Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward

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By Nick McGrane All Industries

Times are tough for manufacturers with global trends towards automation and mass customization placing increasing pressure on them to up their game. Coupled with this is the pressure from OEMs to meet ever more challenging KPIs relating to production turnaround times, quality standards or compliance. The implications of Industry 4.0 for manufacturers cannot be underestimated. If a business doesn’t invest in technology or see the potential of that technology to drive efficiency, they will at best stand still and at worst go backwards, losing any competitive edge they may once have enjoyed.

Some manufacturers will have recognized their inability to keep up with these trends without streamlining their processes, but may be struggling to understand what they need to do next. They’ve reached the stage where they need to implement ERP, or upgrade their legacy systems in order to survive and thrive.

Knowledge is Key

So, what should manufacturers who have reached this point do? First and foremost, they need to truly understand their business processes. And by that, I mean hard facts and data that can be relied upon – not the knowledge that is often found to be ‘siloed’ among a few key long-standing employees.

An in-depth knowledge of business processes is vital to an effective implementation of ERP. Automation will, of course, play a fundamental role in enabling businesses to grow and meet customer demand (and keep up with industry trends), but rather than rushing to invest in automation, a detailed understanding of the business processes must come first.

Some companies will be able to undertake this process internally, but others may be so caught up in trying to manage rapid growth that bringing in external consultants to guide them through the process, undertake a gap analysis and advise them on what steps to take to move the business forward is a logical choice.

A Partnership Approach

Identifying an ERP partner shouldn’t be a snap or function focused decision. Firstly, businesses need to identify a trusted partner – not just a technology supplier – who will work with them at all levels asking the difficult questions needed to get to the core of, and truly understand, their business and industry. This will ensure that the partner delivers a technology solution to improve and support their current and future business needs.

And despite what many may think, implementing an ERP solution isn’t just about the technology; it’s as much about the business processes, and how the manufacturing operations have been designed within the factory. Often this will have been an evolutionary process, with the business adding in technology as it grows, and which then ends up with fragmented systems.

In order to look at all these issues in context, businesses need to find a partner who will undertake a thorough review of the business to better understand what they do, how they do it and, often just as importantly, why they do it. Without an understanding of the what, how and why, the deployed technology solution won’t bring measurable benefits.

It’s all about understanding the manufacturing process and what each individual part of the business needs. That’s why for manufacturing businesses, I would always advocate choosing a partner who offers a product that has manufacturing in its DNA!

An effective ERP partner should be able to deliver an integrated solution that can evolve and change with the business and which can be scaled up if necessary. It must be capable of easily integrating with other internal and external systems and technology such as web, edi, 3PL, automated warehousing, shop floor machinery, weigh scales, freight carriers, IOT and other connected products etc. The product’s features and functions are obviously important, but it also needs to be easily tailored for use and growth.

A Future-Proof Solution

Ultimately, businesses need to choose an ERP partner which will deliver an integrated business system that provides the visibility and accuracy of data needed to aid its thought leaders in making qualified decisions on best practice and future direction. By doing this, they will be much better positioned to face whatever demands their customers place on them, both now and in the future

Adopting SQL Adds Value to Our Customers ERP and Business

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 22, 2018 No Comments

By SYSPRO USA Miscellaneous

Adopting SQL Adds Value to Our Customers ERP and Business

Whilst the majority of SYSPRO systems already use Microsoft SQL Server as their database of choice we still have some sites which have yet to make the change from our heritage ISAM based system.

Change can be challenging for many people as they become used to their comfort zone or familiar routine, but sometimes, if change is embraced, it brings with it many benefits and adds value to a person’s life or even a customer’s business.

Migrating to Microsoft SQL Server for example can offer many benefits to our customers.

Scalability and integrity

Over time our customers grow past the limits of a flat file ISAM system. Moving to Microsoft SQL eliminates the size limits and helps their ERP system grow with their requirements. This includes being able to take advantage of increased data retention options as previous physical limits no longer apply.

Migrating also assists with data resiliency and data integrity, making it rock solid and protected from server, network or disk crashes. This means a minimal loss of data in the event of a catastrophe and keeps downtime to an absolute minimum.

As we all know ERP systems are mission critical and any downtime can have significant downstream effects. A correctly configured system running SQL Server will help to keep this risk to a minimum.

