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Being awarded a government contract can be a very lucrative opportunity for your business in the Aerospace and Defense industry. In order to win those contracts though, on top of meeting the standards of AS9100 compliance, you will want to be compliant with DCAA stands.

What is the DCAA?

The Defense Contract Audit Agency, or DCAA, is the agency that provides audit services for the U.S. Department of Defense. They act as overseers that ensure government and military contracts are kept on budget, to not waste tax dollars.

What comes before a DCAA audit?

Before you can worry about a full-on DCAA audit, your A&D business must pass pre-award surveys. These surveys are not as in-depth as full audits, but they will check to see if your company a) has enough financial capital and the means to take on a government contract and b) has a robust accounting system that will be able to keep track of different itemized costs associated with a government contract.

An ERP system with procedures that your employees buy into will set you up for success when bidding for a government contract from the U.S. military.

What costs need to be organized for DCAA compliance?

Because the DCAA audit is essentially a robust check on everything financial with your company, the more specific your accounting is the better. Broadly, DCAA auditors are looking for different types of costs, like direct costs, allowable costs, unallowable costs, and cost pools. If you employ hourly employees, it is crucial that exact ours and wages are documented. You can see the full list of costs on the government’s Federal Acquisition Regulation website.

How can an ERP system help with DCAA Audits?

Just the nature of having an ERP system will not automatically guarantee DCAA compliance, but it will go a long way in helping you achieve it. Utilizing an ERP system will help keep your business organized and optimized. At Cre8tive Technology & Design, our team of experts can design and implement ERP solutions that will help you achieve DCAA compliance, and in turn bid for and complete government contracts.

Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable representatives to learn how we can help you.

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Cre8tive Technology & Design has been named to the Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs for 2019. The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

“We want to congratulate this year’s class of Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Bob Scott, executive editor of ERP Global Insights (formerly known as Bob Scott’s Insights). “This selection represents recognition of leaders in this important field.”

The selection is based on annual revenue generated by each reseller. A special report that includes names of the organizations for this year’s Top 100 list, ranked by revenue is downloadable.

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This report is made possible by the continued support and cooperation of our readers and by our sponsors: Acumatica, Avalara and Sage.

About Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 19 years. He has published this information via the Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter – now known as ERP Global Insights – and website since 2009.

He has covered this market for nearly 28 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market.

About Cre8tive Technology & Design

For over 14 years, Cre8tive Technology & Design has partnered with companies across many different industries including Aerospace and Defense, Manufacturing, & Woodworking to help streamline their operations and meet strict operational and industry compliance requirements. Cre8tive is a Platinum Epicor technology solution provider with industry-specific, ERP software that assists companies to become more flexible and lean. For more information email info@ctnd.com or all (858)-457-2786

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Having a specialized certification can help give your company the upper hand when it comes to contract bidding and customer satisfaction. And no certification will help with that more than an AS9100 certification. This international quality management system endorsed by the likes of NASA, the FAA, and the Department of Defense ensures your business will be a go-to for services in the aerospace and defense industry. Learn what is new with the AS9100 Audit and how an ERP system can help.

What is the overhauled AS9100 Rev D Certification?

The AS9100 audit was made specifically to certify A&D manufacturers that hold to the highest standards of production quality. The latest version, AS9100 Rev D, released in 2016, incorporates another widely used certification, the ISO 9001 audit. Companies certified with the previous AS9100 Rev C version need to begin to transition to AS9100 Rev D. For companies that have audits every other year, you should look to re-certify.  The process could take longer than a year depending on company size.

What changed from Revision C to Revision D?

The new AS9100 standard has some changes from its previous version. Additionally, some requirements were cut. New additions for AS9100 audits include requirements of “context of the organization” and “actions to address risks and opportunities.” Meanwhile, the quality manual and preventative action requirements have been eliminated. You will want to ensure your business is up to date with the new additions to the certification.

