ERP News and Views

  • ERP overview Video ERP Systems and very broad, so an hour and a bit is about right. Watch this one lunch time. http://youtu.be/S5d6WrzOUtw
  • Multi-channel Implications for ERP I attended a recent presentation by the Australian Financial Review, where they presented some research finding that they had done with Frost & Sullivan. The study, called e-commerce in a multichannel world, conducted by Financial Review Business Intelligence and Frost & Sullivan and sponsored by technology provider NetSuite, shows that more than 50 per cent of ...
  • ERP and iPhone What functionality would you expect from your ERP system for mobile staff? Here is a good product to benchmark against. In this video we look at SAP Business One and how it works with an iPhone. Note down your key criteria and compare it with our ERP Checklist. If your business is B2B then its critical to ...
  • Why Mobile is critical to your ERP If you want to be successful marketing at senior levels of B2B prospects you need to enable you web presence and systems to: Handle web queries via Mobile Market to visitors on Mobile devices Deliver relevant content to a mobile enabled device Drive the “buyers journey” on a mobile Mobile is hot, but generally considered in the context of B2C ...
  • Cloud Basics I found a great article on Cloud Basics on the MYOB blog. I thought I would expand a bit on it. Questions people ask include: What is the Cloud? Why is everyone ‘going Cloud’? Why should I ‘go Cloud’? What is Cloud? Cloud is a new way that IT systems and software will be setup. Its sometimes called the ‘Utiliy’ model, ...
  • How to choose your Cloud Provider Your are evaluating cloud solutions,  which vendor do you go with? If you were building your own application you would look at Amazon, Rackspace, ninefold and a myriad of others. If your choosing a CRM or ERP then your choice is (often) limited to whomever the vendor has teamed with. Whatever the situation, here are ...
  • How ready are you to implement an ERP You have the business need for an ERP, but can you pull it off? You need to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation to carry out a project. Here is a checklist of questions you should answer:  Is the top leadership aligned and supportive of the project?  Do you have the necessary funding in place for this project?  Do ...
  • Mobility and Enterprise Software Whether you are currently evaluating an ERP/CRM solution or looking to modernise and align your current  platforms, mobility will or should be high on your criteria list. The business drivers include Higher productivity – of customer facing sales and support staff whilst out of the office Better response times to customer queries – we expect the same response times ...
  • How mature is Cloud computing? When cloud applications first came to market, it was mainly through small scrappy software companies. Over time, the natural advantage of cloud applications has meant that established vendors have had to respond. Today, in virtually any software application category you will have a good cloud option, that makes “Why not the cloud?” a valid question. On ...
  • Future of Business Intelligence [Infographic] Newer BI tools help predict the future, here’s one vendors attempt to predict its own future.                                                               Via Domo.
  • History of Logistics and Supply Chain [Infographic] Here’s a detailed look at the histoty of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Also, read all our posts on Supply Chain.                                                                 Thanks to Ben Benjabutr at http://www.scm-operations.com/ for sharing this Infographic.  
  • CFO’s Guide to ERP Software In the Cloud [Infographic] This infographic explains common cloud terminology, benefits, costs and more.
  • On-line Retailing/e-commerce in Australia David Odgers (eBay, Sales and Marketing Director) notes that ecommerce in the US and UK has roughly double the proportion of retail sales as in Australia ( 8% vs 4%).  The US market ecommerce growth has been on an upward trend for the past decade as per the following graph:           NetSuite are running a webinar on ...
  • Mobile Devices and Enterprise Applications – 2012 Trends   This article from Mobile Enterprise looks at the Top 10 applications for Mobile’s within the Enterprise. Key take-outs: Mobile is Number 2 application behind Business Intelligence Email, Calender and Contacts that was number 1 focus in 2011 is down at number 9 (last year’s project) Most of these CRM systems will be built using 3rd party software( less ...
  • SaaS/Cloud ERP- a case of When not If……….. Salesforce.com and other young companies in the SaaS movement, including WorkDay, NetSuite, have been battling on two fronts: To legitimise their technology and licencing business models To compete with the traditional business models Microsoft has delivered a Dynamics CRM that ticks the boxes and has announced plans for ERP. To date SAP and Oracle have their own luke-warm but costly ...
  • Social CRM/ERP = What is it good for? “Social CRM compliments an organisation’s investments in CRM by capturing the true, authentic and unstructured voice of the customer, enabling them to be customer-driven and not simply pay lip service to customer-centricity.”* This post is an addendum to the Social CRM Guidebook and looks particularly at Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and communications. Sales Sales spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for ...
