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The ERP Selection Process: Some Assembly Required

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 20, 2021 2:59:58 PM

Building a Power Team:

The first major step in the journey toward adopting a new ERP system for your organization is assembling an effective project team. A well-appointed team can help you not only select the best possible ERP system suited to meet your organization’s needs but also mitigate employee resistance and secure leadership buy-in.

Assembling an all-star team for your ERP project is critical to your implementation success, so do not take these decisions lightly.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, digital disruption, Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Supply Chain Operations, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Navigating Cash And Treasury: 3.Enhance Cash And Liquidity Forecasting

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 31, 2021 9:26:35 AM

Do you have the data needed to determine cash investments, secure borrowing, and make better hedging decisions?

Today, financial services organizations are more focused on what’s necessary to safeguard business continuity and solvency. Much of this begins with greater visibility and reliability of key data to help drive your critical business decisions, especially during critical market changes.

Our current blog series is reviewing cash and treasury best practices you can follow to prepare for instant payments and build true cash visibility. The previous post discussed effective cash positioning and this week we focus on enhancing cash and liquidity forecasting.

Consideration #3: Enhance cash and liquidity forecasting

Treasurers don’t typically have access to a company’s full cash picture. Though efficient business operations require working with multiple financial services organizations across different markets, complex banking structures and sprawling geographical footprints make it difficult to achieve complete visibility into current balances and to measure the accuracy of cash forecasting.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Enterprise Resource Planning, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Navigating Cash And Treasury: 2. Generate Cash Positioning

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Are you reducing idle cash while reducing risks?

Today, financial services organizations are more focused on what’s necessary to safeguard business continuity and solvency. Much of this begins with greater visibility and reliability of key data to help drive your critical business decisions, especially during critical market changes.

Our current blog series is reviewing cash and treasury best practices you can follow to prepare for instant payment changes and build true cash visibility. Last week we looked at understanding the impact of instant payments. In part two this week, we focus on generating cash positioning.

Consideration #2: Generate cash positioning

To satisfy both operational and regulatory requirements, financial services organizations need operating models for cash and liquidity management. To achieve and maintain this capability successfully, organizations need to focus on gaining greater visibility into their cash and liquidity.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Enterprise Resource Planning, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Navigating Cash And Treasury: 1. Get Ready For Real-Time Payments

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 24, 2021 9:43:33 AM

Today, financial services organizations are more focused on what’s necessary to safeguard business continuity and solvency. Much of this begins with greater visibility and reliability of key data to help drive your critical business decisions, especially during critical market changes.

Whether you call it faster payments, immediate payments, instant payments, or fast money, real-time payments technology has gained a solid foothold in the payment processing world.

Additionally, to satisfy both operational and regulatory requirements, you need operating models for cash and liquidity management. To successfully achieve and maintain this capability organizations need to focus on gaining greater visibility into their cash and liquidity.

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Cash and treasury: Prepare for instant payments and build true cash visibility

We have compiled a blog series that will focus on cash and treasury best practices you can follow to prepare for significant changes with instant payments and build true cash visibility. This week, we focus on the first consideration: understanding the impact of instant payments.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Enterprise Resource Planning, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Fostering Supply Chain Maturity To A Digitized Ecosystem In The Cloud

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 20, 2021 6:59:31 AM

The evolution of supply chain business models has been accelerated by unprecedented disruptions. As a result, there has been a clear shift from analog supply chains models of the past into a trajectory towards a digitalized ecosystem. These new business models recognize and necessitate the move to a digital and integrated supply chain that provides visibility and ease of use for consumers.

This journey is about moving towards a world where all parties participating across your network are connected to a single version of the truth. Supply chain thinking is shifting from ‘linear supply chains’ to ‘supply chain eco-systems’ propelled and supported by digital technologies.

Gartner has established a five-stage model of the journey to supply chain maturity, ranging from manual, analog systems to a fully digitalized ecosystem. Key differentiators along this evolutionary chain include consideration of data and collaboration, with the ultimate goal of integrating data across multiple systems to achieve a fully connected ecosystem that provides transparency and visibility for your company both internally and externally.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

How State Governments Should Evaluate Cloud ERP Functionality

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 18, 2021 1:04:08 PM

State governments want their software to be secure, compliant and designed for the 21st century. As such, many state governments are evaluating their current ERP platforms to determine how to modernize financials, procurement, human capital management, and payroll applications.

