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MetalForming's ERP Update, November 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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November 12, 2014
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From Forbes: Avoiding an ERP Cloud Migration Nightmare
Here are five tips manufacturers should follow in order to successfully implement a cloud-based ERP strategy, courtesy of Forbes. A quick and informative read, the article discusses licensing models, workflow arrangement, custom user interfaces and IT issues such as bandwidth and data response time.
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100 manufacturers reveal their quality maturity. Where are you on the journey?
Plex Today, market-leading manufacturers know that quality can be an essential profit center. But how do you get there if you don’t know your position on the quality maturity journey? LNS Research’s infographic, based on the experiences of 1000 manufacturers, shows you how to accelerate quality maturity, and what being a market-leader can mean for your bottom line. View the infographic.
Next-Generation ERP
NetsuiteLearn about what makes next-generation ERP from the #1 cloud erp vendor for manufacturing. NetSuite helps over 20,000 organizations to run more effectively without the high costs and inefficiency of on-premise systems. By using NetSuite to automate operations, streamline processes and access real-time business information anytime, anywhere, growing businesses realize breakthrough performance improvements.

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ShopEdge Software
Forward thinking Metal Stamping companies trust Shop Edge Software to empower their operations with an affordable ERP solution designed for one industry.

Our system is built on the Shop Edge ‘Power of One’ philosophy and offers our customers unmatched functionality, exceptional value and supports their need for superior business performance, with a focus on industry best practices.

Shop Edge offers a complete ERP product; from labor tracking to machine integration and our new mobile technology enhancement, we provide our customers with an intuitive, easy-to-use solution that turns real-life Metal Stamping data into powerful decision making information.

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Webinar: Top Three Business Benefits of Manufacturing ERP
Last month, MetalForming magazine produced a 1-hr. webinar titled, Top Three Business Benefits of Manufacturing ERP. Sponsored by Plex Systems, the event featured Mark Davidson, principal advisor at LNS Research, and Stu Johnson, Plex director of product marketing, as they explored the challenges faced by manufacturers and how modern ERP/MOM software technology can help businesses build worldclass products.

The recorded webinar has been added to the MetalForming magazine website’s Multimedia Center. Take a look, and learn how capturing the "manufacturing moment" can improve manufacturing agility; see how faster visibility into your plant floor from the "top floor" helps operationalize business data for improved results.; and explore three case-study examples of how these approaches are working today.

ERP Implementation Costs—Your Questions Answered
In this recent blog post from Ultra Consultants, get a handle on where your expected ERP-implementation costs will come from, including acquisition, training, third-party solutions and HR costs.

“Assessing total costs is only one part of a justification process,” writes Jeff Carr, UC’s founder and managing partner. “Typically, we suggest five areas to work through when justifying an investment in ERP.”

Follow this link to unearth Carr’s five critical tasks when justifying an ERP investment.

Upcoming ERP Events
Key Events & Seminars for ERP professionals. Stay ahead of the curve! > The Manufacturing ERP Software Experience and Implementation Boot Camp—Conference and software demonstrations -April 14–16, 2015, Chicago, IL
> Houstex 2015 - February 24-26, 2015, Houston, TX
> Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2015 - March 16-19, 2015, Atlanta, GA
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See also: Plex Systems Inc., NetSuite, Inc., ShopEdge Software Inc.


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