Supply Chains Under Stress: Best practices to manage your inventory

Webcast: Supply Chains Under Stress: Best practices to manage your inventory (recorded webcast)

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Supply chain disruptions have been a huge challenge so far in 2020. To manage this volatile time, businesses need to implement warehouse best practices with their people, their processes, and their technology.

In our webcast, we joined up with Russ Graf from NETSTOCK for a special session on what distributors, manufacturers, and retailers can do right now to weather the storm. We’ll look at how to optimize supply chain operations and mitigate risks, including useful tips and perspectives that you can use right away.

Here are some key points that we covered:

  • What we learned from the supply chain shocks caused by Covid-19
  • The disruptions that regularly affect supply chains
  • How to leverage communication and process to deal with disruptions
  • Deep dive into inventory replenishment and demand forecasting
  • Best practices to implement to secure your supply chain operations

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Why manufacturing compliance is good for business

By | ERP, Manufacturing | No Comments

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Time to make the donuts” was the theme of an old advertisement by Dunkin Donuts. You may identify with the baker in the ad when you think of the drudgery to maintain compliance with manufacturing regulations. But just like the baker in the Dunkin Donuts ad, complying with government regulations can reap many benefits. With a strong compliance program run through your Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) software, you can become a lean, mean manufacturing machine.

Here are some of the benefits of being in compliance:

Compliance improves product quality and consistency

Government compliance regulations can be used to set the bar for the quality of your products. When everyone in the company knows the goal you must attain, everyone will be working toward that goal together. By staying in compliance, your product quality will stay consistently high. Compliance can be used as a means of encouraging your business to be the poster child of best practice. While competitors may be inclined to cut corners, you will have a competitive advantage by maintaining high adherence to regulations.

Compliance facilitates innovation

There’s nothing like an upcoming audit or the possibility of a hefty fine to motivate a company to review and improve its processes. With a strong compliance program, you will be set up to review your processes ahead of an audit and make changes or find new areas to improve. Also, if your manufacturing business is compliant by design, you will be set up to innovate when there are changes in technology, laws, or customer expectations.

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Compliance makes happy customers

Complying with government regulations is great for customer satisfaction on many levels. First, it will show your customers that you care about keeping them safe. Second, product quality and consistency mentioned above will give customers confidence in knowing what they are buying. In a world of increasing uncertainty, customers gravitate toward brands they trust and that make them feel safe, giving you an edge over your competition.

Finally, a fragmented compliance process can mean that customers need to jump through hoops to get the product and related information they need. A streamlined compliance system will get your customers on their way with product and information in hand.

Happy and healthy customers? Now that’s a company that customers will want to do business with again and again.

Compliance boosts the bottom line

Manufacturers with strong compliance cultures outperform their counterparts. Don’t believe it? According to this Assent study, the top ten companies using compliance software achieved an average total return of 247%, and a 28% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Over the same five year period, the S&P 500 had a total return of 85%, and a CAGR of only 13%.

ERP streamlines compliance management

Staying in compliance isn’t easy, but with the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and a Quality Management System (QMS), you can set up your company for automatic compliance processes that will become second nature to every employee. Recent trends show an ERP improves 95% of businesses who implement it.

NexTec can help you select the right ERP system for your manufacturing business. Contact us today and start using compliance as a competitive weapon to improve your business and grow profits.

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How Acumatica helps manage distribution

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Gain real-time insights into your warehouse, sales and inventory with Acumatica’s Distribution ERP software.

Wholesalers and distributors need Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help them reduce risk and provide real-time intelligence on key performance indicators (KPIs). Data in real-time means better decisions on distribution management, inventory control, order processing, order management, and stock forecasting.

Learn more about how Acumatica data-driven insights help distribution businesses.

Common challenges in distribution

Distributors industry rel on customers needing a steady flow of products. Yet unpredictable changes in B2C or B2B demand can leave distributors with excess or insufficient inventory.

Supply chain management is another challenge for many in the distribution business. Automation is critical for modern supply chain wholesalers and distributors that need real-time alerts for better ordering and warehouse management.

