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The Material Handling Industry Continues to Trend Upward, Outward, Inward

For producers of equipment serving these industries, the challenges not only manifest themselves in the material handling products delivered but also in the processes and systems used to orchestrate the creation and delivery of these products.  Making the best equipment isn’t enough if it cannot be designed, produced, and delivered at the right time, and for the right price points.  In support of this, configurability continues to be of great importance, as are the abilities to quickly generate requests for proposals and rapidly engineer custom orders.  With its extensive product configuration capabilities, which are tightly bound to its Bill-of-Material structures, Epicor is an excellent enterprise software option  for companies looking to scale up their organization to meet the challenges of this evolving industry.  

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Is your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System Dying on the Vine?

As you assess your organization and its IT infrastructure, you need to ask yourself the question, have you harvested all the benefits of your legacy ERP system? Are you tired of endless patches? Are you frustrated with the narrow field of vision that your current system affords you? Is your legacy ERP system a husk of its former self? And are you ready to put it to pasture? Are you ready to leave your legacy ERP system behind.

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What is EDI? Be Careful, It’s Your Company’s Digital Mirror

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), what is it? It’s a digital mirror of your company’s software systems. For good, bad, or even worse. When the proper care is taken in implementing EDI it greatly increases order processing and is becoming a standard for any company that does B2B sales. But if setup isn’t on-point, it can create and compound issues.

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Winning the Business Shuffleboard Game on the Deck of the Titanic: How lack of leadership and misguided direction sunk one long standing company

To put it simply, there is no replacement for domain-knowledge.  The best leaders I have worked with understand this principle.  No leader is an expert in all areas, but when good leaders assume leadership of a company, they immediately dive into a phase of learning–about the business, its culture, its business climate, the market conditions, and whatever additional factors are required to allow the leader to be able to make good decisions. 

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Are Your Lenses Obscuring Your Vision?

As ERP implementation consultants, it is of necessity that we come into a business from the outside, unaware and unaccustomed to the perspectives that shape the business in question. The expectation here is that our ERP implementation strategies across such environments gives us a cadre of different perspectives to use, and that we should be able to use these to the benefit of our client when they develop a vision and strategy.

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