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Ark Trading Improves Stock Forecasting With Kerridge
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ark Trading was established in 1980 and is one of the oldest suppliers to the building trade in Windhoek Namibia. Paul Koster bought the business in late 2015, and wished to start operating the business in January of 2016 on a new ERP system. This meant that the KCS team had to work under time constraints to configure the system. They pulled it off, however, and the K8 system was live in the first week of business. 

Risks were mitigated due to Ark Trading: 

  • Using the standard K8 printing templates, so minimum time was spent on setup and testing
  • Allocating a strong internal team designated to the project
  • Having strong internal buy-in, and support from the staff for the new system
  • Providing accurate master file and product data, with all relevant required information, e.g., PAC (product analysis codes), branch files and supplier details gains and benefits
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Intuilize vs. The Real Cost Of A BI Solution
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mid-sized industrial distributors rely on competitive advantages and business intelligence (BI) to improve decision-making, cut costs and drive strategic growth objectives. That being said, there are many hidden costs to consider related to managing proprietary BI systems that threaten to erode the value that BI has to offer. In a 2017 survey conducted by Gartner, the total cost of ownership (TCO) contains all costs including licensing, implementation, ongoing development costs, and infrastructure costs. For mid-sized businesses the average annual cost of BI is a minimum of $427,000. 

Steps to BI Deployment 
Total cost of ownership of enterprise-wide BI system deployment is sometimes miscalculated using only the cost of licenses. Successful deployment requires cost preparation across four main steps:

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Jeff Gusdorf and Epicor Will Present "It's a Good Time to be in the Cloud Webinar"
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This FREE webinar on May 22, 2 p.m. EST sponsored by Epicor will explain what you should consider before moving your data to the cloud.

While ERP software in the cloud has been around for more than a decade, adoption rates are increasing for distributors. This is largely driven by the need to provide exceptional customer service to remain competitive. This webinar will discuss the changing landscape and suggest things you should think about before moving to the cloud.

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Jeff Gusdorf Will Present "Artificial Intelligence for Distributors - Getting Started"
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Artificial Intelligence applications are raising the bar for business.

On March 16, 2019 at NFDA/MWFA/Pac-West Joint Conference in San Diego CA, Jeff from Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services will present an overview of basic AI concepts, take a deeper dive into AI for salesforce automation and AI for Business Analytics and propose a plan for tackling a pilot AI project.

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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? 

Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Manager Henry Struckel and Taft Law Firm Partner Marcus Harris hosted a webinar, "ERP Software 101: Back to Basics." Henry and Marcus examined what ERP software is and the importance of an effective ERP system for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. See Recorded Presentation at...


  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