Manufacturing Cloud Software

How Much Do You Get Back from the Cloud?

The cloud is nothing new, but as the market matures for cloud applications, companies in traditional, conservative industries are jumping on board.

In our last blog, we found that more “leaders” (top 35% of manufacturing organizations), were more than three times as likely to utilize cloud ERP for its ability to provide easy updates, increase agility, and enhance visibility for companies using this deployment method. Today, we would like to look at another key factor in the decision-making process, discussing just how much money the cloud is worth to organizations. Read more

End-to-End Manufacturing ERP

How End-to-End ERP Brings Manufacturers Closer to Their Goals

It’s well known that ERP is prevalent in the manufacturing community, but according to our last blog, few manufacturers are making the most of it. With the manufacturing environment more competitive than ever, the gap between “leaders” and “followers” is broadening. According to recent Aberdeen research, there is still hope, but the window of opportunity is shrinking.

In recent years, leaders, defined by Aberdeen Research as the top 35% of manufacturers, have become more attentive to customer needs, increased their presence on a global scale, and took control of their supply chains, and have begun to pull away from the competition. Notably, as discussed in our last blog and a recent Aberdeen report, there is one major differentiator: Complete, Modern, End-to-End ERP. Read more

Dynamics 365 ERP Cloud vs. On Premise: An Installers Perspective

Ben BasomAs the lead in installations for Dynamics AX, NAV, and now Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, over the last 15 years I have provided advice to many customers, with the bulk in manufacturing and services, regarding their infrastructure needed to support ERP.   Speaking to today’s business owners there is a lot of confusion around the installation or deployment of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.   Here is my perspective at a high level the pros and cons of deploying Dynamics 365 in the cloud, or on premise. Read more

Modern ERP Manufacturing Leaders

How Modern ERP Creates Leaders in the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturers have long used enterprise resource planning to manage their finances, take control of payments, and gain visibility into processes. With nearly every manufacturer using ERP software, the difference between leaders and followers isn’t whether or not they have embraced ERP, it’s how they are leveraging it.

According to the recent Aberdeen Group report on the current state of ERP in manufacturing, leading manufacturers (top 35%) are only slightly more likely to use ERP software than their peers, embracing the software at 97% compared to 88% among followers. This means that the leaders are using the software differently. How so? Read on to find out. Read more

Best of Acumatica Summit 2018 Lunch & Learn Dallas

best of summit acumatica-1Acumatica, the leading cloud ERP software solution and recently ranked at the top of the Nucleus ERP Value Matrix is hosting a Lunch and Learn on April 12th.  This event is a follow-up to the January 2018 Acumatica Summit in Nashville; Lunch and Learn, the Best of Summit.  You must register to attend!   It’s free to attend, however hotel reservations,etc. are not covered by Acumatica or Clients First.

Thu, April 12, 2018
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

Register here

Westin Dallas / Fort Worth Airport Hotel
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063

Agenda:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Registration, Lunch & Networking

12:30 – 1:00pm: Acumatica Overview

1:00 – 1:25pm: 2018 R1 Functionality & Demos

1:25 – 2:00pm: Customer Panel or Video

One of our customers Ron Fairchild will be speaking at this event.  Ron is the CFO at Texas Scenic in San Antonio.  Texas Scenic is a theatrical equipment and systems integrator.  They are a recent Acumatica customer and a pleasure to work with.

Here’s what Ron has to say about Acumatica:

We had been using a legacy construction accounting software package when we found Acumatica Construction Edition, and it is  a perfect fit.  It’s a modern cloud solution that handles our manufacturing, service, distribution and construction business in one cohesive integrated solution allowing a seamless flow of data.  We expect this to provide significantly better business insights and improve overall efficiency”  Ron Fairchild, CFO

Register quickly since space is limited.

Clients First is an Acumatica Cloud ERP Partner located in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas.  We specialize in manufacturing, projects and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul).  Call us to find out more:  800.331.8382 or email info@cfbs-us.com.

SAP Anywhere Customers Replace with Acumatica or Dynamics

SAP Anywhere did not go far.  In a prepared statement, a SAP representative said  it evaluates its current solution portfolio from time to time and makes changes based on its overall cloud ERP strategy.  “As such, we have decided to sunset the SAP Anywhere solution,” said SAP. “We will be working closely with our customers to help them transition off the product and to find a new SAP solution that best fits their needs.” Read more

What’s New with Dynamics NAV: 365 Business Central

365 Business Central MobileFinally!  The much anticipated release of the SaaS version of Dynamics NAV now named Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available April 2, 2018.  We are very excited by this release since we have a large NAV customer base and we are also a CSP or Cloud Service Provider.  This means that Clients First can sell you Business Central or the Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition.  Both solutions are great for finance, distribution and manufacturing, but as you can imagine Dynamics 365 Enterprise is for companies that have a larger employee count, and most importantly complex business requirements. Read more

Modern ERP Manufacturing

How Modern ERP Helps Manufacturers Make a Successful Move to Industry 4.0

With cloud computing now a mainstream concept, analysts have moved on to a new term that is going to change the way manufacturers do business. The term, Industry 4.0, refers to the next “Industrial Revolution” and refers to new collaboration and data exchange between people, processes, technologies and things. However, without a stable foundation, the push towards Industry 4.0 will fail to get out of the starting gate. Read more

Dallas Hosts Dynamics 365 Saturday

If you have been curious about Dynamics 365 Enterprise or you are a customer that wants to learn more about the product then join us for the Dynamics Saturday at the Irving, TX Microsoft office.   Time to register is limited so drop those plans you have to work in the yard and sign up for a casual day of education and sharing of ideas. This is the first  and only U.S. event based on the schedule.  The events started in Europe and have now extended worldwide with upcoming events in Portugal and Australia so far.  Per the 365saturday.com website:

“Dynamics 365 Saturday is a free Technical & Strategy Event Organised by the Microsoft Dynamics Community MVP’s For CRM and ERP professionals, technical consultants & developers. Learn & share new skills whilst promoting best practices, helping organisations overcome the challenges of implementing a successful digital transformation strategy with Microsoft Dynamics 365.”

There are three tracks:

  1. Customer Engagement (CRM)
  2. Financials and Operations (Dynamics 365 Enterprise)
  3. Productivity and Strategy (Latest in Microsoft products that work with Dynamics, adoption, insights, etc.)

Microsoft executive Chris Koenig is delivering the keynote and some of the sessions in track 3.  Microsoft Dynamics MVPs and Consultants will present the rest of the sessions.

Clear your Saturday and register now. 

Microsoft Dallas
7000 State Highway 161,
Building LC1
Irving, TX 75039

Contact Clients First if you have any questions:  800.331.8382 x108.  Clients First is a Gold Dynamics ERP Partner with Dynamics AX and 365 Enterprise experience  in manufacturing, supply chain, projects and finance.Dynamics 365 Enterprise Buying Guides

Manufacturing ERP Software

What Manufacturers Need to get from Manufacturing ERP Software

So many options available, so many stakeholders affected, and so little room for error—the selection of enterprise resource planning presents a unique challenge. From the point when you realize that the status quo isn’t cutting it to the decision, implementation, and deployment, you will hear a lot of advice—some good, some bad. Read more