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ASK THE EXPERT: HOW TO BUILD A DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Mar 15, 2022 1:51:32 PM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Register to Ask the Experts! Tuesday, March 22, 2022 10:00 AM Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern Time) Microsoft is...
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How to reduce the cost of an ERP project implementation

  • Feb 9, 2022 10:12:00 AM
  • By Clients First Business Solutions
An ERP (enterprise resource planning) system can dramatically transform the way a company does business. While...
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Evaluate ERP Solutions in 7 Steps

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  The most effective way to increase productivity is to streamline, integrate, and automate as many business p...
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Choosing the Right Implementation Partner and Being a Good Client, Too

  • Dec 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Choosing the right partner or value added reseller (VAR) for the purchase of your new business software is pro...
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Knowing When To Shift To Cloud ERP

  • Nov 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Why Shift to Cloud ERP Sooner Rather Than Later?  The Chinese Zodiac states that 2021 is the “Year of the Ox."...
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The Top Strategies to Manage ERP Implementation Costs

  • Sep 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Ensuring Project Success While Reducing Costs As businesses navigate the digital economy through the lens of a...
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The Latest Trend in Budgeting an ERP Project

  • Jun 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM
  • By Bob Turner
Business Disruption As the business community emerges from the worldwide pandemic, business leaders are eager ...
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5 Steps for a Successful ERP Implementation

  • May 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
What is the ERP implementation process? ERP Implementation can be very challenging. Following these 5 simple s...
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ERP Software Implementation Options – Big Bang, Phased Rollout or Parallel?

  • Sep 1, 2020 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  3 Popular ERP Software Implementation Options - Pros and Cons Moving from a legacy business management syste...
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Total Economic Impact of ERP Software Implementation

  • Jul 1, 2020 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  What's the TEI of an ERP software implementation? It's no doubt that the cost savings and business benefits ...
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Top Tier ERP VARS

  • Aug 16, 2019 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Clients First Business Solutions is ranked in the top 20 on Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs 2019 in the United States...
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Two Guides to Help You Take Control of ERP Implementation

  • Oct 3, 2018 12:00:00 AM
  • By Lindsay Brown
  Surprises may be fun in our personal lives, but when it comes to ERP implementation, nothing good can come w...
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Justifying Your ERP Decision and Avoiding Pitfalls

  • Sep 12, 2018 12:00:00 AM
  • By Lindsay Brown
  The ERP decision and implementation process often feels convoluted, and for businesses without the right pla...
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Charting Your Course: Two Guides Highlight the ERP Selection Process

  • Aug 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  Few software decisions are as challenging or as potentially lucrative as the one to upgrade or replace enter...
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Top Reasons to Engage in a Fixed Fee ERP Implementation

  • Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Fixed fee ERP implementation projects used to be something that I dared not speak of with prospects and custom...
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SAP Anywhere Customers Replace with Acumatica or Dynamics

  • Mar 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  SAP Anywhere did not go far.  In a prepared statement, a SAP representative said  it evaluates its current s...
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Inventory Requirements and ERP Selection

  • Aug 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Mike Conti has over 20 years' experience with helping companies work with business software or ERP (enterprise...
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Time to Upgrade...or Not?

  • Jul 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Hope Enochs
This is a big question which businesses must ask themselves on a somewhat regular basis, probably more often t...
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How to Calculate ROI for ERP

  • May 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  Manufacturers and distribution companies have a lot to juggle from tracking inventory and operations to comm...
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Starting your 5S Implementation, pt. 3

  • Apr 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  This third installment will draw a close to our series on 5S implementation tips and tricks. If you haven't ...
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How to Define Key Business Processes Globally

  • Apr 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Clients First Business Solutions
Task Guides Make Defining Key Business Processes Globally Easier  Are you a manager or director of human resou...
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Starting your 5S Implementation, pt. 2

  • Apr 10, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  This is part 2 of a series on 5S implementation tips to help your business get started. You might recall in ...
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Starting your 5S Implementation, pt. 1

  • Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  If you haven't read our article explaining what is 5S along with its benefits we recommend you read this art...
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The Women Behind Clients First Texas

