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Topics: CRM, Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

March 16, 2018

Why is Connected Field Service becoming so popular?

Field service without an onsite technician? Yes! It’s possible. Imagine how much time and money you could save and how much value you could add for customers, if you were able to resolve most ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

March 08, 2018

Use of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry

Recently we talked about blockchain in the oil & gas industry, and the next logical question is…

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

February 27, 2018

Is Blockchain the Next Disruptor for the Oil & Gas Industry?

As the energy sector rebounds, oil and gas service companies are looking for competitive advantages where they can invest to grow profitably. Is blockchain the answer?

Topics: IoT & Analytics

February 22, 2018

Budgeting – FP&A After Microsoft Forecaster

Microsoft Forecaster was a great tool for companies with relatively simple budgeting and forecasting needs. Now that Microsoft Forecaster is discontinued, many companies are actively looking for a ...

Topics: Business Transformation

February 13, 2018

3 Little Signs Your CRM or ERP Implementation Might Be in Big Trouble

When CRM and ERP projects fail, it’s not usually that the project team fails to get the software implemented. It’s that the project fails to help the business achieve its goals. Experienced project ...

Topics: Manufacturing

February 08, 2018

10 Lessons Learned after 30 Years in Manufacturing

1. Disrupt or be disrupted.

Topics: Manufacturing

February 08, 2018

Technology’s Role in the Manufacturing Revolution

When you have money to improve operations, what is the best use of that budget? Do you hire more workers? Buy new equipment? Or do you invest in software technology?

Topics: ERP

February 06, 2018

How Manufacturers Can Turn Data into Insight

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” This line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner aptly describes how most manufacturers feel about their data. Despite drowning in data, manufacturers ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

January 31, 2018

4 Best Practices for Oil and Gas Service Companies

Now that oil prices are rising and energy companies are renewing exploration operations, it’s time to re-evaluate what you, as an oil and gas service company, can do to get your fair share of the ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

January 23, 2018

How Oilfield Service Companies Combat the Profit Margin Squeeze

Are you one of the “lucky” oilfield service companies who survived the downturn? Whether you sailed through thanks to saving ahead, or you barely survived, thanks to downsizing and scrimping wherever ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

January 18, 2018

Resources for Learning Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a hot topic right now. The Power BI Desktop business analytics visualization tool is free to use. Upgrading to Power BI Premium gives you true enterprise-wide insight. With ...

Topics: CRM

January 09, 2018

Don’t Screw up your CRM Initiative – 7 Steps to Success

Customer relationship management projects (CRM) have a higher failure rate than other types of software implementation projects for several reasons:

Topics: ERP

December 20, 2017

4 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

It’s that time of year again, where everyone wants to know what the hottest technology trends will be in 2018. We see these four areas having the biggest impact for the customers we serve.

Topics: ERP

December 19, 2017

5 Questions Auto Supply CFOs Should Be Asking

As the CFO of an Automotive Supply company, your role is to be equally visionary and pragmatic. How will you build the business of tomorrow, while ensuring you have the cash flow, materials and ...

Topics: CRM, Field Service

December 19, 2017

Which Field Service Software is Right for You?

Enterprise field service software is surging in popularity – and for good reason.  It has proven to be an effective way to cut costs and create new revenue opportunities, increasing overall ...

Topics: Business Transformation

December 18, 2017

5 Ways to Reduce Your Manufacturing Inventory Costs

Do you have a CFO breathing down your neck to reduce manufacturing inventory costs? As the VP of Manufacturing, you have one tough job! 

Topics: CRM, ERP

December 15, 2017

What happens after Dynamics 365 goes live?

The day you “go live” with your Dynamics 365 ERP or CRM system is a major milestone achievement, but it doesn’t mean your work is done. Companies have to choose how the system will be supported after ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

December 14, 2017

5 Business Analytics Trends Fueling Manufacturing Growth

As a company that has long specialized in implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics for manufacturing companies, it’s exciting to see all the new opportunities coming from our business analytics ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

December 12, 2017

Priorities During the Oil and Gas Rebound

Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Prioritize ERP and Technology Infrastructure Projects Oil and gas companies have had to make difficult decisions in order to survive the last few years of low prices ...

Topics: Manufacturing

December 11, 2017

Better, Faster, Cheaper ERP for Manufacturers

I’m sure you’ve seen that old saying about services. There are only 3 types of services: good, cheap and fast – and you can only pick two:

Topics: Manufacturing

December 08, 2017

The Top 5 Automotive Trends for 2018

Big changes coming in 2018! Changes in consumer demand are trickling down to provide new opportunities for automotive suppliers. Some of the trends include:

Topics: CRM, Field Service

December 06, 2017

How Companies Use Field Service Automation to Get Ahead

Companies who’ve been around for decades are starting to see how field service automation can give them a big advantage over the standard work order and clipboard approach. Here are the top benefits ...

Topics: ERP

December 06, 2017

How Manufacturing CFOs are Preparing for 2018

What’s in store for 2018? Changes are ahead for the manufacturing industry, largely due to new technologies that are becoming more affordable, and provide significant strategic advantages.

Topics: Manufacturing

December 05, 2017

5 Myths Busted about ERP for Manufacturers

Manufacturing and ERP systems have had a rocky relationship, one filled with big promises, missed opportunities and lots of misinformation. Companies trying to leverage manufacturing technology for ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

November 28, 2017

Why the Oil and Gas industry is Buzzing about Rental Management Software

The main thing about the heavy industrial equipment needed for oil and gas exploration is that it’s HEAVY - expensive to manufacture, expensive to move, expensive to maintain and work can’t get done ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

November 20, 2017

5 Reasons Oil & Gas Companies Choose EnergyCONNECT

With all the name changes around Microsoft Dynamics 365, plus all the Microsoft Partner-developed solutions, it can be difficult to understand all the solution offerings and how they are built and ...

