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Are Spreadsheets Sabotaging Your Profits?
Due to their limitations, using spreadsheets to manage mission-critical business functions is an unacceptable risk. The requirements for finding the right

spreadsheets created  Sarbanes Oxley compliance. . Spreadsheets created for non-financial functions face similar problems and risks — even if not specifically covered by Sarbanes Oxley regulations. Spreadsheet Limitations The use of spreadsheets to perform complex business functions exposes a business to a number risks and limitations, some of which are discussed below. Error Prone A detailed study by Panko (2000) revealed that many companies are using highly error-prone spreadsheets to perform numerous functions. According

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Direct 500, LLC


Direct 500In today's world of highly competitive distribution sales, businesses are looking for ways to improve their call center, estore and catalog sales channels. Direct 500 is designed for organizations with multiple selling channels. Businesses often implement multiple software solutions to meet these many different business requirements. For Example, sales order entry and inventory management, a hosted eCommerce site that is not connected to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct 500 was built on the Sage MAS 500 ERP platform to meet these business needs with a single integrated solution.Call CenterCall centers are usually high volume order entry departments. Speed of entry and accuracy of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. It provides multi-field lookup using Postal Code, Last Name, Company Name, Phone Number and email address.Once the customer is located, Direct 500 focuses on speed of entry and access to information for the operator. We want the operator to be focused on serving the customer and not worried about the deals and promotions that they need to track on a manual sheet - we have incorporated all of this logic in the sales order entry module.eStore Many distributors offer their products on their website. However, many do not have an estore that is integrated with the ERP software. Ultimately, is serves as a glorified fax machine.The Direct 500 estore is an extension of MAS 500 and the Direct 500 call center capabilities. The business rules for pricing, sales tax, freight, credit card processing and many others that are defined for sales order entry are extended to the estore.MarketingDistributors that sell through multiple channels often face challenges in tracking sales, marketing campaigns and their effectiveness. Direct 500 offers a multi-level source code that tracks how new customers are created and the source of each new order, providing valuable analysis data for the business.Integrating source codes with the Call Center and the eStore provides the business with an effective promotion and analysis tool set. For Example, an email blast with integrated source codes and promotions can automatically take the buyer to a special offer on the eStore, complete the shopping cart with the promotion and place the order in MAS 500 with no interaction from the call center staff.Fulfillment Many distributors that sell through multiple channels are high volume shipping organizations. These companies can live or die by their shipping costs. Address accuracy, shipping and handling calculations and on time delivery determines if these companies thrive or barely survive. Direct 500 provides extensive shipping capabilities focused on simplifying the Call Center and eStore transactions. Shipping methods have been expanded with features to allow shipments by address types, restrictions by postal codes and countries. Shipping charts can be defined by geographical region and level of service. Direct 500 also offers integration to StarShip, allowing customer to have a calculated freight and handling charge straight from the StarShip rate tables. The Direct 500 SolutionThere are many ways multi channel sales organizations can address their individual business requirements. However, addressing the business need as a whole requires a well designed application that provides the company with a call center, estore, marketing and fulfillment business solution.

spreadsheets created  to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct 500 was built on the Sage MAS 500 ERP platform to meet these business needs with a single integrated solution.Call CenterCall centers are usually high volume order entry departments. Speed of entry and accuracy of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. Read More

3 DSS Myths Exploded


Making a decision related to your own business or the company you work for is not simple: modern business models have too much information to be analyzed by one person without the right tools. Examples of frequent but complex decisions include developing new business models, broadening investments on technology, expanding the number of stores, or even deciding whether it’s the right time to

spreadsheets created  data stored in dispersed spreadsheets documents, or select enterprise software by considering only the vendor product demos. This is dangerous, and the consequences—particularly for enterprise software selection—can range from inconvenience to disaster. What Is a DSS? A decision support system (DSS) is software created to help you make the best possible decision given complex constraints and alternatives. A robust DSS should be composed of the following elements: 1. An information repository Read More

TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 5)


Welcome to Episode 5 of TurtleSpice ERP, our virtual ERP selection simulator! We’re following one company’s software selection process, from beginning to end—with a twist: It’s up to you to make sure comptroller Mike Chelonia stays on track and selects the right ERP system for the company. Cast your vote, and next week I’ll move the scenario forward based on the winning answer

spreadsheets created  staff, he'll eat his spreadsheets. And wash them down with Turtle. Freaking. Spice. Juice. How would you resolve this dilemma if you were in Mike's shoes ? (Feel strongly? Comment below!) Voting is now closed for this episode.  Find out what happened next ! Want to read more about IT failures before deciding? IT Catfight in Portland 15 Non-technical Reasons IT Projects Fail When Bad Things Happen to Good Projects 8 Expensive IT Blunders Project Failure: The Numbers, Why, and What It Means How to Kill Read More

Enter Enterprise Incentive Management and Incentive Compensation Management


Companies with large sales forces, huge product portfolios, and complex incentive plans with many variables need to offer variable pay. This has created opportunities for a new enterprise software category called enterprise incentive management (EIM), or incentive compensation management (ICM).

spreadsheets created  identify errors and inaccuracies. Spreadsheets and in-house systems do not allow for easy analysis of incentive plan payouts, making it extremely difficult to identify potential discrepancies. The need for more reliable testing and modeling tools Finance departments are particularly concerned with cost-effectiveness and return on investment for incentive-based compensation programs; without tools to analyze and predict the cost-effectiveness and value-add of proposed plans, they are subject (like their Read More

Provia Proves Its Way To Success Part Two: Market Impact


From the moment an order is created, Provia Software’s ViaWare and ViaView suites aim at helping managers track orders in real time and make orders visible throughout the entire delivery process, which is the core of its value proposition.

