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What is Business Process Improvement (BPI)? And Why is it Important?

The primary function of an ERP solution is to help your organization efficiently and effectively execute core business processes. And when you concentrate on streamlining and integrating your processes, you virtually ensure that you will realize improved productivity, accelerated workflows and lower operational costs – benefits that drive higher business performance.
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15 Causes of ERP Project Failure

A modern ERP solution can enable extraordinary new efficiencies, provide valuable new capabilities, deliver critical insight and, ultimately, supercharge your organization. But it is one of the most complex, time-consuming and high-risk projects your organization will ever undertake. And it’s easy to make mistakes – like these 15 – that will result in failure.
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Less Angst, More Savings: How to Negotiate the Best Software Deal (Video)

Acquiring complicated ERP software and enterprise solutions is, um, complicated. And negotiating the best-possible deal is difficult – and not something organizations do often. Most companies end up paying more than they should – for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We asked Ultra Senior Consultant Ernie Eichenbaum, an expert in effective negotiation, for his advice. Learn how he approaches the software contract process in this excerpt from a recent webinar.
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Today’s Top ERP Software Solutions

The right ERP solution can deliver the capabilities you need to improve processes, find new efficiencies, enhance decision-making, increase velocity, reduce waste and, perhaps most important, ensure that your company can prosper despite any challenges that lie ahead. But what is the best ERP solution for your organization? Learn which ERPs are best suited to the food & beverage, industrial equipment manufacturing, fabricated metal products manufacturing and distribution industries.
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Six Digital Transformation Pain Points Food Companies Need to Avoid in 2022

Food companies turned to technology in 2021 to enable pandemic pivots, streamline operations, address supply chain issues, expand and diversify their roster of suppliers. The manufacturers and distributors that did not make changes continued to struggle. And this will be the case for 2022 as well, as demand, especially in e-commerce, is expected to increase.
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2021 in Review: Our Top 10 Blogs

The end of the year is the perfect time to look back and see what was successful (and what was not). And at Ultra Consultants, we like to use this opportunity to evaluate our interaction with customers, potential customers and the manufacturing and distribution industries via our ERP-focused blog. Here, based on the number of page visits are our 10 most-read blogs for 2021. Check out these informative articles featuring the knowledge and insight of our expert consultants.
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2021 in Review: Our Top 5 Most-Downloaded Ebooks

For many organizations, the end of the year is a time to look back and see what was successful. And Ultra Consultants is no exception. Here, based on the number of downloads from ultraconsultants.com, are our 5 most downloaded ebooks for 2021. Know more. Read these informative ebooks featuring the knowledge and insight of our expert consultants.
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Micro Control Starts Transformation With Business Process Focus

To be managed effectively, achieve client goals and deliver value, ERP projects require structure. At Ultra, this framework is provided by our methodology. To show how we apply this proven step-by-step process and how each phase informs the one that comes next, this blog takes us inside Micro Control Company's recent ERP project, starting with business process improvement (BPI).
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Smart Shortcuts? Strategies to Accelerate the ERP Software Selection Timeline (Video)

What strategies can be used to accelerate the ERP software selection timeline? Skipping the long list of vendors and going straight to the short list. Leveraging standard requirements lists. Using cross-functional teams to simplify requirements gathering. But will these shortcuts make it more difficult to choose right solution for your organization and processes? And will they potentially be a big mistake in the long term?
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Benefit or Blunder? How to Safely and Successfully Fast-Track ERP Software Selection (Video)

Is it possible to fast-track your ERP software selection? Yes. Is it a good idea? Maybe. Only if you can avoid some common pitfalls, overcome obstacles and meet some critical prerequisites. And you will need to be super-prepared. Get valuable and practical insight into how to safely and successfully accelerate your software selection from project management experts from Ultra and QAD.
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How Your Legacy ERP is Holding Back Your Business and Hurting your Revenue (Video)

Your old technology can be the reason you lose customers or fail to maximize their lifetime value. And it may hurt your ability to hire and retain top talent. What is the definition of a "legacy" ERP system? What are the problems that come with using yesterday's software to manage today's enterprises? What are the shortcomings of old software? Get the answers, and learn more by viewing the full webinar on-demand.
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R&L Spring Company Begins Business Process Improvement

Successful, goal-achieving ERP projects require structure. At Ultra, this framework is provided by our methodology. To show it in action – and reveal why it’s critical to success – we are going to follow a single ERP project for a client: R&L Spring Company. Along the way, we’ll share the project’s real-life challenges (and solutions) and provide an insider’s view of a business transformation.
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