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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 James Anderson 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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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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