End of the Year: Procurement & ERP

The procurement processes in business as an industry sector has been known for at least half a decade. However, some industry leaders experienced push-back when attempting to address its challenges and implement it in business models. As people recognize that success is best achieved with breaking “away from the siloed ways” and integrating the different processes in to a holistic business system. To support such integration, decision makers are bringing onboard programming systems to help manage all the processes and responsibilities of different departments into one place. This makes it easier for the different departments and management to work together. It’s a win/win.

Dale Benton authored an article focusing on an interview with Nicky Hanson, a Senior Procurement Manager in South Africa. We think this is a good article to bring to your attention for two reasons:

  1. It addresses a topic still rarely addressed (business procurement) when considering ERP
  2. It’s an easy/quick read (It IS the end of the year!)

Happy New Year

We hope you appreciate this end of the year article/post. Here’s a taste of Hanson’s insights. I think you’ll easily see why we believe this is worth a few minutes of your time…

“The SAP model that is widely used was the correct model then but not for the industry today,” she says. “Back then it was purely financial but now we are looking at warehousing and distribution and vehicle fleets and a whole array of things that just didn’t work with that older model.”

“With new ERP systems now in place, it’s created other opportunities and benefits for business. If we can tap into those and open the business, the pricing will become better, the support will become better, and there will be a more structured flow.”

ORG wishes you a very prosperous and happy new year.

(read full article)

Articles of Interest – Warehouse is the Word

Is it any surprise that we’re posting yet another synopsis with a warehouse as the main subject? It really is that time of the year. Warehouse is the word.

Sometimes we post an article that captures our interest. The more we learn and know about the processes required for your business, the better we’ll be able to hear your needs and support your growth. It’s what gives us expertise to help you succeed in your industry.

Inside an Amazon warehouse

Today, the Desert Sun posted an article about its tour of an Amazon fulfillment center in Moreno Valley, documenting what is required to ship millions of packages across the globe. It is an excellent overview of a very complicated process. The tour begins with “unloading goods from a truck into the warehouse”.

A lot happens in a highly managed manner — ending, ironically, with the same products now boxed and labeled, and heading “through the trucking bays” and back on to trucks to quickly arrive at “homes and businesses”.

It is a quick read. And it’s ending is what really caught our attention.

Four years ago, when the fulfillment center for Amazon opened, it was with cutting edge technology in place. But now, Amazon is getting ready to open a four-story fulfillment center that can handle two million square feet of inventory. Amazon is is implementing state-of-the-art technology, primarily with robotics  — along with an estimated hiring of one-thousand people.

And the facility toured in this article might be outdated when it opens.

The industry is growing exponentially. We hope you are ready for a prosperous new year.

(read complete article)

Warehouse Operations reliant on Augmented Reality (AR)

Warehouse operations are prominent in the news and topics of conversation. It is obviously the holiday season. (Warehousing and logistics takes over, doesn’t it? Is there anything else right now?)

Inventory and supply chain management is a big challenge, especially this time of year. I was just at a UPS store for a personal errand today and it was packed with boxes; returns & deliveries. I saw a lot of headaches in those piles.

As part of our ongoing commitment to service and support, we keep searching for new systems and concepts that are at the forefront of business management systems.

New Technology

We’ve mentioned in previous posts how Artificial Intelligence is helping propel automation and management systems. However, today a report summary was released that is addressing Augmented Reality’s (AR) “rising importance of augmented reality and technological advancements in logistics and warehouse operations.”

I have a personal interest in AR from gaming & film/video production. This is the first I’ve heard of it being a driving force in warehouse management technology and systems. The report states that increased importance in managing logistics is driving the implementation of AR.

The report states that Germany, France, China, and Japan are the current driving markets for AR implementation, however, “North America is expected to hold a prominent share of the global augmented reality in warehousing and logistics market during the forecast period.”

We’ll keep alert as this new technology continues to develop and grow. I don’t think it is ready for prime time for our client base – however, at the rate new technologies are continuing to develop, it might be just a couple of years before it is.

ORG will be ready.

(click here for report brief)
(click here to purchase full report)

Heading Into 2019: 21st Century Warehousing

The end of year holidays, besides bringing good cheer and celebration, also brings the most challenging time of year for warehousing. Inventory space and efficiency, shipping, tracking — and the people responsible for warehouse management — all are severely taxed right now. As you may know, one of our team members, Aaron Wilker, is passionate about helping clients manage their teams at all levels of warehousing distribution and logistics. So it is a topic we keep our eyes and ears open about.

