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The 10 best ERP resources from around the web

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on February 23rd, 2016

Looking for the best advice and information on all things ERP? We’ve made the search easier and rounded up the 10 best ERP resources on the internet – not including our own, of course! Here they are, in no particular order…

  1. ERPFocus.com

Who it’s for? ERP customers from all kinds of industry

When you’re looking to buy, upgrade or simply find out more about ERP software, this website is an ideal place to start, as it has everything all in one place. The Knowledge Zone has content ranging from a glossary to industry-specific blogs. Elsewhere on the site you can find a vendor directory and product comparisons to help your purchasing decisions.

  1. EAConsult.com

Who’s it for? Software industry professionals and customers with broader knowledge of SaaS

The blog gives an insight into the software industry, demystifying marketing jargon and taking a non-biased, in-depth look at technological developments and impact on businesses.

  1. To ERP or not to ERP (whitepaper)

Who’s it for? Mid-size companies considering implementing ERP

The whitepaper download provides statistics from research by the Aberdeen Group to understand the impact and return of investment (ROI) of ERP implementation. A must for anyone in the process of making an ERP purchase.

  1. ERP operational review checklist

Who’s it for? Customers who have recently implemented ERP

This is a great timesaving tool to help with your post implementation review and checks. A hashdoc.com, ERP search also brings up many more Excel templates and checklists that may come in handy for the implementation process.

  1. G2 Crowd ERP software comparison

Who’s it for? Customers who want to quickly compare products

The G2 Crowd business software review platform provides an interactive grid that enables you to compare ERP products side by side – handy if you’re struggling to see the difference between the bigger vendors.

  1. Info-tech presentation: Vendor landscape: Midmarket ERP

Who’s it for? Mid-market enterprises looking for product research to inform decisions

The presentation neatly evaluates 13 solutions from eight vendors to draw out information on long term strategic value, ease of use and more.

  1. Cloudtweaks.com

Who’s it for? Customers looking to migrate to the cloud

Cloudtweaks is packed full of informative articles and easily digestible infographics like this ERP starter’s guide, plus funny tech comic strips to give you a laugh along the way.

  1. ERPchannel.com

Who’s it for? Anyone interested in ERP

This is a community blog written by a group of industry contributors, that provides a wide range of insights about a range of trends to help decipher what is practical for your business. Check out this blog that asks if there is such a thing as best ERP technology, to give you an idea of their style.

  1. ERPandmore.com

Who’s it for? Customers looking for ERP and other business software

Advice, guides, system reviews, and product demos covering ERP, CRM and other systems. The ‘and more’ really is the optimum phrase in the title! http://www.erpandmore.com/

  1. Panorama Consulting YouTube Channel

Who’s it for? People who prefer watching to reading

The Panorama independent ERP consultants produce regular engaging videos offering tips, discussions, presentations and other nuggets on ERP products, vendors and implementations.

But before you dive into all these – start with our free ebook guide to ERP, which will give you inside information to help kick-start your ERP research.

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How ERP can revolutionise BI

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on November 2nd, 2015

 

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How do you harness your business data for effective business intelligence (BI)? You may be surprised to learn that ERP is the place to start.

ERP software and business intelligence (BI) can be a match made in heaven, especially if you have an ERP solution that is specially tailored to the needs and features of your business. Think about it: your ERP is a rich vein of data ready to mine, if only you had the right tools to collate and present it in a useful manner.

The value of BI…

BI tools can help bring your business to a higher operating plain by adding strategic value. With an increasing amount of data been created and stored by manufacturers, it is vital that the data is being harnessed to support critical business decisions. BI has the ability to provide better decision support with integrated enterprise data, an important factor in turning data into actionable intelligence.

…plus better ERP

In recent years, ERP software has developed to be more dynamic. With more automation, it allows staff to make better use of their time and focus on strategy and improving operations. With increased transparency in operations, it is easier to collect accurate information. With real time visibility into the business, you are able to drill down into the more granular ‘everyday’ activities and see where improvements can be made. And with mobile applications, staff and senior management have instant access to critical information wherever they are, enabling faster response and quicker decision making.

