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    Scott A. Holter

    Scott Holter is the Director of Meaden & Moore’s Business Solutions Group. He has spent 20 plus years in manufacturing and technology consulting.

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    Deciphering Microsoft on the accounting, erp or crm software side

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Jul 3, 2019 3:47:02 PM

    Topics: ERP

    Microsoft’s branding in general and the “Dynamics” brand, in particular, has created a lot of confusion in the market. Frequently, I hear that a company is running “Dynamics” but that’s just a brand akin to hearing that a person drives a Toyota or Ford without providing the specific model let alone the myriad of factory or aftermarket options installed.  

    Over the years, Microsoft acquired four Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and one Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

    Microsoft acquired iCommunicate in 2001 and re-named the software Microsoft CRM. Around that same time, Microsoft acquired Great Plains Software and, shortly thereafter, renamed Great Plains as Dynamics GP and renamed CRM as Dynamics CRM.  The Great Plains acquisition also brought the Solomon accounting software package to Microsoft which it renamed Dynamics SL.

    As these three evolved, they took on the year as the version. For example, Dynamics GP is currently marketed as Dynamics GP 2018. 

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    More Insights on Job Shops and ERP Software

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Apr 9, 2019 12:50:30 PM

    Topics: ERP

    This month we'd like to continue in our Job Shops series to give you more insights on Job Shops and ERP software. Click here to read Part 1. 

    Job shops are common to Northeast Ohio and the Great Lakes region.  Job shops cover a wide range of industries but have several common characteristics:  

    1. Products manufactured are generally to single customer’s design and need

    2. Small to medium-size customer orders

    3. Production occurs in small batches that is intermittent without the velocity of repetitive or continuous flow manufacturers

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    5 Keys to a Successful ERP Data Conversion & Migration

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Mar 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

    Topics: ERP

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new ERP system! Now just press the EASY button, sit back, and watch as your new system automatically absorbs the data from your old system and sets up your new system in the most efficient way for you to run your business!

    Wait, are you telling me it’s not the way it works? No matter how much you hope for it to be, the ERP data conversion and migration process will not get done overnight. Despite the advancements made in technology and software for ERP systems, you can’t bypass the work required to successfully migrate your company’s data to your new system.

    However, most of the pain involved in the ERP data conversion and migration process can be alleviated by planning ahead and allowing adequate time to methodically migrate your data.  Using the tools provided by today’s systems you should still be able to sleep well during the process. The following are what I believe to be the key points to a successful ERP data conversion and data migration.

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    What Are Job Shops and Why Are They Different?

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Mar 21, 2019 4:10:58 PM

    Topics: ERP

    The manufacturing world is full of jargon and acronyms, and the term “job shop” gets thrown around a lot and is often misunderstood.

    This article defines some of the characteristics of job shops and identifies some of their unique challenges for ERP software. 

    1. Make to order supply chain strategy

    2. Limited finished goods inventory; inventory mainly held in raw material form

    3. Products made to each customer’s unique design and demand pattern

    4. Small batch production runs (as compared to repetitive manufacturers)

    5. Complex routings with long production lead times due to high product variability

    6. Relatively simple Bills of Material, often just a single raw material

    7. Functionally-organized plants (e.g. Milling separate from Grinding separate from Machining) with moves and queues between each step in manufacturing process

    8. Flexible, multipurpose equipment with low capacity utilization

    9. Complex scheduling requirements

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    Increase Efficiency & Profitability With the 5S Methodology

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Mar 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

    Topics: ERP

    We organize and clean at home. Doing the same at our manufacturing facilities and offices will increase both efficiency and our bottom line. This is Part 1 of a two-part series that discusses how manufacturing organizations can utilize the 5S methodology to establish a strong foundation of discipline needed to increase efficiency and profitability.

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    How MRP Helps Your Manufacturing Business

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Mar 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

    Topics: ERP

    Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems are powerful tools that balance your supply and demand in your manufacturing operations. Today, many people refer to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as well. How do MRP and ERP relate to one another? ERP is an extension of the MRP concept and incorporates the fully integrated operation from order to cash to meet customer fulfillment and satisfaction.

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    Why Business Process Improvement Is Still Important

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Feb 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

    Topics: ERP

    Business processes are the foundation of your business and the building blocks upon which you construct your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. When your personnel understand the processes, they can make connections between daily activities and value. ERP systems should be augmenting your business processes and leveraging the foundational knowledge of your personnel.

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    ERP Systems in 2019: Not Your Grandfather’s ERP

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Feb 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

    Topics: ERP

    My wife and I recently purchased a 2018 Pacifica, our seventh Chrysler minivan, and while I won’t try to convince anyone that the minivan has become a cool vehicle, this Pacifica is drastically different from our 1990 Dodge Grand Caravan.

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    What is "The Cloud" and How Does It Impact Your Business

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Jan 8, 2019 10:16:30 AM

    Topics: ERP

    Cloud computing is the biggest technology change witnessed by the professionals at Meaden & Moore Business Solutions since Windows replaced DOS. Every technology company is staking a claim in “the cloud” and marketing itself as cloud ready. Despite all the marketing hype, we have identified many differences in approaches that could impact your business.

    At its core, the idea behind cloud computing is to remove the costs, time, and hassles that companies incur in the management and maintenance of their own IT infrastructure and applications. This is not a new concept as “hosted” solutions have been around for over decade, but the means by which it’s accomplished is changing dramatically.

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    Demand and Capacity Planning: Unlock Your ERP System’s Full Potential

    Posted by Scott A. Holter on Dec 6, 2018 12:36:19 PM

    Topics: Accounting and Tax Resource

    demand capacity planningDemand and capacity planning is essential for manufacturers. And while it may seem simple to determine production capacity requirements based on current demands and continually react to changes in capacity requirements, it’s not that easy.

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