11 Food and Beverage Contract Manufacturing Software Requirements

Posted by Gerry Poe

food-and-beverage-manufacturingWhat are your optimum manufacturing software systems for your food and beverage contract manufacturing business? How do the software systems help you manage manufacturing, supply chain, customers and a broad range of other business areas, by minimizing the need for multiple systems?

Your solution needs broad built-in functionality supporting build-to-order, engineer-to-order, and build-to-forecast supply chain models, across both discrete and batch-process manufacturing modes and is particularly well-suited to manufacturers operating in a mixed-mode environment.

Your full-scope solution includes applications for financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, warehouse management, human resources and payroll, project management, business intelligence, lot tracking and quality control, and paperless manufacturing; printing, storage and retrieval.


Tags: Enterprise Software Planning, Contract Manufacturing, Food & Beverage

Essential ERP Questions Related to Customers

Posted by Gerry Poe


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is at the very core of a business and what may be most important considerations are the Enterprise Customer Questions found in The Complete Enterprise (ERP) Self Assessment.

Software has a tendency to focus on things instead of people.  The following list of questions related to customers can be answered by both staff and management.  Compiling the answers will show whether everyone is aligned with the company mission and truly focused on the needs of the customer:

  1. Who is your customer today?
  2. Who will be your customer next year?
  3. Who will be your customer in five years?
  4. Who will be your customer in ten years?
  5. What are you known for?  (Why do they love or hate your business?)
  6. What your customers think of you?  (Reputation)
  7. In your opinion, is it easy for your customers to do business with you?
  8. Does every employee know how to greet and meet customers?
  9. Do you have a feedback loop that offers customers a means to connect?
  10. Do you have hours consistently available for customers to reach you?
  11. How long does it take to respond to a customer problem?
  12. How long it takes to return telephone calls from customers?
  13. How soon you respond to customer emails?
  14. If a potential customer calls for information, what is the response?


Tags: ERP Software, Enterprise Software Planning, ERP Checklist

Predicting the Future of ERP from SYSPRO Founder Phil Duff

Posted by Gerry Poe

When considering what type of support you will need for your SYSPRO ERP software in the future, you won't need a crystal ball.  Instead you can listen to the Founder of award winning SYSPRO software. He will talk about how companies have an advantage with out-of-the-box solutions and of course anticipation of a mobile workplace is part of the next phase in improving productivity.  Your SYSPRO support company will not only help you implement the applications, but provide the best SYSPRO training to ensure smooth operations with every step forward.


Tags: Enterprise Software Planning, SYSPRO Support, SYSPRO

ERP and Tips for Going Green and Saving Money

Posted by Gerry Poe

erp and green computingTips for Going Green and Saving Money


Tags: Enterprise Software Planning, Enterprise Success, Lean Enterprise, Cloud Computing

Enterprise Software Illness and Policy Gone Bad

Posted by Gerry Poe

enterprise software systems erpAfter a conversation with a friend, I wondered why corporate illnesses get to a death march?  It is the eleventh hour for many companies and they are asking; "how could these things happen?"  Who was asleep at the switch?  Why did we let ourselves go to this depth?  How do our companies get sick and die, come close to death or suffer protracted illness?  Why didn't someone let us know there was a cure? Were we not listening?

If someone was allowed to interview the company managers and “Cs” they may have seen they were not doing things to prepare for illness or prevent it from becoming terminal.

Now the real work begins to salvage, if possible, the organization which was so thoughtfully designed, developed, and at a point, well managed.

I think it was a gradual, unnoticeable decline in systems and processes that snowballed into dysfunctional.  Enterprise software systems were said to be too difficult to use.  Alternate systems, like spreadsheets and databases, were devised to “simplify” enterprise processes.  Then those systems became too laborious to manage and were made into even “simpler” enterprise systems so the work could get out and look and feel like “something” was getting done.  All the while the real “enterprise software system” was orphaned to menial tasks.  When it came time for the owners to demand results, the enterprise software systems and people could not deliver.  

In short, they went from an enterprise software system specifically designed to enable paperless and lean operations and processes to a paper only system because the “enterprise software system” had no accurate, reliable knowledge to support business operations.  So they devised a paper system which was only validating a single piece of paper at a time, and not getting into the “enterprise software system”.  If it was not in front of someone’s eyes, it did not exist.  The real shortcoming is none of the alternate systems linked to each other, the “enterprise software system” or anything else.  Departmental silos and islands of information is now their “system”.  This Resulted in a “blind system” which is costly, incomplete, and unreliable, cannot support business and will not pass audit.

The moral of the story is don’t dumb down your enterprise software systems in the hope of saving money or time.  You just might be sacrificing your entire business.  Make the systems work and work to make the systems.

Let’s make a few points on systems and processes:


Tags: Business Software, Enterprise Software Planning, Lean Operations, ERP Software

11 Benefits of Syspro Award Winning Enterprise Software

Posted by Gerry Poe

Choose between the cutting edge and award winning enterprise software such as SYSPRO or the antiquated "oid" ERP which is not scalable and less flexible.


Tags: ERP Software, Enterprise Software Planning, SYSPRO

Contract Manufacturing ERP Software Requirements

Posted by Gerry Poe

Enterprise Software Contract Manufacturing
What is the minimum ERP system for a Contract Manufacturing Solution that helps to manage manufacturing and a broad range of other business areas, minimizing the need for multiple systems?


Tags: ERP, ERP Software, Enterprise Software Planning, Lean Operations, Contract Manufacturing

Budget Maestro for SYSPRO ERP - Three Reasons to Switch Off Excel

Posted by Gerry Poe

budget maestro

As you are budgeting this year, consider Budget Maestro for SYSPRO ERP.  There are three reasons to switch off Excel this year for budget management. 


Tags: ERP, Business Software, Accounting, ERP Software, Enterprise Software Planning, SYSPRO, Enterprise Success

How Successful Businesses Compete With ERP

Posted by Gerry Poe

compete better with erp To run a successful business in today’s technological market businesses need enterprise software.  Optimizing productivity and simplifying the processes, enterprise software greases the wheel in both management and in operations. 


Tags: ERP, Enterprise Software Planning, SYSPRO, ERP Software

Enterprise Resource Planning Software: Single Source of the Truth

Posted by Gerry Poe

ERP software for retailers


Tags: ERP, ERP Software, Enterprise Software Planning, SYSPRO

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