Author Archives: Amanda Tomaini Lamela

2019 Top 100 Growers: Labor, logistics drive concerns

It’s not surprising the top two issues facing the horticulture industry are labor and transportation, according to the the 2019 Top 100 Growers survey. These were the same two issues that topped the concerns of last year’s survey respondents. By all accounts — and a quick Google search — most manufacturing industries… Read more »

Ransomware: A Tale of Two Different Manufacturers

It wasn’t long after I published my last blog post when I came across news that a major manufacturer announced it was hit by a major cyberattack. According to TechCrunch, Aebi Schmidt was hit by a ransomware attack. The large-scale European manufacturer of road-cleaning and airport maintenance vehicles had its… Read more »

Zero Trust Environment: Protecting Manufacturing from Mobile Threats

In the past few years, we’ve been paying more attention to how cyber crime can be a huge risk for companies as the internet has become ubiquitous in the business world. Whether it’s a multinational manufacturer or a start-up retail store on Main Street, every business that has an internet… Read more »

4 ways time is relative when installing a new ERP system

One of the most common questions we get from both prospects and customers is how long does a new ERP implementation take. The answer is simple: It depends. That’s not an answer most people want to hear. But it’s true. Installing a new ERP system produces many variables that may… Read more »

3 Ways to Know You’re Ready for a New ERP System

Implementing a new ERP system is not a decision manufacturers take lightly. Manufacturers do not simply walk into a store and purchase an ERP system. An ERP implementation can take several months to more than a year, and more likely than not includes working with a partner to help with… Read more »

Choosing a New ERP System? Use These 3 Pro Tips

All medium- to large-scale manufactures will face a tough question at least once every 10 years: How do I choose a new ERP system? We’d love for the answer always to be “Hey, Sage Enterprise Management is perfect for you and Practical Software Solutions should implement it!” — but that’s not… Read more »

Early Bird Registration Ending For Sage Sessions CRE

With less than a week left in the Early Bird registration period for Sage Sessions Construction and Real Estate, I started thinking about how long we in the Sage CRE community have asked for an event like this. I know ever since I attended my first Sage Summit in 2013,… Read more »

3 Things to Expect When Implementing an ERP System

One of the most common things we come across at Practical Software Solutions when speaking to manufacturers about implementing an ERP system is the wide range of expectations. It makes sense since there are just as wide a range of different types of people and manufacturers, all with their own… Read more »

Tech helps defense contractors gain accuracy, speed

Earlier this week, I was looking at some of the manufacturing articles on the Today’s Motor Vehicles website. I came across an interesting one about a more streamlined way for defense contractors to have their products approved for R&D and manufacturing. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining launched… Read more »

Charlotte CFMA seeks sponsors for 2019 Casino Night

With Christmas just around the corner, the folks at CFMA Charlotte are hoping their stockings will have a bit extra stuffing this year. Right now, the Construction Financial Management Association branch is looking for sponsors for its 2019 Casino Night, which is set to take place Thursday, Feb. 21. “It’s… Read more »