Don't be a Sales & Use Tax Dummy!

Posted by B/P News & Notes on June 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM

We all love a short break in the workday. And we all love thinking about taxes! Okay...maybe not that second thing. Still, grab your warm drink of choice, and let’s play a quick game that tests your knowledge on current sales & use tax regulations. How many of the following questions will you get right?

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Topics: Business Technology, Business Essentials, Taxes

Bennett/Porter’s conference returns! Join us for Connections 2018

Posted by B/P News & Notes on February 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM

In 2017, we here at Bennett/Porter took a year off from hosting our annual Connections conference to focus on expanding our software and service offerings. This year we return with Connections 2018  and we invite you and your colleagues to join us.

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Topics: People. Ideas. Technology., Conferences, Information Technology, ERP, Business Technology, Customer Success, Business Essentials, Human Capital Management, News Alert, connections 2018

The Importance of Understanding Your Business Processes

Posted by Jeff on August 23, 2017 at 8:29 PM

In today’s world, most successful companies implement some type of accounting software. After all, when we take in money, we have to account for how it moves and what ultimately happens to it. But what truly defines a company’s ability to execute in an efficient manner is how they do things with their software. We call these “things” business processes, and – whatever degree of success a business already enjoys – there always seems to be room for improvement!

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Topics: People. Ideas. Technology., Business Essentials

Ready. Set. Implement!! The Budget for Your ERP Software

Posted by Jeff on May 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM

What your budget contains and how you plan to allocate it says a great deal about your organization's vision for how the implementation will proceed. We find that companies are frequently protective of their budget details in the initial conversations about Enterprise Resource Planning deployment. Such safeguarding tends to indicate a lack of confidence in the process, the numbers, or the consultant. Make sure you're working with a truly Trusted Advisor who you feel has your business's best interests at heart. Candid conversations about timing, motivation, and even budget are the best path to an honest appraisal and successful outcome. Here are some warm-up questions for talking about your project budget.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Ready. Set. Implement!! The Motivation behind Your ERP Software

Posted by Jeff on May 23, 2017 at 2:28 PM

"Whose idea was this anyway?" If employees are asking that question mid-implementation, then the project is already on a bad path. By the time an ERP deployment undertaking kicks off, everyone around the table should be crystal clear on the key reasons motivating the venture. The best implementations seem to occur when people working in separate areas of the business are able to articulate the same influences behind this grand investment in time and resources. As you think about your own implemenation, ask these three questions to help get all participants reciting the same inspirations for the long climb ahead.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Ready. Set. Implement!! The Timeline for Your ERP Software

Posted by Jeff on May 16, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Time is often perceived as the enemy of an ERP software implementation. Minutes and hours and days tick away whether your team is making the best use of them or not, and so we often speak of "working against time." In reality, time is a friend to those who thoroughly prepare for this endeavor. One of the first conversations we have with potential customers aims to assess their awareness of the role time plays in their desire to implement - and will continue to play should they proceed. In our experience, those who don't take the clock for granted or overestimate their capabilities with regard to speed tend to have better outcomes. Here are three questions that help us evaluate prospective success.

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Topics: Business Essentials

Ready. Set. Implement!! How to prepare for your ERP software.

Posted by Jeff on May 9, 2017 at 2:42 PM

The great news: Your business is growing. The unfortunate news: You're spending more and more of your time updating and cross-referencing the dozen or so spreadsheets required to know where anything and everything is. Eventually, unless you find a more effective system, your business's ability to grow will be severely compromised. So you decide to invest in that Enterprise Resource Planning software that can take your operation to the next level. Selecting the right system for your needs takes careful analysis of the options and an agreed-upon methodology. Yet, perhaps more than anything, it requires a candid and dedicated frame of mind on everyone's part. This is not an endeavor to undertake lightly.

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Topics: Business Essentials

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

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