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Distribution businesses need more than an ERP: Sage delivers

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Better distribution management software helps drive efficiency and better workflows throughout the organization.

Distribution companies need solutions that allow for accelerated supply chain processes, cost control and operational efficiencies. Staying competitive means using more than an enterprise resource planning (ERP) product.

Your business needs distribution management software that allows for better logistics, operations and inventory control. Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3) delivers a faster, more flexible and more comprehensive approach to distribution management. As a single, scalable solution, Sage Enterprise Management delivers the tools, analytics and functionality your distribution company needs to gain a competitive advantage.

See why distribution businesses need more than an ERP. Sage delivers and solves your most pressing business challenges.

What can Sage Enterprise Management do?

Distribution management is about eliminating complexity throughout the supply chain. Many distribution companies face significant challenges related to:

  • Uncertain supply
  • Shifting customer requirements
  • Decreasing margins
  • Enormous inventories
  • Reliance on manual tasks
  • Long lead times

Here is how Sage Enterprise Management addresses those business issues:

  • Increased visibility. Use the Sage solution to analyze all aspects of your business, including inventory, promotions, past purchases, quotes and conditions in real time. Real-time analytics, alerts and notifications give you enhanced ability to respond quickly to changing market conditions and customer expectations.
  • Better workflow control. Use data transparency and a single source of information to transform your workflows. Connecting and accelerating the flow of information among sales, financials, warehousing and purchasing gets everyone on the same page. Create more efficiencies by using a shared understanding of costs and margins, resulting in more revenue, streamlined sales processes, better inventory accuracy and improved business and demand planning.
  • Improved operational efficiency. Too many distribution companies are still using spreadsheets, unconnected databases and paper to manage their operations. Gain more efficiency via real-time access to details from pending sales to inventory changes.
  • Scalability. As distribution companies grow, operational insights become more challenging. With a cloud-based Sage solution, companies can scale easily as business evolves.
  • Modernization. Companies are often reluctant to migrate to new technologies, leaving them stuck using legacy systems that are inefficient and are not integrated. Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management provides an integrated solution to reduce costs for maintaining and patching older systems.
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A recent study found that a typical Sage Enterprise Management can save on labor, customer service and inventory costs.

The business impacts of Sage Enterprise Management

In 2018, Forrester Consulting analyzed Sage customers’ business results to create a profile of a typical, composite organization using Sage Enterprise Management. The composite company is one that operates as a global midsized enterprise and has used the Sage solution for three years.

Forrester found that the impacts of using Sage are:

  • 4.1 FTE positions saved
  • 2,600 hours in customer service issues saved
  • A 10 percent reduction in inventory levels
  • $1.59 million in financial benefit
  • A 237 percent return on investment, with a payback period of four months

Choosing Sage Enterprise Management is a smart choice for your distribution company. At NexTec, we help companies migrate legacy tools to Sage, providing the expertise to ensure a seamless transition that lets your company gain the competitive advantage it deserves.

See how NexTec can tailor your Sage Enterprise Management to your needs.

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management Benefits

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Sage Business Cloud
Enterprise Management Benefits

Transform your business with a robust, flexible system
to manage all your operations in one place.

Financial management

Budgets & accounting

Control your finances, cost and budget accounting, commitments and fixed assets. Sage Enterprise Management easily handles transfers between your subsidiaries and your headquarters, as well as from one country to another.

Fixed assets

Efficiently and effectively manage your fixed assets throughout its entire lifecycle with traceability of capital expenditure. Sage Enterprise Management has numerous depreciation models to use for your fixed assets.

Financial reporting

Gain actionable insights that provides your entire team with real-time analytics, alerts and notifications. Respond quickly and strategically to changing business conditions.

Supply chain management

Purchasing

Manage your purchasing process from beginning to end, starting with Reqeusts For Quotes (RFQs), input and follow-up of replies, as well as pricing and discounts.

Inventory and sales management

Keep up with demand and ensure optimal efficiency with real-time monitoring of inventory. See your product data with multiple units of measure and location.

Customer service

Sage Enterprise Management integrates with sales, inventory, purchasing, finance and manufacturing for a completely understanding of your customers’ activities.

Production management

BOM planning

Sage Enterprise Management has robust single and multi-level Bill of Materials management to ensure the highest level of product consistency, quality and collaboration.

