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Robert Baran

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Why Your CFO Should Help Select Business Software Systems

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Over the years, the role of the CFO has transformed from “head bean counter” responsible for accounting and reporting past activities and transactions to report on what happened in the past. Now, modern CFOs are asked to focus more on taking the information of what happened in the past to shape the narrative for the future of the company.

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Topics: business software systems

Manufacturing Software Can Begin Boosting Efficiency During COVID

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 25, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

At the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread industry shut downs that resulted in a sharp decline of production and efficiency levels in manufacturing triggered fears that the supply chain might suffer collapse. While those fears haven’t come to fruition, manufacturers are still struggling to adjust through a constantly shifting landscape, and the worst fallout might be a continually strained supply chain.

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Topics: software for manufacturing, manufacturing software

Use Your Accounting Software Now to Prepare for an Easier Year-End Close

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s almost hard to believe that 2020 is coming to a close. But Finance and Accounting professionals are already looking toward to the end of the year. For some, preparing for year-end close won’t start until the end of December. But that can involve a mad dash to review data stored in accounting software, contacting vendors to verify information, and then closing the books.

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Topics: accounting software, accounting software consultant

The Four Basics to Accurate and Rapid Manufacturing Quotations

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

A request for a quote is a key step in closing a sale, especially for manufacturers. But if your manufacturing quotation process involves checking multiple spreadsheets and an email chain for price information, or using an old quote as a template to manually create (or populate!) a new one, or obtaining information that is only accessible so long as the right person is in the office and available to chat, you run the risk of creating inaccurate quotes that could lose business, or worse: profit.

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Topics: manufacturing quotations

The Remote CFO’s Guide to Closing the Books from Home

Posted by Robert Baran on Thu, Nov 05, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The coronavirus crisis is a stress test for businesses across every industry and in every geography. In a very short period of time, it has changed the way we do business. What hasn’t changed because of COVID-19? The accounting calendar, for one.

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Top Technology Trends for Business Process Improvement in the Pandemic and Beyond

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Technology has proven essential to many for getting on with daily lives during this pandemic. COVID-19 has proved the ultimate catalyst for the digital transformation of many companies, accelerating major trends that were already underway prior to March 2020. Supporting digitization and updating to the latest technology for business process improvements are going to prove not only useful but essential for businesses who wish to remain competitive in the post-COVID world.

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Topics: business process improvement

Supply Chain Optimization During Disruption

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s no secret or surprise that the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed how businesses run, consumers shop, and suppliers deliver. What had seemed like a fairly balanced system of supply and demand has experienced significant ripple effects. Businesses who had previously relied on global sourcing are now working on supply chain optimization during these disruptions. Is it time to broaden supplier choices, or source more locally? How much inventory—from raw materials to finished products—should they stock? Supply chains are in crisis.

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Topics: supply chain optimization

8 Ways to Attain Business Agility

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Throughout these past few months, many companies have shown amazing resiliency and agility, pivoting to make different products that can stem from current processes and have a positive impact on current needs: car manufacturers creating ventilators, distilleries creating hand sanitizer, textile and clothing companies making masks and PPE. The list goes on.

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Topics: business agility

Manufacturing Challenges … and New Opportunities … as the Economy Reopens

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

While many front office business functions look to continue operating remotely until the end of 2020, many manufacturers have been open since May, with others having continued the entire time as essential businesses. For the most part, businesses were able to respond to manufacturing challenges and disruptions caused by COVID-19 quickly and responsibly, putting them as leaders in responding to issues and setting examples for other industries to follow. However, that does not mean that manufacturers are above facing challenges as the economy continues to roll out reopening.

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Topics: manufacturing challenges

What Can I Do with a SYSPRO ERP Chatbot?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 07, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

ERPs already deliver process automation across industries, organizations, even departments. These systems are designed to depend on recurring events, static rules, and structured data. Because of this setup, often unstructured data cannot be automatically processed and must be manually entered.

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Topics: ERP chatbot, SYSPRO chatbot