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Dawn Aldwinckle, Sales Director at Lakeview talks about ERP trends and achieving success for her clients

Posted by Mark Greatrex on July 21st, 2014

dawnThe team at Lakeview is made up of extraordinary people with exceptional talents (and fascinating hobbies). When we’re not covering the latest news and trends in the ERP sector, we like to spend time getting to know our teammates a little better – and dig a bit deeper into what makes them to tick.

This week, we took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Dawn Aldwinckle, Sales Director at Lakeview, catching up on her experience with the business and her thoughts on what’s in store for the future of ERP. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to make your manufacturing supply chain run like a well-oiled machine

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on July 14th, 2014

supplychainmanagementAs we so often find with home appliances and our cars, a fault in the smallest components can often cause the biggest problems. Every part has to be in top condition in order for the overall machine to provide us with optimum performance.

The same goes for your manufacturing supply chain. From planning to execution, the pressure is on for manufacturers to have rapid production with long, efficient supply chains. There should be a clear and constant source of information and communication between management and warehouse – and your people need to have quality BI at their disposal to ensure operations remain at their most efficient level.

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Are specialist food producers in the UK destined to fail?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on June 30th, 2014

It’s a pertinent question, but it is a universal truth that the bigger the specialist food manufacturer, the harder the fall? What are the risks these specialist food producers in the UK are facing as business continues to boom?

Specialist food producers are the pride of Britain at the moment, from Biltong to condiment manufacturers. It’s great news for the industry, but there is a real danger of specialists losing detailed control of their operations in the race to expand. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to get the most out of your ERP software demonstration

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on June 23rd, 2014

business intelligence, ERP, BI, BI approachThe ERP demonstration can be complex so make sure the vendor shows you what you need to see.

ERP software demonstrations are a crucial part of any selection process. As a buyer you need to make sure that the company standing in front of you has understood your business and your requirements and is in a position to demonstrate the functionality and features of the software based on your needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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The industrial fastener sector is booming – can your ERP solution keep pace with the growth?

Posted by Mark Greatrex on June 16th, 2014

food wholesale, food distribution, business intelligence, BI, ERP,Rising construction and maintenance activities worldwide are one of the primary drivers of growth in the fasteners market – and the growth is set to continue well into 2018, according to the latest Global Industry Fastener Market report.

There has also been an increase in development of industry-specific fasteners, stemming from technological advancements and manufacturer responses to increased competition.

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Why BI needs to be the key consideration when selecting ERP software

Posted by Michelle James on June 9th, 2014

Don’t go with your gut: Your ERP software should provide you with the Business Intelligence you need to make critical strategic decisions.

The reason you need to consider BI when selecting a new ERP system is that if you’re going to make a major investment in a new system, you need to know that the system is going to provide accurate, reliable, flexible and insightful information.

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Buying accounting and ERP software as a growing specialist food producer

Posted by Michelle James on June 2nd, 2014

food erp software, food inventory control, inventory managementWe know that modern ERP is leaving the concept of ‘one size fits all’ behind. Sector-specific ERP is the way forward, particularly for the specialist food and beverage industry, which has a unique set of business requirements.

Food businesses are constantly working against the clock. During times of growth, you’ll be dealing with fluctuating demands, 24-hour orders, all on items that are perishable and that need to be tracked and traced. To meet these demands, it is essential that you remain agile and responsive. Read the rest of this entry »

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Five trends for ERP that don’t cover the Cloud or Big Data

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on May 28th, 2014

Let’s face it, there are probably quite a few blogs on both of those subjects – so we thought we would try and be unique.

In terms of the five key points we wanted to discuss, they are as follows:

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1)   Specialisation

2)   New ERP buying cycle

3)   CRM

4)   Expectations of what should be included

5)   End-to-end ERP

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Food & drink M&A trends 2014: what does the future hold for your food wholesale SME?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on May 20th, 2014

sector specific erp, erp system, erp vendor research, erp vendorMergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the food and drink industry saw a noticeable dip in 2013. The fall, as analysed by Foodmanufacture.co.uk, suggested that firms were concentrating on strengthening their core businesses instead of focusing on acquisitions. We now know that this was only half the story; 2014 is shaping up to be a different picture entirely, with a predicted flurry of mergers and acquisitions as many more large businesses – including private equity firms – seek to boost their equity.

Canadean, a UK-based research firm, found that 46% of respondents in 2012 expected a merger in the next 12 months. So while 2013 experienced a momentary lull, 2014 is now living up to these expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is a modular ERP system?

Posted by Michelle James on May 12th, 2014

SME concerns, SME challenges, SME top line, ERP solution benefitsWhat do we mean when we say modular Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system? ‘Modular’ refers to multiple enterprise software modules that can be individually purchased and added on based on the specific needs and capabilities of the organisation. But how useful is this model?

The most common way modular ERP is deployed by companies is a ‘two-tier’ ERP set-up. Tier one would be your core business or ERP system, while tier two could be a subsidiary or functional module. Read the rest of this entry »

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