Distribution relies on speed, so optimizing picking, labeling, compliance, order processing, and shipping are key areas where better efficiency means improved profit margins.

These challenges are why distributors need a top-notch ERP distribution system that can help them manage their supply chain and logistics. Ideally, your ERP application should include inventory management, order management, fleet management, order processing, shipping, and integration with CRM and business intelligence.

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Learn what’s in your warehouses at any time with warehouse and inventory management tools from Acumatica.

Choose Acumatica to manage your distribution

Acumatica Cloud ERP – Distribution Edition is built to help you manage your logistics and supply chain, improve customer satisfaction, reduce order times, and control costs. The Distribution Edition is cloud-based and fully integrated with manufacturing, field service, project accounting, and Acumatica CRM. The Distribution Edition includes:

  • Warehouse management
  • Advanced inventory management
  • Requisition management
  • Sales order management
  • Order processing
  • Purchase order management
  • Advanced financials

Here’s how Acumatica – Distribution Edition can help your business.

  • Key Performance Indicators. Most businesses use common KPIs such as cash flow, sales, and margins to measure performance at a point in time. Acumatica – Distribution Edition includes dashboards and reports with KPIs that matter to distributors, including inventory turnover ratio for high- and low-turnover items, on-time shipping ratio, and profitability by item.
  • Warehouse Management. Use barcode scanners and customized workflows to automate core warehouse functions, including picking, packaging, purchase order receiving, reshelving, transferring, and counting. Workers can use preprinted smart scan sheets for hands-free operations while lot and serial number tracking reduce mistakes.
  • Inventory Management. Acumatica helps you know what’s in your warehouse at any moment. With Inventory Management, you can segment inventory by class, know product availability across multiple warehouses, highlight out-of-date stock, and set reorder points. Use multiple valuation methods to manage costs accurately across multiple locations.
  • Sales Order Management. Integrate your sales workflows with automation tools that save time and improve customer experiences. With Sales Order Management, you can set up status change alerts and predefine order types with inventory allocation rules for better workflows, order processing, and document management. You can also set up volumes, quantity discounts, and preferred pricing for individual customers.
  • Requisition Management. Eliminate paperwork with automation software that streamlines complex purchasing processes, including sales quotes, approvals, and vendor bidding.

Acumatica – Distribution Edition is designed to solve your most significant business challenges. NexTec Group is a gold-certified Acumatica partner and has deep experience in ERP implementation. If you are a wholesaler, distributor, or manufacturer, we can help you streamline your distribution processes and get up and running with Acumatica. Learn how to manage your distribution business in the Cloud today. Manage your business in the cloudAdditional distribution resources

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Top 4 pandemic challenges for manufacturers and how to solve them

Top 4 pandemic challenges for manufacturers and how to solve them

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Like all other industries, manufacturing faces several challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Here are four challenges to consider, along with some ways to turn challenges into opportunities.

Top 4 pandemic challenges for manufacturers and how to solve themChallenge 1: Access to data while working remotely

To socially distance and keep the virus at bay, many manufacturing employees need to work from home but still have access to the information they need for their daily work. However, a strictly on-premise ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution landlocks information and requires employees to be physically present onsite in order to get the data they need. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, that is no longer a sustainable option.

A cloud-based ERP solution enables your workforce to access essential systems from anywhere at any time. Your business operations can continue to run smoothly even when your offices sit empty.

A cloud-based ERP also integrates with collaborative tools, enabling your staff to maintain productivity and work together on projects already in development, ensuring your company does not miss a beat, despite the changed circumstances.

Challenge 2: Supplier management

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the manufacturing supply chain. Many manufacturers that once relied heavily on imports and parts from suppliers in other countries now find themselves scrambling to find new sources either in-country or from areas less affected by COVID-19.

The World Economic Forum notes on the subject: “In the near term, it is expected that companies will begin seeking out a more diversified supplier base while looking to develop a flexible, but cost-efficient, supply chain. For the longer term, however, companies will need to undertake a more holistic analysis, which may lead to more drastic changes, such as moving supply chains nearby, or to different countries, as well as increasing the digitalizing of supply chains, with a view of creating a more sustainable operation for the future.”

