Automated Data Analytics for SYSPRO ERP

The Fastest, Simplest, and Most Cost-Effective Solution to Unlock the Power of SYSPRO ERP Data along with Other Enterprise Data

We are happy to partner with Anvizent for a cost-effective solution to unlock the power of your ERP Data generated with the SYSPRO ERP System. Anvizent’s deep integrations with your business systems include pre-built mappings and business logic along with automated ETL and data warehouse processes. Our ORG Team will help you integrate Anvizent and SYSPRO so you can analyze performance with powerful, interactive dashboards.

Once set-up, everyone in your organization can access the information they need, spot opportunities and issues, and take proactive action to drive business performance — at any time, from anywhere, with any device.

Take a look at this information flyer – and then give us a call. We’ll happily answer any questions, challenges, and let you know why we’re excited with this partnership.

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Black Friday Means Inventory Management

Black Friday: We are into the part of the year when most retail business happens. I’ll never forgot a friend telling me many years ago (was it really that long ago?) that his retail store relied on 3 months – that were make or break. He expected 90% of his year’s sales to take place in the last quarter.

Can you take a breath come January 1st? Of course not, because now you are dealing with holiday returns! With that kind of surge in inventory, all business systems should be operating at optimal level. And we know that customers are expecting tighter inventory management—deliveries and returns—than ever before. This expectation might be keeping more than a few warehouse managers awake at night.

I think most will agree, automated systems are a given in inventory management.

In honor of this season of giving (que snoopy laughing), we have a free gift; an eBook from our partners at SYSPRO.

Inventory Management eBook

This SYSPRO eBook nicely explains the benefits an ERP System for Inventory Management will bring to your growing business, such as:

  • Support for product traceability
  • Movement and distribution
  • Valuation and costing
  • Planning and forecasting, and more

I think you’ll appreciate the simple manner complex responsibilities of inventory management are explained. Is pricing and sales a part of your business’ ERP system? In this eBook you’ll learn about how SYSPRO offers the Trade Promotion Management (TPM) module which takes the guess work out of this important strategic decision. What about inventory unsold at the end of the financial year? The TPM module helps keep your inventory in check.

Take a look at this book, and Happy Black Friday.

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AMRs are working alongside humans—­not in place of them

While autonomous mobile robots can reduce the labor requirement that warehouse operators often struggle to fill, in many cases, AMRs are deployed to work alongside humans—­not in place of them. Find out why a Lockheed Martin warehouse that fills orders for aviation parts deployed mobile robots, and how they’re viewed as helpers by their human co-workers.

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are quickly becoming common place in warehouse operations. A lot of the communication regarding the new tech focuses on robots taking people’s jobs. With the rise in artificial intelligence, it is becoming a real debate about the possibility of machines taking over. I think Pandora’s box is open; there is no going back with technological advancements in the warehousing realm, or other business systems for that matter. In fact, a recent article in Modern Materials Handling states that the AMR market “will grow nearly tenfold” in the next five years – becoming a “$6.8 billion” industry in sales.

However, this article by Roberto Michel is a positive look at increasing AMR solutions in the work space. Michel states towards the beginning of the article, “For companies deploying AMRs in DCs, robotics is often seen as a way to make the human labor you can secure more productive, rather than try to run a fully automated DC. That makes mobile robots more like co-workers than gear that is going to “automate” associates out of jobs.”

I found this article to not only be informative, but also a good reminder that technology can be integrated as a win/win. Michel writes about integrating a WMS with AMR solutions. He also has some good examples of including the warehouse workers in the integration process so that the AMRs have co-worker support.

Michel’s article focuses on the experience at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where its use of AMRs has forged a tight working relationship between the workers and the robots.

It’s a good, informative, and supportive article.

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Risk Function = long-term profitable growth

Most respondents to the Accenture 2015 Global Risk Management Study say they believe the risk function is an important enabler of long-term profitable growth. They also say that balancing this priority with their responsibility for controls and compliance is a potential barrier to this effectiveness. Yet, you cannot afford to cut corners on risk management. Doing so could harm your operations, employees, consumers, reputations, and so much more.

