IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

What's In Your ERP Toolbox?

Posted by Neil Gow on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 @ 01:52 PM

Remember at the beginning of each school year you would be given a list of supplies needed for the year. There were basic items required as well as items that were recommended. Well, in our chosen professions there are certainly requirements. You may need a particular skill, certification, or education / training to perform the job. There could be something more tangible like a laptop, cell phone or other type of tool. We also have basic needs such as food and water, access to restrooms, a place for a break or to eat your lunch.

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Quality Management, Machine Monitoring, Plastics ERP

(e-)Document, (e-)Document, (e-)Document

Posted by Liz Alflen on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 @ 07:46 AM

Remember "hand-shake" deals?  Or where a person was "only as good as their word"?  Today, we "document, document, document."  In business, where we're short on telepathy and long on increasing employee turn-over and failing memories, good documentation is imperative. 

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Tags: Quality Management, ERP, Technical Support, CRM, Human Resources

Comparing Apples to Apples in Manufacturing ERP Software

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 @ 09:45 AM

Most companies today are looking for an industry specific ERP system that handles their requirements and meets more than just the basic ERP needs like inventory control, financial management, and sales and distribution. Many companies today want Quality, SPC, CRM, MES, Maintenance, Bar Code Scanning, EDI and more and realize the value of all of these components residing in one, nice package.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Inventory Control, ERP Selection, Financial Management

IQMS Community Server – Game Changing Technology

Posted by Randy Flamm on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 @ 06:15 AM

It's been a year since we introduced the IQMS Community Server. It's clear to me that this project is "game-changing technology" on many levels.

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, IQMS News, Quality Management, ERP, Community Server, CRM

Why Buy Manufacturing ERP Software Now?

Posted by Daniele Fresca on Wed, Jun 09, 2010 @ 12:48 PM

Purchasing and implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can be a daunting prospect for many.  Even more so than the decision itself of WHY to purchase, many companies are confounded by the question of WHEN to purchase.  The economy is still questionable.  Some companies are seeing a rebound and others are merely seeing the hope of a rebound.  If this is true then why should a company decide to purchase a new ERP system now, when there is no guarantee that a profitability rebound is on the horizon?  Given that there is probably no perfect time to purchase ERP the question then is why should I buy now?  Below are three of the top reasons why buying now is the right choice.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, ERP Selection, ERP, Implementation

Has That Button Always Been There?

Posted by Shannon Holloway on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 04:43 AM

I had an interesting conversation today with a few members of our technical support and training staff.  The discussion was sparked by a comment from the trainer in the group.  She was thinking back to all of the EnterpriseIQ Software classes she has taught that include our Capable to Promise module.  She says that without fail when she teaches this module, jaws hang open and someone in the group asks how they get that module and how much does it cost.  When they learn that it is already part of the core product that they own, and has been for years, they can't wait to get back and start using it.  One of the support technicians chimed in that he had two calls just today from customers asking for features that already exist in the EnterpriseIQ software.  The users just didn't know they were there. 

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Tags: IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, ERP, Training, Technical Support

Alas, Poor EDI, I Knew It Well

Posted by John Asi on Tue, Jun 01, 2010 @ 01:23 PM

Okay, so that is not how the line from Hamlet went (in more ways than one), but what is happening with traditional EDI in the industry these days.  For a standard that has been around for quite some time without much change, is it still relevant in the modern day world of the Internet, Web 2.0, XML, Web Services, etc.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, ERP, eCommerce/EDI