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Why Out-Of-The-Box Data Integration Can Increase Analytics Adoption

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 27, 2021 9:08:29 AM

A critical lesson many organizations have learned when measuring the success of analytics initiatives is that speed of deployment and widespread user adoption are key factors to consider. These are key benefits of analytic applications delivered with or embedded in ERP systems or business applications.

Analytic applications provide pre-built business intelligence (BI) and analytical capabilities that promise to democratize analytics because most of the hard work in transforming data to insights has already been done. However, the historical challenge these applications faced was that they weren’t built with agile cloud technology or modern data architectures that could keep up with the growing complexity, scale, and changing requirements of the line of business (LOB)-driven analytic requirements.

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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, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

4 Reasons An Industry Specific ERP Matters To Wholesale Distributors

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 23, 2021 9:24:40 AM

Why settle for anything less?

Distributors often operate behind the scenes, making sure other businesses have what they need. The projects they support continue because tools, equipment, and supplies are where they needed to be. Patients have procedures because instruments are available. Structures are built because materials are ready. Restaurants can serve customers because food, drinks, plates, and pots are on hand.

Recent events revealed just how critical the distributor’s role is in the supply chain. In reality, it’s extremely complicated to seamlessly move such high volumes of goods. Especially as expectations and behaviors have evolved in the last decade, distributors have had to adapt their solutions, processes, and levels of service.

Historically, many distributors would customize enterprise resource planning solutions to meet their unique requirements. This approach, however, created an unwilling in-house IT cottage industry dedicated to supporting the infrastructure and modifications, instead of strategic initiatives. We see this during evaluations with prospective Infor customers; when distributors compare our CloudSuite solutions to their current footprint, we typically discover that hundreds if not thousands of their current modifications would no longer be needed. Because our solutions are designed for the distribution industry, the best practices those companies require are built in. For example, when HVAC and industrial product distributor, EMCO, moved to CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise, the company removed over 4000 modifications. EMCO no longer needed to maintain customizations and project manage long upgrade initiatives. That fluctuating, unpredictable overhead goes away forever because EMCO’s new mutli-tenant cloud solution is automatically updated monthly. Their technology is always current and always adding new distribution functionality to align with nuances and needs of this industry

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

Driving The Executional Excellence Of The Continuous Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 20, 2021 10:04:23 AM

The ability to execute, seamlessly and in real-time, is critical as your company works to develop a continuous supply chain. Being uniquely capable of connecting multiple facets of this execution -- not just to an order management system but also to TMS for transportation management and WMS for warehouse management will be key components to implementing continuous supply chain execution.

Integrated multi-party source-to-settle process

Sourcing execution or the ability to establish real-time connectivity to suppliers is key. What we are really speaking to here is the need to orchestrate end-to-end physical and financial operations between order management, global trade management, transportation, warehouse, product traceability, and even payables management.

Streamlined manufacturing

Manufacturing execution is focused on streamlining processes, driving better decision making and gaining productivity. Supply chains must optimize and automate the manufacturing process from raw materials and components to finished goods. Having the ability to anticipate and optimize lead times is crucial for downstream improvement.

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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, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

The Outcomes from Instituting an Asset Investment Plan

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 16, 2021 8:13:54 AM

Asset Investment Planning enables your asset-intensive organization to determine which asset investments will enable you to best meet your service level objectives with the right level of expenditure while minimizing the risk of asset failure. An API can also help you determine the best time to invest in order to smooth your capital expenditures over time.

Modern AIP solutions simplify the process of developing asset investment plans by allowing you to leverage the data that is already in your asset registry in your enterprise asset management (EAM) to tell you what assets your organization has, your work management system that manages maintenance operations, and your asset performance management (APM) system that monitors asset condition reliability.

You use that data to quantify four key inputs: Asset condition, asset criticality, business risk, and level of service. Asset condition allows you to visualize deterioration over the asset’s lifetime and establish where intervention is necessary. Asset criticality determines the impact the failure of an individual asset will have on your organization’s ability to realize your business objectives. Business risk determines the consequences of asset failure. Level of service required enables your organization to operationalize your organization’s policies, strategies and objectives, tie those to KPIs and then link that to level of service requirements.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Enhancing Your Planning Capabilities To Enable Continuous Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 14, 2021 3:00:53 PM

The future of planning is connected, intelligent, and continuous. Yet many companies remain so far away from this vision, it often seems unachievable. With many planning processes being so siloed and disconnected from execution, they can feel ineffective.

