Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lean Manufacturing and ERP.


So what does Lean Manufacturing mean to you? Is it just the buzz word? Is it just JIT re-stated? Is it applicable to smaller firms than say, Toyota? It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on Lean, as we do receive inquiry from manufacturers in our region listing lean as a requirement.
Although most of the time they do not really know what is lean all about and looking for a piece of software to help them solve problems. This has also been fuel by many software vendors, playing one up-man-ship by claiming that their ERP/MRP is Lean manufacturing systems.

From my understanding (and I'm no manufacturing guru, so take it with a grain of salt)

Lean is a strategy and generally is not an ERP product function or module. However, I personally believe that ERP products are either Lean "sympathetic" or not. It means also optimizing your process and the system that supports it. Off course the purist would insist on mimicking the kanban card systems. For me it comes down to keeping inventory as low as possible and reducing waste at every step. That is what Sage 300 Manufacturing helps you to achieve.

So can Lean/MRP co-exist? Some purist will say no, akin to water and oil. But certainly, in many companies lean and ERP do coexist, if only out of necessity.

 So what does it leave me with Sage 300 Manufacturing? (Which I am a partner) Yes, they do they support Lean? We (together with clients) start by reviewing a few key business processes, identifying obvious waste in a well-defined area, to see how to remove waste. Success in an early stage will motivate the company to continue its lean efforts.

Sage 300 Manufacturing market is in the small to mid-size enterprises, so our experiences are strictly toward these.  Streamlining process sometimes involve software, sometime it is not. Lean thinking should be applied not only on manufacturing processes but to all area in the business by streamlining several areas that needed attention.

Start small and be happy for small blessings and move on to bigger thing s in the lean journey.  
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Contact CAREWARE’s Manufacturing Account Manager Today

To learn all about Sage Manufacturing solutions  contact CAREWARE Manufacturing Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company

Monday, August 7, 2017

Are you looking for an Inexpensive, Easy & Fast to implement Manufacturing Software?

Until recently, organizations needing manufacturing systems had few choices; you installed an expensive, complex enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system, and then you spend eight months to a year learning and trying to make it run. With productivity drops and frustration sets-in and users get demotivated you are back to square one.

Sage 300 Manufacturing is designed for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms. The system is simple yet powerful, that users can follow logically which enables an efficient manufacturing operation flow covering material purchase, processing manufacturing orders, work in progress, routing cost calculation, material consumption, material scrap and item substitution and order closeout and more. The design of Sage 300 Manufacturing System is conceptualized to fully accommodate users’ business processes needs and expectations. 

So don’t be caught with the Big Boys game, check out what the alternative has to offer:


Contact CAREWARE’s Manufacturing Account Manager Today

To learn all about Sage Manufacturing solutions  contact CAREWARE Manufacturing Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Supply Chain Visibility

Working with you to implement a supply chain management solution that drives efficiency!

Evolving a wholesales/Distribution company to a new level of growth is more challenging than ever. To achieve growth goal in the world that is increasingly complex and globally competitive, distributor need to implement share common distribution processes and systems.

Wholesale distributors must continually increase their efficiency levels, or risk losing market share to their leaner competitors. You need to quickly adapt to changes in the entire value chain, replace costly inventory with supply chain visibility and quick response. Operate effectively and outsource/sourcing manufacturing and minimize the risk associated with reduce inventory and miss delivery.

So, give us a call and we help you to solve these challenges with
Sage 300 ERP to enhance business productivity and take advantage of best practices for supply chain efficiency, order accuracy, and operational improvement. Powerful, integrated modules to control operations and supply chain will enable your company.

• Reduce costs by consolidating inventory and distribution processes and improving cycle times.
• Drive continuous improvement through real-time business intelligence and flexible alignment with dynamic shifts supply and demand.
• Use strategic sourcing to obtain the best quality supplies at the right price.
• Optimize your inventory to keep customers happy while improving the turnover of stock.
• Institute advanced order processing system that improves accuracy, speeds up fulfilment, and results in fewer returns.



CareWare
will work with you to build your Sage 300 ERP solution based on the functionality you require, including the Operations and Distribution modules such as Inventory Control, Purchase Order, Order Entry, and Return Material Authorization. These modules connect seamlessly to accounting, business intelligence, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functionality for a complete, end-to-end business management system.
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Contact CAREWARE’s Account Manager Today
To learn all about Sage Manufacturing Solutions  contact CAREWARE Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my

There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Simply Manufacturing

Sage 300 ERP - Manufacturing is a robust manufacturing system for the small medium industry that is looking for an easy to used and quick to deploy manufacturing systems.

Sage 300 Manufacturing Solutions delivers not only the core accounting and operational features you need, but a rich manufacturing-based feature set that helps drive efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitability.

Over the years The Sage 300 Manufacturing modules continued to be enhanced with added features and also added functionalities with new modules.

This will continued to be done in all future releases.

So if you are an SME, move away from those big ERP systems that are so costly, difficult to run and take years to implement. So identify your problem. Keep it simple, focus, and execute. Don't be 
caught up in what the big guy is doing.