How ERP Systems efficiently assist with Compliance

As noted, the process to get an AS9100 Rev D certification can take a lot of time and resources to complete. It’s a top-to-bottom look at how your company functions. If you have an ERP system in place, the process will be that much easier. ERP systems assist with regulatory compliance. They are already documenting crucial information you need for AS9100. Having the ERP system will aid in your audit.

Cre8tive Technology & Design has ERP solutions for the aerospace and defense industry, as well as a number of other industries. Contact us to make your audit process smoother with an ERP system.

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Within the Robotics Industry there are many challenges and many different moving parts. Our latest Go-Live Client came to us to consult on an implementation of the Epicor ERP solution that would best fit their needs.

Go Live in the Robotics Industry


A leader in the Robotics Industry came to Cre8tive Technology and Design to assist with the implementation of a fully customized version of the Epicor ERP solution. This ERP solution will help to streamline operations, provide better accountability, and overall allow the company to better manage the plethora of moving parts that come with the Robotics Industry.

About Cre8tive Technology & Design

For over 14 years, Cre8tive Technology & Design has partnered with manufacturing companies to help streamline their operations and meet strict operational and industry compliance requirements. Cre8tive is a Platinum Epicor technology solution provider with industry-specific, manufacturing ERP software that assists companies to become more flexible and lean. For more information, email info@ctnd.com or call (858)-457-2786

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Company: Zepher Inc.

Users: 25 licenses

Zepher is now Live as of May 1, 2019! Cre8tive Technology & Design successfully upgraded them from Sage to Epicor 10.2.200.25. This includes the deployment of the Cre8tive Aerospace & Defense solution.

Company Description: Zepher is located in Bingen, Washington and was built to solve complex manufacturing challenges. They work to serve not only the innovators in the Aerospace and Defense industries, but the innovators in any field, no matter where they may be.

Special Recognition: Special thanks to the whole team to help this project launch successfully.

  1. Jill Nickerson – Director of Finance
  2. Tijana Jovanoic – Distribution Specialist
  3. Kerry Perkins – Distribution Manager
  4. Leonard Chapman – Cre8tive Technology Team
  5. Matt McIntosh – Cre8tive Technology Team
  6. Patrick Hughes – Configuration Management
  7. Connie Peters – Project Manager
  8. Eliki Thompson – Planning & Configuration Management Coordinator
  9. Not Pictured: Craig Haskell

Thanks to the coordination with Cre8tive and Zepher and the long hours to push the successful Go-Live!

Website: www.zepherinc.com

Region: Pacific Northwest – Bingen, Washington

Industry: Aerospace & Defense

System replaced: Sage

Zepher’s willingness to adapt to best-practice processes and utilization of core Epicor functionality allowed this transition to be successful. Thank again to both teams!

To get your project and customized solution underway, contact the team at Cre8tive Technology & Design

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We have another great Customer Go-Live!

We recently implemented Epicor v. 10.2.300 with Cloud Services for a leading maufacturing company in the Woodworking and Furniture Design industry.

This implementation process was only successful due to thee joint efforts and coordination between Cre8tive Technology & Design, Epicor and other Third-Party Solutions to help the client get up and running without any business downtime.

Congratulations to the team for such a successful project.

Contact Cre8tive Technology & Design today to customize you ERP Solutions to your business.

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We are celebrating another great Aerospace and Defense Customer Go-Live! In April 2019, Cre8tive Technology & Design successfully transitioned Computech Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Melton Machine & Control Company from Legacy Systems to Epicor 10.2.200.20.

A leading manufacturing company, Computech provides turnkey solutions for custom process automation and precision machined parts and assemblies. Their services range from complex custom fabrication projects to simple fixtures and piece-part production.

Computech is a subsidiary of Melton Machine & Control Company, an established leader in automated arc welding machines. They have over 45 years of experience designing and building premium-quality, value-focused equipment and fixtures. Highly trusted by their partners around the world, Computech develops precise, efficient solutions for factory automation.