Manufacturers that have moved to a cloud-based ERP system are better able to meet supply chain challenges during a crisis. That is because Cloud ERPs offer modern supply management tools with data and analysis available in real-time that provide a clear view of the status of supplies and the needs across the company. With up-to-date information, you can forecast and reallocate supplies and costs as needed, giving you the agility and flexibility that older ERP systems may not offer.

Challenge 3: Traceability and product recall management

Pandemic or not, manufacturers always face the challenge of product traceability and product recall management. However, in light of increased scrutiny and emphasis on product safety and consumer health, the ability to track products and immediately initiate recalls when problems are detected is essential.

Cloud-based ERP software integrates information from multiple disparate sources into a single source of truth, giving you end-to-end visibility into your products, from raw materials through sale and distribution. That means you can instantly track specific products, initiate a product recall if needed, and oversee all tracking operations from anywhere at any time via the device of your choice.

Challenge 4: Maintaining a 360-degree view of operations

With some staff working remotely, your production teams working in staggered shifts to accommodate social distancing mandates, your product lines shifting to meet new market demands, and your supply chain partners changing rapidly, getting a clear picture of operations is a little like trying to hit a moving target.

The right ERP solution addresses that challenge by pulling all the data you need from multiple sources into one system so that you can easily use it for analysis and reporting. With intuitive dashboards and built-in reporting capabilities, you can quickly get a 360-degree view of your company and gain the insights you need to make good decisions, whether you are dealing with a global pandemic or not.

Acumatica: A Cloud-Based ERP for Manufacturers

Acumatica Cloud ERP – Manufacturing Edition is made specifically for the manufacturing industry. It offers a complete, multi-site manufacturing control and planning system for manufacturers of any type, including make-to-stock, make-to-order, configure-to-order, engineer-to-order, project-centric, job shop, repetitive, and batch manufacturing.

It is a complete manufacturing automation solution that integrates shop floor with sales, accounting, ordering, projects, and inventory in real-time. With Acumatica, you can know exactly where you stand at any moment with real-time reporting and analytics. It also enables real-time collaboration with staff, customers, and suppliers from a single source of truth for your company.

NexTec is proud to be an Acumatica Gold Certified Partner. Since 1994, NexTec Group has been in the business of software, and as a leading reseller of Acumatica, we have helped manufacturers just like you to implement the solution and realize the benefits of Acumatica. Take the Acumatica product tour today and discover how to streamline your manufacturing business.

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Acumatica: Ideal for Field, Professional and Oilfield Services

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Oilfield services companies need solutions that allow for precise project accounting, data collection and analytics.

If your company is in the business of service, such as a professional firm or a resources exploration company, you need a way to keep everyone connected.

With the right ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, you’ll have the power to connect your business’s core components with your service teams and help them be more productive and coordinated. As a result, you’ll have better outcomes for your business and your customers.

An ERP in the Cloud is even better because service teams will be able to access ERP data no matter where they are and at any time as long as they have an internet-enabled mobile device. Field service management, professional service management, and oilfield service management will all benefit with a Cloud ERP.

A Cloud ERP solves these common challenges for service companies:

  • Unites teams and departments with the bigger picture
  • Helps meet customer expectations for reliability and on-time delivery
  • Helps ensure compliance with local, state, federal, international, and industry mandates
  • Centralizes company and client knowledge that all teams can access

Acumatica Cloud ERP is designed to deliver on the greatest needs of field service management, professional services, and oilfield services. Here’s how:

Field Service Management

Field service management operations have to address a wide range of customer demands and complexities in scheduling, operational efficiency, and logistics. Among the common challenges are:

  • More product complexity as the variety of and technology used in products grows. Items such as refrigerators, washing machines, and HVAC systems are increasingly “smart.” These connected devices require technicians that can address mechanical and digital issues
  • Increased competition in both product sales and service providers
  • Ever-increasing customer demands and expectations
  • Staff turnover due to retention challenges and an aging workforce

Professional Service Management

Professional service firms are selling an intangible product – time and knowledge. Their challenges are related to workload management and balancing client services with sales and marketing. Consulting, law, accounting, and other professional services businesses are looking for:

