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5 Signs Your Company Is Ready For A New ERP System

5 Signs Your Company Is Ready For A New ERP System

New ERP System

STERLING, VA–(Marketwired – December 28, 2015) – As your company evolves, the systems you use to facilitate operations will have to adapt. In the early stages of a business’ growth, it’s possible to get away with using spreadsheets or siloed software to manage each functional area of the business. But at a certain point, you’ll find that these solutions are holding your business back from achieving operational excellence. Here are five signs that your company is at that inflection point where a new ERP system is a must:

1. You’re violating the four hours rule

If it’s taking you more than four hours to gather important figures, such as KPIs on incoming orders, pending orders, critical stock, margin per order or revenues per customer, then you’re at a severe disadvantage. When it takes so long to generate actionable information, your managers will be forced to make big decisions based on intuition.

Additionally, the lack of real-time data means that you can’t get a read on how your business is performing until the annual financial reports come out. How are you supposed to manage areas like marketing and sales if you don’t know where you’re going to end up when the quarter ends? If you can’t generate reports for critical information in a timely fashion, it’s time to adopt a system that frees up access to your business’ data.

2. You’re dependent on Excel

Excel is a great tool, but if you’re relying on singular excel sheets and pivot tables across your departments — financial accounting, project management, time sheets, cash management and so on — then it’s time to find a way to better integrate your value chain.

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Even with the proliferation of cloud-based tools, employees in different areas of the business often still work through local spreadsheets. A good ERP system will bring all of those parts of the value chain together for a more streamlined operation.

3. You have a limited ability to reduce costs and increase profit

Say you want to reduce your costs or find a new way to boost margins — where would you start? Without full visibility into your value chain, your complete cost structure, timelines and critical dependencies, you would be making decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

If you’re trying to grow your business, you need complete access to the data that drives and defines it. If you can’t access it quickly, you must bring in an ERP system that can house your data and give you a real-time look into the inner workings of your operations.

4. You’re causing frequent delays with delivery

Other than poor product quality, nothing annoys customers more than inconsistent delivery. If you’re consistently missing delivery deadlines, it’s a clear sign that your current systems aren’t up to your business’ challenges.

Without a solid integration of sales, your supply chain and production, you won’t be agile enough to handle setbacks or changes without interrupting delivery. For example, if a critical component part wasn’t automatically reordered, you won’t realize it until you miss the shipment due to the lack of communication between departments and absence of up-to-the-minute information.

Additionally, without a means to track a customer order throughout the entire production process, you won’t even be able to guarantee your customers’ delivery dates in the first place. This is unacceptable in industries that rely on just-in-time delivery, such as automotive, aerospace and tech. An ERP system gives you the visibility and integration you need to meet strict delivery schedules and easily adapt to unexpected circumstances.

5. Your team rejects your current system

This is the most important sign that it’s time to upgrade to a new ERP solution. If your employees don’t really know why they have to use your current system, or it makes their job harder, chances are they’re going to find a way to work around it.

If this is happening, the problem is that your ERP system and your business are still in two different worlds. Ideally, there should be no separation between your business and the systems on which it runs, so look for an ERP solution that can grow and change with you.

abas is an innovator of ERP solutions for mid-size businesses aspiring to be leaders in their industry. We use our 30+ years of experience to deliver exactly what our customers need — software that is agile, intuitive, sustainable for the long term, and that works anywhere around the world.

Find out more about abas ERP on the web at abas-ERP.com, on twitter at abas USA, or on Facebook at abas-USA.

Article Source: Marketwired

Alphabet Inc And The ABC’s Of Cloud Computing

Alphabet Inc And The ABC’s Of Cloud Computing

The ABC’s of Cloud Computing

Google operates one of the world’s biggest networks of computers and in its latest effort to catch up, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., is turning to Diane Greene,a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built VMware Inc. into a corporate-computing powerhouse. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai is giving Ms. Greene unusual authority over the company’s cloud efforts, including oversight of engineering, sales, support and marketing.




Her most important role at Google isn’t on the organization chart: teaching Google how to sell to companies.