Shop floor control

Manage your shop floor with ease including actual and elapsed time, direct and indirect labor, and clock in and out.

Quality control

Maintain and retain the highest quality standards, including proactive monitoring through complete product traceability.

Manage your production

Manage successful and profitable projects through their entire lifecycle with robust, integrated project management capabilities.

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Sage Enterprise Management industries

Food and beverage

Ensure compliance, track ingredients, manage product recalls and more.

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Manufacturing

Streamline your operations. Improve customer service, inventory control and product recalls.

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Cannabis

Track plants and products from seed to sale, maintain compliance, control inventory and manage product recalls.

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Pharmaceutical

Track products from start to finish, control inventory, manage product recalls and more.

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Chemical

Track products from start to finish, manage formulas, control inventory and handle product recalls.

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Medical devices

Track products from start to finish, control inventory, manage product recalls and more.

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Agriculture

Track plants and products from start to finish, control inventory and manage product recalls.

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Ready to get started with Sage Enterprise Management?

NexTec Group works with companies to select, implement, and leverage leading ERP solutions to deliver on the benefits and efficiencies this powerful technology promises. Schedule a demo of Sage Enterprise Management and see why it’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your company. We have the largest and most experienced team of Sage Enterprise Management consultants in the industry to help you.

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Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management

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Sage Business Cloud
Enterprise Management

Transform your business with a robust, flexible system
to manage all your operations in one place.

How does 177% ROI sound?

What if all your core business processes — purchasing, inventory, manufacturing operations, sales, service, accounting and finance — worked faster and better? What if you could get 177% return on your investment?

That’s what you can get with Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management (formally Sage X3). This enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is fast, easy to use and accessible on any device. That makes it perfect for your people on the operations floor, as well as the people making sales visits or service calls. You can have it all with Sage Enterprise Management.

Why Sage Enterprise Management (Sage X3)?

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Manage your finances

Control your bottom line with real-time visibility and accuracy. Sage Enterprise Management’s powerful financial capabilities includes:

  • General ledger with multiple charts of account
  • Accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Fixed asset lifecycle with traceability of capital expenditure
  • Real-time analytics, alerts, and notifications

Manage your suppliers

Ensure optimal efficiency through real-time inventory status monitoring. Supply chain management capabilities includes:

  • Supplier and product category management
  • Purchase planning, ordering, and requests
  • Product data and multiple units of measures
  • Quality control and sampling
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Manage your production

Keep up with demand and efficiently manage all of your manufacturing process with one system. Production management functionalities include:

  • Multi-bill of Materials and current Bills of Materials
  • Shop floor control, including labor, entry and tasks
  • Batch & sub-batch number management
  • Quality control procedures with analysis request
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Sage Enterprise Management industry solutions

Industry - Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Food and beverage

Ensure compliance, track ingredients, manage product recalls and more.

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Industry - Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Streamline your operations. Improve customer service, inventory control and product recalls.

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Industry - Cannabis

Cannabis

Track plants and products from seed to sale, maintain compliance, control inventory and manage product recalls.

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Industry - Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical

Track products from start to finish, control inventory, manage product recalls and more.

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Industry - Chemical Manufacturing

Chemical

Track products from start to finish, manage formulas, control inventory and handle product recalls.

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Industry - Medical Device Manufacturing

Medical devices

Track products from start to finish, control inventory, manage product recalls and more.

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Industry - Agriculture

Agriculture

Track plants and products from start to finish, control inventory and manage product recalls.

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Sage Enterprise Management?

NexTec Group works with companies to select, implement, and leverage leading ERP solutions to deliver on the benefits and efficiencies this powerful technology promises. Schedule a demo of Sage Enterprise Management and see why it’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your company. We have the largest and most experienced team of Sage Enterprise Management consultants in the industry to help you.

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How to create 2019 costs in Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3)

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It’s that time of year! As the new year rolls around, it is time to create your 2019 costs. If you use the Manufacturing Module in Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3), you must create standard costs for the new year. You may accomplish this in a number of ways. It can be as simple as copying your costs to the new year or you may wish to go through the exercise of recreating new standards from the lowest level on up. Listed below are a couple of quick examples of how to proceed.

