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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Take the time to do your ERP Project right

In nearly every ERP Implementation Project, there is a sense of urgency to go-live.  And why wouldn’t there be?  You just made a major capital investment in purchasing a new ERP Software System, and the sooner you use it, the sooner you will see results.

One of the main reasons that there is urgency to go-live is because ‘Normal Business Flow’ is interrupted during an implementation. The business needs to continue to operate, yet valuable time must be dedicated to the project, processes need improvement, operational efficiency is desired and you can’t wait to get your new ERP system up-and-running.  Perhaps, more importantly, management does not want to spend a penny more on consulting or on their own team’s valuable time.  Sometimes, even the implementation consultants want it to go-live sooner due to other projects that need their attention.

While these may all seem like reasonable motives to finish the project sooner, this mindset could be disastrous for your organization. The tendency in this situation is to take short cuts and deal with it later, and many have created a mountain of issues by succumbing to this temptation.  All I can say is, “take the time to do it right, or don’t do it!”

Over the years, I have seen several companies make this mistake and create a disaster.  A few years ago, our company sold an ERP system to a Metal Stamping company.  From the onset of the selection project they were disorganized and in a hurry.  “We’re growing,” said the CEO, “and we need a new ERP system yesterday.”  They made a fairly quick decision to buy the ERP Software, and when they returned the signed agreements, they announced that they were going to ‘Go Live’ in a month- and they would do it themselves because they had a few people that had implemented ERP systems before.

Do I even need to finish the rest of the story?  Ever hear the phrase, ‘Don’t try to automate chaos?’  Well it’s true, you get out of it, what you put into it.  After a couple months of partial system use, bad inventory numbers and no financial statements, they reverted back to their old ways and gave up on the new ERP software. “We were too busy to fix the issues and people stopped using it,” commented the CEO.  Well, 2 years later, yesterday is gone and this company continues to struggle to be competitive.  The results of their implementation- and many others- is why you must take the time to do your ERP Project right.

Doing it right means that you should: ensure the project has a sufficient budget; a committed internal team; a realistic project schedule that includes ample time for prototyping and piloting; and finally, take the time to test, test, & test again before go-live. 

Do it right and improve your business. Do it wrong and, well…

-Posted by Joe Zalewski, BizTech's Managing Partner & COO

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Larry Tussing Joins BizTech as an Infor VISUAL & Network Consultant

Toledo, OH – January 16, 2013:  BizTech, a provider of information technology and business software solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Larry Tussing to its team.  Larry has joined BizTech as an Infor VISUAL & Network Consultant. In this role, Larry will assist clients by providing a variety of technical support services.  Utilizing Larry’s combined experience of supporting Infor VISUAL ERP software and IT systems management will allow BizTech to better serve their clients.

“Larry has significant experience supporting ERP and IT Systems.  Also, he has a thorough understanding of the effects of technology in a business environment,” said Joe Zalewski, Managing Partner and COO at BizTech.  “His versatility will definitely be an advantage for both our VISUAL and Network support clients”.

Larry resides in Pemberville, Ohio and will work from BizTech’s corporate office located in Toledo, Ohio.  Larry has 25 years of experience as an IT Manager in a manufacturing environment, with 14 of those years using and supporting the Infor VISUAL ERP software.  Prior to joining BizTech, Larry worked as the IT Manager for Kennametal Inc.  and Clarke American-Lincoln.  Larry’s strength lies in his versatility and understanding of supporting IT and ERP in manufacturing facilities.  In addition to his many certifications, Larry has an Associates Degree in Computer Science from the University of Findlay.

About BizTech
Founded in 1999 and located in Toledo, Ohio, Business Technical Consulting, LLC (BizTech) is dedicated to providing complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)and Information Technology (IT) solutions that deliver value to our clients. Long-term Partnerships with our clients are forged by investing the time to understand business objectives, so that we can deliver valuable results that will help their organizations to be more productive and profitable.  BizTech delivers results with solutions from industry leading manufacturers such as Infor, Microsoft™, DELL™, HP, Citrix® and Cisco. BizTech is an Infor VISUAL™ ERP Channel Partner, a Microsoft™ Registered Partner, a Citrix® Authorized Solution Advisor, and Comptia A+ Certified.  The BizTech Team has one simple goal: to partner with your company in a joint effort to improve your business processes and increase your profitability.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

VISUAL BI (Synoptix) Continuing Education

VISUAL BI (Synoptix) Continuing Education

What: VISUAL BI (Synoptix) Financial Reporting Best Practices
When: Thursday January 10
Time: 2:00 PM EST

Join us for the Visual BI Reporting Suite's (Synoptix) Continuing Education course on Thursday, January 10th at 2:00 p.m. EST for a review of Financial (not sphere based) Reporting Best Practices.
Building a report with Accounting Cells and/or Accounting Detail Areas is just the start.  We will review the different ways to define the general ledger account(s) you are interested in, how different calculation selections influence the results, and how adjustments work with the selected calculation. We will also look at how other cell types- like spreadsheet cells and condition cells- can be a useful part of financial reports.  Also demonstrated will be the best ways to build and update reports using multiple cell edits and multi cell changes.

This web based session is offered free of charge. Seating is limited, so sign up today by emailing your interest to and begin getting the most out of the VISUAL BI Reporting Suite's (Synoptix') powerful reporting functionality. For those that email us their desire to participate, we will send meeting details a day or 2 before the session.