  • Mar 8, 2017 12:00:00 AM
  • By Clients First Business Solutions
I do not find it a coincidence that today, on International Women’s Day, I got my first glimpse this year of b...
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Best Kept Secrets to Help Finance Your New ERP Solution

  • Dec 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Jennise Streaty
You know that your business needs better software that can be used seamlessly in every department. You may eve...
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Microsoft's LCS Assures ROI of ERP Investment

  • Aug 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Microsoft's Life-Cycle Services (LCS) helps assure ROI on your Dynamics AX software investment.  The real bene...
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ERP for Mid-sized Businesses

  • Aug 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Being in the middle is never easy: the person sitting in the middle gets squished, the middle child often gets...
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Lean Away From The Biggest Waste That Is Costing Your Company $1000s

  • Jun 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
One way to achieve your primary job functions as a CFO of resolving problems and implementing changes to be mo...
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Meet the Clients First Family

  • Jun 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Jennise Streaty
What is the best part of being in the Clients First Texas family? At Clients First, it doesn’t take a village ...
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Discover Clients First Texas

  • Jun 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  Meet the Staff at Clients First Texas Clients First Texas recently had its annual team meeting at the Gaylor...
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Ten years on Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs

  • May 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Bob Scott just published the 2016 Top100 VARs. Clients First has made the list for ten years in a row. We rank...
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What is the Cost of Implementing ERP?

  • May 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
As a company begins to grow from a small to mid-size enterprise, it becomes more and more complicated to keep ...
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How to get the most out of ERP

  • May 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  The use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has become a very common practice in the manufacturing industr...
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Four Tips for Effective Inventory Control

  • May 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  In the manufacturing industry, it’s not just important to have an accurate, up-to-date account of your compa...
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Pillars of Hope--Clients First Staff Making A Difference!

  • Jan 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
  Our own Hope Enochs helped complete Pillars of Hope in East Texas.  The purpose of the project was to bring ...
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Secrets of Supply Chain Planning for 2016

  • Dec 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Increasing demand for end-to-end supply chain visibility is perhaps one of the most discussed issues when it c...
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Advice To CFO's Who Want Deferrals For Revenue & Expenses

  • Nov 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
Deferral functionalities include data conversion, improvements with customizing reports in Word for different ...
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The Most Critical Step In ERP Implementation

  • Oct 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Mike Miller
  As a CFO, part of your job includes evaluating and advising on the impact of long range planning, along with...
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TMAC Hosting Supply Chain Strategy Learn @ Lunch

  • Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Nancy Phillippi
 
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Do You Need An ERP Consultant?

  • Mar 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Nowadays, a growing number of companies are facing the choice of whether to hire an ERP service provider or ...
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Upgrading Your ERP Software in 2015

  • Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Organizations not keen on agile operations are usually resistant to upgrading ERP systems. Installing a new ...
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The Benefits of Warehouse Management ERP

  • Feb 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Early inventory management systems were designed to provide basic stored item and storage location functiona...
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3 Ways ERP Software Can Boost Your Business's Success

  • Feb 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
Today, both large and small enterprises are using ERP systems to better manage their operations. Long regarded...
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5 Points To Consider When Searching For ETO Software

  • Jan 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  In an earlier post, we discussed six points ETO manufacturers should consider when searching for ETO softwar...
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Will You Gain More Profit From ERP?

  • Jan 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
Organizations have been using Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems for more than two decades now. Most...
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How Much Does an ERP Implementation Cost?

  • Jan 5, 2015 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  general guidelines TO help you determine Your ERP IMPLEMENTATION COST expectATIONS Updated 9/24/21: The cost...
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Future of ERP: Looking Ahead To 2015

  • Dec 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  According to Gartner, ERP acquisitions will continue to rise in 2015. In fact, it seems that enterprise soft...
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How You Can Avoid an ERP Implementation Failure

  • Dec 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Implementing an ERP systems involves a series of processes, including customization, integration, data conve...
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Google Glass Ready for ERP

  • Nov 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Although Google Glass promises to bring everyday activities closer to us, many users have already lost inter...
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What Does An ERP System Cost?

  • Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  When we talk about ERP implementations, one of the first things to do is determine your budget. Whether you ...
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Evaluating your ERP System: Is it time to Change the System?

  • Oct 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Regardless of the business or industry you are in, at some point in time, you may have to decide whether to ...
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Is A Hybrid ERP the Key to A Successful Implementation?

  • Sep 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are critical to the success of many business processes. However, ...
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ERP Accounting Software: Preventing Fraud

  • Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  A recent audit performed in response to allegations of embezzlement at the University of Louisville has reve...
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5 Things You Need to Know Before Consulting a VAR

  • Sep 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  The success of any ERP implementation majorly depends on the Value Added Reseller (VAR) that will install or...
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Does Wearable Technology Hold The Future of ERP?

  • Sep 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Wearable technology, such as Google Glass and Epson Moverio, can be extremely useful in various medical and ...
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8 Traits to Look for When Choosing an ERP Project Manager

  • Aug 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  One of the most important people in an ERP implementation exercise is the Project Manager. Ideally, the PM s...
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4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an ERP Vendor

  • Aug 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
Picking an ERP solution is not something organizations do regularly. Therefore, the process can be difficult a...
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Top 5 Causes of ERP Implementation Failure

  • Jul 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Don't Become a Victim of an ERP Implementation Failure Transitioning to a new ERP system can cost your compa...
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4 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Upgrading Your ERP Software

  • Jul 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
For many large organizations, ERPs form the backbone of their critical business processes. An ERP like Dynamic...
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The NSA Controversy And The Future Of Mobile ERP Applications

  • Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  It certainly is nice to see that an increasing number of tech companies align their strategies with users’ i...
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Mobile 3D And The Future of ERP Software

  • Jun 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Not only mobile technologies have witnessed rapid growth over the past few years, they also have given rise ...
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Integrating Governance, Risk, and Compliance into Your IT Strategy

  • Jun 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  In the current economic conditions, manufacturing organizations and services firms need to accurately gauge ...
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How Will The NSA Scandal Affect ERP Software?

  • Jun 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  The warrantless searches performed by the NSA on Americans’ phone calls, emails, Google searches and even so...
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Finding The Right Warehouse Management Software

  • Jun 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Considered a mission-critical component of the supply chain, warehouse management plays a key role in how pr...
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ERP Software: The Key To A Dynamic Supply Chain Collaboration

  • Jun 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Global manufacturers face various challenges in their daily operations. How to source parts from different v...
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Future of ERP: The Problem With Google Glass

  • May 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Sadly, what started out as a mind-blowing phenomenon, bringing excitement and generating a lot of buzz about...
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7 Mistakes Behind ERP Implementation Failure

  • May 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  A few years back, no one would have imagined that specific ERP implementation mistakes could bury a 100 mill...
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5 Common Mistakes: How To Avoid ERP Implementation Failure

  • May 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  Are ERP implementations difficult to manage? Are there any actions or inactions that could sabotage your ERP...
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Successful ERP Implementation Approaches for Dynamics AX

  • Mar 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Chandler Hutchison
  What factors affect the success or failure of implementing Dynamics AX in any organization? Generally, the s...
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Maximizing Business Process Improvement Training with ERP

  • Mar 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  We have already looked at how ERP can help to improve processes along the supply chain and maximize outputs....
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The Need for Enterprise Accounting Software in the Conceptual Age

  • Feb 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Evolving from the Information Age into the Conceptual Age is imperative for an organization to succeed in toda...
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Delivering ERP and Best Practices: Turning Reality into What's Needed

  • Feb 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Hayes, Hunton, Poston and Grabski, four famous researchers who have investigated the benefits of the best ERP ...
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Perfecting the Requirement Analysis and Design Process

  • Feb 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  The requirement analysis and design process plays a critical role in successful implementation of ERP projec...
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Taking ERP Applications Mobile in 2014

  • Jan 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  For many organizations, the process of collecting, managing and analyzing data in real time remains one of t...
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How to Avoid ERP Implementation Failure