We congratulate the team on this collective effort and look forward to Computech taking their manufacturing business to the next level with the Epicor 10.2.200.20 system.

For more information on Computech Manufacturing visit: https://computechmfg.com/

For more information on Melton Machine & Control Company visit: http://meltonmachine.com/

To transition your business or build a custom solution contact the Cre8tive Technology & Design team

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San Diego, CA. (Apr. 3, 2019) – Cre8tive Technology & Design is pleased to announce a partnership with RSA Solutions to bring a cohesive and complete ERP solution to the woodworking manufacturing industry. As a platinum reseller of Epicor ERP software, Cre8tive Technology & Design is teaming up with RSA Solutions to offer Production Coach for Epicor ERP, a fully integrated software package to the marketplace.

This information management product has the Epicor ERP platform as its hub and is fully integrated with Production Coach for Epicor ERP, a system designed exclusively to be utilized by woodworking manufacturers. Unlike some ERP systems that are intended to be used by various industries, Production Coach for Epicor ERP was created specifically to meet the challenges of the wood working industry and resolve historically troublesome issues that occur during the manufacturing process.

Both Cre8tive Technology & Design and RSA Solutions have extensive experience in the wood working sector and through Production Coach for Epicor ERP, are uniquely qualified to help companies modernize and streamline their manufacturing operations.

By seamlessly linking and coordinating the internal communication among such critical areas as inventory, production, financials, sales, service, purchasing, CRM and MRP, Production Coach for Epicor ERP maximizes the efficiencies among all of these crucial strategic business units by having all data integrated onto one information system. This kind of precision orchestration has proven to optimize margins and make organizations much more competitive.

“We are really excited about our partnership with Cre8tive,” says Roger Shaw, RSA Solutions chairman and founder.  “Through them, we’re now able to offer Production Coach for Epicor ERP, an ERP solution that’s specifically designed for the woodworking industry.” Shaw adds, “There is nothing else out there for our industry which can do what this can: with Production Coach for Epicor ERP, data from Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, woodCAD|CAM, Inventor, and Solid Works is used versus being replicated.”

“We are thrilled about our partnership with RSA Solutions,” said Aaron Continelli, Cre8tive Technology & Design’s founder and president. “Both organizations have a lot of valuable experience in the wood working industry and Production Coach for Epicor ERP is a total, integrated package solution designed just for this highly specialized field. Our partnership with RSA Solutions creates an exciting synergy that will bring an unprecedented ability to provide tailor made solutions for every customer.”

 

About RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions is located in Lamar, MO and specializes in solving manufacturing problems through innovative software solutions that are designed to address each customer’s unique needs and process-specific challenges.  Knowledgeable and experienced consultants are located throughout North America and have successfully helped companies get on the path to a more efficient and profitable manufacturing process, regardless of the software or machinery being utilized. For more information, email info@rsasolutions.com or call 1-866-930-0772.

About Cre8tive Technology & Design

For over 14 years, Cre8tive Technology & Design has partnered with manufacturing companies to help streamline their operations and meet strict operational and industry compliance requirements. Cre8tive is a Platinum Epicor technology solution provider with industry-specific, manufacturing ERP software that assists companies to become more flexible and lean. For more information, email info@ctnd.com or call (858)-457-2786

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A recent survey showed that 70% of companies are actively working towards digital transformation — so it’s not surprising that ERP remains one of the most important technologies for businesses to have at their disposal.

ERP empowers companies to organize, analyze, and utilize the data that is quickly becoming the lifeblood of their organization. As technology evolves in impressive and unexpected ways, ERP is an essential business tool now more than it’s ever been.

2019 promises to be a watershed year for ERP. If you don’t have an ERP system in place, you’re going to be overdue. If you’re already using ERP, you can look forward to exciting advancements that will take your system to the next level.

No matter which camp you fall into, stay informed of the following trends to keep your competitive edge in the manufacturing industry this year.