  • Streamlined professional service management
  • Commercialization of data and insights delivered via automation solutions
  • Technology that can automate complex processes by breaking them into simple components such as research, data analytics, document assembly, contract management, and project management
  • Data agility for better collection, storage, reporting, and usage of large amounts of information that provides faster, accurate insights and solutions for clients
  • Efficient technology that lets employees focus on critical, strategic tasks instead of administrative responsibilities

Oilfield Service Management

Complex oilfield service management projects occurring in multiple geographies require tools to collect and transmit large data sets in real-time that can inform key decisions. Oilfield services companies often grapple with:

  • Managing and planning for risk
  • Maintaining financial control across projects in different areas and under different legal structures
  • Supporting upstream players via repair and maintenance of wells and drilling equipment, drilling rig leasing, and seismic data processing
  • Real-time visibility into production costs, yields, and outcomes
  • Data sharing across multiple systems
  • Improved production planning
  • Compliance with multiple regulatory mandates
  • Optimizing field logistics and the supply chain
  • Tracking equipment and other assets

These challenges are among the core reasons to use a Cloud ERP.

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Field services companies are facing increasingly complex products and more demanding customers.

Advantages of a Cloud ERP for services companies

Why are more service companies turning to Cloud ERP to help manage their businesses? Because Cloud ERP brings all departments together into one system and allows everyone to access data and reports any time and anywhere.

Here are some of the advantages of choosing a Cloud ERP:

  • Integration. Eliminate costly third-party integration services, expensive add-ons, and increase efficiency with a completely integrated system that provides a single source of truth and can be used across the company.
  • Accurate, efficient data. With one data source, there’s no need to re-enter information in different systems, resulting in fewer errors and more accuracy.
  • Streamlined operations. Processes for working together and sharing data are streamlined with everyone working in one Cloud ERP across the company, including finance, customer relations, distribution, project management, operations, project accounting, and service management.
  • Anywhere access. With cloud-based access and mobile applications, users can access information, files, and reports from any internet-connected device at any time and from any location.
  • Security. Service companies have legal and regulatory mandates for how data is collected, stored, and used, especially client data. A top-notch Cloud ERP is very secure using the most rigorous encryption and software protection.
  • Lower operational costs. With Cloud ERP there is no on-premise equipment to install, configure, maintain, and upgrade.
  • Production planning.  Companies can use predictive analytics to maintain production schedules and keep up with demand.
  • Scalability. As your business grows, your Cloud ERP scales with you.
  • Relationship management. By giving your off-site teams access to information. They will be able to answer customer questions and know the current status of the account while on the job. In addition, you can give your partners, suppliers, and customers access to their own data so they will be able to see the status without making a call to your office. Management will benefit from a 360-degree view of customer interactions with sales, marketing, finance, fulfillment, and customer service.
  • Customer management. Manage leads, contacts, accounts, and cases with a consolidated view of all prospects and customers.
  • Automated sales and marketing. Integrate your Cloue ERP with sales and marketing automation tools that track, manage, and assign leads to sales teams, resulting in shorter sales cycles and increased closed-business rates.
  • Contract and order management. Use company-defined sales workflows to expedite orders and contract creation and execution with tools to handle discounting, flexible pricing, variable service rates, and long-term or warranty-specific support cycles.
  • Adaptability. Cloud ERP is designed to respond to ever-evolving and changing customer demands for better service, incorporating cloud computing, business intelligence, analytics, automation, e-commerce, and mobile technologies.
  • Better insights and productivity. Business processes intelligence tools and dashboards deliver insights into client trends and purchasing patterns that increase billable hours and staff productivity.
  • Integrated document management. Share invoices, customer interactions, inquiries, and contracts across disciplines to provide consistent and coordinated service. Automated and rules-based workflows route documents, track activity, avoid delays, and signal when a step in the process is behind schedule.
  • Logistical control. Dispatch calendar boards optimize travel routes, rearrange appointment orders, schedule, and dispatch employees to the right job at the right time.
  • Time and expense management. Make timesheet and expense report entry easy for your employees, subcontractors, and partners with capabilities on mobile devices. Accelerate project cost collection and reporting by consolidating expenses and allocating shared expenses.
  • Project accounting. Manage project budgeting, billing, and profitability across projects, employees, materials, resources, and tasks. Project accounting integrates with general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and inventory management.
  • Improved cash flow. Fulfill orders and requests faster with fewer mistakes which translates to faster collection and reconciliation.
  • Collaboration. Cloud ERP streamlines internal collaboration and partnership with freelancers, contractors, partners, and customers.
  • Employee empowerment. With a single source of data and a complete view of client engagement, employees have a more complete understanding of relationships, can make better decisions, and can deliver better service.
  • User-friendliness. Cloud ERP lets users customize views, displays, reports, and dashboards using fields and data that are most relevant to their work. Browser-based drop-down menus, point-and-click functionality, and visualizations make the platform easy to use quickly.
  • Software integration. Cloud ERP can integrate seamlessly with other work productivity applications such as the Microsoft Office. It can also integrate with credit-card processing, barcode, project management, e-commerce, print, promotion, and supply chain solutions.
  • Reliability. Because Cloud ERP lives in the Cloud it can be accessed even when the company itself is shut down because of adverse weather or a pandemic.
  • Data recovery. Cloud ERP backs up data and includes recovery services, ensuring minimal disruption and fast restoration of your data in case of a natural disaster or a cyberattack.
  • ERP vendor support. Your Cloud ERP vendor can customize your ERP solution to the way you work and support you with the functionality you need in your business.

Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica Cloud ERP – Service Edition is designed with the service industry in mind. Its applications meet specific needs for field services, professional services, and oilfield services providers, including:

  • Financial Management
  • Project Management and Accounting
  • Inventory Management
  • Equipment management
  • Warranty management
  • Service contract management
  • Scheduling, dispatching, and call center
  • Route planning with maps
  • Mobile ERP accessibility
  • Dashboard and business intelligence
  • Emergency service calls
  • Business Process Management
  • Sales Order Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Time and Expense Management
  • Service and Support Automation
  • ERP Vendor Expertise and Ongoing Support

As a gold-certified Acumatica partner, NexTec Group has helped many field service, professional service, and oilfield service companies implement Acumatica and maximize it for their unique company needs. Our skilled consultants have extensive knowledge and experience in the service industries and can help you configure Acumatica and integrate your other systems to build a strong, integrated business management system. We provide training, insights, and support to ensure your business gets the most return from your investment.

To learn more about how NexTec and Acumatica deliver exceptional products that solve your services company’s most critical business needs, take a tour of the cloud ERP for growing businesses today!

Additional resources

Here’s how Acumatica can save your field service business

How to choose an Acumatica partner

The Acumatica difference: 5 reasons growing companies choose the fastest-growing ERP solution

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4 ways ERP improves productivity for distributors and wholesalers

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How can ERP promote productivity for distributors?

With the supply chain turned on its head, many distributors are trying to find ways to go back to business as usual, but longer, unpredictable delivery times slow down incoming shipments and the entire process of receiving, organizing, and distributing goods to clients.

The challenges are multiplied by a complex supplier network, each supplier facing its own unique challenges with their supply chains.

There isn’t much that distributors can do about playing the waiting game with suppliers. But the good news is that distributors can find cost-savings internally. Now is the time to streamline efficiencies in inventory tracking, order fulfillment, and labor management.

Let’s explore a few of the productivity-boosting benefits of ERP that can help distributors compensate for supply chain delays.

Take control of inventory and ordering

With a modern ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, distributors can keep track of inventory in real-time and make smarter ordering decisions. You can set low-level alerts that notify you when it’s time to reorder so you can get ahead of the game and keep your clients’ most in-demand products in stock. A top-notch ERP can also help you prevent over-ordering that takes up valuable warehouse space for products you don’t need.

Reduce delays in order fulfillment

ERP systems can automate order fulfillment activities that were once performed manually to save time and money and prevent costly errors. From processing orders to invoicing customers, companies can set up their own rules to manage everything from credits and returns, drop shipping, and even orders that involve multiple warehouses.

