Sikich LLP Wins Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards

Microsoft recently named professional services firm Sikich LLP the SMB Central Region Partner of the Year and SMB Azure Central Region Partner of the Year. “We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft as a top partner,” said Jim Drumm, partner-in-charge of Sikich’s technology practice. “Our talented team excels at implementing Microsoft-powered technology solutions to …

How to use Office 365 to Protect Your Organization from Email Spoofing

Spoofing is a common challenge that organizations face in today’s world. Spoofing can lead to increased spam and more intensified phishing campaigns leading into malware and crypto-ransomware attacks. To reduce spoofing and provide a safer client experience, multiple technologies are available to reduce and prevent spoofing. Office 365 already supports inbound validation of DomainKeys Identified …

A Wider Perspective for the Cloud ERP Cost vs. On-premise ERP Discussion

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If You Reshore to Protect Your IP, Azure Security Provides Peace of Mind

Offshoring manufacturers incurred a significant risk to their intellectual property. While it can be hard to predict how likely your systems will be hacked and your sensitive data compromised, part of the reshoring momentum is the idea that it will become easier to safeguard your IP. In August 2014, the Reshoring Initiative found that only …

You Can Create a Better Customer Experience When Reshoring Builds on Cloud-based ERP and CRM

In North America and Western Europe, many companies have reshored call centers, support functions, and inside sales operations because the customer experience was abysmal. Operators in the offshore locations often did not understand the mentality of demanding customers and may have lacked the training and product knowledge that would have made them more effective. Offshoring …

Cloud-based ERP Makes the Lives of Reshoring Manufacturers Easier

When manufacturers think about reshoring operations to North America from an offshore location in another region, business management technology may not always be treated with the priority it deserves. In addition, some manufacturers do not give enough strategic consideration to reshoring and its opportunities for creating a leaner, more customer-centric, more innovative business. As a …

Reshoring: One of the great manufacturing success stories

What happens in reshoring? Reshoring is when Manufacturers and other production companies move their formerly offshored operations from China, India, Latin America, and other regions back to North America. Initially, shortly after the turn of the millennium, while other companies still offshored with gusto, a handful of specialty manufacturers realized that offshoring did not enable …

Build Competitive Advantage with Dynamics 365 Cloud-Based ERP

Success for all manufacturers, especially industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs), starts with lean production and real-time order tracking, on top of providing superior products and customer service. The necessary component to this success is data, which is often out of reach due to data silos and disconnected systems. Centralize data within a cloud-based enterprise resource planning …

When the Cloud Lifts Off: Easy Upgrades, Strategic IT, and Productive Users

It’s worth noting that both the article and infographic I reviewed don’t make much of cost savings in the cloud at all, but instead emphasize other benefits. That wasn’t always the case. When companies and analysts primarily discuss the productivity and operational advantages of choosing a cloud ERP solution, the focus expands to the overall …

Cloud Security Requires Vigilance and a Layered Risk Mitigation Strategy

Each time a spectacular data breach happens, interest in cloud and information security spikes, and companies call us with their concerns and look for help in securing their data and applications. Soon, it’s back to business as normal. For many organizations, the convenience, economy, and flexibility of the cloud are of such high value that …

Cloudy with a Chance of Misunderstandings: Let’s Get it Right

Some of the misunderstandings and misconceptions that still confuse conversations about the cloud have been around for years. On the other hand, certain trends and key benefits of cloud-based ERP that analysts and forward-looking businesses identified early on still hold. What can we learn from that? Always question and verify what applies to your business …

How IEMs Can Take Charge of Supply Chains to Achieve Competitive Edge

Industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) know how important the supply chain is to the bottom line. However, outdated and disconnected systems are failing manufacturers by isolating data in silos, making it harder to respond quickly to supply chain challenges and customer demands. IEMs can achieve end-to-end visibility by replacing legacy systems with a modern, cloud-based enterprise …

Forward-thinking IEMs are Turning to Cloud-Based ERP

The digital transformation is changing the way we do business and has reset customer expectations. Outdated, disconnected management systems just won’t support industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) any longer. Technology has advanced production operations, and now it’s time to use technology to improve back-office operations. IEMs are turning to cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) to build …

Business software decisions can be pain-free if you manage them right

How often have you heard technology vendors and consultants tell you they are going to get to know your business intimately, so they can understand what exactly you need and deploy it in the best possible way? Of course, that’s extremely important. At Sikich, we are proud when our customers invite us into their businesses and help us understand their challenges and opportunities. We know several industries so well that we can anticipate developments, help set directions, and deliver technology that will help you realize your goals sooner and more efficiently than you would without it.

How to simplify ERP, CRM and other complex business projects

If you expect business software deployments and other major IT projects to be lengthy, complicated, and expensive, it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of the best modern software solutions do not require the costly, laborious customizations that used to be the norm. Statements made in a couple of Forrester cloud and software selection whitepapers align with our perspective in this area of technology.

Cloud and ERP Tech is Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry

The “digital oilfield” has enabled energy companies to evolve more rapidly and increase overall productivity. Those using the digital oilfield will be some of the first to unlock impressive new insights. For example, it enhances traditional processes and methods that have been practices in exploration and production companies for decades. Furthermore, they aid energy companies …

Azure vs. AWS: Which Cloud is Right for You?

There’s been a lot of talk about choosing the right cloud service offering. However when it comes to the top choices for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are leading the way. Some say that AWS has had an advantage in developing their cloud service since they’ve been the leaders in the …