1. The Rise of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing — also known as 3D printing — is transforming how we manufacture large-scale, high-volume and complex products. Bigger and faster printers make it possible to cut costs, boost efficiency, and improve parts such as seat buckles and engines. The challenge for manufacturers is managing the avalanche of data that comes with 3D printing.

Additive manufacturing increases your volume of data at every step of the production process, and your ERP system must be able to keep up. As manufacturers implement 3D printers throughout 2019, they will need to carefully review the capabilities of their existing ERP to be able to reap the rewards of this trend.

2. Built-In Analytics

Older ERP systems may excel at collecting and organizing data, but they are more limited when it comes to analytics and reporting. Now that data-driven decision-making has become every manufacturer’s priority, ERP solutions are improving their analytics capabilities to meet manufacturers’ needs.

Modern ERP solutions allow users to run ad-hoc reports, access data visualizations or embed analytics tools into their existing applications. This provides real-time information leaders can use to make key decisions quickly.

Through 2019 and beyond, ERP will increasingly become an end-to-end data tool that informs decision-making at all levels — from the executive suite to the factory floor. For modern manufacturers, this means it will be critical to invest in a modern ERP solution in order to keep up with your data-driven competitors.

3. Cloud Dominance

Cloud ERP is nothing new, but it’s quickly becoming industry standard for many manufacturing sectors. The cloud ERP market is projected to grow from $18.5 billion in 2016 to $29.8 billion in 2021, as more companies look beyond on-premises solutions. The forecasted growth makes sense considering the benefits of the cloud, which include lower costs, broader access, easier management, and better security. An off-site ERP solution will become especially advantageous as many manufacturers continue to expand their operations across the globe.

As the cloud ERP market continues to diversify in 2019, we expect to see more features and customization options to suit your manufacturing needs.

4. Direct Machine Integration

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making manufacturing more efficient and improving transparency as we move into the new year — and further into Industry 4.0.

Internet-connected sensors create a direct link between an operational piece of machinery and your ERP system. The ERP system automatically collects real-time data about machine performance, so production can be tracked closely and improved precisely, with fewer human technicians and less manual input.

This data can help manufacturers schedule routine maintenance to avoid sudden mechanical breakdowns and costly downtime. Using IoT devices with ERP promotes communication between all of your systems and increases visibility into your supply chain, keeping your entire organization on the same page.

5. ERP as Part of a Broader Strategy

While ERP has a key role in digital transformation, it’s not the only factor that plays a part. Digital transformation also requires evolving your company culture to embrace digital change, training or hiring for new skills, and revising your workflows to fit new technologies.

In the past, most ERP implementations happened in isolation, but that will become rare in 2019. Most implementations will act as just one piece of a much broader change management strategy and new ERP solutions will be implemented in conjunction with other tech upgrades. That means it’s essential to have an ERP system that has been designed with your manufacturing company’s unique needs and goals in mind.

Navigate the New Year with the Right Vendor

Not everything about ERP is changing in Industry 4.0. The best strategy for getting the most from your ERP solution remains the same: work with the right vendor.

The solution you choose is important, but the quality of your vendor determines how well your solution will actually work when put into practice at your organization. A trusted, experienced partner will help you evaluate what your business needs, implement the right solution on schedule, and then ensure your staff knows how to leverage your ERP system in 2019 and beyond.

At Cre8tive Technology & Design, our team of experts implements and designs innovative ERP solutions to keep up with the ever-evolving manufacturing industry — and to keep you ahead of the competition.

Contact Cre8tive Technology & Design today and start the new year with the exact ERP resources you need to get ahead in Industry 4.0.

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With Industry 4.0 quickly gaining steam, 2019 is the year for manufacturers to prioritize technological advancements in order to stay competitive in the coming years — and industry predictions suggest the coming years are going to move very quickly.

Initiatives that rely on connected, data-driven technologies generated $5.1 billion in 2017. By 2023, the total is projected to climb to $21.7 billion.