So what additional benefits will customers realize from the migration? Well, the SQL Server version of SYSPRO includes innovative features like predictive search which is a ‘Google’ like capability when searching for data. In fact many of our users have mentioned how once you use predictive search it’s difficult to go back. This is highly scalable not being affected by the size of your data.

Optimize businesses

Moving to SQL optimizes businesses and reduces operating costs. Our customers enjoy a lower TCO and reduced costs of administering their database with SQL version SYSPRO. It also helps the customer’s ERP solution to be simply smarter.

Additionally our mobile offering, called Espresso, was designed from day one to be fast, powerful and highly tailor-able. We all know that in a mobile environment we expect apps that respond quickly. Espresso was optimized for SQL Server out-of-the box.

Other SYSPRO technologies focused for SQL Server include: workflow for business optimization and automation; analytics for data visibility and improved analysis, big data providing improved reporting and aggregation.

As I said before change can be a force for good and the benefits of migrating to SQL Server far outweigh the short time initially spent configuring and migrating from a legacy storage environment.

One of our customers who had recently migrated to SQL Server had a catastrophic disk failure during their busy day. As their disaster recovery plan had considered an appropriate back up strategy they were up and running in a matter of minutes with no loss of data. This alone justified any additional ‘perceived’ or actual costs.

So embrace change and migrate to SQL for a range of business benefits

Trends Paving the Way for SMMEs

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 21, 2018 No Comments

By Tom Grindley-Ferris All Industries

Trends Paving the Way for SMMEs

There has never been a more exciting time to be a small or medium sized business. Technology has leveled the playing field – making it possible for SMMEs to compete with big business. Here are a few of the things making SMMEs smile:

Find Your Niche

SMMEs are perfectly sized to offer services to niche audiences. Going deep with customized messages and specialized platforms to a highly receptive and loyal audience is fast replacing the ‘shot gun’ approach to marketing services and products.

Going Global

Globalization is a reality, and is creating amazing opportunities for small and medium businesses. Marketing your goods or services anywhere is now simple using platforms such as Amazon and eBay. The numerous global payment options available are further helping SMMEs access markets around the world.

Going Local

Marketing to local community is growing in popularity. Customers are looking for a great experience, and top-notch service. This can best be delivered by a local business. It allows for a more interpersonal relationship and lets the SMME and customer get to know each other much better.

Social Selling

Social selling uses social media to interact directly with prospective clients. This often leads to a faster sales cycle, creating new opportunities and increasing your brands credibility.

Internet of Things

IoT is turning everyday devices into smart devices. SMMEs are leveraging this technology to reduce operating costs and increase productivity. For example, smart sensors to control thermostats to reduce energy usage; or maintaining inventory through automated ordering when stock reaches certain levels.

Embracing SaaS

With rising costs and increasing competition, the challenge for any SMME is to find ways of running leaner without losing productivity. Scalability is the key to cost savings and improved efficiency, and this is why Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a vital component to increasing efficiencies in any small or medium business.

Cloud ERP

ERP, once the sole domain of multinationals and blue chip companies, is now affordable and easily accessible by any SMME. A Cloud ERP solution means fewer IT staff, less hardware, predictable monthly costs, and an ability to scale up (or down) users as required. ERP is a critical value-add to any SMME, and the key to unlocking future growth and success.

Why Independent Certifications (and Practice!) Matter

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 20, 2018 No Comments

By SYSPRO USA All Industries

SYSPRO has just received an independent review and certification report for its SYSPRO 7 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from IT analyst firm Technology Evaluation Centers. The 50+ page, in-depth document analyzes and grades SYSPRO ERP capabilities for discrete, process and mixed-mode manufacturers. We invite you to read it at: http://www.technologyevaluation.com/research/certification-report/ERP-Software-Review-SYSPRO-7-for-Discrete-Process-Mixed-mode-and-SMB-Manufacturing.html.

While you will be able to see for yourself that SYSPRO 7 is acclaimed by TEC in this report for demonstrating a wide range of dominant and highly competitive capabilities, we want to focus on two additional items: why independent certifications matter, and how SYSPRO ERP has become a benchmark for excellence with its 15,000+ customers in 60 countries.