Cost Transfer

  1. Navigate to the Cost Transfer function (COPYCOUT) (See Figure 1)
  2. Select All
  3. Select the Company and Site you wish to transfer the costs FROM (See Figure 2)
  4. Select the Cost type
  5. Select the Fiscal Year
  6. Select the Company and Site where you wish to transfer the costs TO
  7. Select the Cost type – Standard
  8. Select the New Fiscal Year
  9. Click OK
  10. Sage returns a log file with all of the copied costs

Cost Calculation

  1. Navigate to the Standard Cost Calculation Function (CALCSTSTD) (See Figure 3)
  2. Select your Site
  3. Select All for updating all of your costs for 2019 (See Figure 4)
  4. Select the Date – if you create your standard costs ahead of time – you will “future date” this field. If you are running this after the new year – simply accept the default date.
  5. Select the Routing Code – usually Primary or 1
  6. Select the BOM Code – usually Primary or 1
  7. Select the Material Cost you wish to use to update your Standard Material Costs
  • Standard Cost (2018)
  • Revised Standard
  • Budgeted Cost
  • Simulated Cost
  • Last Cost
  • Average Cost
  • Last Purchased Price
  • List Price
  1. Select “Deferred” if you are running this for a future date (see step 3) -or- Select “Immediate” if you wish the costs to be immediately created
  2. Sage returns a Log File with all of the newly calculated costs

Caution: Changing your standard costs may revalue your inventory and only carries forward on existing transactions. Existing transactions will carry the old cost.

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Figure 1 – Sage X3 Cost Transfer


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Figure 2 – Sage X3 Cost Transfer


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Figure 3 – Sage X3 Cost Calculation


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Figure 4 – Sage X3 Cost Calculation

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How your ERP Is a competitive differentiator in the chemicals industry

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Chemical companies can improve their competitive advantage by using enterprise resource planning tools to maximize production efficiency.

Excel spreadsheets and disparate databases are no way for a modern chemical manufacturing company to run its operations. To remain competitive today, given the highly regulated industry constraints and the need to protect workers and the public, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is the ideal way to manage complexity and innovate.

As seen in the recent post, The Industries Where Your ERP Choice Is a Major Competitive Differentiator, innovation can mean the difference for companies looking to gain an upper hand on the competition. Here’s a closer look at how your ERP is a competitive differentiator in the chemicals industry.

Many chemical companies have been to slow to adapt digital technologies that are transforming other industries, Companies that act on the opportunity provided by enterprise resource planning software can gain a decided advantage, increases revenue, improve efficiency, and offer new services to customers.

In an industry that has resisted change, there is a marked gap between companies that adopt technologies and those that still rely on pencils and papers to track data, schedule processes, analyze markets, and ensure regulatory compliance and worker safety.

Here are a few of the ways an ERP solution can lead to competitive advantage:

  • Supply chain optimization. By sharing data and insights throughout the supply chain, companies are far better equipped to solve issues, identify solutions, and innovate. ERP tools help track performance and order histories, identify patterns, and find ways to reduce costs from suppliers and improve operations. Transparency empowers collaborators internally and externally to innovate.
  • Formula management. Ensuring the accurate measurements, concentrations, potencies, qualities, and reactions is critical. Even minor errors can result in downgrades to products, waste, or rework.
  • Production agility. An ERP solution allows for the optimization of machines, personnel, and products. With frequent variations to products a key component of many manufacturers, scheduling production to reduce turnovers, cleaning and decontamination while maximizing production is an important consideration.
  • Product development. Chemical manufactures can use the data from sales and usage to spot trends, both broadly and targeted, in determining new products or formulations. Adapting to actual or anticipated market demands allows manufacturers to reduce risk and time to market.
  • Consumer sentiment. As the general public expects companies to be more environmentally aware, manufacturers can use ERP features to reduce reliance on products that have negative connotations or environmental impacts.
  • Regulatory compliance. The tightly regulated chemical industry needs solutions that ensure worker and public safety. Your ERP can use automation tools to monitor ingredients, intermediate mixes, and final products, measuring temperature, warehouse conditions, and other factors. Automation tools also allow for the tracking, recording, and reporting on these conditions, resulting in a higher degree of compliance.
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Predictive maintenance alerts generated via ERP tools can limit downtime on the chemical manufacturing floor.

