What is ERP, Anyway?

Topics: ERP

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 5:22:38 PM by Exact MAX

An overview, brief history, and list of ERP terms and definitions

What-is-ERP.pngAs one of the longest standing ERP vendors, the fundamentals of ERP seem second nature to us here at MAX, and it isn’t until we’re posed with the question, “what actually is ERP?” that we’re reminded of how complex and intimidating the topic can seem to someone who’s new to the world of ERP. A quick Google search doesn’t quite answer this question either, which is what prompted us to write this blog series in the first place.

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Top Seven Benefits of Mobile ERP

Topics: ERP, Mobile ERP, Manufacturing, Agility

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

mobile-erp.pngIf you use ERP, you know that it gives you insight into your manufacturing operations and helps you control processes that can give your manufacturing company a competitive edge in the fast-moving, fast-changing global business place. 

But you may not realize that deskbound ERP isn't enough to stay responsive in a hyper-connected marketplace.  To truly stay competitive, your ERP system should be able to provide you with insight and allow you to take action on that insight from anywhere, and at any time.

Read on to discover why mobile ERP is essential to today's manufacturers.

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Five Steps Manufacturers Can Take To Cut Energy Costs and Start Saving

Topics: Manufacturing, Efficiency, Energy Savings, Cost Cutting

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

charger-27308-edit.pngIf you use ERP, you’re certainly working to make sure your manufacturing business is as efficient as possible. You’ve probably already seen evidence that the more you invest in better managing your manufacturing processes, the more time, money and other resources you ultimately end up saving.  We at MAX applaud you for the investment in efficient operations.  Another great place to increase efficiency (and cut costs!) is energy consumption.

Manufacturers are responsible for a whopping 30 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption. 

Through upping your energy efficiency you can see an impact on your own bottom line, and impact one of the largest segments of energy consumers in the nation: manufacturers as a whole.

Ready to Get Started?

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How To Attract the Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Growth, Resource Management

Posted on May 4, 2016 9:30:01 AM by Joy Budnik

There are a predicted 2 million manufacturing jobs that will go unfilled over the next decade. Nearly 75 percent of skilled Baby Boomers who work in manufacturing will have left the workforce by 2030, putting pressure on companies to recruit new highly skilled workers.


Manufacturers looking to hire the next generation of leaders face two main challenges:

1. Skills-Gap. STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, mathematics) skills are increasingly necessary for today’s advanced manufacturing jobs.

2. Image Problem. American manufacturing has outdated associations with demanding physical labor, harsh factory conditions and low wages.

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How to Successfully Implement ERP: The Three Loop Model

Topics: ERP, data

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Rick Elder

Here at MAX, we recently published an ERP Selection and Implementation Toolkit because we know payoff from invensting in ERP depends on how well the ERP you choose fits your business and how well the system is implemented into your existing operations.  

 When starting to plan for ERP implementation, it can be helpful  to use "three loops" model.  



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Intro to Cloud Computing: What is the Cloud Anyway?

Topics: ERP, data, cloud computing

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Steve Budnik

Untitled-1.fw.pngAre you confused about Cloud, Mobile, SaaS? Join the club! And how about Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud?

We will define these terms in this article.

But first, let's walk through the movement of technology that gave rise to these terms and the impact of that movement on enterprise data and applications. Buckle up!

At the core of this movement of technology are two trends:

  1. Increased Accessibility
  2. Decreased Local (in house) Infrastructure

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How to Protect Against Ransomware: Six Steps to a Secure System

Topics: ERP, data, IoT, security

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM by Vincent A. Stefanetti

secure your network in six steps

Everything you can image is connected to the internet. Your home security, car, phone and so many other devices. The world is going “Io-T” Internet of Things which is the term coined to describe the proliferation and expansion of devices that are connected to the internet. With everything connected, how you maintain security is a more pressing issue than ever before. Proof of this are the ransomware and related criminal activities on the rise.

Imagine coming into your office one day and not being able to work – as if the carpet was pulled out from under you.  Ransomware attacks can affect individuals and entire organizations, in some cases leading to organization-wide shut-down. The cost of disruption and cleanup, as well as personal unrest of such a violation is enough to set you on edge.

Manufacturing organizations, businesses, and even churches and police departments have not been able to evade the covert and destructive intentions of cybercriminals behind engineered attacks.  

So what can you do to protect your business?

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Keeping Your Data Clean: When to Purge and When to Archive

Topics: ERP, data, data cleansing, Purge and Archive

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 10:32:44 AM by Louise Steck

when_to_archive_data.jpgThe other day I was working with a Customer in Support.  Their MAX system was running slowly and they weren’t sure why. The Cost Roll and From To Report in particular were creeping along. They wondered if the entire system had an issue. Then the Customer asked me if the slow-down could be due to the 1 million records in their database… and I knew we had our answer.  We talked about purging some data, but what about data that may be needed again in the future?

We discussed Purge and Archive, which allows a company to purge old data and have it available for viewing in another archive database at any time. It makes sense that we would use this approach to cleaning up and organizing a business system. It occurred to me that we do the same thing in our personal lives.

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The Internet of Things - Part 2: Current Manufacturing Applications

Topics: ERP, IoT

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

iot.pngOne definition of Digital Business is when “physical assets become digitalized and become equal actors in the business value chain.” Your car, for example, is an asset that was once primarily physcial.

Many of today's cars (and certainly the cars of tomorrow) are largely software. And I'm not only talking about your navigation system or speculating about autonomous cars when I say software. Previous generations of cars used a mechanical device called a carburetor to blend gasoline and air and control how much of the mixture was delivered to the combustion chamber. Now, the blend between air and fuel in your engine is controlled with computerized fuel injection systems that use sensor data to optimize engine performance.   

Physical assets are going digital, no question. Changes in the business value chain are something to keep close watch over as assets migrate away from the physical realm.

Let's take a look at real world examples. Coninue reading to see how Siemens and General Electric are digitalizing operations to leverage IoT Opportunities now.

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The Internet of Things - Part I: Opportunities and Challenges

Topics: ERP, IoT

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

iot2.pngThe simplest way to think of IoT is to think “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” 

The definition offered up by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector is “a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies” 

If you use email, social media, or subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed you’re already familiar with networked communication between people and businesses via the Internet.  IoT simply expands networked communication to include anything from your refrigerator at home to video cameras on your shop floor.

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