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Enterprise resource planning platforms do not last forever. ERP upgrades and switches are necessary for businesses of all sizes, across all industries. But how do business leaders and information technology stakeholders know when such change is required? Here are some common warning signs:

One: nonexistent or tapering vendor support. When solution providers stop offering patches and updates, ERP functionality takes a nosedive. Two: widespread user unhappiness. Building employee disapproval typically means ERP change is needed. And three: workaround usage. Users abandon system features and revert to manual means when ERP solutions go south.

Organizations experiencing these issues would be wise to think about executing an ERP swap before their bottom lines decline.

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The lean manufacturing methodology ranks among the most effective production approaches. Toyota Motor Corporation, which introduced and formalized lean manufacturing, used the strategy to ascend the industrial ranks in the decades following World War II. An estimated 66% of manufacturers worldwide adhere to this shop-floor style today, per analysis from LNS Research, maintaining sophisticated yet responsive workflows that minimize waste and boost productivity. A good number of the firms that have yet to embrace lean manufacturing surely desire to do so but cannot support the requisite continuous improvement functionalities, The New York Times reported. However, manufacturers looking on the outside in as competitors chase Toyota-level success are not doomed to die out. There is a resource that can ease lean manufacturing implementation: the enterprise resource planning platform.

This software allows production teams harness their production processes and facilitate continuous improvement, and thereby lay the foundation for lean manufacturing success. Here is how:

Waste reduction

Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda and his colleague Taiichi Ohno created the Toyota Production System, the first lean manufacturing workflow, with the expressed purpose of reducing waste in all forms. Inventory waste, transport waste, kinesiological waste — these are the main production impediments Kiichiro and Taiichi sought to address when they developed the lean manufacturing methodology. ERP software is designed to do the same, lending manufacturers the monitoring tools they need to pinpoint and reduce waste of all kinds, from unused inventory or inefficient machinery.

Defect reduction

Product quality and marketplace prosperity typically go hand-in-hand — Toyoda  and Ohno understood this and made periodic process review and enhancement an essential component of the TPS and the larger lean manufacturing approach. This continuous reassessment and improvement is achieved through Kaizen, which encompasses an exhaustive set of tools and techniques that empower stakeholders at every level, from the corner office to the equipment maintenance shop, to make positive shop floor change and bolster product quality. ERP platforms facilitate Kaizen via the collection and distribution of definitive product quality metrics.

Supplier collaboration

Strong supplier-manufacturer relationships are key to lean manufacturing success. Without willing external collaborators that offer quality components and responsive services, the methodology simply does not work. This is why Toyoda and Ohno emphasized the supplier-manufacturer partnership model, wherein the two parties work together using a shared source of truth rather than engaging in deal-making brinksmanship. ERP software supports this approach by giving manufacturing firms and external vendors the data and communication channels they need to cultivate and maintain sustainable partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

Is your manufacturing organization looking to implement an ERP platform capable of supporting lean functionalities? Think about connecting with Accent Software. As a certified Microsoft Business Solutions partner, we provide vendor-vetted Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation services, giving manufacturers of all sizes the opportunity to adopt an impactful ERP solution that can facilitate continuous improvement through numerous cutting-edge platform features.

Contact us today to learn more about our proven products and services.    

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Hello, and welcome to another Accent Software video blog! E-R-P implementation requires user engagement to ensure a successful rollout. So how can implementation teams increase engagement?

Communication is one key to stronger user engagement. Implementation teams should develop a plan that keeps everyone in the loop, including those not involved with E-R-P processes. Also, they should gather feedback and listen to questions.

Businesses can also encourage engagement by rewarding active participation. Implementation teams can gamify the testing and approval stages, as well as offer incentives to workers who offer suggestions for how to improve the software. 

With these steps and others, businesses can avoid implementation disaster.

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Enterprise resource planning implementation is an immense investment. In fact, the average ERP adopter devoted more than a million dollars to system installation in 2018, according to researchers from Panorama Consulting Solutions. With this much money on the line, manufacturers pursuing implementation must collaborate with vendors to develop and deploy sustainable solutions that remain relevant for years, no matter the marketplace conditions. Platform future-proofing through architecture design and feature selection is the ideal methodology for achieving long-term ERP viability. Here are some of the system components manufacturing firms should focus on when embarking on this kind of longevity-centered ERP planning:

Cloud computing architecture
Enterprise cloud computing services are essentially industry standard nowadays — Flexera estimated that 94% of businesses worldwide leverage the technology. While adoption rates are generally lower among organizations pursuing ERP implementation — cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service platforms accounted for 64% of all the ERPs implemented in 2018, per Panorama — the cloud is usurping the on-premises server as the system building block of choice. The reasoning here is easy to understand: cloud-based ERP solutions are far more scalable and easier to manage than traditional systems made for on-premises deployment. These characteristics make cloud computing architecture the ideal base for the sustainable ERP, making it possible for manufacturers to right-size their installations on the fly to account for new external or internal variables.

