Reason to upgrade? Your ERP security

When implementing a new business system for automated processes, ERP security is a top-level item of concern. It is usually a given that your CRM and ERP security is cost effective in the long run. It is a worthy investment.

What about when your systems are launched? It sure is nice – and serves the bottom line – to have accessibility to data from multiple platforms and users. This ease of accessibility is probably one of the convincing points that got this new system approved. However, you only want to give access to the immediate and necessary team members.

In a very quick – and very informative article – Suryanarayan Kasichainula states:

Latest cloud-enabled ERP systems handle data from multiple devices and are accessed by multiple users across multiple platforms. This increases the vulnerability of the system and its processes.

As ERP and other cloud based systems become more popular, they are more likely to be targeted by nefarious coders. There is a reason the Windows system had far more trouble with attacks and viruses then Apple; popularity.

Operations Resource Group uses our same world-class methodology to assess upgrading your ERP/CRM systems as we do with helping you choose one and get it online. It is a relatively simple matter to upgrade your system and keep your ERP security locked-down tight. Let Kasichainula’s quick read (2 minutes) start an important discussion now.

Use this link to read Kasichainula’s complete article in Cyber Media (India).

The Internet of Things (to Come)

The Internet of things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data. Wikipedia

In an Information Week article this week, CTO Rick Veague states: “IoT (Internet of things) data on its own can provide insight into equipment health, asset status, the current location of a connected device, and other individual data points. But in order to deliver the benefits of digital transformation, it must be integrated with operational systems, and in most businesses, that means enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.”

Automation is a buzz word I am hearing a lot as this year’s business begins. As with all great ideas, and I do support the idea of automation, practical implementation — is going to get the best results.

Veague’s article is a rich, informative, and quick read. I point out quick because time is so precious, and I often find myself questioning the value of weeding my way through the mass amount of information available. And thus I appreciate when a trusted resource, or individual, points me to a valuable piece of information.

This article, Use IoT to Accelerate Digital Transformation, is a very valuable read. He draws from real-world examples of deployments that already exist to give bullet points of advise.

  • Lower your barrier to entry.
  • Minimize risk.
  • Focus on incremental results.

Read the whole article here.

(By the way, did you get my Yardbirds reference? Age me much?)

What you gonna do with all that… Data?

I’ve noticed one aspect about successful ERP, CRM, and WMS installations or upgrades that is often overlooked, or not given enough emphasis, is storage and access to data. We all get excited when we see information from different departments and operations quickly called up, analyzed, and integrated into a smoothly run business operation. And let’s not forget the ease of recovery when things do go wrong. Hey, we’re still human. Best to acknowledge mistakes and accidents will happen, and implement systems of recovery. And what supports these business operation systems? Data!

You need a solid storage system as a part of your business operation. It needs fail-safe systems; backups and access are of key importance. How much attention to storage are you giving to your implemented business processes. There are many IT individuals I can introduce you to who attempted to call attention to a data storage system in need of upgrading, and their calls went unheeded — always another priority and/or expense to push the call aside… until a real emergency occurs. Penny wise; pound foolish.

An article we read today about Chapman University’s storage upgrade was very encouraging; reading that Chapman U “expects to cut storage management burden by 95 percent”. This article shows the amazing benefits of a well thought-out data storage system as an integral part of automated processes.

The article is obviously showcasing Pure Storage. And we think it is a good read to help strengthen the importance and benefits of a best of class data storage system. Upgrades, data access, backups and cloning, are key to any business process.

Read Full Article Here

Software/System Integration: Can’t we all just get along?

Are your CRM and e-Commerce systems hooked-up, sharing key data and working seamlessly together with your ERP?

We ask that question right at the top of our “Bridges” page on our website. ORG has known for a long time that system integration is the lifeblood of a successful ERP and CMS for any company – regardless of size. Because we’ve operated from this understanding for over 20 years, we’re experts at integrating systems and adapting them to your unique business needs. It is a key element to ORG methodology.

It is no surprise to us that Tom Kelly, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Oracle NetSuite, start’s his article on CPAPracticeAdvisor.com with, “Companies today realize they can no longer put up with the struggles of legacy accounting applications that don’t integrate with other vital software systems…”

In Kelly’s article, 3 Ways CFOs Can Accelerate Payback from New Technology, he also contends that unless top-level executives are driving a companies change to new technology and updated ERP/CRM systems, the integration most likely will fail. I think our experience with system integration is in complete agreement.

The beginning of a new year is a time for assessing goals; starting new projects for the over-all improvement. So if you are considering implementing ERP and/or CMS for the first time – or looking to upgrade your current systems to meet company growth, give us a call.  We’re happy to share our experience with you and help you start the new year on a strong foundation.

And take a look at Tom Kelly’s article. He’s addressing CFOs; there’s great information in there for everyone involved in your business systems.

3 Ways CFOs Can Accelerate Payback from New Technology

By Tom Kelly, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Oracle NetSuite

Companies today realize they can no longer put up with the struggles of legacy accounting applications that don’t integrate with other vital software systems, with systems that leave finance personnel laboring with Excel workarounds and a slew of manual processes. It’s no longer acceptable to base critical business decisions on the often outdated or inaccurate information of these legacy systems.

Though many recognize that implementing a modern cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is an obvious answer — many that take start the transition are surprised by marginal improvements, slow user adoption, and unchanged processes that still rely on excel workarounds.

To ensure a smooth transition to cloud ERP, CFOs need to lead the charge. Executive sponsorship at the CEO and executive bench level is essential for organizations to realize full ERP’s benefits. It’s not strictly about using new technology — it’s also about executives driving a shift to a more digital, data-driven culture and ensuring that users embrace the new system.

(read entire article)

Seed to Sale? Sign of the Times

Well, without getting political, we’d like to stay contemporary…

So, yes, one can debate the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana all day long. But this article by Doug McVay of Portland’s KBOO (among other credits) points out the fact that as marijuana becomes a sanctioned business, it also must comply with “States require(ing) constant monitoring and electronic access to data, what’s called ‘seed-to-sale’ tracking in order to prevent diversion of marijuana outside the regulated system”.

What is of particular interest to me comes towards the end of the article. McVay points out that two ERP systems have both experienced security breaches that have threatened their ability to remain valid in the industry.

It is yet another example of making sure that your ERP and CRM systems not only work well with your operating systems, but that they also are compliant with all the rules and regulations you might be operating under.

So, yes, our first post of the new year might be controversial. It’s also very educational.

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