Risk Identification and Assessment

When starting a risk management program, it’s critical to support your risk managers in undergoing a systematic process to identify risks throughout your organization. Types of risk vary from factors within and outside your control. Unavoidable risk factors could include natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, and floods or market fluctuations in prices and interest or exchange rates. Potentially preventable risk factors, to name a few, could include employee injuries; human error; mechanical or internal system failures; shipping, supplier or vendor delays; and consumer litigation.

From the point of view of today’s manufacturer, operational risk management (ORM) is about creating a framework that will help risk managers, employees on the plant floor, and maintenance personnel:

  • Understand and manage the risks impacting their organization,
  • Establish processes to effectively address these risks, and
  • Implement procedures for corrective and preventative actions.

Operational risks can fall into the following broad categories: people, products, processes, and assets. Within these categories, operational risks commonly facing manufacturers today include failure of critical assets, product non-compliance, environmental impact, financial risks, logistics risks, supplier quality, and health and safety issues. These operational risks are highly interrelated, which makes it paramount for risk managers to establish a strategy that transcends functional boundaries while effectively addressing operational risk.

Once you’ve identified all of the risks that could potentially impact your operations, employees, and consumers, assess these risks to determine if you have a safe or dangerous amount of risk. If risk management isn’t embedded in your corporate culture, employees may make mistakes that could compromise quality, lead to product or service failures and place you and those you serve at higher risk. Prioritize these risks to help you first address those that pose the greatest likelihood of threat to your company’s revenue and reputation.

Risk Mitigation and Prevention

A little preparation can go a long way in poising your company for risk management success. Ways you might mitigate and prevent risk include:

  • Avoiding loss by not engaging in business practices that pose risk to employees and consumers, such as ignoring safety concerns in product design and manufacturing
  • Preventing loss by providing employee safety training and implementing risk awareness and prevention programs throughout your company
  • Reducing loss by coming up with plans you could quickly put into place in the event natural disasters or other mishaps occur
  • Applying risk management methodologies, such as Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), Criticality, Accessibility, Recuperability, Vulnerability, Effect and Recognizability (CARVER); Qualitative Risk Assessment (QRA); and Operational Risk Management (ORM)
  • Embedding risk management into your quality management system to ensure you, your vendors, your parts and your processes strictly comply with such standards as ISO 9001:2015 and attend to the risk factors you identify in a time-efficient manner

Once you’ve implemented these and other enterprise risk management (ERM) methods, be sure to examine your risk management program on a regular basis to ensure its adequate and effective over time.

Risk Management Solutions

Countless internal and external factors pose risk throughout your enterprise. To effectively manage, track, monitor, and address them, consider implementing a risk management solution into your quality system.

Many risk management solutions are available in the marketplace. Look for an easy-to-use solution that:

  • Integrates seamlessly with your current quality system, as well as holistically across your entire organization
  • Employs user-definable risk types and risk formulas to calculate low-, medium- and high-risk issues automatically, with intuitive color-coding
  • Ensures high-risk issues are resolved with a closed-loop corrective / preventative action process
  • Offers risk metrics on a continual head-up display or executive dashboard that offers your critical business managers’ visibility, as well as ability to drill-back to specific risk records
  • Makes it easy for you to demonstrate risk assessment management to auditors without having to create complicated forms and reports

Benefits of Managing Risk in your Quality System

A proactive approach to risk management is most beneficial to your business. Now is the time to identify and assess the factors that put your company, products, employees, and consumers at risk. Once you determine these factors, consider implementing a risk management solution into your quality system. The right solution can help you manage risk to avoid, prevent, reduce, and prepare for loss – all while helping you protect your company’s reputation and its bottom line.

This first appeared in SYSPRO white paper for SYSPRO by uniPoint. Ask us how we can help you implement integrated systems so that your business operations are transparent and run seamlessly.