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What is the Cost of Implementing ERP

May 24, 2016 / 2 Comments / in ERP Software, ERP Implementation, erp pricing, cost of erp, Finding a VAR, medium size / by Nancy Phillippi

As a company begins to grow from a small to mid-size enterprise, it becomes more and more complicated to keep up with the company’s success. With growing demands and an influx of new data to manage, it can be difficult to continue to function at optimal capacity.

Implementing a Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is what many manufacturing companies turn to help manage the work load. The process may not be easy, but when considering the time and effort it takes to collect, interrupt and keep track of data on a spreadsheet (especially if you are a medium to large size enterprise) it is well worth the time and money.


The Most Critical Step In ERP Implementation

October 21, 2015 / 0 Comments / in ERP Implementation / by Mike Miller



As CFO, part of your job includes evaluating and advising on the impact of long range planning, along with introduction of new programs and strategies to ensure credibility of the Finance group by providing: timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts. One of the best ways to ensure credibility of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts is to implement an ERP system.

When you're choosing an ERP solution, it's also important to consider the solution provider in order to ensure a successful ERP implementation. By working closely with an experienced ERP vendor, you’ll have all the support you need during and after system implementation. When unexpected errors occur or misunderstandings arise, having an expert by your side is critical. Stability, market presence in region, past successes, expertise, adaptability, and innovation are important considerations to ponder when selecting your vendor.


Clients First Business Solutions Acknowledged: 9 Years on Bob Scott’s Insights: Top 100 VARs Proves Expertise & Success.

June 24, 2015 / 0 Comments / in ERP Implementation / by Anita Smallwood

What adds success to an organization? More than anything I’d say visible, tangible passion: that sparkle in someone’s eyes when they speak about what they do, the excited lilt in someone’s speech when they explain a project.This is the type of response I get when I speak to our managing director, Michael Conti, about Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. When I asked him last week, “What’s your favorite part of Microsoft Dynamics AX?” and with a big grin on his face he answered “Dynamics AX's [2012 R3] newest release has the Process Module for manufacturing along with the warehouse management and transportation modules written by Blue Horse. This release is state of the art and gives a sense of awe in it's functionality. In my eyes, Dynamics AX takes the win for Manufacturing companies. This is a great thing for the Clients First customers and prospects since we have many manufacturing customers and target this industry for new sales and support."   


Microsoft Extends Support for Dynamics AX 2009

April 01, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Implementation, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

 Executive Summary:

Dynamics AX 2009 will have mainstream and extended support until 04/10/2018, and Dynamics AX 2012 R3 will have extended support until 01/10/2023.  These date extensions give your company a better opportunity to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Enterprise for Operations when it is most convenient for your business.

Updated 05/03/2017: We have good news for Dynamics AX 2009 and AX 2012 users: Microsoft has decided to extend support for these products. Though it was earlier announced that the support for AX 2009 would end in 2015, Microsoft has recently postponed the end of mainstream support and extended support programs until 4/10/2018 and 10/12/2021, respectively. Additionally, Microsoft has announced that Dynamics AX 2012 R3 mainstream support has been extended to 10/12/2021 and extended support does not end until 01/10/2023.  Feel free to reach out to us to complete your 2009 to Dynamics 365 Enterprise for Operations upgrade plan.


Do You Need An ERP Consultant?

March 09, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, ERP Implementation, Clients First, ERP, ERP Consultants, Consultants, VAR, VARS / by Chandler Hutchison

Nowadays, a growing number of companies are facing the choice of whether to hire an ERP service provider or not. Some of them swing between ERP consultants and systems integrators, who could help them with the ERP implementation process. However, most business owners decide to launch an ERP initiative themselves, without considering the knowledge and skill set of a specialist.


The 5 Signs That It Is Time To Upgrade Your ERP System

February 27, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, ERP Implementation / by Chandler Hutchison

Regardless of the industry sector in which you operate, having an efficient, sophisticated, fully integrated ERP solution can help you succeed instead of just survive. Even the businesspeople who like to do things the old fashion way are starting to realize that hand-written records and reports printed on paper and stored in file cabinets are a thing of the past. Furthermore, gone are the days of on-premise ERP technology that lacks advanced functionality, limiting sustainable growth. 


5 Ways You Can Get More Out of Manufacturing ERP Data

February 12, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Manufacturing ERP Software, ERP Software, ERP Implementation / by Chandler Hutchison

Improving shop floor productivity and performance along with product quality is one of the most critical goals in manufacturing. One way to do this is to use a state-of-the-art manufacturing ERP solution that connects the shop floor to the top floor and unifies different manufacturing lines, programs, and applications to help manufacturers follow their desired strategic directions. But to drive efficiency on the shop floor, it’s essential to know how to make the most of the data stored in your ERP system. Here is how you can do this.


5 Ways Manufacturing ERP Can Improve Product Quality

February 10, 2015 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, ERP Implementation, ERP, erp benefits, ERP solutions, Dynamics AX, manufacturing, manufacturing erp, Manufacturing Software / by Chandler Hutchison

Manufacturing ERP systems provide multiple quality management tools that discrete and process manufacturers can use to optimize their processes and deliver high-quality products at competitive price levels. The quality modules included in most ERP packages are fully configurable, allowing users to implement quality control functionality in flexible ways, by simply enabling or disabling a wide variety of features and parameters.


3 Ways ERP Software Can Boost Your Business' Success

February 09, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, ERP Implementation, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Chandler Hutchison

Today, both large and small enterprises are using ERP systems to better manage their operations. Long regarded as accounting or financial solutions for large corporations, ERP systems have been transformed to provide visibility in all aspects of a business including accounting, process management, inventory, invoicing, supplier and customer management.


Calculating ERP ROI for Small to Medium Manufacturers

January 28, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software, ERP Software, ERP Implementation, Process Manufacturing ERP, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Chandler Hutchison

The traditional way of calculating the ROI of implementing an ERP system is based on the notion that the organization will realize instant benefits after installation. However, the major benefits of an ERP solution relate to making business processes more efficient and reducing costs. As a result, it can take some time for the ROI to be apparent and measurable. While it is easy to determine the cost of implementation, it is difficult to put a dollar value on the efficiencies and improved business processes that will be realized as a result of using an ERP solution.

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