The 60-year-old Ms. Greene worked at three corporate-focused tech companies before co-founding VMware in 1998. VMware popularized “virtualization” technology, which lets companies use their computers more efficiently, a precursor of sorts to cloud computing. Ms. Greene has been a Google director since 2012, and spurned prior entreaties to run the cloud business…

Read Full Article: WSJ

Travel Industry – Flying High With Mobile Technologies

Travel Industry – Flying High With Mobile Technologies

Online Travel Providers Evolve As Users Move To Mobile

A recent study by Google found that more and more people are searching for travel destinations via their mobile devices. The study found that over the past year there were 50% more searches about holiday destinations executed via mobile. Digging deeper into the study revealed that flight-related queries were up 33% on mobiles and tablets year-on-year.

That’s a big challenge for companies such as online travel specialists FlightHub, Expedia or Tripadvisor, all of whom rely on providing quick, easy information for consumers who are not particularly brand loyal, but are simply looking for the most convenient, affordable option for their precious vacation time.

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Being able to service these needs quickly and efficiently requires a smart, integrated system that embraces the best of the cloud and all it can offer. FlightHub DevOps Engineer Neil Conlan explains that, by making use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for infrastructure, “we are able to scale our services to any level. AWS gives our developers flexibility to experiment and make use of all the different services that AWS offers without actually having to deal with the hardware.”

Large Acquisitions 

The online travel industry has undergone a year of massive disruption with a handful of the major players making large acquisitions to consolidate the market. For example, Expedia recently bought HomeAway.com for a whopping $3.9 billion dollars, giving it access to over 115 000 new vacation rental listings. These purchases came hot on the heels of their acquisition of Orbitz and Travelocity, and leave Expedia and Priceline with a huge percentage of the online travel market share. To FlightHub CEO Matt Keezer this served as motivation. He explains: “Seeing companies like Priceline and Expedia is extremely motivating. We believed that a small and nimble player would have a good chance of taking some piece of the market where the big guys weren’t paying so much attention. We saw that the flight segment has been largely ignored due to small and shrinking margins. Everyone was, and still is to a large degree, focused on hotels and beyond.”

Scale At Breakneck Speeds

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These companies are spreading their reach further and further around the globe and the data justifies it. Studies predict the next big growth phase in travel and vacation rentals to likely come from the extremely mobile-focused emerging markets, and this ties in neatly with a heavy investment in sophisticated cloud computing systems.

FlightHub’s CEO agrees that “emerging markets are an opportunity to scale your business at breakneck speed.” the company revealed that “it was completely necessary to design region-specific sites and make more efficient mobile sites that are simple to use on lower quality connections and wireless networks.

Conlan agrees with this summation and sees it as one more reason to invest heavily in the cloud. “Companies that make use of the cloud are able to release software much faster,” he explains, “and can focus more on software rather than having to deal with hardware. This results in greater innovation.”

As competition heats up in the lucrative world of online travel and margins get smaller, the key is efficiency, flexibility and speed in order to deliver simple, mobile-friendly solutions.

By Jeremy Daniel

Apple Receives $548 Million In Samsung Patent Dispute

Apple Receives $548 Million In Samsung Patent Dispute

Samsung has agreed to pay Apple $548m (£362m) as part of a deal to settle a long-running patent dispute. The arrangement was revealed in papers filed to a California court by both companies on Thursday. The dispute began in 2011 when Apple said Samsung was using some of its patented technologies without permission.

The payment does not mean the end of the row as, next year, a US court will decide if Apple deserves more damages.

Read Full Article: BBC Tech

Black Friday Cloud Specials: Who’s Offering What?

Black Friday Cloud Specials: Who’s Offering What?

Black Friday Cloud Specials

From its rather humble beginnings in the early 1960s to the global shopping phenomenon it has become today, Black Friday has become a vital date in the calendar of most retailers, whether big or small. The story goes that the name was a nickname that the Philadelphia police gave to the awful traffic that they came to expect every year on the day after Thanksgiving.

In a December 1961 PR statement from the Police Department it was written that “For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. Resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday.”

