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Southco Gets Fit for Industry 4.0 Growth

January 15, 2018

In his Autumn Budget speechChancellor, Philip Hammond said he wanted the UK to become a hub of enterprise and innovation.  He announced investment of over £500m in a range of transformative technologies from Artificial Intelligence (AI)to 5G and full fibre broadband to 'form the backbone of the global economy of the future.' In the age of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, digital technologies are linking physical and digital worlds. Forward thinking manufacturing businesses, like Epicor customer and manufacturer of engineered access hardware solutions, Southco, are deploying smart technology with connectivity.  


ERP Trends to Watch in 2018

January 04, 2018

2018 is likely to be a year of consolidation in Australia as businesses look for ways to continue improving speed, efficiency, and cost effectiveness across their operations. Digital transformation will become the new normal for businesses across many industries in line with local analyst reports from Gartner and IDC. Business leaders are looking for more than just an accurate and overarching view of their organization, but the ability to see the right information at the right time and in the right place. That goes beyond traditional dashboards and business intelligence tools to include innovative devices that provide alerts and pre-emptive information to help individual operators make faster decisions. 


Work the Way that Suits You Best with Epicor iScala 3.1

May 02, 2017

The most obvious and far-reaching change with the latest version of the Epicor iScala ERP solution is in its revamped user experience. The new look and feel makes it easy to tailor the user interface to the specific needs and business functions of the individual, group, department or company. It also accelerates many tasks, from accessing applications and information to data entry and modification.


Navigate a Changing Landscape with the Right Distribution ERP Software

October 08, 2016

The distribution industry has experienced a period of dramatic change  in the last 15 years and it doesn't look like stopping now. With the culmination of increased consumer demand alongside significant advances in technology, distributors wouldn't recognize the 1999 version of themselves if they walked back into their old operating environment. These changes in consumer behavior are presenting new challenges for distributors to compete while maintaining profitability. 


Achieving Effective Collaboration through Social ERP Software

September 17, 2016

To grow in a competitive market, manufacturers and distributors should do whatever they can to encourage and facilitate collaboration between their stakeholders. One particular way they can achieve this is through their ERP software. Since the beginning of time humans have been collaborating. The simple concept of working together to achieve an outcome exists all around us, every day. The real challenge isn't to collaborate, but to do so in a way that generates great results.


Seven considerations for the ERP evaluation process

September 12, 2016

Selecting a new ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution can be a large undertaking. There are many factors that need to be considered, and there is a lot on the line-for both the business' potential for growth, and the people overseeing the selection process. It is very important that the selection process offers evidence of due diligence. But how do you know what that due diligence is? 


How ERP Software Can Make Your Business More Connected

August 19, 2016

At times I feel like the business world is simultaneously becoming more connected and less connected. Technology has revolutionised the business world in numerous ways, such as breaking down geographical and language barriers. This opens up enormous potential for business to be done on a scale unlike any generation before us. However, poor use of technology can also breed habits of anti-socialness which can cause us to miss out on innovation resulting from collaboration.  Remember what it was like to go out for lunch with a group of people and have each other's undivided attention.


How ERP Software Helps Decision Makers

July 25, 2016

Making good decisions is undoubtedly a skill that you develop over time. Managing risk, drawing on the knowledge of the right people, resource management, and learning from previous experiences are all elements of a good decision maker. However, arguably one of the most important factors in effective decision making is having timely access to accurate data


Why Mobility is an Important Component of an Effective ERP Software Solution

July 11, 2016

Whether you are on the train, in line at the café, or at the footy, look around and you will see people on their smartphones or tablets. The Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey 2015 reports that there are approximately fifteen million smartphones in use in Australia, resulting in 440 million daily glances at our devices. 


Is Your Wholesale Distribution Software Holding You Back?

July 07, 2016

Continually improving warehousing practices, adopting better transport solutions, constantly upgrading technology, and developing higher performing teams, are all elements in the mix for those wanting to reach their full potential. I can't think of many more demanding environments than those experienced by the modern day wholesale distributor.


It’s Time to Expect More from your ERP Software in Australia

June 28, 2016

I am sure we have all been in a situation where we have heard someone comment: "we've always done it that way." It's a seemingly innocent remark, yet should prick up the ears of a progressive CEO. Even if it is not an expressed element of a company's culture, the smaller, less obvious existence of complacency could still have a detrimental impact on a company's overall performance. "There is a strong tendency to get used to and accept very bad things that would be shocking if seen with fresh eyes."


How inventory management software impacts the customer experience

June 14, 2016

In a game of Family Feud, if the topic was "inventory management software", I wouldn't expect to see "the customer experience" appear in any of the top matching results. We would be more likely to see terms such as "managing minimum and maximum stock levels", "demand forecasting", and "reducing stock-on-hand variances" get the points.