Join us for an evening of basketball and business education

Our customers know that when Practical Software Solutions hosts an event, we like to have a good time. Seriously … go ask them. They’ll tell you.

They’ll also tell you that we take our business — and our customers’ businesses — seriously. But when we can combine the two, like our Customer Appreciation Dinner at Sage Summit, it gives us the best of both worlds.

So when Sage approached us about co-hosting an event at a college basketball game, we jumped at the chance. And we hope that you’ll join us too.

On Tuesday, December 13, Practical Software Solutions and Sage North America will host Dine & Dunk, an evening of basketball entertainment and manufacturing transformation education, at Clemson University in South Carolina. The highlight of the evening will be seeing the Clemson men’s basketball team in action.

This event is free for executives in the manufacturing industry.

Bringing basketball and business together

Basketball Event 1

We’re starting the evening off at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner in one of Memorial Stadium’s luxury suites. During the meal, we will give a presentation on how a modern software system can help manufacturers with their business challenges.

We’ve seen many times throughout our history where manufactures were handcuffed by a legacy software system. Interestingly enough, it happens more often than you think.

Basketball Event DOS

Photo By Remember the dot at en.wikipedia (PNG) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Just this past weekend, I found out that my cousin got a job as an Accounts Payable manager for a company that does accounts management for a chain of big-box retailers. She told me that the individual stores she’ll be responsible for are in the process from moving from DOS-based systems to a modern software system.

Yes, she said DOS. As in 1981.

Can you imagine how much a DOS-based AP system would hamper a modern business? This big-box retailer has a top-of-the-line Point of Sale system, EDI for its vendors, and many other modern processes.

How in the world could these modern systems seamlessly integrate with a DOS-based system? (Spoiler alert: They don’t.) I can guarantee you there’s some workaround in place, like having to import and export the data through an emulator or even re-entering the data by hand.

To use a basketball analogy, they’re trying to use a Four Corners offense against an athletic perimeter defense. Or, in business terms, they’re using an antiquated system to work against the fast-paced modern world.

And the more you have to re-key data or manually move it around, the more likely you’re going to add errors in to the process. And the more time it adds to the process. And as everyone knows, time is money. And so are errors.

Basketball Event X3

Sage X3 is the Spalding Arena 180 Goal basketball hoop compared to the peach basket that is AS/400.

We know manufacturers out there who are dealing with the same thing. We see companies all the time still using AS/400 (another 1980s technology). Some companies find comfort in a system that they’ve always used. Other companies may fear the cost of implementing a new system — especially if it’s been 30 years since they’ve seen a price tag for a software system.

We’re talking about replacing peach baskets in the gym with the Spalding Arena 180 Goal. (Ok, I’ll be level with you. I know a ton about basketball, but I had to look that one up.)

Now more than ever, manufacturers are looking to find ways improve their bottom line. Having a modern software system, one that embraces everything modern businesses are looking for (lean manufacturing, mobility, seamless integration, and so on), can help manufacturers see a quick return on their investment.

We’ve seen first-hand through many of our customers through the years how replacing a legacy system with a more modern software system has improved their businesses and helped them grow. That’s why we were so excited to join Sage have a chance to teach other manufacturers how moving to a modern software system can help them too.

Don’t forget about the basketball game

After dinner and the presentation, we’re going to head across the street to Littlejohn Coliseum to see Clemson University men’s basketball team take on their fellow Palmetto State team, South Carolina State at 7 p.m.

The meal, the presentation and the basketball game are on us. We hope that if you’re in the Southeast, especially near Upstate South Carolina, you’ll be able to join us for this great evening of basketball and business education. We like having a good time, and we’re happy to share a good time with our local business community.

As you can imagine, tickets to this event are limited. If you RSVP now, you can receive one free ticket for yourself and another free ticket while supplies last. Click here to RSVP to Dine & Dunk with Sage and Practical Software Solutions.

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