First, let’s put it out there: SYSPRO isn’t the largest ERP provider, and owning that title has never been our business priority. Some of our competitors have created huge massive revenues by acquiring competitors. Others are comparatively newer market entrants riding the new cloud technology wave. With so many providers and (very) loud megaphones fueled by marketing budgets in the tens of millions of dollars, it’s important that independent evaluation/analyst firms like TEC do the hard and arduous task of evaluating the vendors both independently against needed requirements AND against each other.

So how has SYSPRO stood the test of time and build a base of extremely loyal customers? Here are three key reasons: great technology, a cultural commitment to customer service, and deep experience in the manufacturing/distribution market:

• Technology: SYSPRO has a single product architecture that is organically built from the ground up. The design is not the typical ERP solution patchwork of quilted-together acquisitions. This advantage gives our customers superior usability and flexibility with their SYSPRO ERP solution. This translates directly to the ability to adapt to changing business conditions much more easily and cost effectively.

• Focus on Customer Service: Employees and partners that enter SYSPRO’s global organization (we do business in more than 60 countries!) are selected carefully and trained to embrace our cultural focus on customer satisfaction. SYSPRO places a high value on providing great service to our customers and combining that with great features/functions and best-in-class technology, as this TEC report points. And since we are privately held, our business priorities are set by customer requirements and not artificial quarterly pressures of performing to a set of financial priorities.

• Experience: For more than 30 years, the SYSPRO founders and management executives have worked side by side with manufacturers and distributors. This is our market –our EXCLUSIVE market. The deep understanding of manufacturing industry requirements and the changing dynamics that can deeply sway performance is a customer benefit that accompanies the great technology acclaimed in this TEC report.

SYSPRO’s reputation for satisfied customers is well known to industry IT analysts, who issue independent reports and certifications like this one by TEC to help the ERP buyer better compare and contrast options. If you are a company currently using another ERP solution that is compromising your performance and your ability to grow, it’s time to consider an ERP provider who puts the customer first! You can see the full link to the SYSPRO showcase on the TEC site at http://www.technologyevaluation.com/research/company/SYSPRO.html

SYSPRO is the leading supplier of ERP software to mid-market manufacturers and distributors. SYSPRO has more than 15,000 licensed customers in over 60 countries around the globe. If you’d like an ERP expert to contact you and further discuss how SYSPRO ERP can streamline your business processes, please contact us.

Is It Time to Update the Name “Enterprise Resource Planning Software” to Something More Applicable?

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 19, 2018 No Comments

By Stan Goodrich All Industries

Today, one has to wonder if “Enterprise Resource Planning” is an outdated name for a software solution that has evolved, beyond standard process such as “procure to pay” and “quote to cash”. ERP systems not only are utilized by manufacturers and distributors to add numerous operational efficiencies, but also to add many dollars to profits.

Business is starting to reap the benefits that publishers did not see when building all the systems that would encompass ERP. An example is a manufacturer that originally implemented an ERP system to keep better track of inventory better then they could from a previous manual process. Over the years this system has shown them areas they can optimize their process. They were able to determine a change in the steps taken to manufacturing a very popular item, increased output of production, allowing them to sell more as well as provide better customer service because the item was available.

Eventually ERP functionality has become a commodity. Software publishers such as SYSPRO, value added resellers and customers that can leverage the system to increase optimization that will give them a competitive advantage. In the early days of ERP, companies saw tremendous ROI, but most companies are maybe on their second or third version of ERP. To achieve the same ROI, you need to take the data from the application and figure out how to optimize your process to increase sales or decrease expenses.

When a manufacturer or distributor installs a SYSPRO enterprise solution, it benefits from SYSPRO’s lengthy expertise in helping companies increase the efficiencies of their organizations and add to their bottom lines. In addition the outstanding scalability and flexibility of SYSPRO software provide customers with a growth path. A business can transparently add users and applications to take full advantage of the software’s ability to promote operational enhancements.

All in all, the utilization of SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning to achieve savings, customer growth and other corporate goals seems to beg for a new, all-inclusive name for the software. Perhaps, Enterprise Resource Optimization software is a more realistic title.

Columbia Manufacturing notes that SYSPRO ERP software has not only expedited material resource planning and purchasing, but has also enabled forecasting, specifically the company’s ability to ‘see the future’ so it can regulate the purchase of chemicals, water usage, electricity and all the items related to the manufacturing of school furniture.

