For some time now, during this difficult economy, “good enough” felt adequate. Just last year, there were blogs and articles about getting to where you wanted to go by using the tools that provided the basic minimum requirements to “get by.” People were choosing “good enough” over “world class.” This theory pertained to a broad spectrum: tools, utilities, software, household goods, etc. There seemed to be an underlying message of “you don’t need to aspire to have or achieve greater things, life is difficult enough.” With as uncertain as business conditions have been, it felt somewhat OK to be able to say, “oh, see there, we don’t really need to try any harder.”
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Many manufacturing ERP software users understand the benefit of using electronic data interchange (EDI) to facilitate communication with their customers. EnterpriseIQ's EDI/eCommerce module provides functionality to receive orders and acknowledgments and send shipping notices and invoices, plus many other transactions needed in regular day to day operations. This process provides your customers the ability to maintain the open orders they have with your company and allows you to notify them of shipments and required payments in an easy manner. Within EnterpriseIQ, this functionality can be automated in the eServer module, resulting in a hands off setup.
Given that manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are such an important investment, many companies looking for ERP systems chose consultants to help them with the ERP selection process. They do it for the obvious reason that they don't do ERP selections all the time (hopefully just once!) and are therefore not experts in the selection of ERP systems. In many cases, this is the logical choice if they are not able to identify system choices through other methods such as industry specificity, word of mouth references or software selection services like the Technology Evaluation Centers.
I recently finished watching the Super Bowl and what a great game to watch. You got to see two great teams battle it out and show their skills. It reminded me very much of the implementation process for manufacturing ERP software.
Standard Costing seems to be an challenging issue for may Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) customers I see. I have been implementing different ERP packages for over 15 years and it’s amazing how differently each system transacts costing data. The only thing I can say for sure is that I have not seen two systems work the same in regards to this area.
This was my 8th IQMS User Group and from my perspective it was the best event we have had. Despite the loss of our employee, Dustin Fields, the IQMS group held together extremely well and the feedback from attendee surveys highly praised the event.
At IQMS, we approach every User Group event with a healthy dose of both pride and anxiety. We're always excited and proud to be able to introduce new features and functionality to our loyal customers, and nervous about fulfilling our customers' (and our own) expectations. Our 2010 event proved worthy of both the planning and anxiety we had dedicated to the event.
At IQMS, we use our EnterpriseIQ Manufacturing ERP software to run our business in everything from Payroll to Inventory Management to CRM. Since EnterpriseIQ was designed and created to serve manufacturers, obviously, there are modules that won't be a perfect match for us, but we try to use as much of the software to run our day-to-day operations in every way we can. And let me assure you, we are our own worst critic.
With all the talk of the double dip recession that is expected to hit and the reporting of lower than expectation sales numbers by Manufacturing ERP and technology companies blamed on the down economy, we at IQMS are still seeing strong demand from existing customers and new customers coming on line. What this means to me is that the strong companies who have invested in solid technology are doing well and the weaker companies are being weeded out by the down economy.
Isn't it interesting what you can learn watching videos on the internet? There are both entertaining and educational videos. The educational videos can be 'how-to' or they can demonstrate a product for sale. What I find really interesting is how many companies use how-to videos to sell their products or service. It's a how-to and a commercial or an on-line infomercial but without the loud host.