Quality Control and Subcontractor Management (a specialized portion of[...]