• industry-specific-erp

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

    9 May, 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 “all things to all people”.  Specialist […]

  • platform-erp

    How customizable does my ERP need to be?

    2 May, 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 interchangeable with “Commercial” in any discussion […]

  • Commercial ERP

    How free is “Free”?

    26 April, 2018

    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 you need to consider the TCO […]

  • advantages-of-cloud-ERP1

    Have you considered the advantages of cloud ERP?

    19 April, 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 thing of the past. Your daily […]

  • best-of-breed-erp

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

    12 April, 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 into one software suite. The right […]

  • 6 Ways to Reduce Inventory Levels

    16 August, 2017

    For any small to medium sized manufacturer the ability to effectively manage inventory can determine a company’s success or

  • Improving Quality Assurance in Lean Manufacturing

    9 August, 2017

    Quality management is embedded within core lean manufacturing principles, however improving quality assurance even further

  • 10 Steps to Choosing the Right Manufacturing ERP System

    1 August, 2017

    An ERP system is arguably the core infrastructure of any manufacturing operation. It connects every function

  • 6 Warning Signs Your Manufacturing Business Needs An ERP System

    25 July, 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? You’re not alone. These are common […]

  • Lean Manufacturing Best Practices – How to Get Started

    19 July, 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 on providing value to the customer […]

  • Will Lean Principles Help My Small Manufacturing Business?

    11 July, 2017

    The short answer is a resounding yes! You can be a two-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 waste, (activities that do not […]

  • 4 Lean Inventory Management Best Practices

    5 July, 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 indeed but impractical to say the least.

  • Which Inventory Control Method Is Right For You?

    26 June, 2017

    Efficient inventory control is critical to the profitability of any manufacturing enterprise. However, with so many inventory control methods 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 levels, minimizes waste and consistently meets production […]

  • How to Get Smart Using Business Intelligence

    19 June, 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 trend is toward more integrated and […]

  • Are You Smart Manufacturing?

    12 June, 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 “smart manufacturing” is quickly reshaping the […]

  • How Mobility Increases ROI

    6 June, 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 widely accepted premise that mobile apps, […]

  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control Why You Need Both

    15 May, 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 then, a distinction between the two […]

  • 5 Quality Assurance Best Practices for Manufacturers

    8 May, 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

    3 May, 2017

    In previous articles, we introduced Bills of Materials (BOM) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP), two legs of the inventory planning tripod. The third is the Master Production Schedule (MPS). As the name implies the MPS decides what products are manufactured and when. The required raw materials are then identified by the finished goods BOM, the […]

  • The 10 Types of BOM’s Explained

    17 April, 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 BOM’s so that you have a better understanding of some of the available options. While there are many types of BOM’s, some of which are unique to […]

  • How Automated BOM’s Can Save You Time, Money & Eliminate Mistakes

    10 April, 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 the job. The BOM also requires quality control over each step in the process to ensure that no defective or substandard components find their way into the final product. […]

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

    3 April, 2017

    Cycle counting is an efficient and cost-effective way to ensure 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 these partial counts have covered the entire […]

  • 5 Critical Inventory Management Best Practices

    28 March, 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 to put in place inventory management […]

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

    21 March, 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 labor-intensive, on-premise ERP systems that required […]

  • Reduce Costs & Delivery Times With Procurement Automation

    14 March, 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

    6 March, 2017

    EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) enables the electronic transfer of business information between trading partners (B2B) through a standardized format. EDI has actually 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 paperless and requires no human participation, […]

  • 7 Ways to Win New Customers

    27 February, 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 or have you automated these tasks […]

  • The Future of Manufacturing – Are You Prepared?

