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A common question small business owners ask themselves is when their business is ready to implement an ERP software application that will replace their existing small business software. Fortunately for the small business owner, there are a number of small business ERP software solutions on the market today that serve as a viable replacement for QuickBooks, Peachtree, and other small business accounting software packages. In my experience, there are three telling signs of when a small business is ready to migrate from its existing small business software to a more sophisticated ERP system. First, the small business is operating in a multitude of software packages based on a given department within the organization. Accounting personnel make journal entries in QuickBooks; warehouse managers enter data into Excel; sales representatives use ACT, Goldmine, Salesforce.com,... (more)

It’s All Fun and Games Until the Website Flops

It’s the moment of truth.  The moment when you finally know whether your new website is a lead machine or a money pit.  It happens. Virtually every business owner with an internet presence has been there.  The moment when your new website is live and you can finally determine if your web design project was a huge success or a dismal failure.  This is the thirty-day mark and what I call the moment of truth. Thirty is the Magic Number Once a new website or redesign is thirty days old, you can start to tell what the world thinks about your SEO, usability, and general esthetics.  Are... (more)

Good Times at WordCamp Detroit 2011

Another year, another WordCamp here in Detroit.  I was excited for it to arrive and I’m definitely sad to see it go.  I love WordCamp almost as much as I love WordPress.  It brings together my favorite things: WordPress and my fellow like-minded geeks.  This year I was able to bring along my possy, which included my assistant Jen (and long time BFF), my fellow internet marketer Rachel, and our collective friend Megan who is completely new to WordPress.  Good times. This year’s WordCamp was hosted at the Detroit RenCen building.  Yes from the image below, you can see the building... (more)

The Secret to Increasing Distribution Service Levels and Fill Rates

A key element to the success of wholesale distributors is to simultaneously manage appropriate inventory levels while maintaining high levels of customer service and satisfaction. Depending on the reliability of the distributor’s supply base, performing these tasks effectively may seem virtually impossible. Achieving desired service and order fill rate goals is based on the successful implementation of an effective inventory replenishment program. While the concepts of inventory replenishment, service levels, and order points have been used for decades, the number of distribution... (more)

The ERP Selection Process

Developing your initial list of potential ERP vendors is a critical step in the ERP selection process. Your initial list of potential ERP suppliers will serve as the basis for which suppliers you will send Request for Information (RFI) documents. Suppliers’ responses to the RFI will in turn help you to eliminate some ERP vendors and move forward with others to conduct initial remote software demonstrations. The vendors’ performance during these initial demonstrations will then help you to select which suppliers you will send a Request for Proposal (RFP), invite to conduct on-site... (more)