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Time is essential in maintaining customer satisfaction.

Automate processes and save money

ERP helps distributors automate tasks and eliminates some of the manual activities performed in a distribution warehouse, which can reduce labor costs. ERP’s real-time data access can further minimize redundancy, ensuring each employee is focused on value-adding activities and not handling tasks that have already been completed. Automation also frees up labor hours so your staff can focus on higher-level tasks.

Unify systems for growth and innovation

One of ERP’s inherent benefits is uniting various business systems and functions that once operated in silos. For example, accounting, inventory, operations, and supplier management can be integrated into a single platform that gives you a holistic view of your operations. You can see the data in real-time and learn what you can do to get more efficiency out of your distribution process and maximize profit and productivity.

How Acumatica and NexTec is bringing productivity back to wholesale distribution

Acumatica Cloud ERP – Distribution Edition streamlines your distribution processes and helps manage inventory levels, sales ordering, pricing, shipping, sourcing, and billing. All your information is in one secure location. Because it lives in the Cloud, Acumatica gives you and your team anytime, anywhere access from any device to ensure flexibility, efficiency, and continuity of operations. With accurate, real-time data at your fingertips, issues can be identified early and addressed quickly.

As a gold-certified Acumatica implementation partner, NexTec Group can get your distribution or wholesale business up and running quickly, so that you can be productive and on the road to success, even during a pandemic.

Discover how ERP is closing the gaps in supply chain inefficiency. Take the Acumatica software tour.

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4 Ways ERP Helps Professional Services Businesses Grow

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How can you improve operations in your professional services firm?

Historically, ERP systems have been key drivers of information and growth for manufacturers. But today, manufacturers are not the only ones who benefit from ERP. Professional service firms like architects, attorneys, accountants, and consultants are finding benefit in powerful ERP software that an give them a 360-degree view of their business and their customers.

As a general rule, ERP systems like Acumatica deliver business value by optimizing front-end procedures and back-end operations. By integrating company data related to budgets, billable hours, client relationships, and other functions, professional services firms can focus more on business growth and less on time-consuming manual tasks.

Here’s a closer look at some of the benefits you can expect when you deploy ERP in your professional services firm.

Simplify complex projects

Every client and project is unique. Whether you’re the architect for a multi-floor facility or you’re handling an important legal case, every project requires a high level of attention to detail, progress tracking, expense reporting, and accurate invoicing.

ERP unifies all of the above to give you a single project profile. You can use Acumatica Cloud ERP to assign and track expenses for each project or client, include project notes, manage change orders, and even gauge your profitability. ERP serves as a single source of truth that gives you maximum visibility into your operations and how various practices of your business impact others.

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Accurate billing is essential to profitability.

Improve billable hours

Billing accuracy is a major challenge for many professional service firms. Employees sometimes don’t properly capture time spent on billable activities, leaving hard-earned money on the table.

ERP makes it easier to track billable activities and can back up your billing claims with data. It logs how you spent your time to ensure each client is charged appropriately. Improved billing procedures can help increase your profits without also increasing your workload.

Track and monitor performance

For many professional services firms, people are their single most important asset. Choosing the right team for the project and tracking progress, performance and time is important.

ERP’s project management tools can give companies greater visibility into performance and progress. Monitor workloads and productivity to avoid overloading your people and ensure consistent, timely outcomes for your clients.

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How much time and money can automation through ERP save?

Automate manual tasks

Arguably one of ERP’s most advantageous benefits is its ability to automate many time-consuming tasks that were once done manually. Automating activities like invoicing, payroll, expense calculations, and timesheets not only saves time in the office, but also reduces the potential for human data entry errors to occur.

NexTec and Acumatica sets your professional services firm up for success

When it comes to choosing an ERP for your professional services firm, it’s important to select one that’s made with your unique needs and challenges in mind. Acumatica is built to help you provide the best possible service, in the best, most profitable way.

As a leading Acumatica implementation partner, NexTec is here to help you get the most from your ERP investment. Discover more when you take the Acumatica software tour.

