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Distributors Need Seamless Integration to Thrive in This Digital Era

The distribution industry is fast-paced and ‘always on.’ There is no time to search through multiple systems for the data needed to satisfy customers or monitor business performance. Integration has never been more important for business success and...

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6 Common Questions with Closing the 1099 Year in Microsoft Dynamics SL

As we head into the busy holiday season and calendar year end, many of you are probably starting to think about how to prepare for the close of the year. In this blog, I will focus on 1099 reporting and the steps to take to ensure success.

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Consumers Are Changing and Distributors Need to Change Tactics

The way that consumers, particularly the millennial generation, shop and research products and companies is changing. Social networks are increasing in importance and branding plays a large role with developing loyalty.

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Do You Have A Methodical Approach to Inventory Reduction?

For many manufacturers, or distributors, as the end of a fiscal quarter or fiscal year approaches, it’s not uncommon for directives to come down from management to reduce inventory, slash safety stocks, delay purchases, delay receipts, or cut...

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The Future of Work Is Learning, Part 1: Why Once-and-Done Doesn't Cut It Anymore

The other day I met with a new employee that we are onboarding. He and I discussed whether he should work on learning the current version of Microsoft .NET Framework; we both knew a newer version is in development.

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The End of Flash-Based Learning Content Isn’t Coming – It’s Here

Do you have training content created in older versions of authoring tools? That content was specifically intended for desktop or laptop viewing, and those tools published the content in Flash, often within a SCORM wrapper.

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #7

When you talk about downtime, you often hear staggering statics and financials. Currently, the average cost per minute of unplanned downtime is now $7,900, up a staggering 41 percent from $5,600 per minute in 2010.

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Master Data Management: The Value of Untangling your Tangled Web of Data

Data that is getting garbled, mismanaged, misinterpreted, or in some cases simply lost can be very expensive. When there is no reliable source of true information related to customers, products, prices, and vendors, consequences can include...

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Partner Spotlight: Prophix Software Inc.

With the Dynamics SLUG Conference upon us at the end of the month, I thought it was a good time to highlight one of our ISV partners, Prophix, that we work with to provide our customers with business intelligence and analytics solutions.

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Get More from your ERP Investment with CRM

SpaceX just had a fueling accident that some people say may cost them 50 million or more dollars. If you ask the folks at SpaceX, they will tell you it was worth the risk.

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Ask the Expert: Can Poor Master Data Management Sabotage Customer Experience?

Master data management (MDM) may feel far removed from the Customer Experience (CX), but it plays a significant role in the customer journey and experience. As companies add channels of engagement (self-service, social, etc.), the need for MDM grows...

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Data Security Requires Strong Leadership and CEO Involvement

Even after notable data breaches, few businesses have implemented the policies or procedures to protect customer, employee or corporate data. Boards of directors and chief executive officers (CEOs) often delegate, and hope, that their team of IT...

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Golden Rules for Content Migration

By definition, there is no one content migration project that looks like another one. Every initiative requires unique considerations and a careful analysis of the situation before a successful strategy can be defined.

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Distributors Have Entered a New Era, Are You Ready?

In order for distributors to thrive in this digital era, leaders must expand their focus beyond inventory management and the supply chain. Technology is impacting how businesses interact with consumers, work with vendors and suppliers, and compete in...

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #6

Your people want to be able to cut through the clutter—to zero in and easily identify what information is needed both to better serve your current customers as well as find new ones. Salespeople face multiple challenges today, one of which is...

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Encouraging Payvider Dialogue at Pop Health Forum 2016

According the organizers of HIMSS Pop Health Forum, more than half of the audience at the Chicago event this September 12-13 will come from hospitals and healthcare providers. Another 10 percent will come from payers. We hope both numbers, especially...

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How Six Innovators Are Accelerating Value-Based Care

Value-based healthcare and population health management are key drivers behind significant changes across the larger healthcare ecosystem. In our new eBook, Embracing Population Health Management: How Six Innovators Are Pioneering Value-Based...

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #5

Do you feel like you and your Sales teams constantly spend hours on iterations of the same proposal? Every sales cycle, it feels like you are reinventing the wheel, while simultaneously working to ensure that everyone involved has the most up-to-date...

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The Great NetSuite Data Migration

So, you have decided to adopt NetSuite as your ERP. Great! As with all ERP migration, you’re going to need to perform a data migration to move your old system’s data into NetSuite. It is essential that this migration be done correctly, or your data...

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CEO’s Are Taking a Proactive Approach to Data Security

In the last few years, there have been several high-level data breaches at major retailers, financial institutions and other corporations. Experts suggest it’s no longer a matter of whether or not a business might experience a cyber-attack, but...

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What’s Missing from your Learning Strategy?

In the not-too-distant past, learning was primarily a compliance exercise for most companies. Corporate training programs used a "push" model in which content was delivered to employees based on a class schedule developed by the training department.

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #4

Modern day employees work from home, on the road, or wherever the mood strikes. Americans spend a staggering 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones alone. The Huffington Post reports that millennials are actually using their phones for nearly one...

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #3

There is no denying that we have finally moved past the days of passing around contracts in manila envelopes and forwarding SOWs or legal documents via interoffice mail. But is there less paperwork or documentation?

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Importance of Getting Your ERP System FDA Validated

ERP systems are considered one of the most critical systems within an organization and play a key role in helping companies to satisfy regulatory mandates. The intended use of these systems for core processes like...

