ERP; a tool in the hand

I am starting to see a few cautionary tales about ERP. I find this trend refreshing. It highlights why we believe ORG’s methodology to be world class. The articles I’ve read this week continually point out two main areas of disappointment: speed of deployment and efficiency of running processes.

The article highlighted in this post is packed with good information if you are considering implementing an automated business processes management system, or upgrading a current one running. In fact, though a quick 3 – 5 minute read, I recommend this to all people considering an ERP for the first time.

The article is the first in a series about “industrial internet of things (IIoT), or Industry 4.0”. So it is really a cautionary piece about IIoT. However, it is using the 25+ years of ERP implementation that have taken place to understand project risks with IIoT.

There are bullet points in the article that we at ORG are keenly aware of; pitfalls often not spoken of out loud. Yet they are why we emphasize that the ORG team first listens to your needs and learns about your business processes when helping you implement or upgrade an ERP.

  • Keys to success include supportive management and employees.
  • Integration is hard.

The piece ends with this statement: “we understand that a tool in the hand of a skilled professional with competent direction can create some fantastic results”. Competent direction is one of the elements of our work we take great pride in. It is what often stands out in testimonials about Operations Resource Group.

So give us a call about the concerns this article raises. We have solutions.

(read full article)

Leading Edge. Not Bleeding Edge.

2020 is a big year in a lot of business journalists’ reporting. It has been for some time. It has become an important business milestone. And now it is less then a year away.

This article is a quick read from Medical Developments. ERP is important in the health & medical fields. We have first hand experience, having helped a few with upgrades and new business system implementations.

Even if you aren’t in the medical industry, there is good information. Three important aspects of supply chain are called out:

  • maintaining environmental sustainability
  • seamless global operations
  • a digital supply chain

Those are three key departments of operation that automated business systems (ERP systems) help with, keeping companies operating on the leading edge. And if you want to be a world-class operation, being on the leading edge — not the bleeding edge — is key. That’s called out in this article, too.

It is a very quick read, worth the couple of minutes you’ll spend reading it.

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Cheers for Accounting

Business systems, whether automated or not, often forget to give importance and thought to the very department that is responsible for the financing of the systems: accounting.

I know from experience that we are upon the most challenging period in an accountant’s work life… tax time. This is the time when accountant’s can be found in the dark, cavernous holes — crunching numbers; doing their best to successfully make it through another fiscal year’s accounting.

You know there are no controls, really, but you just hope that’s not a problem and your company doesn’t get hit with a massive fine or a nastygram from the Internal Revenue Service.

So it is with celebration that we share this article from Accounting Today, bringing good tidings to the often thankless job of accounting.

With compliance-as-code, IT auditing resembles reliable and repeatable processes in finance like ERP systems, and turn error-prone manual processes into predictable, push-button workflows.

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Safety First: The Right Team

Just Ahead of Winter Fancy Food Show, SYSPRO Again Named in Food Logistics’ 2018 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers

Food Logistics’ annual list honors the software and technology providers that ensure a safe, efficient and reliable global food and beverage supply chain.

Our year is just starting – and the trade shows and industry support is happening. Anyone planning on being in our neighborhood for the San Francisco Winter Fancy Food Show?

One of the important concerns with food distribution is cost effective lot traceability. It is imperative to retaining trust with customers and food safety. We are pleased to celebrate our partnership and support with the SYSPRO platform, providing integrated business software for over thirty years. We’ve always thought they were best-in-class. It is good to see it acknowledged by others.

Call us and find out how the Operations Resource Group team and SYSPRO can support your business systems growth and implementation.

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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.

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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.

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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)
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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.

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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.