Ali Salehi, Senior Vice President, points out that Columbia has been utilizing SYSPRO ERP software since 2004, selected on the recommendation of a search committee tasked with seeking a replacement to the company’s incumbent, outdated ERP system. SYSPRO was the choice from a field of 15 candidates. “We found SYSPRO to be the most adaptive to the nature of our business and unsurpassed for flexibility, ease of use and training,” says Salehi.

He notes, “SYSPRO data not only has contributed to operational efficiencies, but has facilitated Columbia’s sustainability achievements:

Elimination of 100% of all V.O.C.’s with a painting operation that is 100% powder coating.
Reduction of water usage from 150,000 gallons/day to 3,000 gallons/day.
Using 100% recycled wood flour in hard plastic seats, backs and tops.
Using up to 25% recycled post industrial products in soft plastic components.
Recycling 100% of excess wood products and pallets.
Recycling 100% cardboard and paper products.
Recycling 100% of scrap steel.
Recycled wood and paper products are converted to fuel cell cubes replacing coal in power generator plants.

One has to wonder, if the name “SYSPRO Enterprise Software” was changed to something like “SYSPRO Enterprise Optimization” software, it might better signify the achievements enabled by the software and entice more manufacturers and distributors to install the solution.

Okay – You’ve a Handle On Big Data, But What About ‘Hidden Data’?

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 17, 2018 No Comments

By Joey Benadretti Miscellaneous

SYSPRO ERP software offers users the ability to access “hidden data” as well as “big data.” The ability to access “hidden data” is a must for organizations, such as medical device and food manufacturers, to execute efficient and rapid product recalls. While the utilization of ‘big data’ helps a company identify trends and chart future courses, the importance for numerous companies to have access to ‘hidden data’ cannot be overstated. One of the underlying principles of basing business decisions on ‘big data’ is that the ability to access the volume, variety, and velocity of data tends to compensate for data errors. But manufacturers and distributors in a wide variety of industries, such as food, medical devices, automotive, pharmaceutical and others, must be able to connect and correlate relationships, hierarchies, and multiple data linkages to facilitate the recall of products that may contain tainted ingredients or faulty parts that could cause harm or even death. And, this is why SYSPRO ERP is the choice of many companies within these industries.

SYSPRO lot traceability and serial tracking data affords extensive and precise visibility up or down the supply chain, as well as providing specific component to parent tracking, thereby providing the means to expedite recalls, should the need arise. SYSPRO optionally allows specific traceable components to be reserved for specific work-orders, as well as providing the flexibility of specifying the parent traceable numbers at the beginning, during or the end of the manufacturing process. While the average cost of a recall to participating food and consumer product companies can run into millions of dollars, this number excludes the extensive human expense involved in the recalls. The ability and speed to collect the required data can cut recall time to hours rather than days or weeks and significantly reduce the costs of the recall.

Gorant Chocolatier, Boardman, Ohio-based maker of quality chocolates, has stated one of the reasons for the firm’s selection of SYSPRO ERP was extensive traceability functionality. The company stated: “The software’s ability to trace ingredients from origin through the manufacturing process to the ultimate customer not only helps us to accommodate customers who demand this ability but to fully comply with FDA rules and regulations pertaining to food safety.” Gorant, in fact, did a mock recall that involved tracing the path of a “tainted” ingredient. The recall was accomplished in less than two hours. What is produced and when are vital, but the data of what has gone into the production is also vital.

Manufacturers and distributors utilizing SYSPRO ERP also have the option of running a variety of reports that utilize “hidden data”’ to provide management with effective decision-making tools. For example, Brooklyn-based Lee Springs runs a daily report which evaluates stock usage and allocations, indicating which stock items have fallen below required levels and automatically creating a suggested stock replenishment requisition.

The implementation of cost- effective SYSPRO software helps both food, medical device manufacturers and a host of other manufacturers and distributors access both ‘big data’ as well as the ‘hidden data’ needed to streamline their supply chains, make effective management decisions and employ extensive ‘backwards and forwards’ component and product traceability for speedy recalls.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your First ERP Implementation

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 16, 2018 No Comments

By SYSPRO USA All Industries

In an article, industry analyst firm Technology Evaluation Centers explored what they believed were five main challenges facing organizations when implementing ERP for the first time. TEC makes excellent and valid points in their article and we feel that identifying these challenges can help with the planning stages, ensuring all possible issues are addressed before the implementation gets underway. In this post, we take a look at these common challenges and how SYSPRO can mitigate each.

