Sikich ranks 8th on Bob Scott’s Insights’ Top 100 VARs list

National technology consultancy recognized for growth CHICAGO — July 31, 2018 — Professional services firm Sikich ranked eighth on the annual list of the top value-added resellers in the world from Bob Scott’s Insights. The firm appeared in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. For the annual Top 100 VARs list, Bob Scott’s …

Sikich Ranks 7th on Bob Scott’s Insights’ Top 100 VARs list

Professional services firm’s technology team recognized  in top 100 VAR list for continued growth NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Aug. 3, 2017 — Professional services firm Sikich LLP ranked seventh on Bob Scott’s Insights’ annual list of the top value-added resellers (VAR) in the world. The firm climbed two spots from last year. For the Top 100 VARs …

Preparing Your Specialty Chemical Manufacturing Operation to Benefit from Industry 4.0

For specialty chemical manufacturers, Industry 4.0 offers the promise of wide-ranging enablement more than a disruption of their business. In bridging digital systems and physical entities and processes, they can find new ways to create value for customers, become more competitive by launching digitized products and services, and optimize their processes and operations. Most specialty …

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

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Scalable Cloud Analytics Bring Wide-Ranging Insight to Your Reshoring Initiative

Globalized industry conditions affect manufacturers in multiple ways. Emerging competitors from almost anywhere can rapidly enter your market and go after your customers. A complex, cross-border supply chain network of existing and potential trading partners may offer better economies than doing business with companies in your region alone, but you may need to take some …

Modern, Mobile ERP in the Cloud Helps You Build a Workforce That Aligns With Your Goals

Many reshoring manufacturers have ambitious goals for their transition. For them, it’s not primarily about saving costs or simplifying logistics and compliance processes. They want to get closer to their customers through greater responsiveness and direct collaboration. They aim to profit from fast-moving, high-value innovation. An educated, motivated workforce is essential in achieving these goals. …

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 …

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 …

How IEMs Can Expand Lines of Business with Confidence

In order to compete in a global and growing marketplace, industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) must be responsive to change and have the ability to identify new opportunities. Disconnected, legacy systems that once supported traditional business operations could be holding you back from expanding product lines or entering new markets. Replace outdated technology with a cloud-based …

The Internet of Things Boosts ERP as well as Increasing Connectivity

Manufacturers are enjoying the Internet of Things (the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data) because of the incredible connectivity they share with their industrial products, from their home office all the way down the supply chain. However, this connectivity can do more than …

Industrial Equipment Manufacturers Breaking Down Silos to Enable Growth

The marketplace is crowded and global competition is fierce. In order to stay ahead, industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) are turning to cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. Breaking down data silos and increasing cross-functional collaboration will provide the agility needed to respond faster to order changes and supply chain disruptions that lead to production errors …

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 …

Succeed in Today’s Global Marketplace with Cloud-based ERP

There is no shortage of competition in the manufacturing industry and industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) are increasingly facing off against offshore competitors. In order to quote and price products quickly, IEMs need quick access to reliable production costs. There are product lines and customers to pursue and some to avoid. Profit margins in the manufacturing …

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 …

Build a business infrastructure that has long-term viability

Technology vendors often have fostered a bias for innovation. The term “legacy system,” for instance, is never used as a compliment. In some conversations, calling out a “legacy system” will produce immediate agreement to throw the software out and replace it with the latest and greatest. Certainly, a software dinosaur may stifle your growth and …

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.