Myob

 MYOB is traditionally thought of as the powerhouse small business accounting package in ANZ. They have now extended their product line to include MYOB EXO for medium sized business to migrate to as they grow.

MYOB EXO Business is a complete fully integrated financial and business management system consisting of modules supporting Finance, Job Costing, Point of Sale, Fixed Assets, Customer Management, Reporting and Inventory Control. EXO Business will provide a business management view of an entire operation.

EXO Business is the next step in the MYOB product range and is perfectly suited to organisations that require:

  • A large number of users across multiple locations
  • Stricter control over the general ledger
  • Graphical visibility via management dashboards into how your business is performing
  • Advanced stock management across multiple warehouse locations
  • Importing of stock from overseas suppliers
  • Management of jobs, including, quoting, labour charges, tracking and reporting
  • Assembly of goods
  • High volume of transactions.
  • Compatibility

The Modules in our EXO Business system are part of an integrated business solution and are fully compatible with each other, meaning you can add modules as and when you need to

 

Blog/Websites

http://myob.com.au/blog/

http://myob.com.au/

You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/MYOBAustralia

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MYOBTeam

 

ERP Vendors – epicor

 Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability.

Epicor’s ERP solutions help midmarket organizations and divisions and subsidiaries of  Global companies to maximize their most important resources for profitable growth. Solutions are available for a number of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services, hospitality and retail.

At the core of Epicor is an adaptable, collaborative architecture that delivers business management, providing real time, in-context business insight throughout any manufacturing environment.

Epicor is a multidimensional solution uniquely equipped with rich feature sets supporting  environment including make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO), configure-to-order (CTO), mixed-mode, make-to-stock and discrete manufacturing. In addition to a full range of manufacturing capabilities, Epicor extends tools across back-office processes including financial management, customer relationship management, sales and customer service, providing real-time, in context information to employees from the shop floor to the top floor.

Blog

www.epicor.com

Corporate Blog http://blogs.epicor.com/connectedenterprise/

http://www.youtube.com/epicor

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/epicor

 

ERP Vendors – sage

The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. For more than 30 years, Sage has delivered easy-to-use, scalable, and customisable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, merchant services, time tracking, as well as for the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate industries.

Sage Accpac ERP

Sage Accpac is equipped to meet small- to mid-sized business demands and is able to handle to over 400 users with a choice of operating systems and database platforms.

Bundled with SageCRM, Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite allows organisations to carry out  sales, marketing, and customer service functions for greater cost savings and higher revenues.

With a track record of customers in 169 countries, Sage Accpac provides companies with capabilities to manage their global business including multicurrency and multi-location functionality, multi-jurisdiction compliance, and multiple language versions.

Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3 is a software suite with advanced, simple, and cost-effective business applications designed to meet the functionality requirements of mid-to-large distributors and manufacturers.

It offers first-class integrated functionality in the areas of finance, sales, CRM, inventory management, while remaining affordable, quick to implement, and simple for users

Sage ERP X3 is a multi-audit system available in 8 languages and legislations.

Blog/Websites

http://www.sage.co.uk/blog/

Corporate http://www.sage.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5SYXuWwOw

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/sageERP/

ERP Vendors – sap

SAP has a range of options for potential and current customers

  • SAP Business One
  • SAP Business ByDesign
  • Business All-in-One
  • SAP Business Suite

SAP is one of the leading international providers of business software. SAP has more than 109,000 customers in over 120 countries and employs 53,000 people at locations in more than 50 countries.

Based on SAP’s technology platform NetWeaver, SAP Business Suite is a set of integrated business applications that provides industry-specific functionality and scalability. Although very powerful, SAP can be more difficult to change as a business evolves. This is both a strength and a weakness: it is tightly integrated and helps enforce standardised business processes across an enterprise, but it can be more difficult to modify the software to adjust to evolving core processes and requirements.

SAP’s other core offerings include SAP Business All-in-One and SAP Business One. SAP Business All-in-One is a comprehensive integrated enterprise software which offers industry-oriented solutions. Different from SAP Business Suite, All-in-One focuses on small or midsize companies. SAP Business All-in-One is template-based version of SAP Business Suite.