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Since the turn of the century, Black Friday has come to signal the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and it has routinely been the biggest shopping day of the year since 2005. Most people associate the holiday with the traditional frenzy of regular shopping centers, but increasingly there are wonderful specials to be had online too.

A couple of years ago we discussed the lack of cloud based services offered during the Black Friday Holiday season. It’s still relatively sparse in comparison to the consumer retail market. In the meantime, we took a look around to find a few cloud service offerings to take advantage of.

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD: The Creative Cloud from Adobe is a Software-as-a-service (SAAS) suite of products that are used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography and cloud services. Adobe is offering a 20% discount on all Creative Cloud products until 27 November.

MICROSOFT: A resurgent Microsoft is good news for everyone in the tech industry, encouraging more competition and driving down costs. This year, Microsoft has put together a list of Black Friday deals which look refreshingly affordable. Most of the deals are for hardware but there is a special of over $50 off on the Office 365 products, which goes live on November 26. Check out the article for more information

AMAZON: Black Monday specials were hard to find for the cloud storage giant but we did stumble upon an article in the TechTimes revealing that on Cyber Monday, Amazon would be offering “$1 for unlimited Amazon Cloud Drive storage for a year and $5 for “everything storage.” We’re not sure where to find the actual offering but make sure you watch Amazon closely over the next few days.

So there you have it. It’s not quite the flood of deals that we expected but every year we see more and more cloud services being offered on sale for Black Friday and you can only expect this trend to continue to pick up pace over the next few years.

Do you think more companies should be offering Black Friday cloud specials? Maybe your organization has a Black Friday special that you would like our readers to know about? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

By Jeremy Daniel

Google Serious About Combined Cloud Platform Business Model

Google Serious About Combined Cloud Platform Business Model

Combined Cloud Platform Business Model

Diane Greene, VMware founder and former CEO, has been tapped from the Google Board of Directors to serve as the head of its cloud unit, CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Thursday, November 19.

We’re excited that Diane Greene will lead a new team combining all our cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform and Google Apps,Pichai wrote in a blog. The Google combined cloud business will include its own engineering, marketing, and sales. Google hopes to get a more integrated effort out of it than it’s seen so far.

Google was just ranked as a possible also-ran when it came to capturing the enterprise’s move into the cloud. Earlier this week, Forrester Research issued a report, “Predictions 1016: The Cloud Accelerates,” which concluded that Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer/Bluemix were all showing rapid enterprise growth…

Read Article Source: InformationWeek

Microsoft Sets Up Data Centers In Germany Amid US Surveillance Concerns

Microsoft Sets Up Data Centers In Germany Amid US Surveillance Concerns

Microsoft is delivering its cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new data center regions in Germany, in a move that aims to deflect customer concerns about access to their data by U.S. surveillance.

The data centers, located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt am Main, will be unusual in that control over the data will not be with Microsoft but with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems, which will be acting as a data trustee for Microsoft’s customers’ data.

Access to customer data stored in these new data centers will be under the control of T-Systems, and Microsoft will not be able to access the data without the permission of customers or the data trustee, Microsoft said in a statement Wednesday. If permission is granted by the data trustee, Microsoft will access the data only under its supervision.

The roll out of the data centers is scheduled for next year with availability of services planned for the second half of 2016. Services will be available to customers in Germany, the European Union and the European Free Trade Association…

Read Full Article: Computer World

Dropbox Focuses On Enterprise Tools

Dropbox Focuses On Enterprise Tools

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and his lieutenants took the stage today to give their big enterprise pitch to customers. Houston, of course, has to answer questions that a lot of critics have for the company. Can it be a force in the enterprise? Is it worth $10 billion? Will it hold that valuation as online storage becomes a commodity and the cost of storage goes to zero?

It was focused on new enterprise tools — which, as the company increasingly has to shift its business model from simply charging for storage, are going to be tools that will help it build a bigger business… 

Read Full Article: Techcrunch

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The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

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How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

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Why Small Businesses Need A Business Intelligence Dashboard

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