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BI&A Snack Session: Prophix | Intuitive, Beautiful, Powerful CPM Software for Everyone

Regardless of their size and industry segment, organizations are constantly trying to improve Corporate Performance Management (CPM), which includes all of the budgeting, forecasting, business modeling and financial reporting required to successfully...

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Know Your CRM Health for a Successful Microsoft Dynamics CRM Solution

About this time each year, I prepare for my annual physical with my doctor. It is likely that I will not have seen much improvement since my last exam unless I have been actively pursuing some healthy goals and tracking my progress...

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #2

We all know that businesses can't be successful without teamwork. But how often is your whole team in one conference room together? Once a week, once a month? Less? And how are your team members organizing calls and meetings with each other, and...

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You Can’t Service Your Customers Without Delivering

A lot of companies spend extensive time and effort improving the accuracy of demand forecasts. That is their predictions of what they will sell or use in the future.

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Ask the Expert: How can Data drive Customer Acquisition and Retention?

The White House Office of Consumer Affairs states that attracting a new customer is 6 to 7 times more expensive than retaining and growing existing customers. Meanwhile, according to research..

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Biking to the Best Customer Experience with BI&A

I recently had a conversation about the impact of customer experience with Jessica Noble, senior manager of enterprise consulting at Tribridge. As we discussed applying analytics to the factors that influence customer experience and the impact on a...

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7 Secrets to Increasing Productivity with Cloud Based Tools: Secret #1

Successful business leaders know that increasing the company’s productivity can improve the bottom line and help weather economic downturns. There are many technology tools..

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Top 10 NetSuite 2016.2 Release Updates

As we transition to the dog days of summer, NetSuite has released a new update, version 2016.2. I’ve seen many version changes over the years, but this is probably the most feature-packed one yet with over 100 enhancements.

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Personalizing Patient Care with Health360 Visual Indicators

During a recent customer engagement, the Health360 team was challenged to provide end-users a way to quickly determine a patient’s status. This includes behaviorally, socially and medically – all in one glance.

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Supply Chain Best Practices: Order Cycles and Collaboration

Today, in this blog on supply chain best practices, we’ll examine the order cycle, which is the amount of time necessary for your company to sell or use enough of the vendor’s products to meet the target order requirement.

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Digital Healthcare is Alive and Well and Helping to Improve Patient Outcomes

Digital health can be defined as the means to empower us to better track, manage and improve our own and our family’s health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society through technology.

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Technical Deep Dive: NetSuite’s new Advanced Revenue Recognition Module

This is a new record type which serves as the central hub for all revenue-related data. When a Sales Order is created, the Revenue Arrangement record is auto-created by NetSuite, based on the Revenue Rules defined on the Item records.

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Healthcare Providers are Finally Taking Cloud Technology Seriously

Years ago, cloud technology was not a term you could use in healthcare. Hospitals, specifically, were very slow to respond positively to it.

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BI&A Snack Session: Corporate Performance Management Simplified with Calumo

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) is typically considered all of the financial activities involved in budgeting, forecasting and business modeling required to enable CFOs and...

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Will NetSuite’s New ARM Module Solve your Revenue Recognition Challenges?

Why is revenue recognition such a hot topic these days? Well, more and more companies are incorporating services and other such offerings where revenue recognition isn’t so cut and dry.

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Tribridge Customer Care Team to the Rescue

Over the years, what it means to have exceptional customer service has drastically changed.

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Custom Reporting in Cornerstone OnDemand: How-Tos, Tips and Tricks

Cornerstone OnDemand’s analytics tool can, at times, seem overwhelming, especially if you are a little unsure of what data you need. Here's a simple three-step approach to make your life easier.

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The New Subscription Economy: Keeping a Customer for Life

The subscription-based economy is here to stay. Companies in various industries are quickly developing and offering new customer engagement models that focus on recurring revenue and..

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Supply Chain Best Practices: Demand Forecasts, Anticipated Lead Time and Safety Stock

Supply chain cooperation cannot be successfully accomplished without sharing information.

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CRM and Healthcare: What’s on One CIO’s Agenda

I was recently introduced to “Life as a Healthcare CIO,” a blog by Dr. John Halamka, CIO at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Halamka uses his blog to share his hands-on..

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Ask the Expert: Should Risk Management be a Priority for CFOs?

I sat down with Robert Nix, a finance expert on our Business Consulting team. He has served as an investment banker and also held several CFO roles.

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Patient Care Remains at the Heart of Healthcare

As I look back at my career in healthcare, I am simply amazed at the massive changes that have taken place. I began as a Registered Nurse...

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How to Manage Inventory While Keeping Supply Chain Partners Happy

Your goal is to maximize long-term profitability, but not at the expense of your vendors and customers. Many people feel that you cannot achieve both effective inventory management for your organization..

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How to Seamlessly Track CEUs in an LMS

If you are operating in a highly-regulated industry such as law, finance or healthcare, you understand how important it is for your employees to meet their continuing education (CE) requirements.

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Enabler or Distraction: Where Does Your Technology Stand?

Are you fighting technology fires more than leveraging it as a strategic advantage? If so, sadly, technology has become a distraction from your business goals.

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The Top 5 Enhancements in the Latest Release of Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics GP—the most implemented ERP in the US—has a new release, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

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