Technology, training can help fill vacant manufacturing jobs

A few years ago, I was at Industries of the Blind Greensboro, a non-profit manufacturer, when the conversation turned to their workforce skilled labor shortage. By law (the AbilityOne Program), 75 percent of their overall workforce must be visually impaired people. Part of the non-profit’s mission is to train visually… Read more »

Shipping Air Costs Money: Learn About Logistics at Cultivate’19

As a grower, how many times have you looked inside an empty truck and said, “Boy, I wish I could pack this thing from floor to ceiling.” In terms of logistics, it would be so much better for the bottom line. If you could put your plants in convenient cardboard… Read more »

Mysteries of the Cloud: Reviewing The Great Tree Analogy

When it comes to the business software world, the Cloud seems to be a great mystery to many people. It’s one of the reasons we presented “Mysteries of the Cloud: Solved” during Cultivate’17. Even some people in the industry confuse the basics of the Cloud. That’s not to say they don’t… Read more »

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 »