  • Social ERP or Social Media + ERP Social CRM (SCRM) is a well accepted trend. It attempts to aggregate Social Media activity undertaken by customers/prospects and include them in the profile of an account or prospect in the CRM system. This gives call centre agents a view of the likely sentiment of an individual or the market at large. A Social CRM Guidebook is ...
  • 10 Predictions for ERP in 2012 The guys at Panorama Consulting have put together a list Top Ten Predications for ERP in 2012. Our Top Trends Guidebook may also be worth you reading. Here is my broad view on each: Industry Consolidation Economic turmoil will affect the weaker vendors and some won’t make it.  Shake-up in the Tier I space I agree, the big 3 (SAP, ...
  • Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Video Series If you are interested in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solution then take a look at their video series ( 12 in total on YouTube) on what they were trying to achieve in the development. Here is the first:  
  • Microsoft Office is NOT your business system This post is somewhat driven by a recent client whose business system consisted of: An Access Database for Customer details MYOB for Accounts Excel for analysis and pricing Word for invoices A server for historical documents and Crossed fingers, Blue Tak and SuperGlue holding it all together The issues were many, and it was somewhat surprising that they had grown into a ...
  • Big Data – Webinar for business Big Data is absolutely flavour  of the month, for consumer facing businesses like retail, telco, banking, utilities or government for business facing companies like manufacturing, supply chain, finance trading and government Learn some more via this InterSystems webinar, where global expert Iran Hutchison will share his experience with successful Big Data implementations such as the European Space Agency project to map one billion ...
  • Microsoft ERP Pricing Promotion A new customer offer from Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Called the Dynamics ERP “Give Me 5” program The promotion aims at  new customers of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL who purchase a license for a “Foundation Pack” from participating resellers. For approximately $3,000, they will receive licenses for the first user plus four additional ...
  • Microsoft ERP targets Lawson with Dynamics AX 2012 Recently announced Microsoft’s Dynamics AX 2012 ERP (enterprise-resource-planning)has special incentives for customers willing to switch from rival platforms sold by Lawson Software. AX is one of four ERP software lines Microsoft sells for companies of varying sizes. The financial incentives announced  target Lawson Software’s S3 and M3 systems. Lawson was recently acquired by rival Infor, thus creating the industry’s ...
  • Supply Chain SCOR Model for SME’s This is our first ERP Guest Blog – something new for us, so please let us know if you like it( or not) Supply chain management concept was born during the intense competition in textile industry in the 80’s. First supply chain analysis was conduct in USA and the result revealed that total lead-time was 66 ...
  • ERP Vendors – oracle Many years ago Oracle bought PeopleSoft and JD Edwards with a grand plan to merge their ERP products with Oracle’s own, under the code name Fusion. After many stops and starts these have been announced and released this week at Oracle Open World. The Fusion applications include Customer Relationship Management ( CRM) Human Capital Management (HCM) Financials Governance Risk Compliance ...
  • Enhanced Reporting & Management Tools Gartner defines Corporate Performance Management (CPM) as: processes used to manage corporate performance (such as strategy formulation, budgeting and forecasting), the methodologies that support these processes (including the balanced scorecard or value-based management), and the metrics used to measure performance against strategic and operational performance goals. The Magic Quadrant is dominated by the big Business Intelligence Vendors  ...
  • SCM=(APS+DM) + (SCV+SRM) + (WMS+TMS+ATP) Obviously the equation from the last post SCM = SCP + SCV + SCE was not detailed enough for some readers – hence an even longer equation. SCM=(APS+DM) + (SCV+SRM) + (WMS+TMS+ATP) For the experts even this won’t be long enough -and if you do need more then let me know and I’ll recommend some places for you to seek. We still ...
  • ERP Supply Chain Solutions SCM = SCP + SCV + SCE Supply Chain is probably the most mathematical of the ERP functional areas. Its right that we should represent it then as an equation. But what does it mean? As enterprises get bigger and business globalisation becomes the norm, the need to orchestrate your supply chain with that of your suppliers and customers ...
  • The Early Bird Catches the ERP Worm Microsoft’s Dynamics AX 2012 ERP launch is on this week. That means an early( or late) 2am start if you want to tune in live. Don’t worry, you can time-shift the sessions and tune in a little later with on-demand sessions. “The early bird catcheth the worm.” This is first recorded in John Ray’s A collection of English ...