    21 February, 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 a small number of entities, intimidating […]

  • The Top 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Solution

    13 February, 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 and track inventory are gradually fading […]

  • 6 Hidden Costs of Stockouts

    6 February, 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 likely going to be a loser […]

  • 5 Key Advantages of SAP Business One vs. QuickBooks

    31 January, 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 the large number of ERP choices on the market today that claim to be “affordable.” The question is: How many of them […]

  • 6 Telltale Signs Your Business Has Outgrown QuickBooks

    23 January, 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 it. Unfortunately, as countless users have […]

  • Why Manufacturers Require 5 Degrees Of Connectedness

    31 July, 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 functions in multiple ways.

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

    I hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies. But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. […]

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

    I hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies. But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. […]

  • ERPs: Grow Your Business Faster by Running on a Single System

    When it comes to ERP trends, best-of-breed is out as the move is clearly toward integrated solutions. According to a recent study, mobile BI and managed services are also becoming increasingly popular. Selecting and implementing an ERP solution is always a key strategic decision for CIOs. However, the introduction of enterprise software is anything but trivial, and […]

  • 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 discounts. Company B has asked customers, […]

  • 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 sales teams in manufacturing and high-tech […]

  • 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 next five years, IDC predicts.

  • Simplify Complex Manufacturing For Greater Efficiencies

    30 July, 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 design changes and regulatory requirements.

  • 5 Digital Trends in Wholesale Distribution

    23 June, 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. Now they have matured and hit […]

  • 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 will need to quickly catch up.

  • 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.

  • Next Generation ERP for  Manufacturing and Distribution

    5 May, 2016

    Industry-leading SAP Business One, coupled with extended manufacturing and distribution in OptiPro ERP, equips you to make better decisions, faster. This broad and deep solution is delivered via the CLOUD, accessible with any web-capable device, anywhere at any time. OptiPro ERP is scalable to support your business through the challenges of rapid growth. Comprehensive, convenient, easy to learn and use. That’s ERP as it should be!

  • 7-ways-to-Win-New-Customers

    Why You Should Attend

    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?

    If the answer is yes then this is your wake up call! It’s time to consider implementing an affordable and flexible Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. A CRM system gives you instant, real-time access to all your sales, marketing and customer service data “in one secure spot,” so that you can make the best possible decisions and win new customers.

    7 Ways To Win New Customers

    1. Easily build successful and sustained customer relationships
    2. Stay on top of your game with automation
    3. Own the big picture with seamless integration
    4. Execute targeted marketing for a higher ROI
    5. Maximize Up-Sell and Cross-Sell Opportunities
    6. Leverage Departmental Cross Collaboration
    7. Develop Close Customer Interaction with Integrated Social Media

    Who should attend?

    Sales managers, Services managers, General managers

    Presented by our two resident experts Allan Lessing, a 20 year veteran of the Enterprise Planning Resource industry and Praneeth Putlur with a decade of product development experience. You can’t afford not to attend this webinar as you’ll be guaranteed to take away plenty of valuable insights to apply to your own business.

    Streamline Processes & Gain Business Insights in the Cloud

    Drive profitable growth affordably and without complexity. Leverage comprehensive, cloud-based functionality. Stay current and agile. Keep costs down and see value early on.

    The New Digital Economy: Building Your Foundation for Simplicity and Growth

    A perspective on growth for small and midsize companies. Why growing companies should run digital. Connect with your customers anytime, anywhere. Enrich your workforce and supplier interaction.

    Thriving in the Digital Economy. How Companies Digitally Transform.

    How do attitudes and actions of companies set the stage for business success? How are successful firms leveraging advanced technology in the new digital economy? What can we learn?

    Digital Economy: Doing Business In The Moment

    How SMBs run live in the digital economy. The growing SMB-technology relationship. Moving to integrated business management. Becoming data-driven. Running live no matter what size.

    Customer 2020: Are You Future-Ready or Reliving the Past?

    Ten years of Accenture research highlights real opportunities for providers to better meet customers’ steadily rising expectations. The emergence and evolution of the nonstop customer.

    Business Simplification 2015:The Unmet Strategic Imperative

    Business simplification is a strategic imperative for today’s companies if they wish to unlock innovation and position themselves for future success in an increasingly complex world.

    The Three Pitfalls of Business Expansion – And How you Can Avoid Them

    Expansion is often one of the most daunting challenges a successful business will face, whether its growth is organic, or via merger and acquisitions (M&As).