SAP Business One is a single, integrated application designed for small companies with less than 100 employees. It mainly supports retail, wholesale, services, and manufacturing. With third party add-ons, SAP Business One is able to support over 10 industries.

In order to meet the needs of small or mid-size businesses, SAP now delivers a SaaS solution.  SAP ByDesign supports companies with 100 – 500 employees. As a SaaS-type on-demand system, SAP ByDesign has low upfront costs and may require fewer IT resources than traditional ERP software.

Blog

http://blogs.sap.com/

Corporate Site http://www.sap.com

Twitter

SME http://twitter.com/#!/SAP4SME

By Design http://twitter.com/#!/SAPByDesign

ERP Vendors – microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of business management solutions that enable companies and their people to make business decisions. Microsoft Dynamics offers a range of business applications designed to help midsized businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers by automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship, and supply chain processes.

This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions.

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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach.  It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customise its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local, rather than centralised large-scale enterprise deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customisable, offering an “integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture”.  That translates into easy customisation, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.

 

Blogs/Websites

For more information – vist the the ERP Partner blog for Microsoft Dynamics

 

Corporate Site http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/en/gb/default.aspx

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MSFTDynamicsERP

 

ERP Vendors – oracle

Oracle

Oracle  offers its database, tools, and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.  Within the applications market it offers E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft.

Oracle has grown primarily through acquisition of best-of-breed point solutions and has merged the JD Edwards Enterprise One functionality into Oracle EBS. Oracle EBS is comprised of over ten product lines, each of them having several modules that are licensed separately. Oracle’s best-of-breed approach, on the other hand, allows for more flexibility to accommodate changing business needs, but this strength can become a weakness when it becomes harder to enforce standardised processes across a larger organisation.

JD Edwards supports the manufacturing industry especially well. It is an integrated applications suite of comprehensive ERP software that supports a wide variety of business processes with one common database. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has an open platform which provides for a broad support for different operating systems, databases, and middleware from Oracle and other vendors. PeopleSoft targets large organizations, especially in the public sector and financial service sector.

PeopleSoft has eight different application solutions such as financials, supply chain, HR, CRM and so on, among which HR and CRM solutions are the most desirable. Before being acquired by Oracle, PeopleSoft suite was initially based on a client-server approach with a dedicated client. The current PeopleSoft version is based on a web-centric design which allows all of a company’s business functions to be accessed and run on a web browser.

Blogs/Website

Corporate Site http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/index.html

Blog http://blogs.oracle.com/applications/

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/OracleEPMBI

ERP Vendors – netsuite

NetSuite targets growing midmarket business with its Web-based business-management system. The company’s NetSuite application includes modules for ERP, CRM, e-commerce, marketing automation and more. NetSuite serves customers across a variety of industries, such as software, finance, education, manufacturing and retail.

NetSuite provides online, hosted customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed to help small and midsized companies manage their businesses and automate their processes. NetSuite’s software handles such functions as sales, customer communications, order management, inventory management, finance, e-commerce, time and billing, and Web site management.

NetSuite provides midsize businesses on demand web-based business applications to run their entire company. NetSuite  provides integrated front office customer relationship management (CRM), back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ecommerce in one powerful application with the modularity and flexibility necessary to meet your specific business needs.

NetSuite holds all corporate data in a single database, giving you access to your key performance metrics on a customisable, real-time dashboard and does not require synchronisation between disparate systems.

NetSuite’s hosted, web-based services and solutions are delivered on demand for robust, end-to-end ERP and business process management.

NetSuite Offers products either as standalone or integrated. The major delineations are:

  • NetSuite – for Financials, CRM or Ecommerce
  • NetSuite OpenAir – a version for professional services organisations
  • NetSuite OneWorld  –  real-time global business management and financial consolidation to mid-sized companies with multinational and multi-subsidiary operations.

Blogs/Website

http://www.netsuiteblogs.com/

Corporate Site

http://www.netsuite.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/NetSuite

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/NetSuite

 

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 engage with your key buyers via a mobile solution. Read why.

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.

 

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:

 

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

For more information visit their website. It appears that the CRM and HCM modules are also available as Cloud applications under the Oracle Public Cloud brand.