Topics: ERP

November 15, 2017

Would you use 40-year-old ERP software?

In 1977, ERP software was called MRP software, which stood for Material Requirements Planning.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

November 15, 2017

How will IoT and Analytics Impact the Future of Manufacturing?

This article was originally published in Industry Week, click here to read original article.

Topics: CRM

November 14, 2017

Automotive Manufacturers Sell More with a Better Bid Response System

Do you want to win more bids?

Topics: CRM, Field Service

November 07, 2017

Why Field Service Automation Software is Essential

Field service automation software used to be a ‘nice to have’ option for manufacturing companies and professional service providers. Field service workers routinely showed up at job sites with a ...

Topics: ERP

November 06, 2017

5 Things to Know About Moving from a Legacy System to Dynamics 365

Do you know your existing ERP system is out of date, but you’re still not sure if you should make the switch? The average traditional ERP on-premise deployment is at least two versions out-of-date, ...

Topics: ERP

November 03, 2017

What do CFOs like about Dynamics 365?

CFOs are constantly balancing the company’s limitations of today with the possibilities of tomorrow. They look for hidden risks and ways to capitalize on unseized opportunities. With these priorities ...

Topics: Manufacturing

October 31, 2017

3 Ways Engineers are Staying on Top of Auto Regulations

Automotive engineers involved in the sales process have a responsibility to ensure that your automotive supply company stays on top of the latest regulations. Changes in regulations often drive ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 30, 2017

Top 10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

DataCONNECT is a data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics that enables you to create a single source of validated company data you can trust.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 26, 2017

How to Get Started with IoT

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small.

Topics: ERP

October 23, 2017

5 Ways to do More with Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations

So you’ve taken the plunge and moved onto Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. How can you do more with what you have?

Topics: Manufacturing

October 20, 2017

Bridging the Gap Between Current Processes & Future State Lean Models

When we work with clients to implement lean manufacturing principles, we typically use a software tool called LeanCONNECT (formerly called Areteium). With this tool, we can use existing manufacturing ...

Topics: CRM

October 10, 2017

Is a CRM Upgrade Right for You?

If you’re still running CRM on-premise, Microsoft has made a Dynamics 365 on-premise version available that might better fit your business needs.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 09, 2017

Making the Case for Business Analytics

If you’re still running monthly reports and poring over Excel spreadsheets to find the insight hidden in the numbers, you’re working too hard – and worse, you’re missing opportunities to help your ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

October 02, 2017

5 Ways to Increase Quality Without Increasing Production Cost

Razor thin margins leave little room for production errors. Because product recalls and customer refunds are so expensive, you want to be able to consistently deliver quality products, but without ...

Topics: Manufacturing

September 20, 2017

When Lean Manufacturing isn’t Worth the Effort

As a company who has been doing manufacturing ERP implementations and has been evangelizing lean manufacturing principles for a long time, we believe in lean principles, and believe they can be ...

Topics: ERP

September 18, 2017

Tired of MAPICS? You’re not alone.

MAPICS was created by IBM more than 35 years ago as an operational control system for manufacturing and accounting information. In 2005, the product was purchased by Infor Global Solutions and ...

Topics: CRM, ERP, Manufacturing

September 11, 2017

Even old-school CFOs are demanding modern manufacturing technology

“How do you achieve better profit margins?” That’s the bottom line question for every CFO. Your job is to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to keep operations running smoothly, and to decide ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

September 11, 2017

5 Pillars of a Joint Venture Accounting Solution for the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has unique accounting needs. When you evaluate new ERP solutions, how easily the system manages joint venture accounting is going to be an important consideration. The 5 ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

September 06, 2017

What is ManufacturingCONNECT Accelerator?

Since manufacturing enterprise management software (ERP) was first developed, a truth that “everyone knows” is that implementing new MRP / ERP software is a long, expensive and complicated process.

Topics: CRM, ERP, Manufacturing

September 01, 2017

5 Secrets to Improving Bid Responses for Auto Suppliers

Automotive supplier sales reps and engineers spend a lot of time responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals). With so much time and energy going into formulating each response, what can you do to ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

August 31, 2017

Understanding your Power BI Options

Power BI is cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to build your own BI dashboard using data from a variety of sources. The solution can also be available on-premise through the Power ...

Topics: Manufacturing

August 28, 2017

Life After Moving to a Modern ERP System

Anytime you switch out your ERP system, you can expect a certain amount of grumbling. Change doesn’t come easy to most people! But if you are moving off an older system that hasn’t been upgraded in a ...

Topics: Manufacturing

August 24, 2017

Starting your Lean Manufacturing Journey

Every journey begins with a first step. And the first step is deciding, “Where do I want to go?”

Topics: IoT & Analytics

August 04, 2017

3 Technology Trends Giving Manufacturing Executives Shop Floor Insight

In a rivalry as old as time, management and workers each think they know what’s REALLY going on in a manufacturing plant. The manufacturing management team has business analytics and dashboards. ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

August 01, 2017

The Fastest Way to “Go Live” on Dynamics 365!

A typical ERP implementation may take months, even years, to deploy. But Microsoft has made it possible for companies choosing Microsoft Dynamics 365 to go live in just weeks!

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