    Simplifying Small Businesses and Midsize Companies to Unlock Growth

    Business simplification is an imperative for companies of all sizes. But it is especially critical for growing small and midsize enterprises that are expanding.

    Sharpening the Small Business Competitive Edge

    Is the Time Right for the Cloud? Cloud engagements work for big firms – but where are they working for small ones? Cost savings and flexibility encourage Cloud use (Cloud users are more likely to post revenue growth of 10%+!)

    People First:The Primacy of People in a Digital Age

    Winners in the digital age do much more than tick off a checklist of technology capabilities. They know their success hinges on people.The ability to understand changing customer needs and behaviors is, of course, vital.

    Sales & CRM

    Win new customers and forge better relationships.

    Quality Management

    Optimize quality management to exceed expectations for your business.

    Procurement

    Integrate optimized procurement with the entire business.

    Mobility

    Maintain business momentum anytime, anywhere.

    Inventory Management

    Real-time Inventory and Warehouse management.

    Financial Management

    Integrated, comprehensive financial management.

    Benefits of Cloud

    Drive profitable growth affordably and without complexity.

    Manufacturing

    Unlock the full power of Manufacturing Software.

    Planning

    Shorten lead times at low cost with production planning.

    Reporting & Admin

    Tap into your data – big and small

    OptiProERP

    Making complex simple.

    EDI

    Improve Business Efficiency by automating EDI

    HR & Payroll

    OptiProERP provides a comprehensive, unified payroll and human resources solution.

    eCommerce

    An Integrated B2B and B2C eCommerce Solution

    Who says it’s just for big companies?

    Comprehensive ERP that’s easy to learn and use is now affordable for smaller businesses. This can be your long-term platform for a future of GROWTH. You may start small, but you don’t have to stay that way! It’s that Simple!

    Run Simple

    Sophisticated, powerful business solutions won’t help you much if they are complex. What you need is a real-time system that’s easy to learn and use and can grow with your business. Run Smart, Run Fast, RUN SIMPLE!

    Growth Made Simple

    Reduce process complexities and improve operations, with everyone having instant access to information required to perform their roles at maximum efficiency. This is your “engine” to drive profitable growth. Its’ that Simple!

    Distribution

    Operational excellence across your entire enterprise in one consolidated, accurate and real-time view. Visibility into your whole supply chain with issues obvious at a glance. Attention focused immediately where it’s required. These are the characteristics of a best-run business. It’s that Simple!

    Mobile

    It’s a “mobile world!” Enable already-familiar web-capable tools (cell phones, tablets, laptops) to access your business information and services from anywhere, at any time. Eliminate missed opportunities and bottlenecks to increase productivity. BYOD. It’s that Simple!

    Cloud

    Why build and maintain your own infrastructure when you can have all the functionality you need in “The Cloud?” Less costly, higher uptime, instant access, easy upgrades plus better security while providing your users remote access to keep your business running at the speed of your imagination. It’s that Simple!

    Is SAP for small and mid-sized organizations too?

    Yes. SAP provides solutions for organizations of all sizes, including startups! With SAP Business One, you get the proven track record of a great platform with the unique focus to your needs.

    Is OptiProERP just another SAP Business One add-on?

    OptiProERP is a significant extension to SAP Business One to address the very specific needs of Manufacturers and Distributors. OptiProERP adds functionality that extends the SAP Business One database with functionality required for Routing, comprehensive Quality Assurance and Subcontractor Management, advanced scheduling and inventory management and other features critical to operating a manufacturing or distribution business. OptiProERP functionality is indistinguishable from core SAP Business One functionality – same user interface, same drag-and-relate and drill-down behaviors, identical in all respects. That makes OptiProERP is easy to learn and use, especially for anyone already familiar with SAP Business One. Please see our tour pages for a full overview.

    I want to focus on business, not IT infrastructure. Is OptiProERP with SAP Business One right for me?

    It’s perfect for you. OptiProERP is built to let you focus on your business. OptiProERP gets you up and running rapidly, and then it gets out of your way. With OptiProERP, you eliminate in-house IT support needs, costly upgrades, and in-house storage. OptiProERP also integrates with Microsoft Office, so you can continue working in the systems you already use.

