Why Your ERP Solution Should Offer Actionable Information

Posted in Advisory | ERP & CRM Software | Microsoft Dynamics NAV & NAV-X | ERP Software | Technology on May 26, 2015

All too often when implementing an ERP selection process, leaders spend an overwhelming amount of time focusing on process features, i.e. “I need to go from order to payment; how easily can we execute those steps?” Most systems today can efficiently perform the common processes. However, you should aim for a system with the ability to give you actionable information. [More]

Corporate Boards and the Age of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Posted in Advisory | ERP & CRM Software | Manufacturing & Distribution | Technology on May 7, 2015

From a business perspective, few industries in the U.S. have experienced the impact of this digital transformation more than manufacturing, and the pace of technology-driven change in manufacturing shows no signs of abating. In fact, some industry observers cite this new age of digital transformation as the transition point for a new global industrial revolution―Industry 4.0. [More]

MS15-034 Critical Windows Vulnerability: What You Need to Know Now

Posted in Managed Security | Technology | Security | Strategic IT Planning | Technical on April 16, 2015

On April 14, Microsoft released a critical security patch (MS15-034) for the HTTP protocol stack, which is commonly used by Windows IIS web services. [More]

Leveraging Fortune 500 IT Processes for SMBs

Posted in Managed IT Services | Technology | IT Infrastructure on April 15, 2015

One of the biggest challenges for the IT employee at SMBs is striking the balance between planning for the future while keeping current systems running. At times, it can feel like the IT employee is playing computer doctor more often than not. The good news is that it IT Departments at SMBs can learn so much from large enterprise and implement their very same processes to implement changes while keeping the IT fires burning brightly. [More]

15 Facts About the Internet of Things

Posted in Manufacturing & Distribution | Technology on April 9, 2015

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform the world, from organizations in every industry to your home. The uses are seemingly endless and new advances are made every day. Whether you are new to the idea of intelligent devices talking to one other or not, here are 15 things you should know about IoT. [More]

Should NULLS Be Removed from Fact Tables?

Posted in Business Consulting | Supply Chain | Agriculture | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Technology | Business Intelligence | Strategic Technology on March 18, 2015

A common question among BI developers is whether it is appropriate to have NULLS in a fact table. NULLS can create problems in programming, so it seems natural they should be removed to avoid unexpected results. Unfortunately, like everything in BI, the right answer is “it depends.” [More]

Running for a Cause, Azure Takes Center Stage and Celebrations - Convergence Day 3

Posted in Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics Convergence | Technology on March 18, 2015

The third day Convergence 2015 started off really early. Sikich employees ran in the deFacto 5k run in Atlanta before the convention opened for the day. Not only did we participate in the run, we were a sponsor of the event. [More]

The Future of Manufacturing: Will Microsoft HoloLens be Part of It?

Posted in Manufacturing & Distribution | Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Innovation | Technology on March 5, 2015

Let’s face it―the human-computer interface commonly found in most manufacturing environments has been pretty stagnant for a while now. [More]

7 Features in NAV 2015 Your Competitors Don’t Know About

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Microsoft Dynamics NAV & NAV-X | ERP Software | Manufacturing & Distribution | Technology on February 26, 2015

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 was released in October of 2014. There are some incredible new features that make this version stand out as something worth checking into if you are running previous versions. [More]

Leveraging Technology to More Effectively Manage Your Oil and Gas Company

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics NAV & NAV-X | Oilfield Services | Technology on February 25, 2015

The oil and gas industry faces another period of economic uncertainty. The dramatic drop in oil prices in 2014 has many oil and gas companies cutting back on capital exploration programs and production spending, and industry leaders, such as Halliburton, continue announcing significant layoffs. While the market has begun to act favorably as the price of oil is slowly rising, it’s unknown when it will fully recover. [More]

Are You Burning Money with Unrealistic RPOs and RTOs?

Posted in Agriculture | Construction | Government | Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Technology | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Strategic IT Planning on February 13, 2015

What happens when a major event or catastrophe happens to your organization’s network? It’s time to follow the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) protocols. [More]

New Illinois Law Furthers Protection for Pregnant Women in the Workplace

Posted in Advisory | Human Resources | Human Resources Consulting | Recruiting and Onboarding | Staffing | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Not-for-Profit | Oilfield Services | Real Estate | Retail | Technology on February 4, 2015

Public Act 98-1050 protects employees who are pregnant, have recently given birth or have a medical or common condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. [More]

Protect Your Not-for-Profit Against These 13 Damaging Risks

Posted in Accounting, Audit and Tax | Managed IT Services | Outsourced Human Resources | Not-for-Profit | Technology | IT Infrastructure on January 14, 2015

In 2012, a well-known foundation ran into a series of dilemmas, from eliminating much-needed community grants to increasing its CEO’s salary by 64 percent. These events created distrust among the foundation’s supporters, leading to a decline in active participants and monetary contributions. [More]

4 Game-Changing Features of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

Posted in Supply Chain | Agriculture | Construction | ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics GP | ERP Software | Government | Healthcare | Manufacturing & Distribution | Technology on December 30, 2014

As Microsoft Dynamics GP continues building a comprehensive business management solution for small and midsized companies, the Dynamics GP 2015 release provides users with several improvements, including stronger core functionality. [More]

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