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ERP trends in 2014 – a year in review

Posted by Michelle James on December 8th, 2014

ERP trends in 2014What trends and changes have we seen in the ERP market this year? And how will they affect your approach to selecting an ERP system in 2015? 

In the last few years, ERP software has evolved rapidly and businesses are changing their approach to their ERP systems as a result. The past year has been no different. As the year draws to a close, we take a look at three of the key ERP trends in 2014 and see how they compare to our predictions at the end of 2013!

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A Christmas crisis – Why BI and ERP are critical for food and beverage businesses at the holidays

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on December 5th, 2014

We all want some figgy pudding, so the song goes. In fact it was estimated that the Brits spent £19bn on food and drink at Christmas in 2013 – that’s a lot of Christmas pudding and brandy!

BI-ERP_ChristmasDuring peak consumption seasons, it’s critical F&B businesses maintain their supply chain and plan effectively using business intelligence (BI) to make informed business decisions backed-up by data.

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Why companies are still unhappy with their ERP system

Posted by Mark Greatrex on November 24th, 2014

A worrying number of businesses have struggled with their ERP system implementation. And, even when it’s over, they aren’t completely happy with the results.

erp systemThis Panorama Consulting ERP Success Rate Report found that:

  • 59% went over budget
  • 53% failed to meet their projected schedule
  • 56% realised half or less of hoped-for or promised business benefits

So, what’s the problem?

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Welcome to the new era of ERP

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on November 17th, 2014

new era of ERPERP technology has developed rapidly over the last decade or so, responding to the changes in the way we do business.

Now, with customised, mobile integration and Cloud-based services providing greater flexibility, the post-modern ERP landscape is here.

So, what does this new era hold for manufacturers?

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How ERP can revolutionise BI

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on November 10th, 2014

ERP_BIHow 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 business transaction data ready to mine, if only you had the right tools to collate and present it in a useful manner.

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The real business benefits of implementing a Warehouse Management System

Posted by Will Wilson on November 3rd, 2014

Warehouse Management SystemThe most successful Warehouse Management Systems are based around real-time connectivity with your ERP system, rather than a batch update system. So I would strongly recommend the use of a wireless, radio-frequency (RF) network, to ensure that data is validated as it is gathered and that stock records are updated immediately.

The Warehouse Management System should form an integral part of any ERP solution being used for both inventory management in the warehouse and for marshalling and issuing ingredients to the shop floor.

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5 ways to optimise your WMS system

Posted by Mark Greatrex on October 20th, 2014

optimise-your-WMS-systemWhen business gets busy, can your warehouse bear the brunt? Busy periods and business growth should be a celebrated, not overshadowed by stress and daily fire fighting. The bigger the mess created by day-to-day operation, the bigger the headache for you and your team. You may be thinking of bringing in a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to solve this very problem, but WMS software is only as strong as the warehouse strategy it is implemented with.

Here are 5 simple warehouse adjustments that will serve to optimise your WMS system.

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How a good Warehouse Management Solution can streamline processes in the F&B industry

Posted by Russell Godward on October 13th, 2014

When planning the organisation of your stock and warehouse, where do you begin?

warehouse_WMS_foodWe have a guide to help you start thinking about the questions you may want to ask. Fundamentally, most companies implement warehousing solutions because they are looking to:

  • Track the movements of their stock more efficiently
  • Analyse their warehouse and stock operations
  • Reduce the amount of time in receiving, picking, moving and despatching stock
  • Reduce the amount of time taken on stock counts
  • Reduce stock wastage and rotate stock by date
  • Implement barcoding and scanning to replace paper processes
  • Eliminate human error where possible
  • Optimise the use of space within the warehouse
  • Highlight issues to staff before the event occurs
  • Improve their customer service levels

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The ERP workarounds that are killing your business

Posted by Michelle James on October 6th, 2014

ERP workarounds‘Workaround’ is a term that describes the business methods used that fall outside of traditional ERP applications. The truth is, probably every food and beverage business uses them to some degree to cover the shortfalls of a legacy system or as a temporary solution to changing business needs.

However, the more processes that are put into workarounds – such as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, even pads of paper or Post-it notes – the more risks you take. What’s more, ERP workarounds are just one of the many common gripes users have about their ERP systems.

Workarounds may seem like a quick-fix solution, but they can expose your business to compliance shortcomings and dramatically cut productivity.

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6 essential ERP criteria for the F&B sector

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on September 30th, 2014

ERP criteriaThere are a myriad of regulatory and legal requirements for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. Labelling, traceability and supplier verification, for example, serve to make food consumption safer.

But it can be hard to keep up as a manufacturer. Recent updates by the FDA to food safety requirements shift the focus from reactive measures to preventative controls. Read the rest of this entry »

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