Acumatica 2018 R2 Release

One of the reasons ORG is confident we will excel in helping you implement, upgrade, and work with your business management systems is the variety of expertise we bring to the table. We have more off-the-shelf choices along with our ability to create unique bridges and adaptions to systems. One of our key offerings is Acumatica.

Org specializes in Acumatica consulting. Built on the world’s best cloud and mobile technology and a unique customer-centric licensing model, Acumatica delivers a suite of fully integrated business management applications such as Financials, Distribution, CRM and Project Accounting, powered by a robust and flexible platform.

Next week, Acumatica is rolling out a new release of their product. This new release includes improvements to customer satisfaction, usability, and compliance. Acumatica 2018 R2 provides significant enhancements to best in class business functionality, industry-specific solutions, and the Acumatica xRP platform.

Mobile/handheld has become a primary tool for business systems. In 2018 R2, you’ll see usability improvements such as push notifications, navigation, and customization updates – all to better meet the diversity and specs of handheld platforms.

We believe this enhancements are going to allow real-time updates and information access so that you can better manage your business, from the administration offices to field service and warehouse management.

Ok – this is self-serving… however, we are genuinely excited about their upgrades for mobile platforms. Give us a call and find out why!

We’re going to Excelapalooza

Always looking for ways to increase their knowledge, using programs that help their clients, two members of Operations Resource Group,(ORG), will be attending the bizNET’s Excelapalooza in Dallas, Texas, next week.  They will be learning the latest tools for creating custom reports to help their clients better understand the information that they need to keep their companies profitable.

Excelapalooza has provided its attendees with “best in class” Microsoft Excel based training and analytics. Excelapalooza offers attendees industry-leading Excel training and education to continue the development of professional skills. In addition to Excel training, attendees will have the opportunity to discover what the BizNet Software suite can do to expedite their current reporting processes.

An ERP Cautionary Tale from FL

With ERP implementation, experience leads to best practices, avoiding unnecessary costs, and delays in launching. We here at Operations Resource Group know from experience there are going to be challenges that couldn’t have been seen at the beginning of a project. Our experience has taught us that listening to our clients needs, what issues they are attempting to improve or resolve, is of primary importance. Chris Holtzer (Senior Manager – Strategic Analysis) so eloquently said years ago regarding ERP implementation, “I think 90% of the over promise is just not understanding the real needs of the end-users.” He also went on to say, “New ERPs are a wonderful thing once they are working properly.”

I was researching ERP and supply chain advancements this morning and I came across this recent article from a Bradenton, Florida newspaper (Bradenton Herald). The district “has spent $20 million to install… (their) enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The original budget was less than $10 million.”

The article also speaks to the ordering delays, payroll delays – all which have inherent costs beyond line item budgets. School is in session; supplies are needed.

The upside is the company responsible for the install is engaged in responsibly completing the work they were contracted for. You can bet they aren’t operating in the most supportive environment right now.

This is a good cautionary story; supporting our ORG mission. Do you know how we continue to make better informed decisions? By listening to you.

(Click here to read entire article: School district to software vendor: Give us what we paid for)

GDPR is Coming

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline is upon us – literally. The fines are quite steep if a business is caught not complying properly… I’ve read upwards of 20 million dollars — or 20% of gross profits.

No one is ignoring the potentiality of such penalties. However, I must admit, getting a handle on the “ins and outs” of the GDPR regulations and compliance with them is daunting. I feel I’ve barely scratched the service, and I’ve been putting in a solid amount of due diligence.

Which is why when I come across a simple article, such as Timothy King’s article, 5 Steps to Fast-Track GDPR Compliance: Tips From an Industry Insider, I read it with gratitude.

Most businesses these days are capturing and storing data – functionality is based on the ability to do so. And the internet has made international business available to everyone; you probably have your eyes on this already. But just in case…

5 Steps to Fast-Track GDPR Compliance: Tips From an Industry Insider covers the following:

  • Documentation
  • Traceability
  • Security
  • Anonymization
  • Organizational Awareness

Though there is a lot of cautionary information, there is also the benefits with the article ending with a “Benefits of GDPR Compliance”.

It is an easy to understand article – I recommend taking a look.

And if you’d like some help with making sure your business systems are ready for GDPR compliance, be sure to give us a call.

(read entire article)

Food and Beverage ERP Cookbook

Discover how SYSPRO ERP Software Provides Solutions That Simplify the Complexity of Managing a Food and Beverage ERP in our Exclusive Cookbook

SYSPRO is the leading ERP software provider to the Food and Beverage industry. With innovative solutions industry-built to address the unique needs of food and beverage companies, SYSPRO gives you all the tools you need to effectively, profitably, and safely run your business. Download our exclusive Cookbook filled with recipes, tips, and tricks to navigate the food and beverage industry.

