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The Scary Truth about Paper Invoices!

Posted by James on May 4, 2018 at 12:11 PM

The origin of the vertical filing cabinet is an unsolved mystery. According to the 'Vertical Filing Cabinet' section of the Early Office Museum website, there’s some controversy as to when the vertical filing cabinet first appeared. But whenever it arrived, it’s a genuinely terrifying thought that the filing cabinet just showed up one day and we all started using it without questioning its existence. That’s a little weird, right?

Some sources claim that a gold medal was presented at the World’s Fair of 1893 for a vertical file. However, The Early Office Museum found no evidence to substantiate those claims. Research by author Ester Ellen-Poe suggests that commercial introduction of vertical filing may have occurred in 1900, when a company named the Library Bureau published a catalog that included a vertical filing cabinet.

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Topics: AP Automation

Misconceptions of Sales and Use Tax Compliance

Posted by James on March 9, 2018 at 2:22 PM

As commerce grows increasingly virtual, lawmakers are adapting legislation to help maximize tax revenue in their states. But with all the changes, it's all accounting and finance professionals can do to keep up. Wakefield Research investigated why sales and use tax compliance is so complex and difficult to get right, and the results are contained in this free, downloadable report.

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Topics: Taxes

The Importance of an Implementation Project Champion (Free Whitepaper)

Posted by James on October 27, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Here at Bennett/Porter, experience has taught us that businesses recognizing the necessity of Enterprise Resource Planning system software are also clear-eyed enough to understand that ERP implementations can be incredibly challenging events for even the most organized company. The most forward-thinking ones frequently take this understanding into the realm of action by asking a couple essential questions. Who is best-suited to do the heavy lifting? Who can make the process a smooth and successful endeavor? The answer is: the project champion.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Acumatica ERP

Opportunity or Disruption: The Value of Agile ERP in Innovative Times

Posted by James on July 26, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Innovation in the business world is often perceived as opportunity by those doing - and benefiting from - the innovating. For other businesses that change unwillingly impacts, however, innovation often feels more like painful disruption to an already risky status quo. Our little region of the Pacific Northwest is the proud home of Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookstore. We're especially enamored with it now that online and digital enterprises have made similar brick and mortar bookshops such a rarity. For Amazon and Apple, this transformation in how we buy and read books is opportunity. For Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, Crown Books, and many others, the rapid dismantling of their longstanding business models could only be interpreted as disruption.

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Topics: ERP Selection, ERP

The High Cost of Not Deciding about an ERP System

Posted by James on July 10, 2017 at 10:13 AM

Inaction in the face of options is a form of decision-making. Yet in business, doing nothing when presented with alternatives to solve a problem typically just delays negative consequences. While you procrastinate, the issue continues to grow and compromise the company's agility. As people who each day see the market advantage of keeping software up-to-date, we often offer this advice: The lack of making a decision to replace or upgrade your current software platform from a legacy system is possibly having a negative impact on the future success of your organization. Unfortunately, amidst routine and habit, it's hard to recognize that one's company is coping with - rather than overcoming - its internal challenges. Likewise, it's difficult to quantitatively demonstrate the loss created by taking no action.

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Topics: ERP Selection

Tighter Integration Means Better eCommerce

Posted by James on June 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM

An Enterprise Resource Planning system with integrated ecommerce is essential for business growth in highly competitive marketplaces like the present one. Both your customers and your business profit when all of your ecommerce and logistical functions connect - and they both suffer delays and higher costs when they don't. Learn how tight integration gives the advantage to your business in our free whitepaper.

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Topics: ERP Selection, Business Technology

Five Information Technology Questions to Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on April 20, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Up until this point, our series has concentrated on the essential questions to help you organize your business software itself. But that software has to live somewhere, and it has to be managed by someone. The most perfectly chosen and implemented software may feel horribly frustrating to your users if the network they are accessing it from isn't designed with sufficient capacity, speed, and/or flexibility for an enterprise solution. You don't have a network at all? Not to worry. Unlike the days when business owners were forced to build infrastructure and a department to maintain it, there are several more options these days. Our fifth and final batch of questions - courtesy of our Information Technology team - changes gears to help you think about the maintenance and distribution of the business software that you're taking such care to consider.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Five Manufacturing Questions to Help Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on April 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM

If your business involves manufacturing, then you know that making products requires a deep level of attention to detail. Generating a single item might take a dozen or more components, all of which need to be sourced, stored, and routed according to a master schedule...which itself is frequently in flux. On any given day, a single, disrupted step in a long process can choke off all of production and devour your profits. The products you're creating may be dependable and durable, but their creation can be quite fragile without the necessary preparation and product strategy. Our fourth installment focuses on things to think about as you organize your business manufacturing software that is intelligent enough to think several steps ahead and help your assembly line avoid mistakes.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Five Inventory Management Questions to Help Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on April 6, 2017 at 9:11 AM

If your new business involves manufacturing, distribution, or both, you're going to be managing the movement of things. As those movements become increasingly frequent and complex, you'll need tracking systems that can scale up and provide the whereabouts of a widget at a moment's notice. Your inventory management information system is your window into - and beyond - the warehouse. It needs to be smart enough to keep supplies proportional to demand, assist shipping agents with moving product seamlessly out the door, and even to speak to your accounting software as it automatically places and receives re-stocking orders. This third piece in our business essentials series suggests questions you might ponder when assembling business software that will connect you to the most volatile aspect of your business.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Five Reporting Questions to Help Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on March 30, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Data goes in, and information comes out. While business intelligence-enabled dashboards are becoming an increasingly common way to peruse and act on that information in real time, reports are still the reliable standard. Intelligently deployed reporting can reveal the potential for cost reductions, pinpoint loss, and function as an early warning system for operational deficiencies in an organization. Conversely, ineffective reporting can burden decision makers and lead to expensive errors. If reporting is poorly planned, the thirst for information can lead to drowning in it. Our second segment in this business essentials series provides some questions to ask as you organize your business and its reporting priorities.

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Topics: Business Essentials

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