  • Dec 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  [Updated 9/6/16] ERP implementation failure is common not only among the entrepreneurs who don’t know how to...
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Top 4 Ways to Compare ERP Software

  • Dec 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Updated 10/13/21 - When it comes to choosing an ERP software, there are a number of considerations organizat...
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Why Enterprise Accounting Software is Essential for Fast- Growing Companies

  • Oct 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Today, the business people running an organization, be it small or large, use some form of accounting softwa...
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Beat Supply Chain Competitors with Inventory Planning Software

  • Oct 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Excellence in supply chain management is all about effective inventory management. To improve efficiency and r...
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How Enterprise Accounting Software Can Help You Get a Loan

  • Sep 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Most people wrongly assume that enterprise accounting software are only for large companies.  If you are manag...
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Why an ERP Project Manager Makes a Good Software Consultant

  • Sep 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  A truly excellent consultant with not only deep knowledge of the software, but also first hand industry expe...
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Integrating Sales Tax Automation with Your ERP Implementation Project Plan

  • Sep 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  The primary role of a specialized ERP solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics AX, is to integrate all data and ...
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Death by Taxes: 5 Manual Sales Tax Processes that Kill Supply Chains

  • Sep 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he wrote, "nothing is certain but death and taxes."  Aside from the ...
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4 Critical Success Factors for ERP System Upgrades

  • Aug 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  When your company invests in ERP software, you can typically expect a 10-15 year span of using the software ...
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ERP Implementation Project Plan Best Practices

  • Aug 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  The role of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions in managing different business areas, incl...
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Four Questions to Ask Your Inventory Planning Software Provider

  • Aug 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  After you have decided to invest in inventory planning software for your business, the next major question e...
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Improving Supply Chain ROI with Cost Accounting Software

  • Aug 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Achieving high return on investment, shortly referred to as ROI, has become a daring dream for many organiza...
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5 Signs You've Outgrown Your Cost Accounting Software

  • Aug 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Many business owners and accounting specialists who use basic cost accounting software fail to realize that ...
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Biggest Inventory Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

  • Jul 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Reducing inventory management costs is beneficial, but it does come with challenges.  Supply chain managers ...
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The Pay-Off: Wholesale Distribution Software and Sky-High Profits

  • Jul 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Since the profit margin, especially on individual sales, has narrowed over time, most wholesale distributors...
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8 Reasons Distributors Need Inventory Planning Software

  • Jul 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Companies that optimize their inventories carefully can experience major bottom-line benefits. Most CEOs are...
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How Inventory Planning Software Can Turn Write-Offs into ROI's

  • Jul 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  It’s never fun to have to explain a litany of write-offs to the board, due to poor planning, depreciation of...
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Seal the Deal & Deliver On-the-Dot with Work Order Software

  • Jul 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Besides allowing you to choose the most profitable business projects, control stocks efficiently, assess the...
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Quit Lying! Fess Up to Your Company's Inventory Management Techniques

  • Jul 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  When it comes to inventory management techniques, I may not be the right person to ask about what methods ar...
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5 Ways Wholesale Distribution Software can Increase ROI

  • Jun 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Need a better way to manage your inventory and improve revenues? If so, a wholesale distribution software is f...
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Why Your Current Inventory Control Methods Are Costing You

  • Jun 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Recent estimates indicate that the inventory control methods that most companies use nowadays incur signific...
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Have You Turned a Blind Eye on Your Supply Chain Visibility?

  • Jun 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
Having supply chain visibility in Industrial Equipment Markets is essential for maintaining profit and a compe...
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5 Signs You Need Inventory Planning Software

  • May 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Running a business is like running a large family.  Every member of the team is valuable.  Every chore keeps...
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Integrated Business Intelligence for the Modern Organization

  • May 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Imagine you are a multi-location, multi-departmental, discrete manufacturing business looking to get data in...
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The 5 W's of Job Costing: How Software Answers Them All

  • May 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM
  • By Andi Conti
  Quote it. Fix it. Invoice it.  Job costing is sometimes easier said than done.  When considering software to...
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