1. The Selection Problem
TEC states that selecting the right software that is suited to your specific business needs is the first challenge a company faces when implementing a new ERP system. We agree with TEC and have said before that ERP selection is not one size fits all- every company is unique and therefore needs a software solution that will help fulfill their individual needs. How does SYSPRO address this? SYSPRO has experienced consultants who meet with businesses to establish, define and understand their unique business processes. Once the business processes are determined and understood, our consultants use all the data collected during these meetings to build a model of the suggested solution, which includes time periods for project milestones. At this beginning stage, all parties will be able to determine how the solution will be beneficial to the organization.

2. Technical Issues
The next challenge presented by TEC is matching technical requirements to the new software and choosing the right delivery model to connect the two together. At this stage, SYSPRO develops a project plan that covers every step of the implementation process. The project plan sets a timeline for everything from hardware requirements, resource controls, data conversions and data entry to validating the network. The project plan acts as a road map that covers the steps for proceeding through the design phase of the system.

3. Data Quality Issues
Two of the top common data challenges a company faces when implementing a new ERP system is replacing legacy data and consolidating disparate solutions. First the business needs to decide on what type of data needs to be collected for operations. The next step is to have the business clean out the inaccurate or duplicate data sets in their previous system. SYSPRO guides our customers through this process and then “maps” the migration of the newly refined data to the new file format of the ERP system. All data, whatever the method of transfer to the new system, should be balanced prior to going live because data integrity of the new system can be make or break for an implementation.

4. Business Philosophy Changes
Business transformation could be a real challenge for companies that have had the same business model and day-to-day processes for many years – or even decades. It is important at this stage to provide the new users with a visual representation of the implementing steps and the proposed final outcome of the new system. SYSPRO’s Quantum Architecture, gives a “helicopter” view of the business, so that decision makers can pinpoint, monitor and determine the work levels in financial terms as well as key performance indicators of people, strategy, and business activities. The implementation team uses this tool to confirm that their new business processes are correctly designed and mapped to match the new software. SYSPRO’s team looks to ensure that every user understands exactly how their job will be affected, how they will benefit from the change, and how they will be educated and trained so as to be more comfortable with the transition to the new system.

5. “Mind Shift” Issues
The last challenge for a successful ERP implementation depends on the users and their willingness to adapt to new processes. Often times, it can be difficult to change company culture, so that is why it is important that the new system is managed from the top down. Managers and executives need to be fully integrated to the system so that their employees follow suit. Additionally, training is very important in the implementation plan as this empowers new users to utilize the full power & functionality of SYSPRO software and make quick changes to the new system. The SYSPRO implementation project team is still fully engaged from the go live date up to the first month-end. The first month-end is seen as a test of whether everything is working as planned and how the new users are adapting to the change in processes.

An ERP implementation involves making a lot of big changes at the company. Despite these challenges, SYSPRO has the proper planning and execution experience to deliver an overall successful ERP implementation.

ERP Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction Factors- SNAP Survey Insight from SYSPRO USA Customers

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ERP Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction Factors- SNAP Survey Insight from SYSPRO USA Customers
By SYSPRO USA All Industries, Miscellaneous

Should companies replace their ERP solutions if they are not happy with them? Why would they go to the trouble? What would they be most happy with if they did make a change – and if they made the change to SYSPRO ERP?

These are questions we put to business owners and senior executives of SYSPRO USA customers – a vast and impressive group of seasoned manufacturing and distribution industry veterans. Smart people. Good people. People who have a great pulse on manufacturing industry needs and drivers. We wanted to know what SYSPRO users believe is going on in the wider market, particularly what they think is making their peers move with – or away from – their current ERP providers.

Everyone knows that implementing an ERP solution requires time, money and a great plan. Industry averages from various analyst and consulting groups state that companies only change their ERP solutions (i.e. move from one provider to another) every 7-10 years…and maybe longer. That’s a considerable length of time, even longer once you additionally factor in the typical 3-6 months or longer RFI and RFP processes, plus add on another 6 months or more for deploying a new ERP system.