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is a powerful ERP solution for chemical manufacturers. With Sage, companies can leverage industry-specific features that provide a competitive advantage, including formula management, unit-of-measure conversions, shelf life management, potency management, and analysis certification.

NexTec Group helps companies identify the right ERP solutions that meet critical business needs. Give Sage Enterprise Management a try and see how NexTec Group can give your chemical company a competitive difference.

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A better way to manage your
mid-sized to enterprise business

Here’s how Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management (formally Sage X3) can help you.

Integrate your business

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is fully integrated with accounting, sales, distribution, inventory, manufacturing, CRM and BI.

Simply your business

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management simplifies every part of your operation, leaving you lean and ready to begin rapidly growing your business.

Respond faster

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management connects your CRM, BI, accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations to see real time trends and react instantly.

“The entire X3 system will pay for itself within one season.”

– Joseph Wiley, MIS Director, Elmer Candy

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The industries where your ERP is a competitive differentiator

The industries where your ERP choice is a major competitive differentiator

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ERP solutions can help ensure compliance in a range of industries.

When compliance is not an option, your manufacturing company needs an enterprise resource planning solution (ERP) that provides the proper tools to ensure regulatory adherence. There are three industries where your ERP choice is a major competitive differentiator: food and beverage, chemical, and cannabis.

Why are compliance issues so critical in these areas? Because each is heavily regulated to protect the public. Ensuring compliance is on the manufacturers, with required reporting and documentation necessary to meet regulatory requirements.

That’s where enterprise resource planning solutions play a key role. ERP solutions allow your company to complete the requirements put in place by multiple regulating agencies, often using automated tools to measure, record, and track. These tools can automate the preparation of required reports and audit trails. In addition, in the unfortunate case of a recall, ERP solutions can provide information that allows your company to respond faster and mitigate impact on customers and reputation.

Let’s take a closer look at each industry and why having an ERP is a major factor when it comes to compliance.

Food and Beverage Industry

Similar to life sciences, the food and beverage industry faces extensive regulatory scrutiny from domestic and international regulations. In 2017, for example, major elements of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act were enacted, requiring manufacturers to develop preventative controls to protect food for humans and animals. The FSMA also requires companies to have mitigation strategies in place to protect from food supplies becoming adulterated, compliance with transportation guidelines, and verification procedures to ensure safety standards are being met by foreign suppliers.

Like in other applications, an enterprise resource planning solution integrates multiple components of the enterprise, from accounting to operations to warehouses management to business intelligence. When it comes to compliance issues, this integration is critical.

With an ERP solution in place, companies can automate the measurements, monitoring, and recording of data required to maintain compliance with FSMA and other guidelines in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal and state agencies. Ingredients can be monitored closely at each step in the supply chain, allowing your organization to generate detailed reports at the moment of need.

In the case of an incident, a robust ERP platform also allows for rapid tracking and tracing of ingredients. Manufacturers can quickly determine the scope of an incident, down to the batch number, and determine the customers and consumers effected. ERP solutions help not only in the mitigation of such incidents, but also in the communication about these incidents to customers, consumers, stakeholders, the general public, and regulators.

Automating these tasks reduces the likelihood of human error from factoring into the reporting. It also allows for audit documentation that is easy to generate and detailed.

Here are several other areas where ERP solutions help with compliance.

  • Processes and procedures. Multiple federal, state, local, and international agencies may have regulatory requirements. Tracking, updating, and maintaining these guidelines can be complex, as there are often subtle yet important nuances for each agency. Each agency may also have different reporting and documentation standards. With an ERP solution in place, manufacturers can track these variances, record and report, and present documentation necessary to meet the requirements of myriad agencies.
  • Scheduling and Ingredient Management. To ensure that the public is safe from allergens and contamination, recipe management and production scheduling are critical. When factoring in warehouse management, clean-out times, staff scheduling, and the need for efficiency, scheduling is a complex subject. ERP solutions can coordinate employee and machine scheduling, cleaning schedules, and warehouse management while developing optimal production sequences that maximize efficiency.
  • Employee Training. Ensuring that workers understand the machinery they are using, the products they are making, and the ingredients with which their working is an important component of many compliance standards in the food and beverage industry. That’s why ERP solutions make sense. By coordinating staff training, documenting that training, and ensuring the proper reports are available if needed, the ERP helps to ensure compliance, improve employee development, and save time for HR and employee training staffs.
  • Transparency. ERP solutions allow for better transparency across the supply chain. By providing access to data among staffs, suppliers, and distributors, an ERP solution can bring to bear the collective insights of multiple players. If there is a compliance issue that requires a change in processes or procedures, access to this data can allow for the best solutions to be brought to the fore.