    Why deploy my business software in the Cloud?

    There are many reasons.

    1. Cloud deployment is faster and less costly. A significantly shorter time to money.
    2. Cloud deployment lets you access information much faster, and, securely.
    3. Cloud software is maintained by the provider (i.e., us).
    4. Cloud software takes the burden of in-house IT off you and puts it on your provider (us, again).
    How long does it take to implement OptiProERP?

    OptiProERP can be configured in as little as two to eight weeks. We tailor the system to meet your needs with a unique, consultative configuration process unmatched in the market. This ensures you get up and running successfully, rather than simply up and running shortening time to value This is the nature of OptiProERP RACE implementation program.

    Are OptiProERP and SAP Business One expensive?

    SAP Business One is priced to be attractive to small and medium sized businesses. OptiProERP is in lock-step with SAP on its pricing philosophy to make this solution affordable. The solution can grow in functionality and number of users to accommodate your organization’s growth. Base prices are provided for bundled solutions. Customers can easily add advanced functionality to further extend the solution at any time during the subscription period. You get one vendor and one monthly fee for all the functionality.

    Are OptiProERP and SAP Business One scalable?

    Yes, OptiProERP supports your evolving business. In addition, SAP Business One is designed for companies with only several employees up to those with hundreds. The system flexibly accommodates your business changes to support as many users and as much work as you require.

    Would I have long-term local support and expertise from SAP and OptiProERP?

    OptiProERP is equipped to provide a high level of global support to its customers. As a Gold Partner of SAP, we take your investment seriously. Gold Partnership is SAP’s highest level of accreditation for companies like OptiProERP. We take our relationships to both you and SAP as our most important commitment.

    My business is outside the United States. Will I get the same support?

    Absolutely. OptiProERP has a global reach for services. Our services-oriented implementation process has been carefully crafted to provide a predictable, positive outcome. We will support your organization for both OptiProERP and SAP Business One regardless of your location.

  • industry-specific-erp

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

    9 May, 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 “all things to all people”.  Specialist […]

  • platform-erp

    How customizable does my ERP need to be?

    2 May, 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 interchangeable with “Commercial” in any discussion […]

  • Commercial ERP

    How free is “Free”?

    26 April, 2018

    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 you need to consider the TCO […]

  • advantages-of-cloud-ERP1

    Have you considered the advantages of cloud ERP?

    19 April, 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 thing of the past. Your daily […]

  • best-of-breed-erp

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

    12 April, 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 into one software suite. The right […]

  • 6 Ways to Reduce Inventory Levels

    16 August, 2017

    For any small to medium sized manufacturer the ability to effectively manage inventory can determine a company’s success or

  • Improving Quality Assurance in Lean Manufacturing

    9 August, 2017

    Quality management is embedded within core lean manufacturing principles, however improving quality assurance even further

  • 10 Steps to Choosing the Right Manufacturing ERP System

    1 August, 2017

    An ERP system is arguably the core infrastructure of any manufacturing operation. It connects every function

  • 6 Warning Signs Your Manufacturing Business Needs An ERP System

    25 July, 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? You’re not alone. These are common […]

  • Lean Manufacturing Best Practices – How to Get Started

    19 July, 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 on providing value to the customer […]

  • Will Lean Principles Help My Small Manufacturing Business?

    11 July, 2017

    The short answer is a resounding yes! You can be a two-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 waste, (activities that do not […]

  • 4 Lean Inventory Management Best Practices

    5 July, 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 indeed but impractical to say the least.

  • Which Inventory Control Method Is Right For You?

    26 June, 2017

    Efficient inventory control is critical to the profitability of any manufacturing enterprise. However, with so many inventory control methods 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 levels, minimizes waste and consistently meets production […]

  • How to Get Smart Using Business Intelligence

    19 June, 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 trend is toward more integrated and […]

  • Are You Smart Manufacturing?

