New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute to be Based in Los Angeles

Posted by Gerry Poe


New Announcement: Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing.


Tags: Manufacturing, News

2016 Internet Security Threat Report: Security Landscape; Software, Appliances, Threats, and Capabilities

Posted by Gerry Poe

The 2016 Intenet Security Threat Report provides an overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity.

Last year, 2015, Symantec discovered more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware. Remarkably, these numbers no longer surprise us. Attacks against businesses and nations hit the headlines with such regularity that we’ve become numb to the sheer volume and acceleration of cyber threats. Most threat reports only scratch the surface of the threat landscape, whereas the breadth of Symantec’s data enables the Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) to examine multiple facets, including:

  • Targeted attacks
  • Smartphone threats
  • Social media scams
  • Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities
  • Attackers’ tactics, motivations, and behaviors


Tags: Mobile Security, Cyber Security, IoT

Introduction to Manufacturing Inventory Requirements Planning Overview

Posted by Gerry Poe


Manufacturing Material (Inventory) Requirements Planning (MRP) - an APICS Review; is a discussion of a major functional system, MRP, within most ERP software products. MRP operates as if it is your onboard Materials and Resource Management Ph.D. MRP is a system that knows all and tells all. That is, of course, what it can only know are data within your database included for calculations determining your gross and net requirements for materials and resources. If data are external to the system, they are excluded. You are encouraged to use your ERP system fully to gain the most value.

MRP Benefits:

  • Reduced Inventory with fewer (to no) shortages
  • Improved Customer Service
  • Improved Direct Labor Productivity
  • Reduced Purchasing Cost
  • Reduced Traffic Cost
  • Reduced Obsolescence
  • Reduced Overtime
  • Correct numbers to run the business
  • Accountability throughout the organization
  • Improved Quality of Life


Tags: APICS, Manufacturing, ERP System

Higher Minimum Wage & New Overtime Rules – Predictions of Robots, Chaos and Calamity

Posted by Gerry Poe


The first minimum wage was $0.25 per hour (equivalent to $4.18 today) and affected about 20% of the entire labor force. In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 74.6 million workers over age 16 who were paid an hourly wage. Of this group, about 4.7% or 3.5 million were paid the minimum wage or lower.

Arguments about the benefits and potential chaos are presented in the news and has become a part of the politicians campaign rhetoric.


Tags: Paperless Office, Document Management, Government Regulations, News, Productivity

Win Cold Hard Cash from DASH at SYSPRO’s Simply Smarter 2016 Conference in Anaheim

Posted by Gerry Poe


This week you may be attending the SYSPRO Conference, SIMPLY SMARTER 2016 May 23rd – May 25th at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel.

The SYSPRO Simply Smarter 2016 User Conference is designed to deliver both value and innovation. SYSPRO is bringing together customers, partners and industry experts in a forum designed to foster education and idea exchange, enabling you and your business to better leverage your SYSPRO investment.

To be held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in sunny Southern California, the Simply Smarter 2016 User Conference will offer:

  • Technical and product support
  • Networking opportunities
  • SYSPRO’s tips and tricks

There is an opportunity to win prizes!  

Among the prizes, Dash is offering an opportunity to win COLD HARD CASH along with special conference prices. (good until June 30th)


Tags: Paperless Office, Document Management

"Enterprise Cybersecurity" - APICS Ventura Event Reveals the Dark Side of Cyberspace

Posted by Gerry Poe

In 2015 alone, hackers stole the records of - 11 million people from Premiere Blue Cross - 10 million people from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield - 80 million people from Anthem In contrast, only 22 million people were directly affected by the hackers who stole information from the Office of Personnel Management.

A recent APICS Ventura event offered the attendees new informatoin about the dark side of cyberspace, what to watch for resources to learn more.  Gerry Poe, CEO of Santa Clarita Consultants, led the discussion and shared why there is a growing concern for cyber security.


Tags: APICS, Event, Cyber Security

Women in Technology: Triumphs and Barriers [infographic]

Posted by Gerry Poe

March is Women's History Month! The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Since we have 30 years in the technology business, we want to take a moment to celebrate and pay tribute to women in technology.

While women continue to blaze new trails in several notable positions at the forefront of big tech companies, they are the exception to the rule. 

As an example, the Professional Women in the Washington, D.C. Technology Community are being recognized for their extraordinary vision. 

Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology community, announced the finalists for the 17th Annual Leadership Awards. This annual awards program identifies, recognizes and celebrates female professionals who are leaders in the technology field and who bring a unique vision and talent to the industry. :Learn more about the finalists for the 17th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards here >

This short video shares stories from women in technology -
"MAKERS at Google: Women in Technology":


Tags: Business Technology, Infographic

COLLECT® Advanced Fulfillment Software Buyer's Checklist

Posted by Gerry Poe

With many experts are predicting tough times ahead which makes it a good time to add supply chain execution capabilities to streamline the shipping and receiving processes, improve productivity and meet the increasingly complex industry and customer requirements.

Unfortunately, not all systems help you compete and if you are a smaller manufacturer or distributor, you may not need the complexity of an ERP application designed for larger peers.  

With this consideration, you still need a solution that helps compete for business in the demanding, global world of distribution.

Industries which have an opportunity to improve functionality, compete and win business, even when times get tough:

Complex industries – Industries like consumer packaged goods often have complex needs such as unique labeling, packaging and shipping requirements.

Regulated industries – Regulated industries such as automotive and those that handle hazardous materials need systems that help them stay in compliance.

Distribution to large retailers – Many large retailers have unique and stringent material handling and labeling requirements that need to be met in order for a distributor or manufacturer to maintain status as a preferred supplier.

Global distribution – Organizations that distribute goods abroad need systems that help them create all the necessary paperwork and ensure that nothing is missed.


Tags: Warehouse Management, WMS, Warehouse Software, Shipping

COLLECT Shop Floor Data Collection Software - the best WMS choice

Posted by Gerry Poe

This is a detailed introduction and overview of COLLECT Shop Floor Data Collection software. We have found that implementing this software into an operation makes the shop floor more efficient, people more effective and companies more profitable.


Tags: WMS, Data Collection, Shop Floor Data

Successful Selection and Implementation of WMS for Manufacturing and Distribution

Posted by Gerry Poe

Supply chain managers have been trying to get visibility into their operations as long as there have been supply chains. In an omni-channel operating environment, visibility is more critical than ever. When a customer places an order, you need to have some degree of confidence that the inventory is going to be there. The value of a warehouse management system is quickly obvious which brings us to the questions of “which system?” and “who will implement the system?”

When selecting a warehouse management system (WMS), there are an abundant number to choose from. After working with the best (and worst), we understand the frustration of how expectations can be exceeded (or broken).

If you currently operate an ERP system, the WMS functionality may be part of that suite, or you can use a bolt-on WMS package or an extended WMS for convergence. We have implemented both and believe the choice of WMS software should fit exactly to the requirements of your warehouse operations. (vs. changing the operation to meet the demands of the WMS software)


Tags: Warehouse Management, WMS, Warehouse Software

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