ERP Updates from the 2014 Sage Summit

Sage X3

ERP Updates is the final in our series of posts about the recently concluded Sage User Conference.  This past Sage Summit was a lot more than just high powered panelists, sponsored lunches, and guest performances. You can catch my summary of reflections of the keynote in a previous post. On July 29th, Sage went public about their latest … [Read more...]

An ERP Project Selection Guide: 20 Things You Should Never Short-Change When Selecting and Implementing ERP

Perspective Checklist

An ERP project can be a challenge. The ERP selection and implementation process is a major undertaking for mid-market manufacturers and distributors. As an ERP selection guide for those dealing with ERP projects, we’ve developed a handy list of 20 considerations to keep front and center. Don’t “short change” these 20 considerations, and success is … [Read more...]

Your Business Performance Improvement Plan and ERP: An Effective Acquisition Strategy

Business Concept

This post showcases how a business performance improvement plan, when coordinated with ERP evaluation, is an effective strategy for manufacturers going through an acquisition. In our work with US-based mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, we often speak with companies that are heading into an acquisition. Typically, the acquiring … [Read more...]

Considering Cloud ERP Decision? Don’t Miss Upcoming ERP Transformations Webinar

Cloud Computing

If you are considering a Cloud ERP decision, you’re not alone. Researchers at Gartner found that today’s mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies consider Cloud ERP an increasingly effective and attractive way to implement various business applications. In a Gartner study entitled “Adoption of Cloud ERP Through 2023,” researchers … [Read more...]

An Effective ERP Selection Process is Within Your Reach

Decision Making

The manufacturing companies we talk to are pressured to balance ERP selection and business process improvement initiatives against challenging production schedules, customer demands and workloads. A company about to embark on an ERP journey has many choices. Management may elect to walk that ERP journey alone, or they may see the value of … [Read more...]

ECommerce Meets ERP: A Look at Integrating ERP, eCommerce

puzzle piece integration

Integrating ERP, eCommerce is a key business consideration. We often team with organizations looking to improve ordering and fulfillment processes by extending and integrating existing ERP and eCommerce. This need arises when the company operates within a complex sales environment that might include direct and indirect selling through corporate, … [Read more...]

Five Considerations for Justifying an Investment in ERP


When we speak with manufacturing organizations, we note that many of these companies are challenged to take the important step of justifying their investment in ERP. The effort involves determining an expected return on investment, anticipating total costs and fully documenting the business case for investing in a new or upgraded system. To … [Read more...]

Using the Internet of Things to Bridge ERP Software and the Shop Floor

Internet of Things

This guest post by Glenn Nowak, Vice President at IQMS, puts the focus on ERP software and the shop floor, as it relates to the innovation of the “Internet of Things” At the Indianapolis 500, 33 elite race cars travel at neck breaking speeds for nearly three hours in what is considered to be the largest single-day sporting event in the world. … [Read more...]