    12 June, 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 “smart manufacturing” is quickly reshaping the […]

  • How Mobility Increases ROI

    6 June, 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 widely accepted premise that mobile apps, […]

  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control Why You Need Both

    15 May, 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 then, a distinction between the two […]

  • 5 Quality Assurance Best Practices for Manufacturers

    8 May, 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

    3 May, 2017

    In previous articles, we introduced Bills of Materials (BOM) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP), two legs of the inventory planning tripod. The third is the Master Production Schedule (MPS). As the name implies the MPS decides what products are manufactured and when. The required raw materials are then identified by the finished goods BOM, the […]

  • The 10 Types of BOM’s Explained

    17 April, 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 BOM’s so that you have a better understanding of some of the available options. While there are many types of BOM’s, some of which are unique to […]

  • How Automated BOM’s Can Save You Time, Money & Eliminate Mistakes

    10 April, 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 the job. The BOM also requires quality control over each step in the process to ensure that no defective or substandard components find their way into the final product. […]

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

    3 April, 2017

    Cycle counting is an efficient and cost-effective way to ensure 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 these partial counts have covered the entire […]

  • 5 Critical Inventory Management Best Practices

    28 March, 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 to put in place inventory management […]

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

    21 March, 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 labor-intensive, on-premise ERP systems that required […]

  • Reduce Costs & Delivery Times With Procurement Automation

    14 March, 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

    6 March, 2017

    EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) enables the electronic transfer of business information between trading partners (B2B) through a standardized format. EDI has actually 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 paperless and requires no human participation, […]

  • 7 Ways to Win New Customers

    27 February, 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 or have you automated these tasks […]

  • The Future of Manufacturing – Are You Prepared?

    21 February, 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 a small number of entities, intimidating […]

  • The Top 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Solution

    13 February, 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 and track inventory are gradually fading […]

  • 6 Hidden Costs of Stockouts

    6 February, 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 likely going to be a loser […]

  • 5 Key Advantages of SAP Business One vs. QuickBooks

    31 January, 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 the large number of ERP choices on the market today that claim to be “affordable.” The question is: How many of them […]

  • 6 Telltale Signs Your Business Has Outgrown QuickBooks

    23 January, 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 it. Unfortunately, as countless users have […]

  • Why Manufacturers Require 5 Degrees Of Connectedness

    31 July, 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 functions in multiple ways.

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

    I hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies. But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. […]

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

    I hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies. But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. […]

  • ERPs: Grow Your Business Faster by Running on a Single System

    When it comes to ERP trends, best-of-breed is out as the move is clearly toward integrated solutions. According to a recent study, mobile BI and managed services are also becoming increasingly popular. Selecting and implementing an ERP solution is always a key strategic decision for CIOs. However, the introduction of enterprise software is anything but trivial, and […]

  • 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 discounts. Company B has asked customers, […]

  • 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 sales teams in manufacturing and high-tech […]

  • 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 next five years, IDC predicts.

  • Simplify Complex Manufacturing For Greater Efficiencies

    30 July, 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 design changes and regulatory requirements.

  • 5 Digital Trends in Wholesale Distribution

    23 June, 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. Now they have matured and hit […]

  • 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 will need to quickly catch up.

  • 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.

  • Next Generation ERP for  Manufacturing and Distribution

    5 May, 2016

    Industry-leading SAP Business One, coupled with extended manufacturing and distribution in OptiPro ERP, equips you to make better decisions, faster. This broad and deep solution is delivered via the CLOUD, accessible with any web-capable device, anywhere at any time. OptiPro ERP is scalable to support your business through the challenges of rapid growth. Comprehensive, convenient, easy to learn and use. That’s ERP as it should be!

  • 7-ways-to-Win-New-Customers

    Why You Should Attend

    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?

    If the answer is yes then this is your wake up call! It’s time to consider implementing an affordable and flexible Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. A CRM system gives you instant, real-time access to all your sales, marketing and customer service data “in one secure spot,” so that you can make the best possible decisions and win new customers.

