ERP Software

6 ERP Software Basics Your Job Shop Needs

manufacturer using ERP software

Choosing the right ERP software should maximize the efficiency and productivity of every functional area of your business. In a crowded ERP solution marketplace with confusing messages, it takes a methodical approach to match the right solution to your business. This involves clearly defining your purpose, assessing your business requirements, and having qualitative and quantitative objectives. It requires an…

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Four Questions to Help Your Shop Buy the Right ERP System

questions for your shop

Buying an ERP system isn’t something you can do quickly if you want to get a good fit. It’s a process. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. Below are four questions you can ask to help search more effectively.  What does your shop need?  You can’t buy the right software if you don’t know what your shop’s needs…

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How Has Manufacturing Changed over the Last Year?

manufacturing calendar

Manufacturers have been improving their processes since they first existed. However, manufacturers have never needed to improve as quickly as they have over the past year. The pandemic changed many things for our world, but manufacturing was one of the industries that was hit first. Many of those changes will likely stay even after COVID-19 cases drop to…

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How ERP Software Improves Customer Service

customer service

Getting customers to feel warm and fuzzy about their job shop often isn’t on an owner’s radar. However, owners of small shops know how important it is to have great customer service. Providing great customer service will help your customers feel more connected to your shop, which will bring them back when they have other jobs. So how…

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Employees Use Your ERP Software

new ERP software

Choosing new ERP software can be a long process, and after you’ve chosen your software, you want to make sure your employees use it. Even if you’ve picked the right software for your shop, you may end up not using that software you spent so long picking out if you don’t have a plan. Read below for our list…

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How Performance Management Can Help Your Job Shop

performance management

What is Performance Management?  Performance management is a process of making sure that a set of activities meet a company’s goals effectively and efficiently. Performance management can apply to an entire company, a department, an employee, or even a process. Essentially, it’s making sure that your company or employees meet their goals in the most efficient way possible. In manufacturing, your goals may be increasing the number of orders…

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How Preparing for ERP Software Can Help Your Shop

preparing for ERP software

ERP software can make a huge difference in a shop by raising the bottom line, increasing productivity, improving quality, and many other things. However, ERP software can also help a shop before it’s even implemented. ERP software can help your shop, but it tends to magnify whatever already exists. So, to get the biggest impact…

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Make Employee Performance Management Easier in the Job Shop

employee performance

One of the greatest resources of any job shop is its employees. You wouldn’t be able to finish any jobs without them. So, just like any resource, you want to manage it well. Making sure your employees know what to do is the easy part. Employee performance management is the hard part. You may have a gut…

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4 Great Things ERP Software Can Do for Your Job Shop

job shop

If you’re considering ERP software, whether you’re looking to change vendors or buy your first system, it’s helpful to think about what it should do for your shop. What will make a particular ERP system a good fit for your job shop? The four points below are a great place to start.  Helps You Get Your Job…

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How to Get Answers to Your Job Shop’s Business Questions

business questions

Getting answers to your business questions doesn’t have to be hard. All you need is good ERP software. It can keep your shop organized and make finding information a breeze. If you’re using spreadsheets or not using software at all, you could make a dramatic difference in your shop just by implementing an ERP; slash the time and effort…

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Spring into Efficiency with These 4 Tips

efficient spring cleaning

Spring is often the time we start cleaning out homes and making them look nice. This spring, consider cleaning up your shop’s operations and making them more efficient. Below are four tips to help you.  Track Important Data  To make your shop more efficient, you have to determine how you’re going to measure that. Do you want to send out more…

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Survey Results: How Cloud Software Helps Small Businesses

software on the cloud

This past year has been hard on small businesses. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council partnered with TechnoMetrica to survey small businesses and find out what impact software on the cloud had on their businesses. Their cloud software helped a large majority in various ways. The two biggest ways it helped them were by keeping their shops open…

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4 Tips for Great Job Shop Virtual Meetings