  • Reporting in ERP – the end of the coffee break Even though the amount of data we are gathering within our businesses is growing exponentially, some new BI products based on in-memory technology may well see the end of the coffee break – even the lunch break is at risk. A typical scenario today may be: I have to run my weekly report, it takes about an hour. ...
  • SAP Business ByDesign ERP Released in Australia SAP Business ByDesign has been released into the ANZ market. The Software-as-a-Service solution was originally designed to target medium enterprises with between 20 and 500 employees, and while this is still the main market for the product, it is also being promoted to multinationals requiring a rapidly deployed integrated SAP solution for subsidiaries as part of ...
  • Mobile – trends and implications The top 20% (of ERP installations) by aggregate performance scores also enjoy an 80% advantage in having access to ERP with mobile devices. Sales is in transition, with laptop/computers being replaced by tablets. However, they are not ‘just’ screens, but  mobile applications. Such mobile applications offer sales organizations a mobile sales tool kit with up-to-the minute videos, brochures, ...
  • Mobile – Productivity Benefits for ERP A recent Yankee Group survey “Anywhere Enterprise–Large: U.S. Mobility and Applications Survey”  identified that businesses can realize the following advantages from mobile business apps: * Increased field selling time: 28 percent * Eliminated redundant activities: 27 percent * Increased win rates: 26 percent * Reduced sales calls costs: 25 percent * Increased forecast accuracy: 25 percent * Decreased administrative time: 24 percent * Decreased ...
  • ERP users needs in BI tools Your users of ERP will be different and so will their needs to reporting and analysis. So when looking for some BI tools you will need a range of different tools. Make sure a vendor can meet all your user needs. Here is an example: User Type They Need Information User Reports and Simple Queries Analysts/Power Users Complex Queries and Analytical tools Management/Senior ...
  • Registration opens for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Launch Events This is one of the big new products in ERP in 2011. So mark the diary for September 8th 2011 Microsoft has just opened up their Global website for you to register for this free online event, where you can hear directly from Microsoft executives about the innovations they’re introducing, right from your own desk. Attend the virtual launch ...
  • Roles in ERP Roles based user interactions with an ERP are CRITICAL for its success in your business. You create a view for each user – to minimise clicks to achieve tasks. There are different views for accounts, service, sales, marketing and distribution. Here are three videos on Microsoft Dynamics AX and roles that you can watch and learn ...
  • ERP Functionality Videos Sometimes, watching Product demonstrations can be a bit boring. Here’s a series of short videos on SAP Business One that are not too long. MRP(Materials Requirements Planning) Service Management Production Banking & Cash    
  • New ERP Vendors and Trends drive Growth Typically, as markets mature they tend to see a slowing in growth and a consolidation. ERP seems to be bucking that trend with a ‘mid-life’ revamp due to new technology and market entrants. The global ERP market will reach $45.5bn in 2011, and to $50.3bn by 2015, according to a new report from Forrester Research. “The ...
  • End of Financial Year Close Accounts are Ready – Right? When you came in this morning and asked for the FY2011 final results your finance head pressed a button and the results popped out – right? This means you can answer YES to the following: All you have to do now is to get your accountant to audit and then sign-off the accounts? Your sales targets go back to zero New ...
  • People and Teams you need to Implement ERP One of our readers suggested that I look and describe some of the “actors” involved in the ERP system. These are people who participate in the ERP processes and are assigned roles in the ERP system. I doing a bit more research on that, but in the meantime that prompted me to look at how a ...
  • Match Business Intelligence (BI) Users and Needs Your users of ERP will be different and so will their needs to reporting and analysis. So when looking for some BI tools you will need a range of different tools. Make sure a vendor can meet all your user needs. Here is an example: User Type They Need Information User Reports and Simple Queries Analysts/Power Users Complex Queries and Analytical tools Management/Senior ...
  • Forrester White Paper – Two-tier ERP Strategy This is an excellent read for companies that are medium to large in size. It looks at the confronting questions of how to equip subsidiaries with integrated business management—without the high costs required for the SAP, Oracle or other ERP systems they run at headquarters. It’s Time to Clarify Your Global ERP Strategy, for a look at ...
  • Manufacturing & ERP – 6 areas of benefit. Trying to convince a manufacturing company on the benefits of Social Media is really difficult – there are some basics in the factory that need fixing first. Often, an ERP can help – here are SIX areas it could help: Use of Legacy Systems Compliance with Laws and Regulations Business Processes Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions Outsource/In-source Initiatives Limitations of IT Infrastructure More ...