Chemical Industry

Compliance in the chemical industry is critical. If formulas are not followed accurately, products can be misapplied, resulting in death and damage. Here are some of the key ways an ERP solution benefits compliance in the chemical industry.

  • Procedural compliance. Chemicals used in production are often hazardous yet need to be transferred, used, and handled. Each chemical requires a protocol to determine how workers interact and use the material involved. ERP tools can maintain the necessary specifications for each ingredient in use, maintain records on the handling and use, use automation tools to monitor, track and record usage, and reducing the likelihood of errors that can affect worker health and safety.
  • Formulation analysis. As manufacturers or their customers request new products or variations on old ones, careful calculations need to be made to ensure that hazards are known and that procedures are developed or adjusted to fit. An ERP tool can help determine if the new formulations are safe and if changes need to be made. ERP software can also ensure that chemical and product strengths and qualities are accurate and that labeling matches.
  • Maintenance and calibration. A key component of compliance is ensuring accuracy. That means that tools, measures, and other equipment is working accurately and properly. Scheduling maintenance, and documenting the results, means compliance. Alerting employees to measurement errors or needed maintenance also ensures that production does not lag and that operations continue working efficiently.
  • Storage and access. Security is critically important to chemical manufacturers, and with an ERP tool, automation and sensors can assist with access control, rules management, and monitoring of environmental conditions that can adversely affect supplies and product.

Cannabis Industry

Along with the upswing in cannabis use and product selection, comes an increase of rules and regulations from local and state regulatory agencies governing its production and sale. For the growing cannabis industry, these rules are critical, not just for individual business viability, but for broader credibility with elected officials and the public.

With the industry, and the regulation of it, so new, it’s inevitable that there will be many changes and additions to existing regulatory mandates.

An ERP solution for the cannabis industry is essential to ensure compliance across the broad aspects that are regulated: finances, production, waste management, inventory tracking and management, licensing compliance, packaging, labeling, and taxation.

An ERP solution, for example, could track plants from seed to sale, providing data from multiple locations that can be documented, as can the finished products.

ERP tools can also handle the important security considerations with the cannabis industry. Customer data access and privacy continue to be hotly contested issues, particularly in an industry where federal and state laws vary significantly. Insecure storage of this data could be costly from regulatory and PR perspectives.

The Right ERP For Your Manufacturing Company

Choosing the right solution for your enterprise resource planning needs is essential. With Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3), companies have a comprehensive solution to meet their specific and complex compliance needs.

Here are just a few of the key resources available in Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management that address compliance:

  • Inventory Management. Sage provides tools to manage and analyze inventory. Warehouse operations can stock, pick, and fulfill orders faster and accurately. Reports and analytics allow for decisions about product profitability, inventory, and order to cash issues.
  • Operations. Sage simplifies traceability, allergen reporting and recall management. It optimizes production schedules, speeds up turnaround times, and increases productivity and efficiency.
  • Traceability. In the case of a recall incident, Sage offers full traceability of products from manufacture to point of sale. Immediately see the impact of a recall.
  • Quality Control. Compliance relies on internal controls, measures, and processes to ensure the accuracy and safety of ingredients, products, and processes. Sage tools allow for the implementation of quality control procedures, tracking of ingredients throughout their life cycles, and creation of audit trails and related documentation.
  • HR. Training, managing, and retaining staff is critical. With ERP tools from Sage, you can integrate, payroll, benefits, recruiting, self-service, training, and analytics to ensure your employees remain focused on the work and have the right tools and training to maintain compliance.
  • Business Intelligence. Business intelligence allows your company to spot trends, stay on top of the competition, and draw insights from centralized data that can ensure your growth strategies align with compliance requirements.

NexTec Group helps companies navigate the complex array of ERP solutions. Our expert consultants work closely to understand the needs of each customer and identify the right ERP. Give Sage Enterprise Management a try and see how NexTec group can help develop and implement your ERP solution.