Industry 4.0 runs on a new generation of technology and takes a drastically different approach to production. Manufacturers who acknowledge and embrace these new industry trends will reap the rewards of precise, efficient, and automated manufacturing.

If you want to remain competitive in Industry 4.0, check out our infographic with the 5 trends you should prioritize in 2019 and the years to come. If you want to learn more, keep reading below the infographic for more detailed information on each of these trends.

1. Complete Digitization

The future of manufacturing revolves around the idea of every process being integrated into one centralized, digital platform. This will allow manufacturers to gain deep insights about their operations, schedules, equipment maintenance, inventory and more. With integrated digital systems you’ll be able to monitor and manage every aspect of production with incredible precision.

Manufacturers have already made great strides toward this goal, and we are likely to witness the first completely digitized operations finding their footing this year. According to one IDC study, more than half of all companies will be “digitally determined” by 2020. These digital transformation efforts aim to streamline how companies integrate, organize, and analyze their data. The trend of digitization promises to be a driving force behind factories of the future, and if you’re not considering how to digitize your processes now, you’re at risk of falling behind.

2. Internet of Things (IoT)

Complete digitization of processes is only possible with complete connectivity of all equipment and devices used in the manufacturing process. Connectivity will be a big theme this year and the years to come through the use of IoT connected devices.

By leveraging IoT, smart sensors can track discrete processes, equipment performance and inventory levels, and send the data to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for integration. With connected devices capturing real-time data, key decision-makers will be able to track and improve everything from output and efficiency to inventory levels and supply chains. Manufacturers have already had success incorporating IoT devices onto the production floor, and the presence of IoT is growing fast.

Estimates indicate that the IoT will reach the inflection point of 18-20% in 2019, at which point the adoption rate will start to accelerate. The great news is, manufacturers of any size can begin leveraging connected devices this year, as long as they have a strong ERP platform to manage the attendant data.

3. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) has a number of applications in manufacturing. For example, technicians can learn how to repair or troubleshoot sophisticated equipment in a VR simulator. Engineering teams can also use VR to design prototypes and test new parts or tools with minimal spending on materials. These are just two examples of how VR can improve safety, enhance processes, aid in product design, and offer important new perspectives to manufacturing leaders.

More than one-third of manufacturers were expected to adopt VR in 2018, and that will likely increase in 2019. Widespread adoption of VR is still a few years off, but we expect to see manufacturers preparing this year by setting up the technological foundations that will enable them to use VR in the future. For instance, adopters will need to have a way to link their VR capabilities to their broader enterprise data and establishing that data foundation is something organizations must focus on sooner rather than later.

4. Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing, or AM) is arguably one of the most transformational technologies ever introduced to manufacturing. Advances in AM now allow parts and tools to be made out of high-performance plastic or refined metal alloys. More significantly, the nature of AM processes allow for angles, cavities, and cuts to be made that would be difficult and costly to accomplish with traditional tools.

By 2023 the AM market is expected to be worth $5.66 billion, up from last year’s $1.73 billion. This technology requires the careful management of vast amounts of data for it to live up to its potential. The manufacturers that succeed in implementing AM will be those that have robust systems in place for collecting, storing, and analyzing large amounts of data.

5. Robotics

Robotics are nothing new in the manufacturing industry, but their level of autonomy is. Today’s robots are able to complete highly complex processes, make independent decisions, and operate with minimal human intervention.

Previously, robots were used to complete discrete, repetitive processes. Going forward, we will likely see robots assist with far more aspects of manufacturing — especially in roles where it’s dangerous, complex, or cost-prohibitive to use human workers. The total number of industrial robots worldwide is expected to reach 2.6 million this year, an increase of roughly 1 million units since 2015. Robots, like all the technologies mentioned above, are driven by data. Leveraging robots successfully starts by getting the underlying data in order.

Are your existing technologies robust enough to support your organization’s fourth industrial revolution? Contact Cre8tive Technology & Design to discuss how we can help you strengthen your organization’s technology foundation and prepare your company to embrace these Industry 4.0 trends.

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