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Will ERP tools be leaving your server rack?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The funny thing about working in a small company is that everyone wears many hats. This is my attempt at wearing the hat of “techie blogger”. My goal is to post here on a regular basis about the roller coaster ride of taking enterprise level functionality and trimming it down for the world.

When we first started out with over 5 years ago, the biggest question was “Is the manufacturing world ready for the next generation of tools that will change the way they think about ERP software?”. So far, the reaction has been mixed. We are finding that smaller businesses tend to be more flexible in their ability to try out the model with Ascent loaded in. Many of these companies have never actually had a “business system” and are used to working with spreadsheets to manage their inventory, materials planning, order management, etc. These types of businesses have been very successful in utilizing the cloud for their ERP needs since they can get their users trained easily and the investment of transitioning is minimal.

The larger businesses is where the path gets a little rocky. Many have invested in larger systems with heavy consulting fees and “installed software”. We have a customer today that left Microsoft Dynamics after a failed implementation and is enjoying great success with us. According to their testimonial, Ascent has given them a significant ROI. Based on this customer’s experience and several other within our pool, it is becoming more and more comfortable to say that the next place for ERP software to thrive, is in the cloud. The journey has begun and Ascent has signed on as one of the tour guides along with More to come on this story as we travel around…

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Inventory models for calculating reorder points and optimal order quantities have been in existence long before the dawn of software era. When the first affordable automobile, Ford Model T was rolled off the assembly line, manufacturers were already reaping the financial benefits of inventory management by determining the answers to ‘When to deliver?’ and ‘How many to deliver?’ However, it seems an irony today—in the days of advanced information technology—that many companies are still not taking advantage of these fundamental inventory models. Organizations tend to have several systems to manage their business and often run their entire operations on excel spreadsheets which make activities such as assets tracking, equipment scheduling, or documenting essential incident details, snowball into their biggest headaches. This is a challenge that was comprehended beforehand by AscentERP. Co-founded by industry veterans Michael Trent, CEO, Shaun McInerney, President, and Akbar Rafiuddin, CTO—who bring years of experience in manufacturing, sales, and technology space respectively—AscentERP came in as an assistance stick for manufacturers who were struggling to position their next level of growth. In the course of their initiative, AscentERP found a perturbing obstacle: the silos and boundaries created between the business and IT by the existing ERP tools within organizations.

Through its AscentERP application, the company today breaks down the communication barriers in an organization and gets everyone on the same page. With an aim to support a flexible, sustainable, and extensible mentality, and also the warehouse and production floor, AscentERP provides an environment of collaboration—creating greater enterprise responsiveness, agility, and speed. Organizations using AscentERP don’t have to configure their processes based on the tool, as the firm delivers a flexible solution which can adapt and evolve according to the business processes that are already in place. “With AscentERP, inventory management doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, complex process. Companies can save resources that can be utilized to innovate products in accordance with dynamic market requirements,” says Rafiuddin. Along with its collaborative and enterprise-responsive capabilities, AscentERP also provides advisory services that present organizations with better implementation of workflows and processes.

Powerful Inventory Management Application

AscentERP is a cloud-based application that allows clients to manage their manufacturing supply chain in a revolutionary way. It enables end-to-end inventory tracking, right from raw materials or outsourced components to finished products over multiple locations. The clients benefit from instant access to inventory numbers across warehouses, broken out into any variation, with any set of details to get products to customers before anyone else.



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