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Integrating your tech: is your stack working together to deliver data results?

In a manufacturing or wholesale business, there is a lot of information to keep track of. As an IT manager, you might find that everyone is looking to you for all the answers too, which can be stressful. However, as we all know, it’s very difficult to provide solutions when the information you are looking for is scattered everywhere. This can include everything from spreadsheets  to CRM to your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

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Topics: Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance

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Integrating your tech: is your stack working together to deliver data results?

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In a manufacturing or wholesale business, there is a lot of information to keep track of. As an IT manager, you might find that everyone is looking to you for all the answers too, which can be stressful. However, as we all know, it’s very difficult to provide solutions when the information you are looking for is scattered everywhere. This can include everything from spreadsheets  to CRM to your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

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Topics: Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance

Increase data visibility into your business

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Business leaders want to make decisions faster and with more efficiency.  Without visible data that is accessible and organized, it’s nearly impossible to make well-informed decisions. Liked driving a car on a foggy road at night, you will have difficulty identifying the best route or avoiding potential obstacles on the road. However, with data visibility, you have the clarity to make good decisions at the right time, as well as the flexibility to respond to potential challenges.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Industry - Electrical, Job Role - Executive

Loeb Electric spots trends using data analytics

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As Loeb Electric grew and data inquiries increased, the company needed better technology. The company was ready to try a different approach to Excel and CRM for analysis and reporting. After evaluating a variety of solutions, Loeb choose Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) powered by Phocas which integrates with its Epicor Eclipse ERP system.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Industry - Electrical

Established BI solutions vs. in-house development

Established BI solutions vs in-house development

Management teams are no longer questioning whether or not to dig into the data; rather it’s which is the best tool to use for their businesses: an established, dedicated data analytics solution or software developed in-house. IT managers usually lead the project to find the best solution for the ERP and tech stack. Have you considered the resources, usability, scalability and cost associated with each path?

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

5 important characteristics of an effective KPI

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For a growing business to remain competitive, it’s important to regularly track how its company-wide goals are progressing. Setting key performance indicators (KPIs) is one of the easiest ways to do this. 

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Topics: Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

Midway Dental uses data to take advantage of industry growth

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Midway Dental is a second-generation company and the fastest-growing full-service dental supply company in the United States. This growth has come from the consolidation of the industry and Midway supplying much larger customers. It is also a result of Midway having greater visibility of its data, which was achieved by adding Epicor Data Analytics (EDA), powered by Phocas, to the company’s Epicor Prophet 21 (P21) backbone.

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Topics: Case Study, ERP - Epicor Prophet 21, partners

Are you treating your data as an asset?

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While most executives understand that their data is an asset, many haven’t harnessed the valuable insights accessible with a data analytics solution.  The immense amount of data you generate may seem impossible to understand, but data analytics will transform it into clear, actionable information.  Another way at looking at data, if you closed your doors tomorrow, what would the new owner be most interested in? – the products on your shelves or the insights into your customers?

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Marketing

Beat your competition with the data you already have

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In the course of daily operations, companies often generate a great deal of data that can be leveraged to gain a significant advantage over their competition. This data includes information about sales, marketing, inventory, financials, employees and more.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Executive

CRM + business intelligence =great decision making

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A customer relationship management (CRM) system gathers and consolidates raw data from customer interactions into a single database. CRM systems then combine this raw and contextual data to evaluate and classify customers. Because a CRM system offers limited analysis, implementing a business intelligence (BI) solution along with your CRM creates a powerful tool for customer-centric companies. In this blog, we will discuss how combining a BI solution with a CRM delivers faster decision-making. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Marketing, CRM

Reduce costs with data analytics

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Your seemingly unimportant data can be used to help your company lower costs which increases profits. When companies gain more experience in analyzing data, the real costs to serve become more visible. Instead of cutting costs at random, data analytics provides insight to make strategic adjustments. Companies who can quantify gains from analyzing data report an average 10% reduction in costs each year. In addition to lowering costs, data analysis helps companies invest capital more efficiently. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Job Role - Marketing

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