    7 Ways To Win New Customers

    1. Easily build successful and sustained customer relationships
    2. Stay on top of your game with automation
    3. Own the big picture with seamless integration
    4. Execute targeted marketing for a higher ROI
    5. Maximize Up-Sell and Cross-Sell Opportunities
    6. Leverage Departmental Cross Collaboration
    7. Develop Close Customer Interaction with Integrated Social Media

    Who should attend?

    Sales managers, Services managers, General managers

    Presented by our two resident experts Allan Lessing, a 20 year veteran of the Enterprise Planning Resource industry and Praneeth Putlur with a decade of product development experience. You can’t afford not to attend this webinar as you’ll be guaranteed to take away plenty of valuable insights to apply to your own business.

    Streamline Processes & Gain Business Insights in the Cloud

    Drive profitable growth affordably and without complexity. Leverage comprehensive, cloud-based functionality. Stay current and agile. Keep costs down and see value early on.

    The New Digital Economy: Building Your Foundation for Simplicity and Growth

    A perspective on growth for small and midsize companies. Why growing companies should run digital. Connect with your customers anytime, anywhere. Enrich your workforce and supplier interaction.

    Thriving in the Digital Economy. How Companies Digitally Transform.

    How do attitudes and actions of companies set the stage for business success? How are successful firms leveraging advanced technology in the new digital economy? What can we learn?

    Digital Economy: Doing Business In The Moment

    How SMBs run live in the digital economy. The growing SMB-technology relationship. Moving to integrated business management. Becoming data-driven. Running live no matter what size.

    Customer 2020: Are You Future-Ready or Reliving the Past?

    Ten years of Accenture research highlights real opportunities for providers to better meet customers’ steadily rising expectations. The emergence and evolution of the nonstop customer.

    Business Simplification 2015:The Unmet Strategic Imperative

    Business simplification is a strategic imperative for today’s companies if they wish to unlock innovation and position themselves for future success in an increasingly complex world.

    The Three Pitfalls of Business Expansion – And How you Can Avoid Them

    Expansion is often one of the most daunting challenges a successful business will face, whether its growth is organic, or via merger and acquisitions (M&As).

    Simplifying Small Businesses and Midsize Companies to Unlock Growth

    Business simplification is an imperative for companies of all sizes. But it is especially critical for growing small and midsize enterprises that are expanding.

    Sharpening the Small Business Competitive Edge

    Is the Time Right for the Cloud? Cloud engagements work for big firms – but where are they working for small ones? Cost savings and flexibility encourage Cloud use (Cloud users are more likely to post revenue growth of 10%+!)

    People First:The Primacy of People in a Digital Age

    Winners in the digital age do much more than tick off a checklist of technology capabilities. They know their success hinges on people.The ability to understand changing customer needs and behaviors is, of course, vital.

    Sales & CRM

    Win new customers and forge better relationships.

    Quality Management

    Optimize quality management to exceed expectations for your business.

    Procurement

    Integrate optimized procurement with the entire business.

    Mobility

    Maintain business momentum anytime, anywhere.

    Inventory Management

    Real-time Inventory and Warehouse management.

    Financial Management

    Integrated, comprehensive financial management.

    Benefits of Cloud

    Drive profitable growth affordably and without complexity.

    Manufacturing

    Unlock the full power of Manufacturing Software.

    Planning

    Shorten lead times at low cost with production planning.

    Reporting & Admin

    Tap into your data – big and small

    OptiProERP

    Making complex simple.

    EDI

    Improve Business Efficiency by automating EDI

    HR & Payroll

    OptiProERP provides a comprehensive, unified payroll and human resources solution.

    eCommerce

    An Integrated B2B and B2C eCommerce Solution

    Who says it’s just for big companies?

    Comprehensive ERP that’s easy to learn and use is now affordable for smaller businesses. This can be your long-term platform for a future of GROWTH. You may start small, but you don’t have to stay that way! It’s that Simple!

    Run Simple

    Sophisticated, powerful business solutions won’t help you much if they are complex. What you need is a real-time system that’s easy to learn and use and can grow with your business. Run Smart, Run Fast, RUN SIMPLE!