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Virtual meetings have become huge over the past year, and they’re here to stay. Even after we can gather in groups again, customers may still opt for the convenience of a virtual meeting rather than an in-person meeting. This means you might be making your first impression through a computer screen rather than in person. Make…

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How to Communicate in a Job Shop While Social Distancing

ERP helps with social distancing

Things change quickly in job shops, and it’s important to make sure everyone can keep up. However, it’s hard to talk to people on the shop floor while social distancing. The more your shop is optimizing for things like profitability and meeting due dates, the more often you might need to communicate with the folks on the…

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4 Ways Legacy ERP Software Is Holding Your Shop Back

legacy ERP software

While legacy ERP software is better than spreadsheets, it’s not nearly as good as ERP software that is still getting updated. As technology continues to advance, having unsupported ERP software means that your shop is falling behind. You could also lose some of the functionality that you already have. Far from helping your shop, legacy…

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Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2020

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2020 was a year of change, especially for manufacturing. Shutdowns and supply chain worries were a big part of the year, and shop owners were looking for ways to be more efficient. This past year, Shoptech’s top ten most popular blog posts were about improving shops and learning new things. 10. 3 Tips for Scheduling…

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What a Successful Job Shop Looks Like

successful job shop employee

When you boil it down to essentials, a successful job shop sends out its jobs on time and makes money on every job. Getting to this point can be difficult, especially if your shop uses paper to track everything. It’s hard to know if you made money on a job if you don’t know how…

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How Low Volume, Low-Value RFQs Can Help Your Machine Shop

Accepting low-value RFQs

On the surface, low volume, low-value RFQs from unfamiliar customers may seem like a waste of time for your machine shop. They’re too small to bring in as much profit as larger orders, and you don’t want to take time to figure out a quote for a new job. However, these jobs can be a…

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What is ERP Software and How Can It Help My Shop?

ERP software for manufacturers

If you’re looking for a way to make your shop better, you’ve probably heard of ERP software. You’ve also probably heard that it helps with efficiency and that it helps get more jobs out on time. But that doesn’t really tell you what it is. It doesn’t have to be hard to get a straight…

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How Can Section 179 Help Your Shop?

section 179 savings

If you haven’t yet reached the deduction limit for section 179, there are less than two months to make your purchases. You don’t want to leave money on the table. There have been a few changes to this section of tax law for 2020 to continue to help businesses. This article gives a quick overview…

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Post-Lockdown Improvements through ERP Software

how technology can help your business

2020 has hit hard. As manufacturers reopen and continue to find ways to keep their employees safe and their machines running, efficiency and improvements become even more important. Technology can help any job shop become more efficient and keep it running. Below are three ways ERP software can assist a shop post-lockdown to run even…

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3 Ways Preparing for a Crisis Helps Your Job Shop’s Bottom Line

preparing for a crisis in a job shop

No one wants a crisis to happen. However, preparing for a crisis instead of ignoring the possibility can save your shop money. Preparing plans for various crises takes time, but it’s worth it in the time and money those plans will save you when a crisis happens. As 2020 has shown us, huge problems can…

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Great ERP Software Has a Community of Support

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When choosing ERP software, it’s important to consider support. Most vendors will have phone lines available for support, but there are times when different methods are better. Sometimes it’s best to make answering your question a group effort. Shoptech’s E2 Customer Community truly is a community of Shoptech customers that allows them to come together…

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How Job Shop Goals Lead to the Right ERP Software

let shop goals be your guiding star

Before you start looking at ERP software, it’s helpful to have goals for what you want the software to do. These goals act as your shop’s North Star when you’re looking at ERP software. Most ERP systems will make your shop better in one way or another. However, if you want to be sure it’s…

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8 Ways ERP Software Can Improve Your Job Shop

improving your job shop

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software encompasses many things. You probably know it can help you run your entire job shop, but what exactly does that mean? In general, ERP software helps your shop operate more efficiently and gives you the data you need to run it better. Specifically, it can help improve your job shop…

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