10 Crucial Questions to Ask When Selecting Enterprise Software

Posted by Gerry Poe

To grasp whether software in use or under consideration, meet your needs in today’s evolving manufacturing environment, asking the following questions are crucial:


Software should help plan for change. Change is constant and the chief characteristic of today’s business environment. The ability to prepare for the unidentified makes it possible for corporate agility to thrive. Ongoing planning is not about being able to foresee every single event, but being able to respond fast and smart enough to exploit change. Useful software simplifies the ability to change —not only forecast information, but also supply and demand output, quickly, and provide visibility into what impacts the change will make. In today’s markets, where new product introduction is increasingly essential to growth, enterprise software should help facilitate and control new product introduction.


Tags: Choosing ERP, Business Technology, Goal Setting, Food & Beverage, Business Strategy

Ten Reasons Why You Don’t Care Where Enterprise Software Suite Lives

Posted by Gerry Poe

Whether installed on-cloud or on-premise – does it really matter to your business where your ERP Software Suite takes up residency? Should it? Of these options, cloud, premise or hybrid, are there reasons to choose one over the other? Business, at any phase, can see the value of both sides of the argument. Costs, dependent capitalizing or renting of your software suite deployment, will affect decisions and outcomes.

If your current or planned systems are capable, flexible and designed for hybrid operations your chances of success will be enhanced.


Tags: Business Automation, Business Systems, Food & Beverage, Business Strategy

GHS and OSHA 2015 Label Requirements Occupational Health & Safety

Posted by Gerry Poe

2015 Occupational Health & Safety GHS and OSHA label requirements

GHS 2015 Update: By June 1, 2015, all manufacturers, importers, and employers must be ready for GHS -- they must comply with new label requirements and Safety Data Sheets by that deadline. OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard in 2012 to require employers to adhere to elements of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, setting deadlines for worker training and for the labels and SDSs, along with new requirements for information the labels must include: signal words, hazard statements, pictograms, and more.

This presentation will discuss this fast-approaching deadline and the GHS implementation problems many workplace safety and health professionals are encountering.


Tags: Business Planning, Business Strategy

10 Strategic Phases of an ERP Software Readiness Checklist

Posted by Gerry Poe

Enterprise software project communications, from curiosity to deployment, involves your company's best, brightest and most well paid employees. Accounting software is by no means a trifle exercise for anyone involved. Your company must see the costs before any purchase is made, during the vetting process, post selection, installation, training and implementation and finally go live cut-over success date. A study done in 2012 indicated that companies spend approximately 2-man-years on systems discovery to up to 7 years before a go-live is achieved. Let's hope we can reduce your costs and frustration.


Tags: ERP Assessment, Enterprise Assessment, Food & Beverage, Business Strategy

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