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
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For many organizations, the end of the year is a time to look back and see what was successful. Ultra is no exception. Here, based on views, social media shares and other criteria, are our 12 Best Blog Posts for 2020: 12. Manufacturing Q&A: Optimized Product Configuration, Industry 4.0 and a Better Buying Experience | READ | Our
Manufacturing and distribution organizations initiate business process improvement (BPI) projects to streamline business processes, identify areas where efficiency can be improved, and enable better, more effective utilization of resources and assets. But, experts say, the majority of BPI projects do not achieve their goals. Why do so many
Our consultants are experts in business process improvement, software selection and ERP implementation – and they bring deep industry experience to every engagement. Recently, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner shared his in-depth knowledge of costing and pricing in the metal fabrication industry with The Fabricator, the leading magazine
Right-sizing inventory and wrangling a complex supply chain are challenging in normal times. But the ongoing COVID pandemic is making these core functions even more difficult to handle. Today, the key to surviving – and thriving – is to optimize your processes. But, our ERP experts say, the first step is not new software. It’s an honest,
At this point, business customers, like consumers, expect the Amazon experience: They want what they want ASAP. And they want the buying process to be frictionless. As a distributor, how do you offer that easy, seamless experience to your customers? 1. Ask the big, strategic questions. One of the keys to Amazon’s success is that it goes
For today’s forward-looking distribution organizations, improving productivity is about improving core business processes. How mature are they? How efficient are they? How close are they to best practices? Procure-to-pay – sourcing, planning, buying, receiving, payment – is a core business process that offers exceptional opportunities for
Thanks to technological advances in the industry, the global smart meters market is expected to grow from $20.7 billion in 2020 to $28.6 billion by 2025, a compound annual growth rate of 6.7 percent. For companies at the forefront, it’s a chance to gain ground and boost revenue. Milbank Manufacturing Co. is a company with nearly a century of
Amazon and other top ecommerce companies can offer virtually instant gratification because super-efficient and highly integrated operational processes underneath the buying process make it possible. Do your Order-to-Cash processes – quoting, customer orders, ecommerce, pick/pack/ship, accounts receivable – allow your company to deliver a fast
Global organizations, particularly those dealing in Consumer Goods, often struggle with piecemeal systems, which create inconsistent approaches to business processes and financials. Locations across the globe and multiple currencies make it harder to facilitate a united company structure. Additionally, a diverse supply chain can add
Stories from the Field: On the Front Lines of the Pandemic with Zymo Research Biomedical device and testing equipment enterprises are on the front lines to defeat today’s pandemic, working overtime to supply desperately needed testing and supplies. Many of these enterprises have had similar beginnings – answering an unmet need and putting
Many states have shut down all non-essential businesses – but steel manufacturing is definitely essential. It’s already a challenging industry that requires the right mix of inventory for varied applications, and manufacturers are discovering that they may have too much of one type of steel and not enough of another. COVID-19 social distancing