While some have pursued modernization by embarking on multi-tenant cloud journeys, most organizations are still in the planning phase.

They are moving in the right direction, though, as multi-tenant cloud SaaS software ensures applications are continually enhanced without the need for a multi-million-dollar, multi-year project. Multi-tenant cloud software also protects limited resources from overwhelming or menial tasks such as:

  • Babysitting servers
  • Applying and testing an endless number of patches
  • Performing backups
  • Managing disaster recovery
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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Enterprise Resource Planning, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Replacing Hospitality Software – How to Get Out of a Sticky Situation

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 12, 2021 7:34:06 AM

Stability is important. Hotels, casinos, and resorts have guests they need to serve right now, today. Hospitality software solutions in place help them do that by taking care of the basics: reservations, check-ins, folios and check-outs, along with a staggering variety of in-house services and their associated charges. Essential software like hotel PMS is pretty “sticky” that way; it’s easier to stick to what you’ve got than it is to change. Why fix what isn’t broken?

Here’s the thing. Five years from now – perhaps sooner – the way guests engage with hospitality providers will likely look very different. Innovative solutions and platforms will be necessary to scale to that new paradigm, whatever it may be. So how do hospitality organizations know when it’s time to start planning for that? How do decision-makers know when it’s time to get unstuck? Here are 3 considerations to help answer that question.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Process Manufacturing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Food Technology, Business Intelligence, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Business Processes, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Hospitality AI vs. Human Expertise – Striking the Balance

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 10, 2021 9:15:16 AM

As new hospitality technology emerges and as organizations increasingly invest in it, the ways people do their jobs change in response. Most of the time, this means greater efficiency, and a way for teams to concentrate on key tasks while the technology takes care of the necessary minutiae. Some of the time though, the rise of certain technologies can cause some concerns that with certain functionality in place, the human factor will get lost.

Hospitality AI functionality in hotel revenue management and in hotel pricing tools is a case in point. The conversation around automation via algorithms has been too easily positioned with a “versus” between machine learning solutions and professional expertise. Yet, the features of the technology and years of knowledge and experience held by revenue and strategy teams isn’t adversarial. The relationship between them is more about achieving greater focus and clarity. How do science-based algorithms in revenue management and pricing solutions help your organization do that? Let’s look at some key points.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Process Manufacturing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Food Technology, Business Intelligence, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Business Processes, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

How Industry & Role-Specific Analytics Can Increase Analytics Adoption

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM

Traditionally, almost all business intelligence and analytics solutions were designed as general-purpose platforms or desktop tools suitable for any industry, department, or use case. That does mean, of course, that the burden of developing data models, data pipelines, dashboards, and reports falls to the customer. They effectively start with a 'blank sheet of paper,' which, in theory, can be developed to fit the organization's exact needs. However, the reality is that the organization may not have either the skills, resources, or time to develop an analytics solution that quickly meets business requirements.

The answer to avoiding this overhead of entirely homegrown analytics is to use a modern analytic application that can deliver ready-to-use analytics, right "out-of-the-box." Deployment and adoption of these analytic applications are accelerated because of built-in content developed by industry domain experts that understand the industries, roles, data, business applications, and specific analytics required by typical business user personas. A significant amount of development time can be saved because this domain-expertise-driven content can replace typical internal development processes.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Process Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Business Intelligence, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Business Processes, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Manufacturing: The Importance Of Speaking Your Language

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 29, 2021 2:32:31 PM

As the manufacturing world continues to evolve to meet new challenges, there’s a step-change in innovation for the products and services that are delivered and supported. Many industry insiders are expressing the need for a focus on driving sustainable (and profitable) business growth. Deloitte suggests digital investment and supply chain resilience as the key pillars. Partnerships are also increasingly important to achieving sustainable business growth, whether that’s upstream or downstream within your supply chain or enabling partners such as application and technology providers.

In all of those partnering scenarios, it’s important to have a common understanding of your desired outcomes, so you can ensure you’re all speaking the same language, which helps shorten the time to value. Manufacturing is shifting towards industry-specific applications and these applications are now nearly always delivered in the cloud to maximize adoption, flexibility, availability, and security, as well as reducing through-life cost of ownership. In fact, Gartner forecasts end-user public cloud spending to grow by 18% through 2021.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Process Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

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