Fortunately, evaluations of the planning landscape reveal many organizations are adopting technologies that move towards a de-siloed, network-based approach to planning. For these companies, the primary goal centers around connecting planning capabilities to “a single version of the truth.” To optimize planning capabilities, it crucial to achieve this connection at the enterprise level as well as into the broader supply network.

But to do this involves using integrated business planning (IBP) or sales and operations planning (S&OP) to collaborate and analyze, perform demand planning to improve forecasting, optimize supply planning, and facilitate synchronization. Each of these areas are critical to a successful planning process and are more powerful when integrated and connected across a network.

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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, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

If You Have A Supply Chain Finance Program In Place, It’s Not Enough.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 8, 2021 7:10:07 AM

An estimated $350 billion of invoices are typically involved in supply chain finance programs. Known as "reverse factoring," this process assists suppliers in obtaining the capital needed to keep supply chains humming, as described by Aite Group. Opposed to traditional receivables financing or factoring, reverse factoring is driven by the buyer and its relationship to a bank or finance provider, with capital being made available to suppliers based on the relationship parameters.

Banks are happy to step in, within specific jurisdictions and credit profiles. Research firm Coalition reports that banks logged approximately $12.7 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020 via total supply chain finance volumes. However, limitations are significant, and often times, the suppliers that need financing the most are excluded from such programs.

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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, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Set It And Forget It.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 28, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Enabling a hands-off EDI automation strategy through Infor CloudSuite ERP

Learn how Infor CloudSuite ERP and SPS Commerce EDI combine to provide you with full visibility for transactions, plus automated and simplified error handling.

ICCG & SPS Commerce partner for our next Partner Profile to show you how ….You will:

  • See an overview of EDI within Infor CloudSuite ERP;
  • Learn how Infor CloudSuite ERP gives full visibility into EDI transactions;
  • Learn how Infor CloudSuite ERP and EDI automated error handling is used to allow orders to flow through seamlessly;
  • Learn how partnering with SPS Commerce will allow a hands-off approach to EDI integration.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Supply Chain Visibility, Retail Trends, Retail Supply Chain, EDI, Electronic Data Interchange, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP, Retailers

Future Proof Your Warehouse With A Cloud-Based WMS

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 22, 2021 12:15:40 PM

Even when your warehouse operations seem to be running smoothly, there is always room for improvement and a need to stay up to date with innovation. While steps are taken to keep warehouse operations at peak performance, when fulfilment times and levels are jeopardized, it’s still up to you and your team to race to recover, to ensure actions to get back on track are taken correctly so that product can make its way out the door, and time is always working against you.

If your organization previously reviewed and dismissed the value of moving your warehouse management system (WMS) to the cloud, it’s time to reevaluate. Decisions that seemed to make sense last year or even last quarter, likely look very different with new challenges emerging over the past several months. By empowering critical systems like a WMS with cloud capabilities, your organization can scale quickly, maximize productivity, and minimize outages and downtime to prevent bringing the company’s mission-critical operations to its knees.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Warehouse Management Systems, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS

Prioritizing Digital Transformation Projects: Start With Your People

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 8, 2021 1:30:45 PM

Know you want to transform but don't know where to start? Want to gain $9-12 for every dollar you spend? Read on to find out why starting with your people is the best first step to prioritizing digital transformation projects.

Digital transformation is at the top of the to-do lists of most companies, but one topic that is often missing from a discussion on digital transformation is which areas to prioritize. Most businesses can’t afford to completely overhaul a core function of the enterprise top to bottom, along with the technology that supports it, at any one time. Instead, they’ll target specific areas for transformation. That approach minimizes disruption to the business, keeps costs manageable, and helps the business apply lessons learned to future transformation projects. The question, though, is which areas to target first?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Questions Manufacturers Should Look For Digital Transformation Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

1. Are we organizationally ready for significant change?

Organizations are only as good as their people, and manufacturers must look carefully at whether they have the right people and culture to support a different way of doing things. It is the people who will be responsible for implementing change, and they should be ready, committed, and on board with any type of transformation plan.

An organization’s culture can make or break a digital transformation project and “organizational change management” is one of the key components of such a project. Organizations should aim for an inclusive culture where people feel like they are key contributors to the company’s future success.

To achieve this, management teams should encourage a culture of openness to help employees step forward with their ideas. All change, and all transformation, starts with an idea – so it’s important for people to feel empowered to put their ideas out in the open.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

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