eCommerce Integration Defined: Understanding Common Software Jargon

February 27, 2013

eCommerce Software JargonThis is the first in a series of posts that discuss commonly misunderstood ERP software jargon. Although some of these terms may vary by business, we will try our best to give as generic a definition as possible.

Before defining eCommerce integration, we should take a step back and first explore the term eCommerce.

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Office 2013: A Second Opinion

February 14, 2013

In a guest post on this blog, David Silva shared his impressions of moving to Office 2013. I recently went through the process of upgrading to both Windows 8 and Office 2013. After two weeks I had to move back to Windows 7 (but that’s a discussion for a different day). At the same time I took the opportunity to revert to Office 2010.

Why did I do that? Is Office 2013 so bad / ugly / undesirable? The answer for me is a little bit “yes” and a little bit “no”. I do find the look and feel disconcerting – it’s flat, and somewhat retro, and clearly designed with tablets and full screen in mind. I’m still using a laptop as a desktop replacement (and an iPad for mobility), so this dinosaur struggled to discern the overlapping windowed Office 2013 apps on my large second monitor – a consequence of the flattened look. Plus, to me it just looks ugly.

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When is the Best Time to Implement ERP Software?

February 6, 2013

Best Time to Implement ERP SoftwareIn a previous blog post we asked:When is the Right Time to Buy ERP Software – a post highlighting some symptoms of an inventory and accounting system that no longer adds value to your business processes.  In response to the question, the right time to consider purchasing new ERP software is when, or ideally before, your business can no longer efficiently or effectively manage your daily operations.  This includes your system’s inability to process new sales orders in a timely manner, an increase in back orders because of inventory management issues, and staff not being able to complete their daily tasks without overtime. Although your current system’s ability to perform and add value to your business is the first concern when evaluating a new system, there are also specific times in your business cycle that are more conducive to implementing new inventory and accounting software.

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The Canadian Penny is Gone: What Will Your Business Do?

February 5, 2013

Canadian Penny is GoneAs of February 4th 2013, the Royal Canadian mint will no longer distribute one cent coins. Although they will still be kicking around for some time, to all intents and purposes the Canadian penny is on the way out.

News of the penny being phased out first came with Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, yet despite advanced notice most businesses have done little to prepare for the transition. And as of February 4th over 80% of consumers surveyed were unaware of the demise of the copper coin. The question is, what are your plans to deal with this change?

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