Enterprise mobile support
Mobile technology propels the modern marketplace. From front-of-house business-to-consumer processes to backend production workflows, smartphones, tablets and other on-the-go assets associated with the internet of things are embedded within numerous revenue-driving operational functions. This is particularly true within the manufacturing space, where an estimated 82% of firms currently oversee IoT initiatives, according to analysts from Tech Pro Research. Enterprise mobile reliance here and in other sectors is bound to increase as time progresses, as IoT technology grows more sophisticated and ubiquitous. This state of affairs makes mobile functionality an essential component of the future-proof ERP. Platforms that are capable of facilitating IoT deployment at scale are primed to generate returns as mobile functionality becomes more important.

Advanced business intelligence
Businesses cannot compete without accurate and easy-to-access data. Whether it is internal production insights collected through shop floor IoT sensors or customer information collected through online interaction monitoring software, data is essential to organizational sustainability and growth. This is why enterprises across the globe are expected to spend more than $100 billion on business intelligence hardware, software and services in 2019, per the International Data Corporation. These expenditures could top $200 billion by 2022. With data clearly here to stay, manufacturers intent on implementing ERP technology with an extended shelf life must pinpoint systems that simplify business intelligence collection and access. Reporting and bulk information management features are among the key items to consider in this case, as these tools make it easier to handle large amounts of information, no matter its source.

Is your manufacturing firm interested in implementing a future-proof ERP platform that is meant to last? Consider connecting with Accent Software. As a certified Microsoft Business Solutions partner, we provide vendor-vetted Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation services, giving manufacturers of all sizes the opportunity to adopt a quality ERP solution designed to facilitate operational growth via cutting-edge platform features.

Contact us today to learn more about our proven products and services.

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Modern manufacturing executives function within an immensely unstable environment where challenges are numerous and wins are transient. For this reason, many balk at the notion of enterprise resource planning adoption or enhancement. Why invest in expensive, new or updated software when the shop floor continues to evolve? In reality, high-quality, effectively implemented ERP technology can grow with the business and underpin mission-critical production processes, no matter the general state of the marketplace. This is perhaps why manufacturers oversaw approximately 43% of all the ERP adoption initiatives undertaken in 2018, per research from Panorama Consulting Solutions. Business leaders within the industry who want to break out of their moderate ways and follow in the footsteps of these and other adopters — an estimated 95% of which saw process improvement immediately following go-live, according to Panorama — should assess the state of the ERP before taking action.

Here are three things these forward-thinking executives should know about manufacturing ERP technology:

ERP solutions are changing
The ERP marketplace moves with technological innovation and user demand, meaning most vendors are constantly iterating to remain relevant. This is good news for adopters, as they have numerous products to choose from, including ERP solutions from both emerging providers and established software powerhouses, TechTarget reported. Additionally, interplatform integration is more common than ever before, leading manufacturers pursuing implementation to customize their instances with external modules.

ERP solutions are moving to the cloud
Businesses across every sector have embraced enterprise cloud computing. Even so, many have been reluctant to move forward with cloud-based ERP technology for fear of losing control over their data caches and abandoning investments in legacy hardware and software. However, this is starting to change, as most information technology leaders see the cloud as the "gateway to modernization," analysts for Accenture found. An estimated 85% of the companies that implemented ERP solutions in 2018 opted for cloud or Software-as-a-Service products, per Panorama. This is likely to become the norm.

ERP solutions are the future of decision support
Manufacturing leaders depend on shop floor insights, leveraging this actionable information to develop overarching business strategies that lead to revenue. ERP solutions already support this key function but some emerging features are poised to pull this technology into the center of the decision-making process, ERP Focus reported. Internet of things integration and expansive real-time data collection components further enhance ERP systems and thereby empower the executives who depend on them.

Are you among the manufacturing executives considering ERP implementation? Consider connecting with Accent Software. As a certified Microsoft Business Solutions partner, we provide vendor-vetted Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation services, giving manufacturing organizations of all sizes the opportunity to adopt a quality ERP solution designed to facilitate operational growth via cutting-edge platform features.

Contact us today to learn more about our proven products and services. 

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Enterprise resource planning technology remains immensely popular among manufacturers. In fact, these businesses accounted for 43% of all ERP implementations completed in 2018, according to research from Panorama Consulting Solutions. Despite this reality, some within the sector are questioning the relevance of ERP technology, wondering whether sticking to familiar manual processes rather than pursuing sweeping technology-driven progress is the ideal tactic for surviving or even thriving in these turbulent marketplace conditions, per Industry Week. The reality is, ERP platforms generate real return on investment in 2019 through these transformative improvements:

Operational data transparency
Modern ERP systems integrate with multiple shop-floor information conduits, from internet of things sensors installed on mission-critical production machinery to barcode scanners leveraged in shipping and receiving operations. This brand of whole-operation connectivity allows operational stakeholders to gather real-time information, which can be used for shaping optimization efforts, according to ERP Focus. When executives and production leaders have access to the rich, cross-departmental insights ERP technology provides, they can make informed business decisions that facilitate real improvement and lay the groundwork for sustainable revenue gain.