Tools

If you are considering Oracle applications, add them to your shortlist in our ERP Checklist to help evaluate them against the competition.

 

ERP Vendors

The basic ten step process for choosing an ERP is:

  1. Identifying the business ‘pain’ that needs fixing
  2. Pulling together the needs for the business together
  3. Review the ERP Guidebooks site
  4. Define Requirements, Objectives and Results you want
  5. Review Shortlist supplied by ERP Guidebooks
  6. Ensure Vendors can meet your needs
  7. Shortlist two Vendors
  8. Conduct an Evaluation
  9. Negotiate
  10. Choose the Vendor and Deploy your solution

This section looks at various vendors at a summary level, where their solutions are targeted and the pros and cons of each. These are the summary reasons of why we make recommendations. We cover some corporate content,  where to find out more information, where they blog, what they tweet etc. They are in no particular order.

  • Oracle
  • Microsoft
  • NetSuite
  • SAP
  • Sage
  • MYOB
  • Epicor

Oracle

Oracle  offers its database, tools, and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.  Within the applications market it offers E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft.

Oracle has grown primarily through acquisition of best-of-breed point solutions and has merged the JD Edwards Enterprise One functionality into Oracle EBS. Oracle EBS is comprised of over ten product lines, each of them having several modules that are licensed separately. Oracle’s best-of-breed approach, on the other hand, allows for more flexibility to accommodate changing business needs, but this strength can become a weakness when it becomes harder to enforce standardised processes across a larger organisation.

JD Edwards supports the manufacturing industry especially well. It is an integrated applications suite of comprehensive ERP software that supports a wide variety of business processes with one common database. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has an open platform which provides for a broad support for different operating systems, databases, and middleware from Oracle and other vendors. PeopleSoft targets large organizations, especially in the public sector and financial service sector.

PeopleSoft has eight different application solutions such as financials, supply chain, HR, CRM and so on, among which HR and CRM solutions are the most desirable. Before being acquired by Oracle, PeopleSoft suite was initially based on a client-server approach with a dedicated client. The current PeopleSoft version is based on a web-centric design which allows all of a company’s business functions to be accessed and run on a web browser.

Blogs/Website

Corporate Site http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/index.html

Blog http://blogs.oracle.com/applications/

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/OracleEPMBI

Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of business management solutions that enable companies and their people to make business decisions. Microsoft Dynamics offers a range of business applications designed to help midsized businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers by automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship, and supply chain processes.

This is a summary of the positioning and relative strengths of various Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solutions.

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 SL

Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) is great for project accounting and project management, making it ideal for the professional services industries.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) supports a large number of languages, giving it more global reach.  It is highly flexible and modular, offering customers the ability to customise its tools to meet manufacturing and distribution needs. In terms of scalability, however, it is better for local, rather than centralised large-scale enterprise deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is the right choice if you need enterprise scalability. It is highly customisable, offering an “integrated development environment (IDE) and multi-tier architecture”.  That translates into easy customisation, giving on-site developers the ability to create new features whenever the business growth requires it.

 

Blogs/Websites

For more information – vist the the ERP Partner blog for Microsoft Dynamics

 

Corporate Site http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/en/gb/default.aspx

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MSFTDynamicsERP

 

NetSuite

NetSuite targets growing midmarket business with its Web-based business-management system. The company’s NetSuite application includes modules for ERP, CRM, e-commerce, marketing automation and more. NetSuite serves customers across a variety of industries, such as software, finance, education, manufacturing and retail.

NetSuite provides online, hosted customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed to help small and midsized companies manage their businesses and automate their processes. NetSuite’s software handles such functions as sales, customer communications, order management, inventory management, finance, e-commerce, time and billing, and Web site management.

NetSuite provides midsize businesses on demand web-based business applications to run their entire company. NetSuite  provides integrated front office customer relationship management (CRM), back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ecommerce in one powerful application with the modularity and flexibility necessary to meet your specific business needs.

NetSuite holds all corporate data in a single database, giving you access to your key performance metrics on a customisable, real-time dashboard and does not require synchronisation between disparate systems.

NetSuite’s hosted, web-based services and solutions are delivered on demand for robust, end-to-end ERP and business process management.

