7 Pitfalls to Avoid as You Transition Business Software to the Cloud

Cloud ERP Guide

The cloud has come a long way over the past decade. Cautious business leaders waited for the model to prove itself before jumping on the bandwagon, but by now there is no doubt the cloud provides real benefits. It still represents change, though, and moving operations to the cloud should be approached with eyes wide open.

To help you steer clear of the problems that inevitably accompany change, we’ve collected stories based on the real experiences of companies like yours. On each page, you’ll find a cautionary tale founded on the hardearned experience of technology partners who are dedicated to helping businesses realize the promise of the cloud.

Each organization is unique, and our goal with this document is to help you recognize warning signs within your own company that could take you down a painful path. Your company may be ready for innovation and new ways of working and jump into the cloud without any issues. Or, like most companies, you may have some internal struggles that make moving to the cloud less straightforward.

We’ll help you prepare for potential challenges with best-practice tips that have helped companies like yours. Read on to make sure you avoid the “gotchas” on your journey to the cloud.

Don’t fall for these pitfalls such as:

1. It’s just like an upgrade, no problem

2. We’ll figure out data migration as we go

3. Customizations and integrations won’t be an issue

4. Employees, customers and business partners will just have to adapt

5. The cloud works pretty much the same as on-premises

6. We’ll redefine business processes later

7. As soon as we get up and running, we’ll tighten security

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7 Pitfalls to Avoid as You Transition Business Software to the Cloud

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ERP to WMS Integration

ERP to WMS Integration

Warehouse Management Systems are becoming popular as supply chain logistics become ever more complicated along with increasing customer demands.  With an escalating volume of inventory movement, many organizations are turning to technology to streamline operations and meet these challenges. Seamless ERP to WMS Integration can help your company reach its supply chain operational goals.

Advanced technology through Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) allow companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. These systems efficiently capture every scan, every movement of inventory and are designed to make both accuracies along with cost reduction a top priority.

Improving the speed and accuracy of the fulfillment process and reducing the cost of labor are the key issues that distribution and warehouse-related businesses face. Gaining control over these issues requires technology that optimizes the utilization of your people and your assets–more than an automated data collection system that simply extends the paper processes leveraged from within some ERP System. ERP systems typically have extensive financial and inventory control functionality, however, not enough capabilities when advanced warehouse demands are required.

HighJump Warehouse Edge was built to empower you to automate your warehouse using tools like conveyers, carousels, sophisticated picking algorithms, advance replenishment methods, and order allocation, delivered in a simple, intuitive solution that can be implemented quickly and efficiently-providing your company the advanced warehousing inventory control functionality you need.

Common ERP Systems that Integrate with HighJump Warehouse Edge include:

  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP, including Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage ERP Systems
  • NetSuite
  • Acumatica
  • Oracle
  • Other Systems (depends on ERP system)

With a complete ERP to WMS Integration, companies can realize:

  • Improved Warehouse Performance
  • Improve Accuracy
  • Better Inventory Visibility
  • Ability to Meet Customer Demands
  • A Complete End-To-End Supply Chain Solution

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Pricing

ERP Pricing

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution that’s easy to use and adapt, helping you connect your business and make smarter decisions.  Built on functionality within Microsoft Dynamics NAV and adaptable to extend business applications to other Microsoft Cloud Services such as Office 365, Microsoft Flow, Power BI and PowerApps; Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Solution can grow as your business requirements change while taking advantage of the latest technology.  Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Pricing and User Licensing Options are explained below:

Full Users:

Full Users are the users whose work requires use of the feature rich business applications functionality. Examples of full users are sales people, customer service representatives, finance employees, controllers and supply chain managers. These users have also been referred to in the past as “Pro users” or “Power Users.” These full users are licensed with a Dynamics 365 Business Central subscription on a per named user basis and can choose between either the Essentials or Premium versions.

Full Users-Essentials.  The Essentials Version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers robust business functionality across financials, supply chain management, CRM, Human Resource and much more.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Essential Licensing is  $70/named user/month.

Full Users- Premium.  The Premium licensing includes all of the functionality in the Essentials version and enhances the ERP solution further with 2 powerful additional components: Service Management and Manufacturing.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium Licensing is $100/named user/month.