  • SAP Business ByDesign due very soon – here come’s the 800 pounder An elephant’s gestation time is about 22 months – quite a bit less than SAP Business ByDesign has been in a controlled release phase. Well for client’s in Australia, New Zealand, India and China the wait may be nearly over! Local APAC Chief Steve Watts has announced a Q3 Release Date. But with the release of ...
  • Selecting an ERP is like marriage ( Video) There are various ways to go out and select an ERP system. In this short video, David Goad highlights the main options and the pitfalls for each. Worth 15 minutes of your time as it could save hours of heartache, or too much money.  
  • What does a Price on Carbon Mean for your Business? And how will you manage it While there are big arguments in the market regarding Government’s pricing carbon, what is inevitable is that all companies will be impacted in some way shape or form. This will come from: Government Trading Partners Community Pressure and Staff Today,  the impact is not great. Often your accounting company will do a carbon audit ...
  • Benefits to a CFO of ERP Systems Recent research shows that Chief Financial Officer’s (CFOs) are increasingly playing a significant role in strategic and operational matters to help their businesses make better decisions faster while mid-market CFOs still cite challenges. The IBM 2010 Global Chief Financial Officer Study reports the following challenges identified by mid-market CFOs who are increasingly responsible for tightly managing their budgets while ...
  • NetSuite Attacks MYOB & Quickbooks with JCurve Mid-market cloud ERP vendor NetSuite is planning  to launch a basic accounting package for small business in July through its Australian partner, JCurve. The accounting package will be a version of NetSuite’s financials module. “It’s directly aimed at giving an alternative to QuickBooks and MYOB, and will be priced accordingly,” JCurve Chairman Graham Baillie, interviewed at NetSuite’s first user conference ...
  • SAP Business One Starter Package In this video Richard Duffy gives an overview of the SAP Business One user interface and how simple it is to work with.  
  • How to Choose Between Accounting and ERP Software We have developed a new Guidebook that helps you understand whether you are ready for an ERP package or best served by staying or upgrading an Accounting package. As you come into the final stages of the financial year and plan for next year, is the software that runs your business maximising: Your Business Opportunities Your Staff Productivity We ...
  • NetSuite New 2-Tier Strategy NetSuite will tie departmental and divisional implementations of NetSuite’s cloud-based OneWorld suite with a core on-site ERP system from the likes of SAP or Oracle. It will utilise a connector from Informatica. Interest in two-tier ERP is growing significantly, according to a report from Constellation Research. Forty-eight percent of respondents to a recent survey the analyst ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Announced with Unique Industry View Microsoft has announced this week the new Dynamics AX 2012 product. The next version will be a Cloud application(see announcement details), so for the moment this is the ‘last’ of the on-premise versions. They are including specific industry capability for manufacturing, distribution, public sector, professional services and retail in the solutions. Most vendors have templates for specific industries but ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP – End of Year Deals (3 for 1) Microsoft Australia have just told us that their “Buy 1, Get 3” Licence deal applies to local ERP sales. The “Buy 1, Get 3” offer includes any new purchases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Its expected that the top-end Dynamics AX will apply a finance promotion. Download and use our ERP ...
  • ERP Vendors – microsoft This week in Atlanta, Microsoft are running their Convergence user conference. The key announcement was that the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform. This means that the next version of Dynamics SL, GP, ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Announced Microsoft Dynamics SL is an ERP solution for mid-sized, project-driven organisations that is designed to meet the unique needs of professional services, operations, field services, government contractors, and construction management companies. Key improvements include Improved user-interface – more like an Office product Role based user experience Integration with SharePoint and Project Server for improved project management and compliance Road-shows are ...
  • BI importance to the Mid-market IBM have released a report looking at trends in the mid market. The summary video is here and a link to the report below. Paper Link to Global Report. Local reports will be coming out.
  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP – Buy 1 licence and Get 3 offer Microsoft is readying this offer for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Will keep you updated with progress.
  • SAP Business ByDesign Video SAP Business ByDesign is the new SaaS ERP system from SAP. Some debate if its too late, but knowing SAP, they will have thoroughly built a solid product. Here’s a couple of promotional videos. Second one includes some idea of time and cost to implement. Second video
  • SAP Business One Roadmap Considering SAP Business One? Here’s a video( bit long) on the future of SAP Business One – as a standalone solution and also as a system for subsidiaries and remote offices to use.