Technology advancements increase efficiencies

This year was a big year in advancing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Automation and robotics were at the forefront of conversations and round-table talks about the future of WMS. Another leading topic this year was Artificial Intelligence.

The times are changing; quickly.

Earlier this week, Eric Allais wrote an excellent article for the Material Handling & Logistics which gives a wonderful overview of “three of the changes we expect to see in the future warehouse, thanks to advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and shipping automation technologies.”

It is a quick read – and very compact and informative.

(Read complete article)

Anvizent: Real-Time Analytics for SYSPRO ERP

Leverage SYSPRO ERP Data for Real-time Analytics – ‘Integrate all your Data into one platform

Anvizent is a fully integrated, automated, end-to-end analytics solution that provides instant insights from SYSPRO ERP and other enterprise data with zero programming. Built on patent-pending automated data warehousing technology, Anvizent integrates SYSPRO data and other enterprise data into one platform, providing a single unified view of business information. And with 100+ pre-built dashboards across all SYSPRO modules, everyone in your organization can access the information they need at their fingertips, spot opportunities, and issues, and take proactive action to drive business performance — at any time, from anywhere, in any device.

Revolutionizing SYSPRO ERP Analytics

Anvizent is the fastest, simplest, and most cost-effective way to enable analytics on your SYSPRO ERP and other enterprise data. We have automated and simplified the entire data management and analytics process so you can rapidly explore data, uncover insights, and make smart, data-driven decisions.

  • SYSPRO ERP Integrated and Ready to Use – Anvizent comes with pre-built mappings and business logic for all SYSPRO ERP modules, enabling you to get started right away. Simply connect to your data and start analyzing performance using powerful, interactive dashboards
  • Automated Data Preparation – Say goodbye to tedious and time consuming manual data preparation processes. Anvizent’s automated ETL engine quickly prepares data for analysis, reducing lag from days and hours to minutes and seconds.
    • Built-In Automated Data Warehouse – Anvizent’s patent-pending built-in automated data warehouse integrates SYSPRO ERP and non-ERP data into a single unified view. Now you can analyze your SYSPRO data in combination with data from other business systems to gain unprecedented insights into the business.
  • True Self-Service Dashboards – Why wait for hours or days to get access to the insights you need to run your business. With Anvizent, you can build dashboards in as little as 3 clicks and get immediate answers to your day-to-day business questions.
  • 100+ Pre-Built Dashboards – Gain instant visibility into your entire operations – from anywhere, at any time. Monitor performance, uncover trends, anticipate problems and take timely action to keep results on track
  • Fastest Time to Implement and Lowest TCO – Anvizent can be deployed in a matter of days or weeks at the lowest upfront and ongoing cost of ownership. This ensures quick value and a faster Return on Investment (ROI) than other solutions in the market.

100+ Pre-Built Dashboards for Every Role and Every Department

Take control of your manufacturing business like never before! Track and analyze your entire operations in real-time using 100+ pre-built dashboards. Monitor sales performance, stay on top of customer problems, keep up with inventory levels, get alerts to production issues and more – all in one place.

 

 

Track and Manage your Entire Sales Operations At-a-Glance

  • Visualize your sales status from quote to order to shipment
  • Spot high and low performing products, regions and sales reps
  • Identify bottlenecks and quickly take action to improve your numbers

Improve Responsiveness to Customers

  • Gain immediate insights into delivery status, future deliveries, and past-due shipments
  • Drill down into data to understand trends, issues, and root causes
  • Set warning thresholds and receive alerts before issues impact your delivery schedule

Optimize Procurement Spend and Minimize Supplier Risk

  • Keep track of spending trends across products and business units
  • Analyze supplier performance by key metrics such as lead time, quality, cost etc.
  • Identify  and act on savings potential across products, business units, and suppliers

Maintain Profitable Inventory Levels Across the Value Chain

  • Keep track of what materials you have on hand, where they are, and how they are being used
  • Analyze usage patterns to identify what is fast-moving, slow-moving and obsolete
  • Set alerts and avoid excess and shortage conditions

Maximize Shop Floor Efficiency

  • Get up-to-the-minute visibility into every detail of your production operations – From schedule attainment to individual employee performance
  • Proactively identify and address issues related to material, labor, capacity etc
  • Get immediate alerts to problems and exceptions and take rapid action

Stay on Top of Financial Performance

  • Track and analyze revenues, expenses and margins across products and business units
  •  Monitor cash flow to know much money is coming in and how much money is going out at any given moment

Instantly identify and act on the issues that need your attention

The Payoff; Saving Time

The warehouse’s role in business is changing rapidly due to the rapid increase in how sales are taking place. Traditional brick-and-mortar operations for B2B and B2C transactions are rapidly becoming completely digital operations — and automation has been at the forefront of conversations at expos and online resources, blogs, etc. A lot of promises are made with the money and time saving ROI that will occur when one implements a warehouse management system (WMS).