NetSuite Offers products either as standalone or integrated. The major delineations are:

  • NetSuite – for Financials, CRM or Ecommerce
  • NetSuite OpenAir – a version for professional services organisations
  • NetSuite OneWorld  –  real-time global business management and financial consolidation to mid-sized companies with multinational and multi-subsidiary operations.

Blogs/Website

http://www.netsuiteblogs.com/

Corporate Site

http://www.netsuite.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/NetSuite

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/NetSuite

 

SAP

SAP has a range of options for potential and current customers

  • SAP Business One
  • SAP Business ByDesign
  • Business All-in-One
  • SAP Business Suite

SAP is one of the leading international providers of business software. SAP has more than 109,000 customers in over 120 countries and employs 53,000 people at locations in more than 50 countries.

Based on SAP’s technology platform NetWeaver, SAP Business Suite is a set of integrated business applications that provides industry-specific functionality and scalability. Although very powerful, SAP can be more difficult to change as a business evolves. This is both a strength and a weakness: it is tightly integrated and helps enforce standardised business processes across an enterprise, but it can be more difficult to modify the software to adjust to evolving core processes and requirements.

SAP’s other core offerings include SAP Business All-in-One and SAP Business One. SAP Business All-in-One is a comprehensive integrated enterprise software which offers industry-oriented solutions. Different from SAP Business Suite, All-in-One focuses on small or midsize companies. SAP Business All-in-One is template-based version of SAP Business Suite.

SAP Business One is a single, integrated application designed for small companies with less than 100 employees. It mainly supports retail, wholesale, services, and manufacturing. With third party add-ons, SAP Business One is able to support over 10 industries.

In order to meet the needs of small or mid-size businesses, SAP now delivers a SaaS solution.  SAP ByDesign supports companies with 100 – 500 employees. As a SaaS-type on-demand system, SAP ByDesign has low upfront costs and may require fewer IT resources than traditional ERP software.

Blog

http://blogs.sap.com/

Corporate Site http://www.sap.com

Twitter

SME http://twitter.com/#!/SAP4SME

By Design http://twitter.com/#!/SAPByDesign

Sage

The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. For more than 30 years, Sage has delivered easy-to-use, scalable, and customisable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, merchant services, time tracking, as well as for the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate industries.

Sage Accpac ERP

Sage Accpac is equipped to meet small- to mid-sized business demands and is able to handle to over 400 users with a choice of operating systems and database platforms.

Bundled with SageCRM, Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite allows organisations to carry out  sales, marketing, and customer service functions for greater cost savings and higher revenues.

With a track record of customers in 169 countries, Sage Accpac provides companies with capabilities to manage their global business including multicurrency and multi-location functionality, multi-jurisdiction compliance, and multiple language versions.

Sage ERP X3

Sage ERP X3 is a software suite with advanced, simple, and cost-effective business applications designed to meet the functionality requirements of mid-to-large distributors and manufacturers.

It offers first-class integrated functionality in the areas of finance, sales, CRM, inventory management, while remaining affordable, quick to implement, and simple for users

Sage ERP X3 is a multi-audit system available in 8 languages and legislations.

Blog/Websites

http://www.sage.co.uk/blog/

Corporate http://www.sage.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5SYXuWwOw

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/sageERP/

Epicor

Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability.

Epicor’s ERP solutions help midmarket organizations and divisions and subsidiaries of  Global companies to maximize their most important resources for profitable growth. Solutions are available for a number of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services, hospitality and retail.

At the core of Epicor is an adaptable, collaborative architecture that delivers business management, providing real time, in-context business insight throughout any manufacturing environment.

Epicor is a multidimensional solution uniquely equipped with rich feature sets supporting  environment including make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO), configure-to-order (CTO), mixed-mode, make-to-stock and discrete manufacturing. In addition to a full range of manufacturing capabilities, Epicor extends tools across back-office processes including financial management, customer relationship management, sales and customer service, providing real-time, in context information to employees from the shop floor to the top floor.

Blog

www.epicor.com

Corporate Blog http://blogs.epicor.com/connectedenterprise/

http://www.youtube.com/epicor

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/epicor

 

MYOB

MYOB is traditionally thought of as the powerhouse small business accounting package in ANZ. They have now extended their product line to include MYOB EXO for medium sized business to migrate to as they grow.