So we first asked SYSPRO users what they thought the primary reason would be for their peers at other companies to make such a change. Out of four possible choices, more than half of the respondents said that company growth/change exposes shortcomings in many ERP solutions. There is a current disconnect between many companies who are currently feeling “stuck” with ERP solutions that are inflexible, difficult and costly to change, and the escalating need to continuously change business practices to adapt to new opportunities. Sure, making a change to a new ERP solution is hard –but not making the change to a more flexible solution like SYSPRO can be a real profit killer.

So, we inquired into why our SYSPRO customers thought others didn’t move more quickly to an ERP solution that is better for them and their business. We suggested four possible reasons why they might stay put, even if they were unhappy: fear of business disruption, cost, complacency (i.e. we are comfortable even if it’s not ideal), or did they believe all ERP solutions are basically similar? Our customers thought the hold-up was the fear of disruption and costs.

Finally, since our customers are the beneficiaries having moved from another ERP solution to SYSPRO ERP, we wanted to know the answer to this question: If a manufacturer or distributor were to change from one ERP solution to SYSPRO, what would ultimately make them the happiest: the business/financial impact, the customization/ease-of-use, the technology capabilities or our world class customer support? Two of these options soared way above the others: the business impact and the usability!

SYSPRO is known globally for award-winning technology and customer service, so we were initially a little surprised that customers valued the financial impact and customization capabilities, which of course work hand in hand, above the things that more typically make the headlines about SYSPRO. As we all know, customer service is always important, but at the end of the day, the software has to do the job and be flexible enough to meet business requirements.

SYSPRO customers are the very backbone of the U.S. economy, and they are a backbone that must remain financially sound, business nimble and able to adapt to whatever the global market throws at them. The survey results show that our customers are getting the support that they need from SYSPRO in order to remain competitive and see positive business implications to their bottom-line.

We’re proud to be supporting our customers and their initiatives, and we feel humbled every day by the trust SYSPRO customers place in us.

How ERP Helps Achieve Regulatory Compliance

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 14, 2018 No Comments

By SYSPRO USA All Industries

For quite some time, most organizations were required to track regulatory compliance through spreadsheets and external databases, but as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have evolved, regulatory compliance tracking capabilities have improved. Now, with real time access to information and automation, it’s easier than it has ever been for an organization to ensure that regulatory compliance challenges are being not only met, but exceeded.

This doesn’t mean spreadsheets and paper-based tracking aren’t effective—those processes and procedures have done the job for some time. However, it takes time to manually track all of the data necessary to ensure compliance and manually tracked data is error prone as numbers get transposed or missed entirely. The repetitive nature of manual data entry can lead to simple mistakes that lead to loss of brand value or, worse yet, can put an organization out of business.

Visibility and Controls
A major element of regulatory compliance in all controlled industries is the visibility and transparency of business processes. From acquiring the materials or products for production through final delivery to the customer, organizations must be able to track material flow to meet compliance guidelines. ERP enables this visibility and transparency through functionality such as lot/serial traceability from design through manufacture, electronic signatures for audit traceability and storage and transfer movements.

Data Security and Access Controls
Whether securing the property rights of the products produced or tracking data that is collected, one increasing concern is controlling breach of data security. ERP systems should provide a complete set of security features including access controls, data encryption, and server based processing.

Tailored Security Measures – Configure the system security to be as finely tuned as your operating environment requires
Controlled Access – Standard security features include password control at the role, group or operator maintenance facilities. Administrators can also control access down to certain business processes, companies, modules, menus, and program functions and activities
Segregation of Duties – Transactions (financial and data) should be authorized by at least one individual not directly connected with the transaction
Data Encryption – ERP Security features give you visibility to transactional data
Audit Trails – Master data amendment journals and transactional audit trails provide records of data changes and the users responsible. The job logging facility provides an audit trail of user access and processing activity
Electronic Signatures -Secure transactions by authenticating the operator who is performing the transaction. This can be configured to create a summary and detailed log of all transactions

Traceability and Quality Control
Traceabililty goes hand in hand with visibility and transparency. The need for product traceability is critical in a compliance-regulated environment, lot traceability is a supply chain issue, not just a manufacturing issue. Most ERP systems pro¬vide a comprehensive framework for managing product innovation with solid product data management, quality process controls and cradle-to-grave product traceability. ERP systems also streamline the process of tracking such issues as nonconforming products or customer complaints in an efficient manner. The result is better-quality products because quality issues are caught and addressed more quickly.