  • Cloud ERP Vendors The Cloud/SaaS CRM market is quite a bit more mature than the Cloud/SaaS ERP vendors. Definitions in this arena are constantly getting re-hashed by vendors and a bit of qualification may help here. Most of many of the vendors can help you move your ERP application into the Cloud – basically picking up your current hardware ...
  • Big Guns of Cloud Plans for Australia Every Systems Integrator in Australia is busily launching their ‘cloud’ plans – including HP, IBM and Fujitsu. Applications vendors have also entered the fray with Oracle to host their CRM on-demand solution locally – initially for Government. The key selling points are better local customer service, local storage and faster performance. Local storage is very important ...
  • How Should You Measure Your ERP Investment? You are looking to move from an Accounting package to an ERP or tossing up between the two? How should you measure the decision? the expectations of a manufacturer contemplating a capital machinery purchase should be little different to those placed upon ERP purchase determinations. The focus should be on long-term, on adding tangible value to ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Video The ERP market has less product announcements than some other areas of the software market. So its always interesting to see a new product come out and to get some early looks at what is planned. In this case, here is a video on the plans for the next release of Dynamics AX. Its a ...
  • When One ERP System is not enough! The long held strategy for many companies is for a single-instance enterprise resource planning system (ERP) is on the wane. So says a new report by the analysts at Constellation Research. You may no longer need one ERP but two! I FEEL YOUR PAIN! Has the world gone crazy? The general trend was to consolidate disparate ERP ...
  • Mobile ERP A mobile workforce with access to information in real-time is key for “At the Coalface” credibility for sales and customer service staff. Here is an example from SAP and their Business One package. It looks at how they integrate with the iPhone and shows in a short demo the sorts of capabilities you may need ...
  • When and Why You don’t need an ERP An Enterprise Resource Planning System(ERP) aims to deliver in a single system the capability to manage and automate most if not all of a companies business processes. But let’s be frank – sometimes you just don’t need an ERP – it can be an overkill. Firstly, let’s look at why ERP was initially built and why ...
  • BI in ERP – Gartner’s View As I wrote in an earlier post Trends in BI for ERP there have been many mergers and acquisitions in this product area in recent years. There investments seem to have now paid off with acquiring companies SAP, Oracle and IBM now firmly entrenched in the Leader’s Quadrant. When buying an ERP(or CRM) you will need ...
  • Trends in BI for ERP Business Intelligence or BI is a hotbed for activity in the ERP market at the moment. The key drivers have been market consolidation and a series of new trends. There have been major rounds of consolidation: SAP buys Business Objects/Crystal Reports, IBM buys SPSS and Cognos, Oracle buys Hyperion The major standalone vendors is SAS. The ERP vendors have been ...
  • Technical Blog – Microsoft Dynamics AX If you are interested in the technical aspects of the next version of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 6 release then suggest you look at this blog and subscribe. From a BUSINESS perspective I found the following of interest. Download and review our Top 10 ERP Trends Guidebook for more information on ERP trends. Easy-to-use Financial Dimensions provide improved ...
  • ERP Collaboration One of the negatives of early ERP systems was that getting information out was difficult – here is a Microsoft video on how they share data from the ERP out to Office and Sharepoint –  making it easier to get to the right decisions to keep sales growing. We have highlighted Collaboration as a key requirement in ...
  • SAP Business One Overview Video A video looking at the key features of SAP Business One – version 8.8. Looks at enhancements, reporting and processesetc. Runs for about 40 mins. If this is a potential product for you to consider – add it to the ERP Checklist that can be downloaded.  
  • ERP Vendors – sap SAP All-in-one is the mid-sized solution from SAP. Whereas the BusinessOne product is for small business. They are based on different platforms and often with different resellers. The All-in-one product is more focused on delivering INDUSTRY solutions. This is partly through the All-in-one product set coming out of the same development base as the large ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL for Government Contractors Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries. Hence why this article highlights its strengths in government projects. A noted need is: For government contractors, a top priority is to comply with requirement that they provide full detail of the direct, indirect, and overhead ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP – Manufacturing Video Microsoft Dynamics GP is aimed at manufacturing companies. Here is a video testimonial of one.
  • Why you need ERP – “The Office” After his performance at the 2011 Golden Globes – here’s David Brent’s views on why “The Office” needs ERP – not too serious.
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Video Here is a testimonial video for the Dynamics GP product – done by the American Red Cross. Covers benefits and functionality.