MYOB EXO Business is a complete fully integrated financial and business management system consisting of modules supporting Finance, Job Costing, Point of Sale, Fixed Assets, Customer Management, Reporting and Inventory Control. EXO Business will provide a business management view of an entire operation.

EXO Business is the next step in the MYOB product range and is perfectly suited to organisations that require:

  • A large number of users across multiple locations
  • Stricter control over the general ledger
  • Graphical visibility via management dashboards into how your business is performing
  • Advanced stock management across multiple warehouse locations
  • Importing of stock from overseas suppliers
  • Management of jobs, including, quoting, labour charges, tracking and reporting
  • Assembly of goods
  • High volume of transactions.
  • Compatibility

The Modules in our EXO Business system are part of an integrated business solution and are fully compatible with each other, meaning you can add modules as and when you need to

 

Blog/Websites

http://myob.com.au/blog/

http://myob.com.au/

You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/MYOBAustralia

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/MYOBTeam

 

ERP Bloggers

ERP the Right Way – by Brett Beaubouef

This is a great site that focusses on information and implementation guidance to potential ERP customers. The blog is aimed at enterprise architects, development leads, project managers, business systems analysts, business systems owners, and anyone who wants to implement packaged software effectively.

Future Knowledge – the is a HR specific blog – run by David Guazzar0tto amongst others. They focus on HR software whether in or out of ERP systems.

Supply Chain Operations by Ben Benjabutr specialises in Supply Chain content. He specialises in the SCOR model/framework – the cross-industry standard diagnostic tool for supply chain management.

Analysts

There are a range of Analysts  in the ERP market. Here are some of my favourites:

R “Ray” Wang – A Software Insider’s Point of View. “Ray” Wang is a Principal Analyst & CEO of the next generation research and advisory firm Constellation Research, Inc. Ray is also the author of this popular enterprise software blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View”. With annual viewership in the millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise.

 

James Holincheck at Gartner. Jim writes about Human Capital Management Systems – or the people bits of ERP! He also has a personal blog at http://blogerp.typepad.com/.

 

Cindy Jutras – formerly of Aberdeen group – and now blogging under her own banner http://www.mintjutras.com/index.html

 

Eric Kimberling from Panorama Consulting – an independent ERP consultancy. Panorama provides the guidance and oversight organizations need to realize the most benefits possible from their ERP and IT implementations.

 

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 event to:

  • Hear from Microsoft executives
  • See product demos
  • Listen to customers and partners
  • Watch product tours, based on your business, industry, or role
  • Collaborate with your peers through feeds and community forums
  • Chat with product experts and sales associates

All details and registration can be found on the Microsoft event site. Individual country events are also being announced, so revisit to see if your local subsidiary is running an event.

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 about this important user productivity tool.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 

 

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

 

 

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 how two-tier “hub-and-spoke” ERP can offer greater speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

I received my copy on the NetSuite site and the link below goes to that landing page. Read it in association with our Compare ERP Guidebook.

In this white paper, Forrester discussed how the main players can fit in with various strategies, covering Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Netsuite &  Epicor. Below is a diagram explaining the typical single-hub model, paper explains other options and when to use them.

2-tier ERP

Sales Opportunities Functionality in SAP Business One

SAP Business One for Sales

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.

 

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.

 

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, NAV and AX will be both available as Cloud and On-premise applications.

In addition Microsoft introduced Dynamics AX 2012. This is the high end Microsoft solution that competes with the likes of SAP and Oracle.

The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011.

More information on this release is here.

In addition Microsoft announced that:

  1. Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is now generally available
  2. The On-premise version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is now available ( you can have it on the cloud or in your own offices)
  3. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 with improved integration with Dynamics CRM is available
  4. Dynamics GP 2010 R2 will be generally available on May 1, 2011


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.

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.

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 business discussion, there are some technical resources also on the site.

 

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 – such as Business Intelligence and reporting.

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 out ERP-Checklist download.

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 business ERP product platform.

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.

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.

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 to evaluate vendors.

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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……..

Presentations

Videos

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.

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