order fulfillment

Order Automation in a World of Amazonian Expectations

The expectation of immediate satisfaction spills into the business world. Can you afford to get product to your customers “next month or next week”? If buying decisions are made on availability, price, and quality, can you afford to lag on delivery time?

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Too big for the box

Have You Outgrown Microsoft Dynamics GP?

There are many reasons why you may be outgrowing your Microsoft Dynamics GP software. However, primarily it falls into either a functional or a technological issue. Understanding those issues in the context of what the Dynamics GP solution is intended to deliver can help you decide if it’s time to “get fitted” for a more robust solution. As a product, […]

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Right Fit

QuickBooks to Microsoft D365 for Enterprise

The typical life-cycle of a business sees it implement three ERP systems: QuickBooks, an “upgrade” to QuickBooks, and finally a “real” system. This is at least one, if not two, systems too many! The standard rationale for following the traditional ERP system trajectory is cost. However, I see that as shortsighted and self-defeating for an individual company, as well as […]

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Black Hole

The 20/80 Rule for Manufacturing ERP Software Implementations

Implementing ERP software is hard. Implementing manufacturing ERP software is even harder. It does not have to be. Consider our tried and true approach. There is a lot of great ERP software available for mid-sized manufacturing companies that is packed full of features and capabilities. It has been like that for the majority of my more than thirty year career […]

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The Case for Highly Structured, Rapid ERP Implementation Plans

Reduce the risk of the inevitable, a challenged or failed ERP implementation by eliminating paralysis by analysis. The seeds for a failed ERP implementation are normally sown in the sales process with ridiculously antiquated processes like the request for proposal (RFP) and the structured product demo, which is usually a complete comedy of errors. The road to nowhere really picks […]

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Hire a Great ERP Team, Not an Average Partner

The Goldilocks Paradigm Challenged or failed ERP projects continue to be a plague and demand a shift in the industry. Why do we continue to embrace the “tried and true” sales and implementationprocesses? It’s time we focus inward and select a better implementation partner. With more than 30 years’ experience in the sales and implementation of ERP software, even I […]

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Myths

The Myth of the Big Important ERP Partner

The Issue The recent purchase of a big, important partner in our industry was followed by a slew of articles about the transaction with glowing accounts by the owner extolling his own business acumen. Those articles were nearly impossible to read without bringing to mind numerous accounts of a large, “challenging” ERP implementation where the same partner was failing spectacularly […]

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Dynamics AX Architecture

In Praise of ERP Architects

Why do sophisticated ERP projects require an “ERP Architect”? And why are ERP Architects the difference between sitting at the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby on either Secretariat or on a camel? Think about your current ERP implementation or any other that you have been associated with. I will wait a minute for the dull ache behind your eyes […]

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