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Kitchen Art Improves its Business Systems with NetSuite
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

To successfully adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, thousands of wholesale distributors have selected NetSuite to improve business performance, increase customer satisfaction and stay ahead of the competition. For example, Kitchen Art, one of the largest distributors of kitchen cabinets in the southeastern United States, selected SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution and implemented NetSuite to streamline the management of financials, inventory and reporting.  

Started in 1989, Kitchen Art provides high-end custom kitchen cabinetry design and installation, and quality remodeling out of its three offices in Florida through more than 900 job sites a month. To successfully grow its business and manage increasing complexity, Kitchen Art selected NetSuite SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution in September 2016. With SuiteSuccess, Kitchen Art is able to quickly and easily track orders, inventory, finances and operations, while also customizing business-specific workflows across processes like product selection and order entry. 

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Hayward Pipe Supply Expands Reach With DDI
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hayward Pipe Supply Company used the same software through two acquisitions. With no feature enhancements in sight, they went looking for a more advanced solution to meet their growing needs. A magazine ad caught the attention of Greg Peddie, president of Hayward Pipe Supply, leading him to contact DDI System. Through demonstrations and discussions, Greg realized that DDI had the industry-specific features they needed plus experience with growing businesses in many other related industries.

DDI System encourages networking between their Inform distribution software users through an online community and conference. “I instantly loved the ‘cross-enhancements’ that DDI’s Inform Software provides. I wanted access to learn how other distributors do business, the tools and techniques they use, then incorporate the best of those ideas into my own operations.

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Todd Snover is presenting Applying Business Process Management (BPM) to Improve Quality and Lower Costs
Monday, April 23, 2018

Todd Snover, Advisory Services Supervisor from Brown Smith Wallace Business Process and Systems Group will be presenting on April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm at the 15th Annual ASQ Lean-Sigma Conference at SIUC.

In his presentation, Business Process Management (BPM) is introduced as an area of expertise that leverages tools and techniques from a number of quality methodologies including Lean, Six Sigma, BPMN process mapping & simulation, metrics, benchmarking, VSM, and other process improvement activities.

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New 2017 Mid-Year Supplement Guides Available
Monday, October 23, 2017

The 2017 Mid-Year Supplement is now available. This guide provides everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, this 12-page Supplement Guide provides valuable, independently researched information.

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  ERP Software 101:Back to Basics ERP Software 101: Back to Basics  
 

ERP software is designed to help companies manage the key components of their business - from sales and marketing to planning and production to inventory and finance - in one seamless experience. Real-time visibility into the business is perhaps the greatest benefit of ERP. When implemented properly, the right ERP system can provide business clarity, flexibility and operational agility. Do you know how to determine which ERP system is the best fit for your organization? 

On October 10, Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Manager Henry Struckel and Taft Law Firm Partner Marcus Harris will host a webinar, "ERP Software 101: Back to Basics." Henry and Marcus will examine what ERP software is and the importance of an effective ERP system for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. Register at...

Please Note: This webinar qualifies for 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hour.


  VAI Enterprise Applications ROI Case Study

VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

 
Imperial Bag & Paper leveraged VAI's unlimited user licensing to add hundreds of new users obtained during recent acquisitions. Nucleus found that S2K ERP enabled the company to migrate multiple software applications into one integrated ERP solution, providing a view of the entire business and providing real-time visibility throughout the organization. Learn more... VAI Enterprise Applications ROI Case Study

  VAI and IBM: smarter enterprise management with mobile and social business

VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

 
A personalized, web-based user experience that helps manufacturing, distribution and retail organizations remotely access VAI S2K ERP solutions to improve decision making and collaboration. Learn more... VAI and IBM: smarter enterprise management with mobile and social business

  The Future of Distribution

Tribridge

 

The distribution industry is experiencing monumental change at every level—direct relationships with consumers, expanding channel options and growing global connections. Building profits is no longer as simple as moving inventory and optimizing the supply chain.

In this eBook, you'll be introduced to the key concepts that thriving distributors are incorporating into their business models. Learn more...

The Future of Distribution

  11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement

11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement

 
An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value-chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. Here are the 11 criteria that allow you to identify and select the solution that will meet these expectations. Learn more... 11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement

  Choosing An Enterprise Software Solution

Choosing An Enterprise Software Solution

 
Buying, replacing, or upgrading your enterprise software can easily overwhelm even the savviest distributor. Yet, by assembling a good team, creating a strong plan, and following a few simple steps, you can make purchasing the software that will carry your business into the future a profitable experience. Learn more...