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SET ERP- SET B'LACK


Set Software, with ERP software systems aided and created via local engineering, research and consulting services, creates solutions customized to various sectors. Our service scale includes sectors of industrial goods production, medicine industry and commerce, import and retail trade activities, distribution companies, construction, engineering, textiles and service companies. Customized solutions are created for local problems facing different sectors and they are handled fruitfully with the perception of international standards. So, SET. B’LACK ERP software is embraced with more than one advantages

spreadsheets created  ERP- SET B'LACK Set Software, with ERP software systems aided and created via local engineering, research and consulting services, creates solutions customized to various sectors. Our service scale includes sectors of industrial goods production, medicine industry and commerce, import and retail trade activities, distribution companies, construction, engineering, textiles and service companies. Customized solutions are created for local problems facing different sectors and they are handled fruitfully Read More

Planning at the Business Unit Level


Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to format and consolidate. While business units can’t escape from “spreadsheet hell” using a corporate business performance management (BPM) system, they can streamline planning and analysis processes with the right software solution. Find out how.

spreadsheets created  most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to format and consolidate. While business units can’t escape from “spreadsheet hell” using a corporate business performance management (BPM) system, they can streamline planning and analysis processes with the right software solution. Find out how. Read More

HP Turbo-charges New Business Creation


Hewlett Packard (HP) is a leader in innovation. The success of its merger with Compaq created an opportunity to develop entirely new areas of the business. Executives recognized that this would require exploring radically new ideas and managing the tremendous uncertainty surrounding moving into new businesses. Discover how implementing new project evaluation processes and software helped them deal with this challenge.

spreadsheets created  Turbo-charges New Business Creation Hewlett Packard (HP) is a leader in innovation. The success of its merger with Compaq created an opportunity to develop entirely new areas of the business. Executives recognized that this would require exploring radically new ideas and managing the tremendous uncertainty surrounding moving into new businesses. Discover how implementing new project evaluation processes and software helped them deal with this challenge. Read More

B2B Reality Check: Overcoming Challenges in B2B Transaction Automation


There is a common perception that supply chain automation has created an environment in which transactions move quickly and efficiently in industries such as the retail supply chain and high-tech manufacturing. However, this perception is challenged by a recent research study, based on interviews with 400 management representatives of medium to large organizations in the USA, UK, Germany, and France.

spreadsheets created  Reality Check: Overcoming Challenges in B2B Transaction Automation There is a common perception that supply chain automation has created an environment in which transactions move quickly and efficiently in industries such as the retail supply chain and high-tech manufacturing. However, this perception is challenged by a recent research study, based on interviews with 400 management representatives of medium to large organizations in the USA, UK, Germany, and France. Read More

Spreadsheets: An Inadequate Solution for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting


Mid-size organizations have been conducting their budgeting and forecasting through a readily-available, inexpensive, and easy-to-use application—the spreadsheet. But spreadsheets fail to support complex planning processes, which involve multiple people, require real-time access to data, and demand comprehensive security. Discover how the Adaptive Planning budgeting and planning application can help you meet these needs.

spreadsheets created  easy-to-use application—the spreadsheet. But spreadsheets fail to support complex planning processes, which involve multiple people, require real-time access to data, and demand comprehensive security. Discover how the Adaptive Planning budgeting and planning application can help you meet these needs. Read More

10 Keys to Selecting the Right Employee Compensation Software


To get around the limitations of their existing payroll systems, many companies are still using spreadsheets and homegrown applications for compensation management. Human resources (HR) system providers have responded by offering compensation administration functionality as part of their integrated HR solutions. Discover 10 critical things to look for when considering a compensation administration tool for your company.

spreadsheets created  of companies still use spreadsheets, home-grown applications or make do with the limitations of their payroll systems to manage compensation. So year in and year out, the compensation teams, probably more than any other HR function, operate in a reactive mode. Comp, above all others, is driven by the needs of the business, not by HR. Efforts to support executive directives, the needs of managers for flexibility and simplicity, changing organizational structures and legal requirements often puts the Comp Read More

OmniView


OMNIview was created around the belief that selection and talent management are critical to the success of any organization. Founded by internationally recognized business leader, Dr. Lowell Hellervik, OMNIview is supported by more than 90 years of academic experience by behavior science business experts. We know effective selection and talent management requires measurement and support that drives game-changing talent decisions for organizations.

spreadsheets created  OMNIview was created around the belief that selection and talent management are critical to the success of any organization. Founded by internationally recognized business leader, Dr. Lowell Hellervik, OMNIview is supported by more than 90 years of academic experience by behavior science business experts. We know effective selection and talent management requires measurement and support that drives game-changing talent decisions for organizations. Read More

Program Testing Methodology Part Two: Running Tests and Getting Approval


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spreadsheets created  Testing Methodology Part Two: Running Tests and Getting Approval Introduction Before any system can be completely implemented on a production computer, analysts and programmers working on the system must be able to unequivocally state that the programs work exactly as they were designed to work and that any errors or mistakes found in data processed by the system will be handled properly. Programming testing methodology should accommodate any scheduling slippage that may result from the test Read More

Anatomy of a Technology Selection


Dell Computer Corporation spent millions preparing to deploy an ERP system before realizing that the solution to one set of issues created a more severe problem. Note based on discussion among Michael Dell, Kevin Rollins, and Morten Topfer of Dell Computer Corporation and Dell’s Platinum Counsel of customers.

spreadsheets created  it onto the selection spreadsheets that information technology managers use to choose among competing products and suppliers. Such models are generally focused on data and transaction processing as primary factors with user interface and external application integration as secondary issues. Table 1 is a section from a multi-dimension reference architecture for integrated application systems. It cross-references the characteristics of such systems with anticipated impacts on Business Process, Information Read More