Year in Review: Our 5 Best Conversations of 2020

One of the many things that made 2020 difficult was the near impossibility of spontaneous, “watercooler” conversations about our projects, ERP technologies, industries and the business environment. Fortunately, we were able to chat virtually with our top consultants and other industry experts to get their take on a variety of important topics. And here, based on views, social media shares and other criteria, are our 5 Best Conversations of 2020:

5. ERP Conversation: ‘Hidden’ Manufacturing Capacity and Smart Technologies

Our Michael Chesin spoke with Andrew Robling, Principal Product Manager at Epicor Software Corp., about how to use Industry 4.0 technologies to find and access hidden manufacturing capacity. I READ |


4. Food & Beverage Q&A: COVID Challenges, What We See Now and How ERP Enables Agility

Our Tim Green spoke with Aaron Olin, an Ultra Senior Consultant, about the state of the food & beverage industry and how companies are meeting the unfamiliar challenges of these unusual and difficult times. | READ |

3. Manufacturing Q&A: Causes and Cost of Recalls, and the Role of ERP in Traceability

Our Dave Lechleitner talked with Roger Landman, SYSPRO Product Operations Manager, about traceablity, the causes and cost of recalls, and how modern ERP solutions offer powerful support for quality systems. | READ |

2.  Manufacturing Q&A: Optimized Product Configuration, Industry 4.0 and a Better Buying Experience

Our Michael Chesin spoke with Nick Castellina, Industry & Solution Strategy for Infor, about leveraging Indusry 4.0 technologies to optimize the customer experience.. | READ |

1.  Food & Beverage Q&A: Experts on How to Survive and Thrive in the “New Now”

Our Tim Green asked two of our top Food & Beverage consultants, Rafael Calderon and Aaron Olin, what manufacturers, processors and distributors need to know to survive and thrive in today’s difficult business environment. | READ |

The 7 Deadly Sins of ERP Implementation

Some mistakes are just bad strategic or financial decisions. Some are the inevitable consequence of situational or organizational factors. Some, however, are the result of process-oriented or people-centric choices – and are easily avoided. These are The Seven Deadly Sins of ERP Implementation.

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Jeff is the founder of Ultra Consultants, a well-known voice in the ERP consulting industry and an expert on ERP solutions for discrete and process manufacturers. Over the last 40-plus years, his companies have helped more than 2,000 organizations improve their business processes, select ERP software and implement advanced solutions.

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