    Growth Made Simple

    Reduce process complexities and improve operations, with everyone having instant access to information required to perform their roles at maximum efficiency. This is your “engine” to drive profitable growth. Its’ that Simple!

    Distribution

    Operational excellence across your entire enterprise in one consolidated, accurate and real-time view. Visibility into your whole supply chain with issues obvious at a glance. Attention focused immediately where it’s required. These are the characteristics of a best-run business. It’s that Simple!

    Mobile

    It’s a “mobile world!” Enable already-familiar web-capable tools (cell phones, tablets, laptops) to access your business information and services from anywhere, at any time. Eliminate missed opportunities and bottlenecks to increase productivity. BYOD. It’s that Simple!

    Cloud

    Why build and maintain your own infrastructure when you can have all the functionality you need in “The Cloud?” Less costly, higher uptime, instant access, easy upgrades plus better security while providing your users remote access to keep your business running at the speed of your imagination. It’s that Simple!

    Is SAP for small and mid-sized organizations too?

    Yes. SAP provides solutions for organizations of all sizes, including startups! With SAP Business One, you get the proven track record of a great platform with the unique focus to your needs.

    Is OptiProERP just another SAP Business One add-on?

    OptiProERP is a significant extension to SAP Business One to address the very specific needs of Manufacturers and Distributors. OptiProERP adds functionality that extends the SAP Business One database with functionality required for Routing, comprehensive Quality Assurance and Subcontractor Management, advanced scheduling and inventory management and other features critical to operating a manufacturing or distribution business. OptiProERP functionality is indistinguishable from core SAP Business One functionality – same user interface, same drag-and-relate and drill-down behaviors, identical in all respects. That makes OptiProERP is easy to learn and use, especially for anyone already familiar with SAP Business One. Please see our tour pages for a full overview.

    I want to focus on business, not IT infrastructure. Is OptiProERP with SAP Business One right for me?

    It’s perfect for you. OptiProERP is built to let you focus on your business. OptiProERP gets you up and running rapidly, and then it gets out of your way. With OptiProERP, you eliminate in-house IT support needs, costly upgrades, and in-house storage. OptiProERP also integrates with Microsoft Office, so you can continue working in the systems you already use.

    Why deploy my business software in the Cloud?

    There are many reasons.

    1. Cloud deployment is faster and less costly. A significantly shorter time to money.
    2. Cloud deployment lets you access information much faster, and, securely.
    3. Cloud software is maintained by the provider (i.e., us).
    4. Cloud software takes the burden of in-house IT off you and puts it on your provider (us, again).
    How long does it take to implement OptiProERP?

    OptiProERP can be configured in as little as two to eight weeks. We tailor the system to meet your needs with a unique, consultative configuration process unmatched in the market. This ensures you get up and running successfully, rather than simply up and running shortening time to value This is the nature of OptiProERP RACE implementation program.

    Are OptiProERP and SAP Business One expensive?

    SAP Business One is priced to be attractive to small and medium sized businesses. OptiProERP is in lock-step with SAP on its pricing philosophy to make this solution affordable. The solution can grow in functionality and number of users to accommodate your organization’s growth. Base prices are provided for bundled solutions. Customers can easily add advanced functionality to further extend the solution at any time during the subscription period. You get one vendor and one monthly fee for all the functionality.

    Are OptiProERP and SAP Business One scalable?

    Yes, OptiProERP supports your evolving business. In addition, SAP Business One is designed for companies with only several employees up to those with hundreds. The system flexibly accommodates your business changes to support as many users and as much work as you require.

    Would I have long-term local support and expertise from SAP and OptiProERP?

    OptiProERP is equipped to provide a high level of global support to its customers. As a Gold Partner of SAP, we take your investment seriously. Gold Partnership is SAP’s highest level of accreditation for companies like OptiProERP. We take our relationships to both you and SAP as our most important commitment.

    My business is outside the United States. Will I get the same support?

    Absolutely. OptiProERP has a global reach for services. Our services-oriented implementation process has been carefully crafted to provide a predictable, positive outcome. We will support your organization for both OptiProERP and SAP Business One regardless of your location.