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.Read More
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.Read More
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Once every 10-20 years, most manufacturers and distributors shop for a new ERP system. Some go through a quick, simple exercise to determine if their current system is adequate for the near-term while others go through an entire evaluation and selection process that culminates with a purchase and replacement. Through our 20+ years of experience, Meaden & Moore has identified three approaches, each appropriate under their respective circumstances.Read More
Below is an excerpt from our whitepaper, “You’ve Been Charged with Reducing Inventory. Now What?”, which provides a detailed look at various methodologies and ideas related to inventory reduction.
APICS and college-level classes teach us the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) formula, which approximates the proper make or buy quantity per item that balances ordering costs with inventory carrying costs.Read More
Pull systems are one of the tenets of lean manufacturing. Pull systems rely on:
- Actual demand-driven replenishment
- Visual management systems, such as Kanban signals, for replenishment
- A signal from the downstream work center or resource of a need for production replenishment
Small production quantities are another tenet of lean manufacturing. Of course, setup and changeover time must be reduced first in order to make small batch production cost effective. One piece flow is considered ideal with repeated schedules to simplify the scheduling function.
So, you or your company embarks on its lean journey, and what is the first obstacle you encounter? The ERP system. Well, actually, not the entire ERP system, but the entity called a Work Order (or Shop Order, Production Order, or equivalent). Why?Read More
For over 20 years, Meaden & Moore’s consulting division has been helping clients through the maze of choices and difficulties in implementing ERP software. In that period, ERP has evolved and now includes quote-to-cash, requisition-to-pay, plan-to-produce, record-to-report, lead-to-return, call-to-resolution, and virtually every other business process an industrial company might perform. As a result, while software has grown more “user friendly” and reliable since the days of DOS and green screens, it has also grown increasingly more complex. With comprehensiveness comes complexity.Read More
When manufacturers are looking at evaluating their current ERP systems by considering potential options for replacement, they first need to look at what layer of functionality they may need to support their current and future operations.The following describes three layers of functionality that can help a firm determine what type of system they may need, based on the types of transactions and operations they run. Each level adds more functionality and complexity for decision making in a more integrated environment. This important decision alone can also save your firm thousands of dollars in both acquisition, implementation and on-going maintenance costs.Read More
Part 3 of Best Practice for ERP System Selections
In the past two installments of our M&M Business Solutions blog, we have talked about best practices related to ERP search and selection projects. We highlighted specific things to consider to assemble the right project team, have clear business and project objectives, and to be realistic regarding the differences between a software demo and a day-to-day working ERP business software solution.
In Part 3, written by Alan Lupas, let’s consider the Top 10 Things That Let You Know it’s Time to get a New ERP System.Read More
This month we’d like to continue in our ERP System Selection series to give you a better perspective on Best Practices for ERP System Selections. Click here to read Part 1.
Now that you’ve got a good start in the qualifying process of looking for a new ERP system, what’s next? Let’s look at the top seven things to consider in a business software demo.Read More