Business Automation and Software Blog

Finalize Your Move to Lean Accounting (part II)

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

No one likes road construction. Between the traffic and the rerouting, slowdowns occur and headaches ensue. But perhaps worst of all are roadblocks, where we thought we had a clear path only to find our planned route blocked.

Last month we talked about some of the perceived roadblocks of moving to lean accounting. Perhaps you scanned those and none of them seemed to apply to your situation, yet you’re still struggling to move to lean accounting. It should be easy to move to a simpler accounting process, right? But sometimes, the bigger the business, the harder it is to just keep focus on the cash flow. If you’re still pushing for lean accounting, there could be a few more orange construction cones in the way.

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Topics: lean accounting

3 Ways Inventory Control Software Can Boost Profits

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Every product-based company knows that inventory control is a vital part of the business. Knowing what you have and what you need, how often, and in what quantities helps you make better decisions on how to move the company forward and increase profits. Manual inventory management is time-consuming, tedious, and quite frankly, boring. The good news is, there’s a better way, and that way helps prepare your business for the future.

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Topics: inventory control software

How Your ERP Accounting Software Helps You Win Sales on Value Instead of Price

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

It takes just the right mix of personality and talent to be a salesperson. They have the skills to uncover exactly what a customers’ needs are (regardless of what they’re told), finding a solution to the problem, and then offering the best product or collection to meet those needs. If that solution can come at a price that makes the customer happy, that’s even better. The best salespeople know that lowest price does not necessarily equal the highest value.

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Topics: ERP accounting software

5 Ways to Get More Profitability From Your ERP Data

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Most people outside of accounting and finance don’t get that excited about ERP data and analytics. Throughout your career, you’ve likely been subjected to eyes glazing over at a cocktail party when you’ve mentioned that your day job is in finance. But as a CFO, you know that while your ERP data might not make for very good small talk, the smallest nuances and trends in that data make for excellent keys to profitability.

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Topics: ERP data

The Value of Moving From Cost to Lean Accounting (part 1)

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 07, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As most good business leaders know, practicing lean involves maximizing value while minimizing waste, essentially creating more value using fewer resources. Lean made its first big impact in business with Henry Ford in 1913, before being improved on by a team at Toyota in the 1930s.

Lean is clearly applicable when it comes to manufacturing, but what about accounting?

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Topics: manufacturing software solutions, lean accounting

Is Business Intelligence Providing Your Data Supply Chain Smarts?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

When most of us think of supply chain, images of warehouses, trucks, and shipping boxes might come to mind. But what doesn’t necessarily come to mind is data.

That’s right: data. Data can also count as part of the supply chain, but in this case, it’s a supply chain that is feeding information into business intelligence (BI) software. And it’s a supply chain that can often be surprisingly overlooked in the consideration of a BI solution.

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Topics: business intelligence

How Will 5G Affect Manufacturing Solutions and Processes?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

The next new thing in cell phones has arrived: Major networks are advertising their 5G networks, and the newest 5G-enabled phones are hitting the market. While many will assume—rightly so—that this means more speed and probably a new phone to accommodate that speed, 5G is actually so much more than the chance to load the latest Snapchat story faster. It actually has some significant implications for business technology.

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Topics: manufacturing solutions

Can Personalizing Your SYSPRO Software Workspace Really Make That Big of a Difference?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Ask anyone about their current ERP solution, and chances are you’ll get a variety of different answers. Some love it, some hate it, and most of that love-hate relationship has nothing to do with the ERP’s functions. Any ERP can be an incredibly significant solution for business; if implemented correctly, it can create a more efficient and productive manufacturing or distribution organization. However, the best ERP systems in the world—systems like SYSPRO and others—will not make any difference to your rate of collaboration or increase productivity if employees are reluctant to adopt the new software.

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Topics: SYSPRO software

Are You Using the Right Manufacturing Costing Method?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Most of us like to think that we are savvy shoppers. We read Amazon reviews, talk to friends, and price compare across the internet. Some even search for coupons, promo codes, and holiday weekend sales events. But contrary to our own popular belief, it’s actually emotion that drives purchasing behaviors. One Harvard professor’s research goes so far as to document that 95 percent of purchasing decisions are actually subconscious.

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Topics: manufacturing costing

How to Leverage “as a Service” in Your Business: Start With SYSPRO Cloud

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

When most of us learned about clouds in elementary school, we learned terms such as cirrus, stratocumulus, and cumulonimbus. Most of us likely did not learn about clouds that were available “as a service.” But nowadays, when we hear someone reference “the cloud,” they’re likely talking about something technological rather than meteorological.

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Topics: SYSPRO cloud