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Thursday, August 12, 2010

ERP Myth or Reality?

You don’t need to define functional and business requirements before selecting an ERP software.

This is a myth! It is very important to define functional and business requirements before even thinking of selecting an ERP system. Surveys have shown that inadequate definition of functional requirements accounts for nearly 60% of ERP implementation failures. To avoid becoming part of that 60% failure club, you must develop a comprehensive, quality set of functional requirements definitions. Getting the functional and business requirements wrong could lead to the selection of an ERP package that does not fit your organization.

You can get started on the right track by creating a ‘wish list’ of what you want an ERP system to do for your company. Then, audit your current processes to identify your business-critical functionality needed in the Manufacturing ERP Software System to be implemented. Next, create a list of processes that need to be revised or replaced inside your organization. Automating with ERP is great, but you have to automate the correct processes and business practices to be successful!

Find out more tips on ERP selection by reading the white paper “How to Start Down the ERP Selection Path.”

Monday, August 9, 2010

Maintaining a Productive Workforce During a Consolidation

As the global economy fights its way out of the current recession, many companies are surviving via consolidation–streamlining business units, offices, teams, even merging with other companies. This is the type of activity that makes employees feel most insecure, and insecure employees are generally unhappy and less productive. Perhaps this decrease in employee productivity is one of the reasons that mergers have a low success rate–research shows that approximately 75 percent of mergers fail.

It’s often said that employees are a company’s greatest asset, and yet they are among the last considerations when companies institute change.

Whether a company is consolidating its own business units or merging entirely with another firm, it represents a shift in culture for employees: processes change, routines become unsettled, and positions are often eliminated. In these situations, executive leadership must make employees a priority, keeping them informed of the changes that will affect them. Changes should be made with an eye toward creating a functional, productive workforce.

Read on to find out tips for companies that are merging or streamlining operations

Monday, August 2, 2010

Infor ERP VISUAL 7 Pre-Release Announcement

Posted by Joe Zalewski, Managing Partner and COO at BizTech

I must admit that being an Infor ERP VISUAL Channel Partner is pretty cool! I recently attended the Infor Channel Partner Summit and got to experience first hand Infor’s commitment to the future of VISUAL. What we all know and love as VISUAL Manufacturing Software, Infor ERP VISUAL, is considered a flagship product and Infor has recently expanded the development team resources by 20%. With the recent Infor and Microsoft partnership announcement, the future of VISUAL is a Shining Star.

Balancing updated technology and a fresh user interface with manufacturing, financial, and technological enhancements, Infor™ ERP VISUAL release 7.0 will provide robust features to increase efficiency for manufacturers using VISUAL. Release 7.0 will be available before the end of 2010.

Highlights include:
  • Improving User Efficiency
  • Enhancements for Improved Manufacturing Support
  • Improved Accounting Processes
  • New Administrative Enhancements

For a list of all of the enhancements, please contact your BizTech VISUAL Solutions advisor at 800-804-4715 or email your request to