Often the risks of large investments of time and money make one wary of moving forward with a WMS. Early October, we announced that we helped Westside Equipment go online with a WMS.

We are happy to announce that by using the WMS from Csoft/ Dynamisoft, Westside Equipment completed their initial count of close to 7,800 different line items within two and a half days; a task that would normally take about a week using paper.

Congratulations, Westside Equipment, for such a quick ROI. It is an honor to work with you.

Congratulations to our partner, SYSPRO

It is obvious, if one looks at our site, that we consider SYSPRO a world class integrated business software application platform. So we appreciate that the “real-time and unbiased user reviews” site, G2 Crowd, awarded SYSPRO the G2 Crowd Leadership Award for Fall 2018. Scores are based on “ease of use, requirements met, business practices and vision, administration satisfaction, and how much they are likely to recommend their product.”

Here is the full press release:

SYSPRO ERP Software Has Advanced To “Leaders” Ranking On 2018 G2 Crowd List of Top ERP Suites Software

SYSPRO leaps from G2 Crowd’s 2017 “High Performers” Quadrant to “Leaders” Quadrant based on market presence and customer satisfaction

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SYSPRO, a global provider of industry-built ERP software, has ranked among the best in G2 Crowd’s list of Leaders of ERP Suites Software.

SYSPRO has ranked among the best in G2 Crowd’s 2018 list of Leaders of ERP Suites Software
According to G2 Crowd, the best ERP Suites Software products in the Leaders quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial “Market Presence” scores. Scores are determined by customer satisfaction based on user reviews, and scale based on market share, vendor size, and social impact. Reviewers submit their satisfaction scores based on ease of use, requirements met, business practices and vision, administration satisfaction, and how much they are likely to recommend their product. Once again, SYSPRO outranks several well-known industry giants when it comes to product, customer experience, and support.

“Nothing brings us greater satisfaction than learning our customers and partners are successful in their respective businesses,” said Joey Benadretti, President, SYSPRO USA. “That’s why SYSPRO finds the G2 Crowd rankings so valuable. We have worked very hard to provide the most advanced cloud and on-premise ERP solutions, while setting a standard in excellent customer care – which is evident in our jump to the G2 Crowd ERP ‘Leaders’ quadrant,” Benadretti said.

The 2018 Fall G2 Crowd ranking follows several prestigious award wins for SYSPRO in customer care, technology, product, leadership, and company culture. The big jump into the leadership quadrant also lands in the same month SYSPRO celebrates its 40th Anniversary. The events this year have further positioned SYSPRO as one of the longest standing, independent ERP software leader, serving a wide variety of manufacturers and distributors around the globe.

Customers reviewing SYSPRO on the G2 Crowd site can attest to SYSPRO’s top ranking as a full end-to-end solution for its customers. “SYSPRO has great customizability and flexibility. It is relatively easy to learn and use in day-to-day operations,” said a recent SYSPRO reviewer. “Support is very responsive and will work with you on any issue you may have,” they concluded.

SYSPRO is backed by its PartnerUP channel sales program — a community of specialists with sites in over 60 countries. SYSPRO’s growing partnerships drive the ERP provider in its mission to provide manufacturers and distributors with choice, flexibility, an engaging user experience, and total visibility across the supply chain.

(download PDF press release)

Like a Good Neighbor

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ERP Success in Cook County (Chicago)

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Leaving Your Comfort Zone / WMS

Can ORG help you leave your comfort zone?

A warehouse management system (WMS) is a software application, designed to support and optimize warehouse functionality and distribution center management. Wikipedia

In Nicole Garman’s post yesterday via ThomasNet, she states, “…warehouse managers are facing new challenges to keep up with heightened demand. Today’s successful operations will need to leverage hardware, software processes, talent, and technology to rise to the top.” Read more