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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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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Five Accounting Questions to Help Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on March 23, 2017 at 8:38 AM

With their multiple moving parts, inventory and manufacturing systems seem to get all the attention. But the core of any self-aware business is its accounting system. Accounting software is the spine that other programs branch out from. It gives structure to all the shifting pieces, allowing them to take a variety of independent actions while remaining unified in purpose. In this first installment, we present some things to consider when organizing this most critical of systems.

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Five by Five: Questions to Help Organize Your Business Software

Posted by James on March 16, 2017 at 2:42 PM

So you're starting a business. Congratulations! Of course - forward thinking business owner that you are - you're investing in business software systems that will help you smartly manage the organization. Taking time now to set those systems up right increases the likelihood that they will provide you with reliable information long into the future, enabling you to make intelligent decisions and guide your company confidently towards success. We asked our consultants, who implement and support such systems every day, what questions they would ask themselves if they were setting up their own companies. This business essentials series is the result, and in it we'll address the following topics.

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Continuity of Service - The (Small) Team Advantage

Posted by B/P Community & Culture on March 2, 2017 at 12:11 PM

 

Picture this: Your personal computer has crashed. It's a problem you've encountered before, but long enough ago that you cannot remember how to fix it. Fortunately you have a service plan through the store, so you've called into the help line. You're at home, so you've put your phone on speaker. Maybe you're making dinner or watching TV while you tune out the cheesy hold muzak. You've been prompted three times by a digitized voice to enter your account information and give a general summary of the problem, but now you are caller number who-knows-what with an estimated hold time that doesn't seem to be getting any shorter the longer you wait.
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