• ERP Software Selection: Customizable Versus Non-Customizable

    Let me introduce you to ABC Distributors, a fictitious distribution company. They are currently using QuickBooks that has served them well for many years, but they have out grown the software and are now looking for a new ERP software package that will allow them to grow with the software in the future.

  • What is Cloud Computing and How Can You Benefit From it?

    Cloud Computing refers to a new delivery model for IT services on the Internet rather than accessing your own servers or mainframe computer located in your place of business. The term "cloud" is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the drawing usually used to symbolize the internet (a cloud).

  • Time Management Knowledge Area

    This knowledge area is primarily concerned with resources, activites, and scheduling. As project managers, we always want to be in control of the schedule and not the other way around. Using the scope baseline, we build the schedule from the ground up. The key input to the knowledge area is the Work Breakdown Structure or WBS. There are six processes in this knowledge area. Five of these are in the planning process group and one is in the monitoring and control group.

  • What is a Configurator and How Can it Help You?

    Do you have salespeople that are building quotes containing many different options in the finished products? Are you often building custom products that require unique bill of materials (BOM's)? Do you want to control and limit your salesperson's ability to make the wrong decisions in the quoting proccess? If you can answer yes to any of the above questions you might need to consider getting a software configurator to help you.

  • Six Sigma and Business Process Management: How to Draw A Critical to Quality Tree to offer Better Quality

    When reviewing a business process, we want to make sure that the process produces a producct or service of the best possible quality. This is because the quality of the product or service is directly related to customer satisfaction. So "who" and "what" determines what is considered quality? "Who" is an easy one. The customer ultimately has the final word on what's quality, not us. If they don't perceive our products or services as quality, then they are not.

  • Accounting: Cash Basis or Accrual Basis? Both?

    Cash Basis and Accrual Basis differ in the manner in which they deal with the issue of when to recognize revenues and expenses. The Cash Basis focus is, as its name implies, on the flow of cash. That is to say, whenever cash is collected, revenue is recognized as having been earned. A similar basis for the recognition of expense is used, namely whenever cash is disbursed the related expense is recognized as having been incurred.

  • Analysis Reports-A Powerful NAV Analytical Tool

    I often get questions from NAV users that are looking for a report that will give them specific information regarding customers, vendors, and/or items. They are often surprised to find that NAV has an analysis tool (Analysis Reports) that will allow them to deisgn a report with the exact information they are looking for. The user creates Line Templates to define the lines on the report (Items, Customers, Salesperson/Purchasers,  Vendors, or groups of each) and Column Templates to define the columns (quantities, sales amounts, cost, consumption, output and much, much more). Muiltiple Line Templates and Column Templates can be created then mixed and matched to create a variety of custom reports that are completely defined by the user.

  • Things to Consider When Choosing a Software Reseller

    The choice of a VAR (value added reseller) to assist with your software implementation is just as important as the choice of software itself. With an ERP implementation, the cost of services will often exceed the cost of the software. A bad implementation of good software can result in total failure. When Comparing proposals from multiple VARS, the bottom line can often be misleading. Generally, resellers have very little flexibility in the pricing of the software, but there is a huge amount of flexibility in the pricing for the implementation itself (the services).

  • What is 3 tier Architecture: and Why do You need it

    Three-tier or multi-tier architecture is often used when describing how clients connect to servers. But what does it all mean and do you need to make any changes to your existing infrastructure? Let me try to explain this in non-technical terms (or as close as I can get).

  • Cost Management Knowledge Area

    The cost of a project should be planned, quantified, and measured. The job of the project manager is to tie the cost to activites and resources, and build the estimates accordingly. Most projects start out with a high-level budget before we know the detailed costs. The project manager often gets a budget for the project. However, instead of blindly accepting the budget, the project manager needs to review the scope of the work and the duration estimates created in the Time Management knowledge area in order to come up with a realistic budget. Budgeting by working from the detailed level is called a bottom-up approach and is much easier than working from the top down. This article with cover all the areas needed to successfully manage the cost of the project.