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The Reshoring Initiative and Intellilink Seek Partner for BOP Reshoring Project

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Reshoring Initiative and Intellilink Solutions, Inc., Kildeer, IL, are seeking a company to participate in a joint research project to confirm whether back office processes (BOPs) can be reshored competitively using local U.S.-based staff and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software. If the project is successful, the participating company will achieve higher productivity and an ongoing 50 percent cost savings vs. offshore outsourcing. The U.S. will have the potential to bring back up to one million BOP jobs even at the higher productivity levels.

The project participant can be from any industry but must be spending at least $150,000/year on offshored BOPs either directly, or through an outside firm. Suitable process areas include activities within finance and accounting, human resources or information technology.

The BOP research project aims to confirm that one software robot and one local client employee are capable of undertaking the work of five offshore resources. For the participating company, Intellilink will offer consulting resources at a discounted cost of 25 percent of its usual consulting bill rate and provide a free trial software robot to use during the research project. In exchange, the participating company will fully document its results and economics under the project.

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Podcasts Provide Help for ERP Efforts

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ultra Consultants, Inc., Chicago, an independent research and enterprise solutions consulting firm serving the manufacturing and distribution industries, announced availability of its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Insights educational podcast series. Hosted by Ultra CEO and Founder Jeff Carr, the podcast is tailored to serve those organizations seeking to understand how best to drive business process transformation. 

“We regularly hear a set of common questions and concerns about the challenges involved in making an informed decision during the enterprise software selection process,” says Jeff Carr, CEO and Founder of Ultra Consultants. “The podcast series is a new resource for teams to gain a thorough and objective understanding of what it takes to enter into an ERP project with confidence, knowing that they have made the best decision for their company’s unique needs.” The first podcast in the series answers one of the most commonly asked question in a technology selection project: what resources are needed for this project? Carr reviews organizational chart options and describes best practices for a typical project. Future podcasts will focus on business process transformation activities and achieving ROI.

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Stewart EFI Connecticut Achieves IATF 16949:2016 Certification

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Stewart EFI, LLC, announced that Stewart EFI Connecticut, LLC, Thomaston, CT, achieved upgrade certification to the automotive industry’s new quality standard, IATF 16949: 2016, in addition to recertification under the ISO9001: 2015 Quality Standard. It joins Stewart EFI Finishing LLC, El Paso, TX, in obtaining this certification. Both were previously certified to the technical specification ISO/TS 61949: 2009. In 2016, the IATF (International Automotive Task Group) announced an upgrade to their technical specification. The revised IATF standard replaces the ISO/TS 16949 technical specification.

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