Case Study: Brookside Flavors

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NexTec and Sage X3 are key ingredients to success for Brookside Flavors

NexTec implemented Sage X3, giving the company a firm grip on inventory, access to data in real time, and set them up for a full transformation of their business.

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About Brookside Flavors & Ingredients

Brookside Flavors & Ingredients is a company with exceptional taste — manufacturing sweet and savory ingredient blends and enhancers utilized by some of the biggest names in the food industry. Brookside is an industry leader using natural, organic and non-GMO flavors and ingredients.

Industry - Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and Beverage
Branchburg, NJ
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Sage X3

“NexTec brings an abundance of expertise and knowledge of best business practices to our projects that is helping us get the most from Sage X3 and preparing us for our continuing growth and success.”

Dean Karkazis, Director of Operational Analytics, Brookside Flavors

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Here’s how NexTec Group and Sage X3 helped solve Brookside Flavor’s challenges:

Improves efficiency

The company has seen significant improvements in inventory accuracy, order allocation, production tracking, and general efficiency. Employees can now enter data in multiple areas of the facility rather than waiting on one person to enter data into the software.

“NexTec shares our approach to doing business. We both insist on doing things right.”

Dean Karkazis, Director of Operational Analytics, Brookside Flavors

End-to-end solution

NexTec implemented a full suite of tightly integrated business management solutions, including: Sage X3 financial, distribution, and manufacturing suites; Sage HRMS; Sage Payment Solutions; True Commerce EDI; Solver BI360; and a complete RFID system.

Key Results

Single, robust solution provides visibility and functionality across multiple locations and departments
A skilled and well-planned implementation kept the project on time and in budget
Previously manual processes have been automated, saving time and money
The company can now collect a vast amount of quality-related data on its thousands of products

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Webcast: How Cloud ERP moves your business forward in the new normal

Webcast: How Cloud ERP moves your business forward in the new normal (recorded webcast)

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Watch our latest webcast to see how the new normal has created the need for Cloud ERP. You will also learn the top Cloud ERP benefits, Cloud deployment options, the ROI the Cloud can have on your business and much more.


  • Surviving and thriving in uncertain times
  • Why businesses are making the pivot to the Cloud
  • Cloud definitions
  • Defining Cloud ERP
  • NexTec as your strategic partner

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Case Study: Benoit Inc

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Amidst a pandemic, Benoit goes live with Acumatica without delays or downtime

NexTec implemented Acumatica remotely and connected their operations. Data is shared in real-time, resulting in better insights, and time and money saved. Remote work is not an issue because Acumatica is easily accessible from anywhere and on any device. Benoit is secure in the event of future crisis situations.

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About Benoit

Benoit is a top provider of premium threading, completion products, and engineered services to the oil and gas industry. The company was founded 80 years ago and has become a trusted manufacturer of threaded connectors and flow-control tools. Benoit has multiple locations and 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Oil Field Service
Houma, LA
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“Acumatica and NexTec are making a positive impact in our operation, giving us the information and support we need to run the business efficiently, and providing the security of knowing our business data is stored offsite and backed up automatically.”

Mike Stevens, Director of Production & Process Strategy, Benoit

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Here’s how NexTec Group and Acumatica helped solve Benoit’s challenges:

Manufacturing Insight

At any given time, Benoit has over one hundred active production orders. Acumatica gives the company visibility into where each order is in the manufacturing process and captures labor costs associated with each step to ensure accurate costing data.

“NexTec is extremely responsive when we have questions or need help
troubleshooting something. They are knowledgeable, friendly, straightforward and helpful.”

Kevin Dupre, Manager of Production & Process Strategy, Benoit

Unified operations

Before implementing Acumatica, Benoit was using four different, unconnected systems to run its business. Acumatica’s ease of use, hosted deployment model, and broad-based functionality made it a good fit to bring the disparate systems into one where data can be shared across teams in real-time.

Key Results

Four previously disparate systems are now integrated in Acumatica
Implementation was accomplished entirely remotely, with no delays or downtime
Employees have the ability to work anywhere, any time, on any device
Benoit now has real-time visibility into the status of every order and where it is in the manufacturing process

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