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Consultancy keeps up with the ERP industry

It’s easy for a consultant who is tied in a financial way to an ERP vendor, to keep up with the one software package.  They recommend the same one over and over.  But how does an independent ERP consultant keep up?  As a completely independent ERP consultancy, we are contacted frequently by ERP vendors notifying us of upgrades, new capabilities of their software, seminars, demonstrations, etc.  Since we are not affiliated with any ERP vendors or resellers, we are able to conduct negotiations with vendors for the sole benefit of our clients.  

Here are some of the tools and publications we employ for research, as well as professional groups we network with regularly, seminars and webinars recently attended, and ERP software recently evaluated.



Research Partners








KnowledgeStorm

KnowledgeStorm is the Internet's top-ranked resource for technology professionals conducting research.







TechnologyEvaluation

Research source to evaluate, and select the best enterprise software solutions for small businesses to large enterprises.  TEC specializes in information for impartial and quantifiable software selection. 







Proformative

Proformative is the largest and fastest growing online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals. Their community-driven content, comes from thousands of senior level professionals and renowned subject matter experts, and allows their constituency to make better decisions; driving efficiencies, top line growth, and career success.







Gartner

Gartner is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. They deliver the technology-related insight necessary to make the right decisions.  Gartner offers world-class, objective insight on virtually any area of IT.







KPI Library

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) help to get insight into business performance -- "What gets measured, gets managed".  KPIs are also known as performance metrics, business indicators, and performance ratios.







SearchManufacturingERP.com







Techtarget.com

TechTarget publishes targeted information technology websites that provide resources for researching products, developing strategy and making cost-effective purchase decisions.







CFO Magazine

Premium CFO content, including CFO Magazine, access to thousands of White Papers and CFO Research Reports, newsletters including "Daily Briefing", CFO Webcasts.






NetworkWorld

A top source for the latest ERP (enterprise resource planning) software news, opinion, product comparisons and reviews.







ZDNet

Breaking technology news, analysis, and research.







Slashdot

Slashdot is a technology-related news website featuring news stories about science and technology-related topics.



Professional Groups










Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions (ERP)

A group for ERP professionals willing to share knowledge regarding new developments, Implementations and designing organizational wide solutions.









Enterprise Software Selection Group

Network and share experiences with others regarding enterprise software selection.







ERP Community

This group is dedicated to provide a networking platform for all ERP Professionals. (SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle Apps, JDE, MS Dynamics, IFS, etc.)







ERP Project Management

For those involved in the ERP Project Management (Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Oracle, ...), who want to share experiences and best practices.







ERP Selection Group

Selecting and evaluating the best ERP solution for a business.








EDI professionals

This is a group for professionals to exchange and share knowledge about B2B and B2C, EDI, data processing and translation software.


ERP Software News 

ERP Software News 
This is a group for professionals to exchange and share knowledge about ERP software.

Symposiums Attended




◊ Business Process Reengineering 

◊ ERP Implementation Planning

◊ ERP Project Planning 

◊ Organizational Change Management

◊ Making Employees Fall for Your New ERP System 

◊ Understanding the Differences Between Leading ERP Software 

◊ The Risks and Limitations of Financial Spreadsheets

◊ Six Sigma Quick Hits 

◊ Social, Mobile, Cloud – The New Era of ERP Solutions

◊ Web and mobile technology

◊ Four Rules of an ERP Project

◊ S2K’s Advanced Suggested Purchasing Application

◊ Making A More Effective Business Case for Investing in Software

◊ ERP Software Selection Success





ERP Software Evaluated To Date



◊ Acumatica (Cloud ERP)

◊ Apprise

◊ Aptean (Consona & CDC merger)

◊ Consona (Made2Manage)

◊ Deacom

◊ Deltek Vision

◊ Epicor

◊ Exact Macola

◊ EZ Ware Technologies 

◊ Genius Manufacturing

◊ HansaWorld

◊ Harris Data (partnership with Cincom)

◊ IBS Enterprise

◊ Infor

◊ Intacct

◊ Microsoft Dynamics NAV

◊ NetSuite (Cloud ERP)

◊ Oracle Fusion

◊ OpenERP

◊ Plex Systems (Online)

◊ Pronto Software

◊ QAD Enterprise Applications (formerly QAD MFG/PRO)  (Cloud ERP)

◊ Sage

◊ SAP All-in-One

◊ Syspro

◊ Unit4 Agresso Business World

◊ VAI (Vormittag) System 2000

◊ xTuple   (Open Source)