7 CRM Integrations Process

PostedOn: 2018-03-28 11:42:17

ustomer relationship management (CRM) solutions are pretty dull and commonplace for many people. But, as we enter 2018, some CRM implementations and product offerings make you just go.  1. Salesforce–Google Cloud Integration  Even with their work with analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), Salesforce and Google recently announced an integration between their two platforms. The amalgamation means that Google Cloud becomes the preferred public cloud for Salesforce regulars. There’s also integration between Salesforce CRM and G Suite. Such an integration also speaks to the evolving infrastructure requirements that enterprises have for today’s cloud CRM solutions. 2. No Cortana Integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365  Voice integration with data-intensive applications such as CRM or business intelligence is becoming a trend to watch with the launch of Amazon Alexa for Business. Flying in the face of it all, Microsoft recently announced that it’s dropping plans to int

5 Tips for Designing an ERP Training Program That Works

PostedOn: 2018-03-27 13:20:37

fter months of research, planning, and preparation, you’ve decided to implement a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Promising, exciting, and positive changes are on the horizon but first comes the training.  1. Create Clear Expectations in Advance  Start by clearly defining your expectations for your ERP training program. Then, determine the desired outcome prior to beginning that training. How do you decide what these outcomes are? Start by speaking with project managers. Evaluate business data. Determine which employees will require special training for specific ERP modules. Gathering this information helps you determine the direction of your training program and target that training for your staff.  2. Involve All Your Employees   Some of your employees will use the new ERP system more than others, so it’s important that you involve all your employees in the training process. When everyone at your company has at least a baseline understanding of the system,


PostedOn: 2018-03-26 12:21:44

e have discussed the differences between on-premise software versus software that lies in the cloud on our blog before. There are pros and cons to using both. It truthfully all boils down to personal preference and which style works best for your company culture. We don’t want to push or pull you in any specific path when it comes to the type of ERP software you are looking for, but when using the software you want to get the most bang for your buck, so we want to give you as much advice as possible. What are some of the things that a company needs most from its employees? Productivity is probably very high on that list. Goals and deadlines have to be met on a daily basis from those in high executive positions to those just beginning their professional careers. Reaching those goals ultimately helps with overall company revenue, which is also important to a company. Everyone acts as a small part to create its whole. Enterprise resource arrangement software helps to accomplish those g

A successful ERP project features three key phases

PostedOn: 2018-03-26 11:56:47

RP projects have never been easy, but they are becoming more complicated as the market for offerings matures. Increasingly, companies are tackling a blend of on-premises and cloud environments and the expectations of customers about what an ERP project should cover are only getting more extensive.  So how to go about choosing a vendor? Ultimately, that choice depends heavily on the range and depth of the rations that a company draws for its ERP. The range can speak to the extensibility of a solution platform, while the depth represents the ability of the ERP project to satisfy industry-specific or unique requirements.  The right partner is also critical for making or breaking an implementation. It can also shorten a sponsor’s tenure at an organization.  An ERP project typically falls into three distinct phases:  The launching of the project requires the collection of requirements: A firm needs to build some understanding of the ERP marketplace and assess organizational and pro

The Future of ERP Starts with Industry 4.0

PostedOn: 2018-03-23 11:32:28

he common impression that many have of enterprise resource planning (ERP) is based on the early functions of the systems. For example, an early function included manufacturing resource planning, which was designed to tackle a specific business process such as managing the mass production of standardized goods on assembly lines. ERP was initially based on industry and manufacturing and geared predominantly to mass production, an inflexible process that limits the variety of products available to consumers. With mass production, the products produced on one production line are identical, making it very difficult to introduce variety and range to satisfy diverse needs. This type of manufacturing was in direct opposition to customization, a more expensive proposition. Mass production lends itself to only a limited amount of customization, and only when the customer is willing to make it worthwhile for the manufacturer/producer. A minimum order threshold needs to be reached for a new lin

Essential Web Design Tips for 2018

PostedOn: 2018-03-23 11:02:04

eb design is a fast-moving field. If web developers don't make a conscious effort to stay up to date with the latest developments, then they will struggle to remain ready for action. Outdated web design practices will stand out and will reflect poorly on the designer responsible. It is amazing how quickly a new trend can become a standard design practice. therefore, a website can very quickly become outdated if it is neglected.  For website owners who are looking to make their sites stand out this year, there are a number of trends you should be aware of. Originality is important, but you must also make sure that your website is intuitive to use and meets visitors likely expectations in terms of quality features and optimization.  The following web design trends are among the most important for web developers to be aware of. If you want to demonstrate to visitors to your site that you are mindful of current trends, then these are the markers that they will be looking for. Mobile-


PostedOn: 2018-03-22 12:38:10

n order for businesses to succeed, they have to adapt to the latest ways of advertising, marketing, and branding. Keeping a watchful eye on the newest marketing trends can give your business a boost because trends are around at least for a season and if you’re lucky, trends become staples. Being able to try something new to market your business requires valor and a willingness to take a risk. A Crash Course on Social Media Marketing So what is social media marketing? Let’s explain. Social media marketing is a form of internet marketing involving creating, sharing and curating content on social media networks to achieve a business’s specific branding and marketing goals. The social networks that tend to be used for marketing and branding are Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, just to name a few. Creating a Social Media Strategy Taking social media lightly isn’t a thing for businesses. There are end goals that they want to achieve and it can only be done by creating a plan for

Here Is How Businesses Are Using Block chain for ERP

PostedOn: 2018-03-22 12:17:41

he blockchain is having quite a moment, having emerged from its prior position as an underlying architecture supporting cryptocurrency transactions into an incredibly hyped technology that industry analysts predict could be applied to a variety of use cases, including contract management, real estate transactions, and the supply chain. Businesses are beginning to evaluate how they can apply blockchain successfully to their enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and transparency of transactions. Here’s how companies are already using blockchain with their ERP systems and what it might tell us about where this hot technology is headed.  Blockchain, ERP, and Supply Chain Transparency  Because blockchain is, in essence, a mutually distributed ledger of transactions, it’s not difficult to see how it could play a role within an ERP system. Major ERP system providers are already taking note, beginning to experiment with blockchain within thei


PostedOn: 2018-03-21 11:44:50

s we mention often in our blog posts about enterprise resource planning software, it is a complex system designed to help businesses manage their day to day business activities. Those activities include accounting, manufacturing and project management, just to name a few. With a software that essentially helps run a business, the implementation process is crucial. When implementing ERP software, all businesses hope for a smooth process, and it’s possible to have that so long as research and a watchful eye are always involved. Speaking of being watchful, let’s get into what today’s blog is all about red flags during the implementation period. Continue reading as we discuss potential causes for concern, how to avoid or fix them during this pivotal process.  1: Not Following Your Set Implementation Schedule   No matter the implementer that your business chooses to work with, a set schedule should be put in place in terms of when the implementation process should begin and end.

ERP Strategy When is it Time to Upgrade?

PostedOn: 2018-03-21 10:59:16

n important part of your company’s ERP strategy should be to regularly measure the effectiveness of an incumbent system against alternative ERP solutions. If there is sufficient evidence suggesting the system is underperforming against the alternatives then it is almost certainly time to consider upgrading. The first factor to take into account is the length of time your system has been installed. Many analysts recommend upgrading an ERP solution after five years, especially in a small business environment. They argue that although the software will still meet your original business needs, you won’t have access to improved code or the latest business intelligence improvements. Your ERP upgrade strategy should take into account any functional limitations your company is currently experiencing. For example, older systems can have difficulty dealing with online integration and more recent engineering concepts. Additionally, older systems may not be able to properly handle collabora

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