This ERP Cookbook includes:

  • Custom recipe cards to help you navigate the daily obstacles your business is faced with: regulatory compliance, financial management, inventory, lot traceability, quality, and recipe and formula management
  • The critical ingredient for food and beverage business – SYSPRO ERP for Food and Beverage Industry Brochure
  • Getting the mix right – an eBook to help you navigate compliance complexity
  • A tasty result – Case Studies featuring SYSPRO ERP software customers and their successes with SYSPR

Us this link to download our ERP Cookbook:
Food and Beverage ERP Cookbook

Improve Process Performance and Realize Significant Cost Savings

In today’s strategy + business post by Dan Priest, Kumar Krishnamurthy, and Alex Blanter, The New Automation Is Smart, Fast, and Small, they write:

Intelligent technologies such as robotic process automation, machine learning, and natural language processing systems offer companies new opportunities to improve process performance and realize significant cost savings. These technologies can be implemented in short sprints, focused on a specific problem, with manageable costs.

They go on to state that small automation implementation resources can be quickly brought online to fill in system gaps.

The potential impact is striking: Small automation can improve the productivity of individual processes by 80 to 100 percent (the top of the range reflects a transition to a touchless solution) and overall functions by 20 percent or more.

It is an excellent article, especially following what we saw at this month’s Modex 2018 show. It speaks of the challenges and mentions three steps recommended for company leaders to consider when upgrading ERP systems or implementing smaller “gap fill” systems; focus on value, consider the future of work, take a big picture view.

If you have an ERP/CMS/WMS in place, or you’re considering how to improve process performance of systems already installed, you’ll find very valuable information in this post. (Click here to read post.)

MODEX 2018 delivers opportunities to future-proof food processing plants

As the speed of manufacturing and supply chain operations continues to accelerate, the future of the industry depends on today’s forward-thinking decisions. From illuminating education to next-generation technology and equipment in action, MODEX lets you see what’s coming — and take advantage of it to “future-proof” your supply chain for years to come.

Powered by MHI, Charlotte, N.C., MODEX 2018 took place April 9-12 in Atlanta, connecting over 850 leading providers to showcase key industry trends and innovations.

In fact, MHI, Charlotte, N.J., and Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York, teamed up to produce “Overcoming Barriers to NextGen Supply Chain Adoption,” an annual industry report that provides an up-to-date perspective on emerging supply chain trends.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest innovations in equipment and solutions introduced and showcased at MODEX 2018:

Strategic partnership improves WMS implementation

Worldwide Chain Stores (WCS), Chicago, and Operations Resource Group (ORG) Consulting, Brentwood, Calif., announced a strategic partnership, creating offerings of next-generation WMS with an implementation methodology that ensures greater accuracy and improved efficiencies.

Worldwide Chain Stores
312-264-1960

www.wwchainstores.com
Operations Resource Group Consulting
925-234-9201

http://org-consult.com

The Evolution of the Software Layer That Sits Between Automation and Higher-level Warehouse Management

So while the robots drew the eyes at Modex, it’s really the evolution of the software layer that sits between automation and higher-level warehouse management that bears some closer watching. The traditional lines between automation, WCS, and WMS continued to blur at Modex 2018, and there are new vendor offerings coming into the market with advanced analytics that are quite different from the monitoring and reporting typically found within WCS deployments. The need to better manage both labor and machines in digital-age fulfillment centers, along with the intensive piece picking and order cycle pressures that entails, is driving the evolution of this crucial software layer.

Roberto Michel of Modern Materials Handling (MMH) has a wonderful, brief wrap-up of Modex 2018. Robotics & virtual reality were the flashiest, attention grabbing elements at this years trade-show. However, as Michel points out, a system that manages the automated machinery and the human labor is central to a successful distribution. If anything, automation, robotics and virtual reality has added more moving pieces that need to be overseen – and when you factor in the HR requirements and financials… it can be quite overwhelming.

Use the link below to read Michel’s complete article – and remember, with the recent additions to Operations Resource Group team, any requirements you now have for warehouse management and customer relationship management – we are your complete enterprise resource planning ally. We work with you to design a system tailored specifically to your needs and operations.

(read complete wrap-up)

ERP must work harder to build competitive advantage for companies: Steve Murphy

Skimming through some ERP news items, because there is always something new to learn on a Saturday afternoon, I came across this very quick read on The Economic Times website. I was about to move on to more pertinent information since this seemed to be about ERP opportunities and business in India, which isn’t our current core market concentration.

However, something at the end Steve Murphy says caught my eye:

One of the key opportunities for ERP to become far more responsive and useful to its customers is the development of Internet of Things (IoT). In the near future every aspect of a manufacturing and engineering company’s business is set to be revolutionised.

This falls right in line with our methodology for business system consulting and implementation. (Yes; ORG also does the work along with consulting and analysis.)

We embrace the philosophy that eliminating as many middle layers or steps as possible will optimize performance and efficiency in any process.

So much thought seems to get caught up in the “bells and whistles” of ERP, CMS, Warehouse & Distribution Logistics Systems — the automated processes of business systems. However, our years of experience continually reminds us that the real brilliance of automated systems comes from adapting them to business systems already in place; not bending the company and people to the “will” of the program. This is what should be attractive to any company considering ERP opportunities and growth.

As is also stated in the interview, Murphy states, “ERP must work harder to build competitive advantage for companies, serving the user and providing information to the right people at the right time, to take action in the right way.”

Use this link to read Shelley Singh’s brief interview with Steve Murphy.

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).