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Digital Transformation: Competing in the Digital Age: It seems that every year a new technology appears in the press that distributors need to understand. We had to learn about CRM, BI, Cloud and E-Commerce to name a few and now along comes Digital Transformation the latest trend that requires your attention. It refers to the transformation that is occurring in every industry by the usage of technology. Wholesale distribution is near the top of the list. Almost every month, a new article is published about a distribution company implementing a new digital initiative. Last month, there have been articles in SmartBrief’s and MDM on this topic. In addition, Mike Marks and Mark Dancer have spoken on the topic. This article will provide you with a primer on the topic. READ MORE>>

Artificial Intelligence in Business - Beyond SciFi: Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business sound like the stuff of science fiction? For smaller companies it does, since the focus is on competing with technology heavy companies like Amazon. How can AI be a realistic or useful way to optimize business
intelligence and processes when most distribution companies are focused on replacing legacy ERP systems and implementing warehouse and e-Commerce solutions? At the same time, leading tech companies are propelling businesses into the future with their current and upcoming implementations of Cloud technology, machine learning and AI. Distribution and Manufacturing companies need to understand how these advancements will impact them in the future and see how these new technologies will change their competitive landscape. READ MORE>>

3 Things to Consider When Evaluating Cloud Versus On-Premise ERP: Is your organization evaluating whether to host your new ERP solution in the cloud or on-premise, or maybe even a hybrid solution? The biggest distinction in making this critical decision is the different deployment method used by cloud ERP and on-premise ERP. Cloud-based software is hosted on the vendor’s servers and accessed through a web browser. On-premise software is installed locally on a company’s own computers and servers managed by an internal or external IT staff. If your organization is deciding on how to deploy ERP software, consider three key factors: 1. Costs. 2. System updates and customizations. 3. Security and data. READ MORE>>

5 Signs Your Company Should Implement A New ERP System: There comes a time in every organization when you begin to have doubts about your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Is it time to replace the current ERP and start evaluating other ERP systems in the marketplace? If your organization is facing some of the issues listed with your current ERP system, then it may be time to look for a new ERP solution. READ MORE>>

5 Reasons Why ERP Software Implementations Fail - And What You Can Do About It: 1. Lack of planning-unclear vision, goals and approach. 2. Lack of resources dedicated to the project (staff time, user involvement, project management). 3. Lack of executive support and commitment. 4. Fear of change. 5. Fear of technology. READ MORE>>

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Consulting - Distribution Software Solutions, Consulting, and More: This is the place to find the information you need! At Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, Business Processes and Systems Group, you’ll have instant access to a vast array of resources to aid in the decision-making process. With our help, you can sift through endless options in ERP software and more from the leading names in the industry. Our goal is to help you tap into expertise in the field so you find the answers you need when you need them most. Let Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services simplify your search for the business software you need. Read more about the resources you’ll find on our website. READ MORE>>

Getting Out of "Do-do": In the July Strictly Business Newsletter, Steve Epner writes about the importance of getting work done, attaining results and moving forward. READ MORE>>

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services 2016 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guides: 5. Easy to read. 4. They include a wealth of information. 3. Content is specific to niche vertical markets. 2. Are a tool for software selection. 1. Free to download and request print copies. READ MORE>>