ERP Quarterly Feature


MetalForming's ERP Update, May 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
ERP Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 1
May 7, 2014
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Excel, by Leveraging Planning and Reporting Applications and Analytics
A recent blog post by enterprise-management analyst and consultant Cindy Jutras (Mint Jutras) notes that “while most manufacturers have been forced to implement applications like ERP just to survive, planning and performance management largely remains buried in spreadsheets.” This is particularly troubling for companies operating across multiple locations.

Jutras’ blog does a great job laying out the challenges that lie ahead, and then cites recent survey findings that provide insights into how manufacturers plan to meet performance-management challenges.

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Study Unveils the Value of Ongoing ERP Training
Don’t just install your new and/or improved ERP system, bring it online and let employees run wild with it. To do so, invest in continuous training—that’s what top performers do, according to a report from Aberdeen. The study identifies the s in which top-performing organizations put an emphasis on ERP training, and the resulting benefits.

Best-in-class companies, says Aberdeen, are 80 percent more likely than others to have a formal onboarding process to train all new ERP users; 66 percent of best-in-class companies have documented and shared ERP training materials; and best-in-class companies are 117 percent more likely to have a certif ication program for ERP users.

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Pay Attention, HR Pros—ERP Systems Feature Tools Built for You
In this free white-paper download from NetSuite, learn three reasons why manufacturers should integrate ERP and human-capital management (HCM). The paper is geared toward HR professionals, explaining how companies can optimize the value of their workforce by unifying data across HR and ERP, and how to create employee-driven workflows in ERP.

Among the HCM tasks addressed: automatic transfer of payroll journal entries into the general ledger; simplified tracking of employee assets (phone, laptop, etc.); and employment-related financial transactions (sales commissions, purchase orders etc.).

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What's Happening
on the Shop Floor?

Manufacturers strive to have a constant view of what is happening on their shop floor. The ability to monitor and track data anytime, anywhere is an essential strength. Read this paper to learn how a truly integrated ERP solution lets manufacturers:

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3rd Annual Die Design and Simulation Software Experience
Join us for the 2014 Die Design and Simulation Software Experience. The event will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on May 28-29, 2014, in Rosemont, IL. Compare the latest developments in die-design, development and simulation software, witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers, benefit from case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects and hear keynote presentations on state-of-the-art die-design, development and simulation software innovations.

Upcoming ERP Events
Key Events & Seminars for ERP professionals. Stay ahead of the curve! > Making the Paperless Shop Floor a Reality—Free Webinar - May 15, 2014, 2 p.m. EDT
> Mobile ERP Strategy—Webinar - June 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. MDT
> The Manufacturing ERP Software Experience—Conference and Software Demonstrations, Nashville, TN - October 8-9, 2014
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