Team Members:

Team Members often represent a large percentage of users in an organization and may consume data or reports from line of business systems, complete light tasks like time or expense entry and HR record updates or be heavier users of the system, but not require full user capabilities. These additional users are licensed with Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Members.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Member Licensing is $8/named user/month.

The Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Members subscription is a “named user” subscription designed for users who are not tied to a particular function, but who require basic Dynamics 365 functionality. This license includes read access as well as some write access for select light tasks across Dynamics 365 Business Central functionality for a given tenant.

The Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Members Subscription License grants a user full read access to Dynamics 365 Business Central Essential and Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium for a given tenant. In addition, the Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Members SL includes some limited use write access to Dynamics 365 Business Central Essential and Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium.

Dynamics 365 Business Central Team Members users can do the following:

  • Read anything within Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Update existing data and entries in Dynamics 365 Business Central – existing data are records like customer, vendor or item records which are already created. Entries means entries on which it is specifically allowed from an accounting perspective to update specific information. (e.g. due date on customer ledger entries)
  • Approve or reject tasks in all workflows assigned to a user • Create, edit, delete a quote • Create, edit, delete personal information
  • Enter a time sheet for Jobs
  • Use PowerApps for Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Pricing is summarized below, however, this is for the Cloud Version of the system.  The On-Premise version of has virtually the same functionality, however, the licensing is much different.

Full Users-Essentials Versions = $ 70/Named Users/Month

Full Users-Premium Version = $ 100/Named Users/Month

Team Members-Either Version = $ 8/Named Users/Month

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Achieving Better Warehouse Management White Paper

Warehouse Management White Paper

Warehouse Management Systems are becoming more popular as supply chain logistics become ever more complication along with increasing customer demands. With an escalating volume of inventory movement, many organizations are turning to technology to streamline operations and meet these challenges.

Advanced technology through Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) allow companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. These systems efficiently capture every scan, every movement of inventory and are designed to make both accuracy along with cost reduction a top priority. The following article can give you some insight into methods, obtained through warehouse technology, for achieving better warehouse management that are key to modern business supply chain logistics in addition to reaching your organization’s goals.

Topics in this  White Paper include:

Automation: Too many warehouses today are relying on manual processes which inevitably increases inventory errors and inaccuracies on a continual basis. Spreadsheets, paper and standalone systems can’t deliver the inventory accuracy and supply chain visibility it takes to stay competitive these days.

Inventory Control: The proper and correct movement of inventory in your warehouse is critical for accuracy while also ensuring elevated customer service levels in addition to remaining competitive.

Crock Docking:  Cross Docking is a way to improve inventory warehousing by implementing a protocol to move inbound goods once received to a staging area, i.e, “cross docking” area, instead of warehousing and storing these products.

Picking Options:  The flexibility to have multiple inventory picking options can greatly increase warehouse efficiency. The Picking functionality in warehouse management systems is another core functionality designed to move the paper picking process to a wireless device by the most optimum method available.

Space Utilization: The flexibility to have multiple inventory picking options can greatly increase warehouse efficiency. The Picking functionality in warehouse management systems is another core functionality designed to move the paper picking process to a wireless device by the most optimum method available.

Labor Management: Reducing or allocating labor is another important driver for exploring warehouse management solutions and recognizing a return on investment (ROI). A properly implemented WMS system can reduce your labor needs, help you reallocate staff and or keep you from needing to bring on more staff to meet growing sales or seasonal fluctuations.

Multi-Carrier Shipping:  Checking the proper and efficient inventory movement should continue when we discuss shipping. Any sort of shipping solution should have the ability to shop all of major carriers which can select the best choice available.

Reporting:  Measuring results on a consistent basis is a key to determining if newly implemented warehousing initiatives and strategies are effective. With modern warehousing technology, this is accomplished through the ability to create, manage and view Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) dashboards and analyze ad-hoc business intelligence using pivots, drill down, charts, and graphs.

Boosting Customer Service:  Another result of WMS technology is the ability to enhance your customer satisfaction numbers and most likely help you attract new customers without adding to your workforce.  Although sometimes more difficult to quantify, such as a firm return on investment figure, an increase in better customer service levels is a positive intangible result from warehouse technology.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc a HighJump WMS Partner in Pennsylvania