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How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Forecasts
Source: Microsoft Increased competition, lower margins, and more customer demands mean that distributors have to provide better product availability and more services with fewer profit dollars. To accomplish this, estimates of future use of stocked items must be as accurate as possible. Discover how analyzing weighted averages, trend factors, and other formulas can help you accurately anticipate—and manage—future demand for your products. Read More...
Maximize Distribution Software for Effective Replenishment Parameters
Source: Microsoft Distributors rely on software to help them make decisions about when and how much product inventory to replenish or reorder. But for the software to work effectively, it must be set up and used correctly. Learn how to implement the key replenishment parameters found in most distribution applications software packages, and how you can optimize their functionality to maximize your return on investment (ROI) and your profit. Read More...
Risks of Using Excel as a Financial Planning Tool
Source: Bitam Structured planning can make all the difference to your business’s growth. But are you using the right tools? Spreadsheets may not be meeting your financial management and budget planning needs. Find out the risks of using spreadsheets as a planning tool, and how enterprise performance management can help consolidate your departments’ financial information and budgets to give you real-time views of business performance. Read More...
Real-time Shop Floor Integration, Simplified (with ERP)
Source: IQMS As a demand-driven manufacturer, you know how crucial up-to-date information is. But when shop floor data is collected with pen and paper, then transferred manually to multiple databases that aren’t always connected, you risk having your data uploaded after it’s needed. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions can ease data integration. But first, separate the myths from the facts of bridging ERP and the shop floor. Read More...
How to Start and Finish a No-fail Project, Part 1: Fighting Internal Resistance
Source: Logic Software According to a major IT research firm, less than 20 percent of IT projects are completed on time and on budget. Project management (PM) experts agree that internal resistance is one of the factors that can ruin a project. What does it take to get your people to say “yea” instead of “nay”? Find out other common causes of project failure, and how to encourage your team members to embrace change and communicate better. Read More...
How to Start and Finish a No-fail Project, Part 2: Improving Team Communication
Source: Logic Software Statistics show that nearly one-fifth of IT projects make it to the finish line—so project planners need to be aware of the primary factors that can ruin a project, and how to prevent them from happening. One of the biggest obstacles is poor team communication, even when you have the best talent and a good work environment. Learn about the top three techniques that can help you get your people working together as a team. Read More...
5 Keys to Automated Data Interchange
Source: Emanio The number of mid-market manufacturers and other businesses using electronic data interchange (EDI) is expanding—and with it, the need to integrate EDI data with in-house enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting systems. Unfortunately, over 80 percent of data integration projects fail. Don’t let your company join that statistic. Learn about five key steps to buying and implementing EDI to ERP integration software. Read More...
The Benefits of 3-way Auditing
Source: Tizor Whatever your reasons for needing to capture a complete audit trail for all database activity, you want to make sure your system allows you to support three accepted approaches. This three-way auditing ability can provide auditing for all activity in your database, including monitoring, reporting, and alerting on all critical data activity across your company. Learn more about these approaches, and their many benefits. Read More...
How to Achieve Compliance with Payment Cards
Source: Tizor Data auditing and data encryption are two key Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements for maintaining cardholder data protection. Although the two capabilities are distinct, they’re also synergistic—in fact, PCI recommends using data auditing as a substitute for encryption. Learn more about an auditing and encryption solution that can help you make better decisions about protecting your and your clients’ sensitive data. Read More...
Extending Server Virtualization to the Desktop
Source: Pano Logic Server virtualization isn’t a new concept. But the benefits of extending server virtualization to the desktop may not be common knowledge. A virtual desktop solution can allow companies to run virtualized PCs and computer desktops on servers located inside the data center. Besides allowing centralized management, this setup can improve security and deliver new capabilities to the user. Learn about other benefits. Read More...
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