Look at what the alternative has to offer.


Contact CAREWARE’s Manufacturing Account Manager Today 
To learn all about Sage Manufacturing Solutions  contact CAREWARE Manufacturing Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

When is a Project based Solutions is a better choice for you than generic ERP?

Project-based companies have their own distinct needs and requirements, and most generic ERP struggles to meet the requirements of a project base firm. They are not designed to capture cost in project based environment like engineering procure fabrication, engineering services or construction company. Project accountant needs to be able to the see nature of expenses, resources and time and materials cost to complete the project, variation- orders and sub-contractor cost for the project and Job-in-progress, billing and many more.

Sage 300-ERP Project and Job Costing has all the tools and features you need to make sure every job is profitable and efficient.

CareWare with its years of experience in the engineering domain will help you implement a cost effective solution. For more than 25 years, CareWare Systems has implemented easy-to-use, scalable, and customizable software for the specialized needs of accounting practices, construction and the engineering industries.

And these days, most companies do face change and their legacy or generic ERP systems strain to keep up. Is Sage 300 Project based Solutions a better choice for you than traditional ERP?  
Please check it out with us. We would like to help you implement a cost effective solution.
 

Contact CAREWARE’s Account Manager Today
To learn all about Sage Project Solutions  contact CAREWARE Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my
There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So you have a failed ERP implementation!

So you have a failed ERP implementation and are on the market for replacement.

Here's some advice about the process, not related to any product:
  1. Go back and figure out why you selected XYZ ERP to begin with.
  2. Was it because it was a famous brand name?
  3. Was because they give it to you at a rock bottom price? 
  4. Was it because the salesman promised that his ERP can do anything and everything?
  5. Because it was decided at HQ high level and forced upon you?
Anything that didn't consider whether it solved your business problems is going to cause this situation.

So what’s the best way to find the ERP solution that’s going to be the best fit for your organization?

What You Need vs. What You Want

  1. Then go back to your list of business needs and the problems you want solved and figure out what went wrong in the solution you picked so you don't do that again.
  2. Pick and prioritize your features- You’ve identified the pain now choose the pill. Which features will eliminate the pain, accounting, job costing, order entry or maybe its production planning.
  3. Now, with those requirements and problems to be solved in hand, go back again to other products catering to your industries.
  4. Compare again, and talk to some companies using those products. Ask those companies how well the product deals with the requirements/issues you have. How is the ERP vendors implementations team experiences.
  5. Repeat - Select again.
Wish You Success!!
QOUTE – “Gaps in the Technical Requirements accounted for more than 70% of program problems” —United States Government Accountability Office.

Sage 300 ERP for the Project & Construction Businesses.


Sage 300 Project is a tested and proven solutions is now in the latest version of Project Job Cost v. 2017, which caters for Engineering Services and Project Consulting companies across disciplines, namely, electrical, mechanical, electronics, construction, architectural and those addressing infrastructure. These companies execute projects wherein tracking ‘project budget’ and ‘actuals’ for materials, labour, revenue and other expenses is essential.

Companies in this business segment execute a wide range of projects across industry verticals, which make it important for them to adopt best practices.
Careware helps you to control & meet your tightest deadlines and standards.

“We are very focused on this segment and have built up domain expertise with our implementation across various projects, such as engineering, construction and professional service based industries.”

Careware believes in adding value to its customers and will continue taking a ‘solutions approach’ to address the needs of this segment. We already have a number of customers in the region using Sage 300 ERP with our Project and Job costing solution to produce timely project accounting reports. This is a unique offering from Sage and differentiates us in the marketplace for small and medium businesses.

Challenges in Construction and Engineering Projects:

When you manage revenue and costs for project-based business, you cannot afford to let a job get in the red because of missing information or late-breaking, unrecorded changes, holding cost resulting from theft, and overstocking of raw material. On the other hand, you also cannot afford to spend every second of your time entering and updating data, chasing a constantly moving target.
With Sage 300 Project & Job Costing you can:
  • Control the level of details to which costs are tracked.
  • Automatically allocate indirect costs, employee benefits & recognize revenue.
  • Manage subcontracts, job costing, profit analysis, and variance tracking.
  • Monitor and manage billing; collection and cost overrun.
To integrate and synchronize the cooperation among all operational units as:
  •  Project and Procurement.
  •  Payment and Sub-contractor.
  •  Billing and WIP.
  •  Inventory and Job Allocation.
  •  Operation and Accounting.
Industries Served:
  •  Construction – Building & Civil Engineering
  •  Engineering Contracting – M & E Engineering
  •  Shipbuilding & Oil Platform – Commercial
  •  Power & Telephone Tower – Fabrication & Erection
  •  Professional Service – Consultant Engineers & Accounting
  •  Service Providers – Service and Maintenance
Project Visual Process Flow.
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Contact CAREWARE’s today. To learn all about Sage 300 Project ERP Solutions contact CAREWARE Account Manager today by calling (03) 27143855 or by emailing sales@careware.com.my There are multiple licensing options; one is sure to be a perfect fit for your company.