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Manufacturers Give Back

Manufacturers do more than create jobs, generate economic growth, and make the products we all depend on.  For example: Ball Corporation and its employees raised almost $1 million for two Colorado United Way chapters in a mere one week time span in October.  All told, over the last decade, the United Way has received more than $6 million from Ball and its employees. Ball is one of the many manufacturers across the country doing great work in the communities in which they operate. Manufacturers give back all year round and make improving their communities a priority. So thanks to Ball Corporation’s employees–and the millions of other manufacturing employees in this country–who are continuing manufacturers’ legacy of serving their communities and helping those in need.

MRP Consulting is giving back as well. We are available, at ZERO cost to you, for a 1-day onsite visit in which we will map out your current processes and measure them again your current systems. Sometimes a “tune-up” is all that is needed to keep your business running as it should. We can all agree that having the right software will not only improve internal processes and productivity, but will also improve customer relationships.

Give us a call today.

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Tags: Manufacturers, Ball Corporation, Colorado United Way

Dynamics GP vs. NetSuite: A True Story of Flexibility

One of the greatest selling points of NetSuite is its packaged cloud functionality that reduces upfront IT costs and speeds up and simplifies deployment.  While this is what drives many businesses to select a NetSuite solution, it is also the reason they leave NetSuite.  NetSuite lacks the one thing that organizations need to thrive in a dynamic marketplace: flexibility. We are currently...

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Tags: California Microsoft Dynamics GP partner, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics vs. On Demand/Online Packages, Hosted/On Demand/SAAS/Cloud

Why Manufacturers Should Invest in ERP Software and Technology

Most manufacturers are very concerned with operations and place less emphasis on the finance or accounting operations.  They understand where their money is made: on the plant floor. However, this thought process can often lead to much less attention being paid to how much time clerks are spending entering data and how much time is spent finding and adjusting inventory. I have seen...

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Tags: chemical manufacturing, ERP, food manufacturing, formula based manufacturing, formula manufacturing, inventory management, process manufacturing, recipe manufacturing, California Microsoft Partner, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics ERP for Manufacturing, ERP Software Information, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Functionality

Manufacturing revs up in good sign for economy

The U.S. economy has been showing signs of gathering some speed recently. Factories are running at a faster pace; inflation is almost nonexistent; and there's even been some hiring, recent data show. The speed bump on the road ahead may be Europe, however, economists say.

"The consistent theme in the recent flow of economic data has been one of accelerating momentum in economic activity,"...

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Tags: economy, employment, fed, inflation, workplace

Manufacturing Productivity Jumps 5.4 Percent in Third Quarter

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm business labor productivity rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter, with unit labor costs falling 2.4 percent. (All percentages are in annual rates of growth.) For manufacturers, we saw a return to healthy 5.4 percent jump in productivity. For durable goods industries, the increase was even larger at 9.9 percent. Other than in the second quarter...

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Tags: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Fastest-Growing U.S. Manufactured Goods Export Market this Year is….

No,not China!  Its Chile!

Of the 25 largest markets for U.S. exports of manufactured goods, so far this year the title of fastest-growing goes to Chile, where U.S. exports of manufactured goods are up 41.9 percent through August, two and a half times as fast as the 16 percent increase in U.S. exports to the world. Exports to Chile have been spurred particularly by a 70 percent increase...

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Tags: exports, manufactured goods exports, manufacturers, manufacturing

Manufactured Goods Exports Outpace Imports

Exports of manufactured goods continued to dominate total U.S. exports in September, per the Commerce Department trade data released today.  Manufactured goods accounted for 80 percent of goods exports and nearly 60 percent of overall exports of goods and services in September.

Manufactured goods exports in September were $100 billion — 15 percent larger than in September 2010,...

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Tags: free trade agreements, international trade, manufacturers, manufacturing

Beware of ERP Software Demos

If you have ever gone shopping for any business software that required more than a little spending money, you have probably met with vendors and tried out demos of their products. For the vendors, it is all about emotions. When it is time for the demo, the logical discussion is over, and the vendor is hoping to impress you and draw you in with the software’s sparkly visual appeal...