  • Workflow in Netsuite Workflow is one of the key benefits of improved processes coming out of ERP – here is a video on a Travel request within Netsuite. If this is important to you – add it to your ERP checklist – our starter template available here.
  • ERP Vendors – netsuite Interested in Netsuite and use Gmail – here is a quick video on integration.
  • Netsuite Hairball Video An amusing video that takes a quick slap at competing vendors.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 6 Features Here is an article on the new features in this well regarded ( by Gartner) solution for the mid-market. Add it as an option in your ERP Checklist. Key features include: A unique model-driven, layered architecture that accelerates software development, requiring less coding than building from scratch and easing maintenance and upgradability. This allows developers to build ...
  • New Features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 6 Here are some more resources on the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 6 due this year.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX New release Microsoft Dynamics AX V6 is slated for release in Q3 of this calender years according to this press article. Its a popular solution for an already well accepted product – see the Gartner Magic Quadrant article. Also read this article on which Microsoft Dynamics solution is right fopr your business. When pulling together your shortlist, use our ...
  • Discrete Manufacturing and ERP A discrete manufacturer may need to integrate PLM software with ERP. Here is how Siemens and Microsoft Dynamics AX work together.
  • Accounting in ERP with SAP Business One The core reasons for utilising ERP packages include getting better (and faster) results to Financial and Accounting areas of the business. This SAP Business One video discusses these.
  • CRM integration with ERP This video shows how SAP Business One offers CRM functionality within the ERP package for SME businesses.
  • An introduction to SAP Business One Here is an introduction to SAP Business One. This is SAP’s solution for Small and Medium sized businesses. Medium sized businesses tend to move up to the All in One product and then the full ERP platform for large companies.
  • Which Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solution is Best? This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions. Consider this with our ERP Checklist – that looks at 150+ ERP functions to consider and evaluate. Microsoft Dynamics GP Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is solid, easy-to-use, low-cost, and offers well-developed pre-packaged functionality for accounting, e-commerce, and manufacturing.  Microsoft Dynamics ...
  • Interested in Microsoft Dynamics GP? If Microsoft Dynamics is on your ‘short-list’ of vendors to evaluate, then here’s some good content for you to review. This is an ERP blog that appears to be written by the partner network. In this case it relates to Manufacturing Functionality on Costing and Inventory Control. This is the first of 5 blog posts. Microsoft Dynamics ...
  • ERP Options for Cloud/SaaS/On-demand I came across this good summary slide on the options available. Different vendors have different capability and positions on each – this is often because of the way they built and designed their applications. Identify your preferences and put them into your ERP ‘must have list’. Our ERP Checklist will help as a template for your needs and ...
  • Microsoft Dynamics “Cloud” Challenges Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM for the Cloud is soon to  announced publicly – although its current beta testing is pretty broad and promotion has already begun with cross-sell offers to Siebel and Salesforce.com users. However, it line up of Dynamics ERP products (AX, GP, NAV and SL) don’t have short-term solutionsnto enable cloud versions. Basically the issues ...
  • 2-tier ERP Here is an interesting web post looking at 2-tier ERP. It identifies 2-tier ERP as a trend as single instances are not as important as they were due to ……..market forces, a move to adopt new disruptive technologies, slow pace of innovation from incumbent vendors, and high maintenance fees have changed many organization’s perspectives. Drivers include High maintenance ...
  • Accounting Software vs ERP When it comes to knowing whether your company needs an Accounting Package or ERP package ask yourself two questions: What are your plans and when will you grow? What is your business? You can also download the free ERP checklist here to help you clarify the reasons you need ERP to ensure you find a successful solution! Accounting Packages Accounting ...
  • Database.com – new from Salesforce.com Interesting move by Salesforce.com to add www.database.comto their line-up. Basically a database to start building apps on. Its hosted in the cloud and seems to support most standards. They are still 100% focussed on CRM but attacking other vendors through initiatives like this. Possibly see ERP built on this platform……..
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  • SaaS ERP Plex Online are one of the leading lights of Cloud/On demand and SaaS ERP. This video presentation held be Plex and including an Aberdeen analyst looks at the trends. It loads a page that you click on to launch the video.
  • Top ERP Predictions Here are some predictions from IDG, a publisher in the IT industry on the ERP market. Read this in association with our Top 10 ERP Trends Guidebook. ERP gets serious in the cloud – follows CRM and HR applications 3rd party maintenance in limbo – so vendors will continue to charge highly ERP gets Social – adding Social media ...
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