Trace a product’s life cycle—from design through manufacture to post-sale
Record Retention – Must be maintained for qualified processes, equipment and personnel
Inspection Controls – Store and track evidence of tests performed to ensure materials meet quality standards operator maintenance facilities. Administrators can also control access down to certain business processes, companies, modules, menus, and program functions and activities
Segregation of Duties – Transactions (financial and data) should be authorized by at least one individual not directly connected with the transaction
Data Encryption – ERP Security features give you visibility to transactional data
Trails – Master data amendment journals and transactional audit trails provide records of data changes and the users responsible. The job logging facility provides an audit trail of user access and processing activity
Electronic Signatures -Secure transactions by authenticating the operator who is performing the transaction. This can be configured to create a summary and detailed log of all transactions

Traceability and Quality Control
Traceability goes hand in hand with visibility and transparency. The need for product traceability is critical in a compliance-regulated environment, lot traceability is a supply chain issue, not just a manufacturing issue. Most ERP systems provide a comprehensive framework for managing product innovation with solid product data management, quality process controls and cradle-to-grave product traceability. ERP systems also streamline the process of tracking such issues as nonconforming products or customer complaints in an efficient manner. The result is better-quality products because quality issues are caught and addressed more quickly.

Trace a product’s life cycle—from design through manufacture to post-sale
Record Retention – Must be maintained for qualified processes, equipment and personnel
Inspection Controls – Store and track evidence of tests performed to ensure materials meet quality standards
Control Numbers – Assign a unique identification number to raw material receipts and production batches
Equipment Controls – Documented proof of calibration and testing equipment used in the production process that can affect the products quality
Document Controls – Manage and track documents such as engineering specifications, material specifications and operating procedures.

Regulatory compliance is a growing concern for any regulated industry and as the number of regulations and standards increase, you need an ERP system that can address this ever evolving environment. SYSPRO‘s software solution is designed to help organizations address and manage compliance guidelines to streamline the processes and make it easier and less time consuming than using a manual labor intensive system.

Dollars Are Hiding in Your Data

Posted in: Uncategorized- Mar 13, 2018 No Comments

By Stan Goodrich All Industries

Companies that grow and prosper in today’s highly charged economic environment are those that are able to maximize their available resources to attain new levels of efficiency. SYSPRO ERP software can be one of your most valuable resources, but only if you utilize all of its power to achieve the strategic advantages you need to move ahead at a profitable pace.

The single biggest expense a manufacturing entity faces continues to be the cost of labor. The “just-in-time, make-to-order” concept so prevalent in American industry only a few years back has given way to a more costly make-to-stock model, where the value-add of labor results in significantly higher costs of maintaining inventories.

While many US manufacturing entities were able to keep the labor value-adds low by outsourcing manufacturing to foreign countries, the rapid rise in transportation costs have all but eliminated any outsourcing advantages. The American manufacturer must now face the challenge of “doing more with less.” Now’s not the time to capitalize assets but to capitalize on them. Thankfully, the effective utilization of an ERP solution, such as that offered by SYSPRO, can aid manufacturers in returning to a more cost-effective, lean make-to-order manufacturing strategy as opposed to maintaining large, costly inventories of finished goods.

SYSPRO provides a strong software platform for supporters of lean principles to merge business processes, workflow and analytics/reporting to accomplish lean manufacturing and distribution strategies. SYSPRO solutions reflect the basic goal of “Lean” to get more done with less by minimizing inventory at all stages of production, shortening the product cycle times from raw materials to finished goods, and eliminating waste.

Because SYSPRO software is easy-to-implement and easy-to-use, companies implementing the software enjoy a rapid ROI (Return-on-Investment.) SYSPRO pioneered its award-winning Fluid Interface Design that enhances user productivity by enabling unique self-customization capabilities. SYSPRO e.net solutions, built on the Microsoft .NET framework enables companies to extend the standard SYSPRO functionality and streamline operations by executing Service Oriented Architecture.

SYSPRO also offers a robust inventory optimization solution that reduces demand uncertainty and order time leads as well as lead time variability and availability uncertainty. SYSPRO has leaped ahead of the competition by building in “just in time” capabilities to adjust to dynamic business needs that encompass the holistic inventory needs of its mid-market customers.

Let SYSPRO help you mine those hidden dollars and add them to your profits!