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Tags: California GP Great Plains Partner, California Microsoft Partner, erp software demo, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Choosing a VAR/Partner

Manufacturing and the World Series

I read an interesting article a few days ago from the Texas Department of Agriculture titled ‘Without Agriculture There Would be No World Series’. This title peaked my interest since I was up late watching the Rangers and Cardinals. I had no rooting interest in either team but that is an altogether different story. Reading this article was very interesting; it lists all the...

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Tags: California manufacturing, California manufacturing software, California Microsoft Partner, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics ERP for Manufacturing, Dynamics GP 2010, ERP Software Information

Are You Confident Your ERP Software is Running Correctly?

A study which was published last month, found that just seven per cent of business bosses are confident the software their company is running is deployed correctly. How can that be possible? Were they present during the planning phase and beta-test period when the software was rolled out? Did they forget to mention an important function that they wanted in their software? Maybe...

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Tags: business intelligence, California Dynamics GP Partner, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Accounting Software Research, Choosing a VAR/Partner, ERP Software Implementation Tips, ERP Software Information, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Functionality

Stay Focused and Stay Sharp

Someone who seems to be knowledgeable in a broad range of trades but is not necessarily great at any particular one is commonly referred to as a “Jack of all Trades, Master of None”.  A similar effect can
happen with business applications too. Organizations can take the right path to software selection by being laser-focused on the business issues that need to be addressed...

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Tags: accounting software cost, Dynamics GP 2010, ERP Software, ERP Software Information, ERP Software Selection, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Microsoft Dynamics GP partner, California Microsoft Partner, Accounting Software Research, Accounting Software Selection Tips, Choosing a VAR/Partner, Compare Accounting Software Packages, ERP Software Implementation Tips, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Functionality

Microsoft SQL Server Advantage

When choosing a new ERP system, (financial management or accounting solution) it is important to consider the technical underpinnings and the advantages during the software evaluation process.  Microsoft
Dynamics® GP is built on Microsoft SQL® Server, which has many advantages when using, maintaining, and reporting on the system.

SQL Server is a relational database created...

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Tags: Accounting Software Selection, Dynamics GP 2010, ERP Software, Microsoft Dynamics GP, California Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Accounting Software Selection Tips, Compare Accounting Software Packages

Report Shows Manufacturing Sector Still Growing

A monthly manufacturing survey from the Institute for Supply Management released Monday shows the factory sector is still growing, albeit modestly. The ISM’s U.S. manufacturing ISM index showed a reading of 51.6 for September, coming in above expectations after a reading of 50.6 in August. A reading above 50 indicates growth in the sector. Separately, a report on U.S. construction spending...

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Tags: economy, manufacturing, ism

Data Migration and ERP Implementations: Do Not Be Afraid

You’ve undoubtedly heard the horror stories of botched data migration and the disastrous effects it can have on ERP implementations. Some businesses are so terrified of the process that they remain prisoners to their ill-fitting, work-around accounting software, when what they need is an integrated business management solution. Data migration doesn’t have to be a nightmare.&nbsp...

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Tags: Data Migration for Microsoft Dynamics GP, ERP implementation tips, California Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Accounting Software Research, Accounting Software Selection Tips, Dynamics vs. Entry Level Accounting Software Packages, Dynamics vs. Midmarket Accounting Software Packages

TrophyWare vs Software That Just Works

Microsoft, Oracle, SAP...these are the big dogs in ERP software. Yes I know there are others...nobody invests back into ther systems and has the resourses that these three companies have to keep their respective systems on the forefront of technology. Only Microsoft invests more into their systems more than Oracle and SAP...combined!

Sure, if you are looking for an ERP system that will...

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Tags: California microsoft dynamics GP partner, California Microsoft Partner, Dynamics GP Distribution

What A Prospect Learned When They Didn’t Choose Microsoft Dynamics GP

I recently checked back with my champion at a prospect client, a sale which I lost about four months ago. The selected upgraded software is purchased; the annual plan locked in; funds are spent for implementation, consulting, travel expenses, and training. All that’s left is “free” online training. The key employee that drove the decision has dug his heels in to defend the implementation...

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Tags: consultant, Dynamics GP, implementation, Microsoft Dynamics GP, California Dynamics GP Partner, Wholesale Distribution, Compare Accounting Software Packages, Cost of Accounting Software, Dynamics vs. Midmarket Accounting Software Packages, ERP Software Implementation Tips, ERP Software Information, ISV/Add On Products, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Training

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