Optimal backend efficiency
A good number of the manual workflows ERP solutions are designed to replace are incredibly inefficient and weigh heavy on the bottom line. For instance, American businesses lose around $47 million per year as a consequence of institutional knowledge loss alone, analysts for Panopto discovered. ERP solutions reduce the likelihood of these financial failings by allowing operational teams to use automated tools that reduce the need for manual work while logging the essential platform activities that lead to seamless production workflows that unfold as required, no matter the personnel involved, CIO reported. These solutions also add efficiency to the decision-making process, as manufacturing leaders can easily tap into the data they need to move forward with changes big and small.

Agility and scalability
The modern marketplace moves with great fluidity, propelled by ever-changing customer expectations and desires. Manufacturers must meet consumers' needs lest they risk relinquishing their footing in the industry. ERP technology is among the most effective tools for achieving this objective. Such solutions generate actionable operational insights that allow production stakeholders to predict emerging shifts and put into place refreshed processes designed to make products that are right for the moment. ERP platforms also enable manufacturers to scale up or down depending on market activity.

Together, these and other advantages that come with ERP implementation have an immense impact on revenue, making this technology key for modern manufacturers.

Is your manufacturing firm prepared to embark on ERP implementation and in need of a solution that can generate ROI? Consider connecting with Accent Software.

As a certified Microsoft Business Solutions partner, we provide vendor-vetted Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation services, giving manufacturers of all sizes the opportunity to implement an effective ERP solution designed to facilitate operational growth through cutting-edge platform features. Contact us today to learn more about our proven products and services.   

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How to overcome common manufacturing scheduling roadblocks [Video]

Hello and welcome to another Accent Software blog.

Production scheduling ranks among the most pressing concerns for manufacturers – and for good reason. Businesses in the space that cannot effectively direct materials and manpower lose revenue and market share. Fortunately, there is a an all-encompassing solution that can ameliorate common scheduling roadblocks, such as faulty data transference and collection. This tool is called enterprise resource planning software.

ERP solutions facilitate scalable production scheduling by gathering real-time shop floor data from multiple channels and pairing these insights with easy-to-use planning tools. It also supports custom scheduling workflows for one-off jobs and idiosyncratic orders.

Manufacturing firms that struggle with scheduling would be wise to look into ERP technology, as it has the potential to transform shop floor coordination.

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Hello and welcome to another Accent Software blog.

Production scheduling ranks among the most pressing concerns for manufacturers – and for good reason. Businesses in the space that cannot effectively direct materials and manpower lose revenue and market share. Fortunately, there is a an all-encompassing solution that can ameliorate common scheduling roadblocks, such as faulty data transference and collection. This tool is called enterprise resource planning software.

ERP solutions facilitate scalable production scheduling by gathering real-time shop floor data from multiple channels and pairing these insights with easy-to-use planning tools. It also supports custom scheduling workflows for one-off jobs and idiosyncratic orders.

Manufacturing firms that struggle with scheduling would be wise to look into ERP technology, as it has the potential to transform shop floor coordination.

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Cloud ERP migration: What about core applications? [Video]

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Approximately 80 percent of the businesses that implemented enterprise resource planning software in 2018 opted for cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service installations. The benefits associated with these platforms are obvious. However, some organizations still balk at them. Why? Moving core applications and the valuable data they contain off premises can be scary. Luckily, ERP providers have made huge headway in this area.

In recent years, vendors have succeeded in moving massive legacy systems, including IBM AS/400 architectures, to the cloud or carefully transferring their contents to new platforms. Today, executing these once-daunting swaps is easier than ever before, which is why an estimated 70 percent of organizations are currently making such moves.

Companies on the outside looking in on this development would be wise to consider migration and start the search for capable ERP partners that know how to safely transport core ERP modules or data to the cloud.

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Hello and welcome to the Accent Software blog.

Approximately 80 percent of the businesses that implemented enterprise resource planning software in 2018 opted for cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service installations. The benefits associated with these platforms are obvious. However, some organizations still balk at them. Why? Moving core applications and the valuable data they contain off premises can be scary. Luckily, ERP providers have made huge headway in this area.

In recent years, vendors have succeeded in moving massive legacy systems, including IBM AS/400 architectures, to the cloud or carefully transferring their contents to new platforms. Today, executing these once-daunting swaps is easier than ever before, which is why an estimated 70 percent of organizations are currently making such moves.

Companies on the outside looking in on this development would be wise to consider migration and start the search for capable ERP partners that know how to safely transport core ERP modules or data to the cloud.

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