…evolutionises your business strategy

ERP system and BI therefore should no longer be seen as separate entities. When ERP is integrated with BI tools, it revolutionises the way you analyse your business operations. As older, standalone systems don’t provide enough visibility, you end up with confusing reports on multiple systems, which may not even be presenting the correct information, as the system is not communicating with other areas that may impact on the data.

However, with more intuitive, modern ERP systems, that are BI-focused and integrated with your entire manufacturing process, you can get customer reports related specifically to the needs and activity that is impacting your business. A sure fire way to make sure you are getting a BI-focused solution is to seek out ERP software that has specific BI modules as part of the package.

And as your ERP and BI system tools are integrated, so should your approach be. Don’t just leave it to IT to collect the data – your team needs to have an understanding of BI and the value of the information available. Create cross-functional teams that focus on both ERP and BI projects within your business, and not only will you have information that is more readily available and reliable, but the know-how to make better use of the insights it offers.

For more information on purchasing ERP software to help revolutionise your BI, download our free guide to selecting ERP for a competitive edge.

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The 10 best ERP resources from around the web

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on April 21st, 2015

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Looking for the best advice and information on all things ERP?

We’ve made the search easier and rounded up the 10 best ERP resources on the internet – not including our own, of course!

Here they are, in no particular order…

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Software Development – crack the code with Mat Noonan, our Head of Development

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on March 3rd, 2015

Mat NoonanAs part of our blog series getting to know the people behind the scenes at Lakeview, we sat down with Mat Noonan who has been part of our development team for 24 years. He tells us about his role, and some of his thoughts for the future of Lakeview Software… Read the rest of this entry »

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Nothing to hide: how the new food labelling regulations can help prevent another horsemeat scandal

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on February 23rd, 2015

Food labellingAs the December 2014 food labelling regulations came into force, much of the focus was on the major changes to food allergy information. Clearer, more consistent information on allergens would make for safer purchasing for allergy sufferers. Read the rest of this entry »

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The most terrifying result of getting food allergy labelling wrong

Posted by Michelle James on February 10th, 2015

Food allergy labellingUK hospital admissions for food allergies have increased by 500% since 1990. In response to the risk that an increasing number of consumers face, December 2014 saw a change in EU legislation to ensure that all allergen information is presented and is easily understood by consumers.

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Unveiling Lakeview’s hardware services: meet Dave Beattie, our Innovation & Product Development Manager

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on January 27th, 2015

Hardware_servicesAs part of our blog series getting to know the people behind the scenes at Lakeview, we sat down with Dave Beattie, who has been part of our engineering team for 16 years. He tells us about his role, and some of Lakeview’s lesser-known hardware services…

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Smooth sailing – avoid food allergy labelling errors that will make waves in your supply chain

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on January 19th, 2015

food labelling regulationsThe food allergy labelling regulations that came in at the end of 2014 marked a giant leap forward in transparency within the food and beverage manufacturing supply chain. Of course, depending on your outlook, it also means there is now more risk of error and non-compliancy as the industry gets to grips with more stringent labelling rules.

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Total recall: Don’t fall foul of the new food allergy labelling regulations

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on January 12th, 2015

food-allergy-labellingAs a food and drink manufacturer, you know that allergies are a serious concern for you and your business. It’s also an issue on the increase; it is estimated that the number of people diagnosed with a food allergy rises by 5% every year, and new food labelling regulations have been brought in to address the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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ERP trends for 2015

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on January 5th, 2015

ERP trendsChristmas and the New Year are good times for reflection, and also for looking to the future. We’ve already reflected on the ERP trends seen in 2014, so now, let’s consider what is in store for 2015… 

What does the future hold for ERP systems in 2015? In short, we think there’s going to be more, more, more. More uptake, more investment in mobile and cloud technologies, and more accessibility for businesses of all sizes. Read the rest of this entry »

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