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Connected Supply Chain: Make Smarter Decisions with Smarter Data

Check out how Acumatica is innovating the connected supply chain!Delivery speed, choice, adaptability and purchasing convenience are rapidly increasing supply chain complexity. In addition to tight resources and competitive pressures, the idea of the connected supply chain seems particularly challenging for small-to-medium-sized businesses that are too afraid to ditch their outdated business software.

One of the biggest mistakes we see businesses make is a reluctance to ditch outdated systems because of a fear of the unknown. I understand the hesitance to move past a system that has “worked” for many years. However, one thing remains true:  When legacy systems don’t integrate with important modern business tech, they create costly organizational data silos. These data silos often create time-intensive manual processes with untold consequences throughout your business.

And that’s too bad because businesses that take advantage of a smart connected supply chain benefit from a multitude of valuable insights. These organizations have access to critical business KPIs in real-time like manufacturing lead times, the cost of various raw materials and subassemblies, product availability data for suppliers, shipping and logistics estimates, and demand forecasts from end customers.

These key performance indicators, when properly aggregated, give organizations the ability to proactively shape demand based on pricing and promotions. Deliver precise inventory levels across warehouses and stores for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and retailers.

The real question is:  What is your current business system partner’s roadmap for providing you with the digital innovation your business should demand. Are they enabling your business to gain visibility, extract value and expand market reach?

What’s in the Future for the Connected Supply Chain?

What I do know is that I am excited about Acumatica’s commitment to embracing next-generation integration technology that easily adapts to emerging digital requirements and scales with our customer’s business. Check out the below video, it is a perfect example of how Acumatica is fully engaging people with the operational strategy focused around modern technologies, enabling users to enjoy the benefits of a connected supply chain.


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Georgia Retraining Tax Credits Summary 2018

Learn about Georgia's Retraining Tax Credits Program!Did you know that retraining tax credits enable Georgia businesses to offset their investment in employees? Whether retraining workers to use new equipment or new technology or upgrading the company’s competitiveness with ISO 9000 training, companies can afford more training, more often, thanks to Georgia’s retraining tax credits program.

Here’s what you need to know..

Georgia Retraining Tax Credits Details

The Georgia Tax Credit for Retraining of Employees provides tax credits according to the “Georgia Business Expansion Support Act of 1994” as amended.

An eligible business enterprise may be granted tax credits against its Georgia state tax liability:

  • Equal to one half of the direct cost of retraining
  • Up to $500 per approved training program per year for each full-time employee who has successfully completed an approved retraining program; The credit amount shall not exceed $1,250 per year per full-time employee who has successfully completed more than one approved retraining program
  • Up to 50 percent of the amount of the taxpayer’s income tax liability for the taxable year as computed without regard to this Code.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Costs of instructors and teaching materials
  • Employee wages during retraining
  • Reasonable travel expenses

Retraining may be provided by any qualified source, including:

  • Company trainers
  • Training vendors
  • Technical colleges or universities

Empower Your Workforce in 2019

Improve your competitive advantage year over year by budgeting for recurring technology training. Your employees will thank you! You work hard enough for your clients — make sure that your software is working hard for you.

Our trainers have extensive real-world knowledge. The certified trainers at Strategies Group conduct specialized business software training through web-based sessions or at your location. Participating in a training course will ensure that your entire team is up to speed and able to get the most out of your software investment in 2019.


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2018 ERP Year-End Checklists

2018 year-end checklists

Christmas comes once a year, and the same is true regarding year-end. For many, this is a stressful time of year – both personally and professionally. This year you can shed the stress professionally because we have your back! We’ve created two new, easy to follow, year-end checklists for Acumatica ERP and Viewpoint Spectrum.

Use the below year-end checklists and check them twice. You’ll find out if your ERP system has been naughty or nice.

Year-End Checklists with Complementary Support

Our ERP consultants have diligently created how-to guides for managing Acumatica ERP year-end and Viewpoint Spectrum year-end. We find that these guides are helpful when employees are completing procedures that are often only completed sparingly throughout the year. Download your checklist now:

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Is Your ERP System Ready for 2019?

Complete the tasks documented in our year-end checklist and your ERP system will be ready for 2019! Strategies Group is here to help if you are experiencing any difficulties performing these year-end tasks. We can help with all your Acumatica or Viewpoint consulting needs, including training, report writing, documentation, and updates!

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Infographic: 5 Steps to Manufacturing Job Costing

Unreliable manufacturing job costing can negatively affect your efficiency as well as your ability to acquire new business. The below Infographic highlights how Acumatica Manufacturing Edition can help you eliminate this problem, providing the quick and accurate manufacturing job costing you need to get the job done.

Make-to-order, engineer-to-order, project-centric, and job shop manufacturers: Comment below in the comments section and let us know what core functionality you think a manufacturing ERP should provide! Strategies Group believes manufacturing ERP software should integrate your production planning and shop floor processes with CRM, sales orders, inventory, purchasing, accounting, and reporting from one central location. And it should be in real-time. Acumatica cloud ERP and Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provide this and more.

The “more” includes the extremely important ability to create detailed and accurate manufacturing job costing based on capturing details such as labor, materials, machine, and set up costs. You also have the power to create new estimates quickly and to make multiple revisions without losing the history of the changes (or who made them). How you start the manufacturing process with your potential customer says a lot about how you’ll complete it.

Check out the Infographic below – How to compete for new business with accurate estimates driven by complete costs. You’ll learn how a scalable and full-featured ERP for manufacturing can be the difference between getting the job or losing it to the competition.

5 tips for Manufacturing Job Costing

A manufacturing ERP should help you define, collect, and manage data easily, seamlessly, and on-time. When it comes to manufacturing job costing, Acumatica Manufacturing Edition incorporates costing functionality into the operational subsystems including Bill of Material and Routing, Inventory Management, Production Management, Purchase Order Management, Estimating, and Sales Order Management, all of which integrates with financial applications (Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and General Ledger). You also have the Business Intelligence and Reporting and Dashboard capabilities a modern manufacturer needs to compete.

We’re no longer putting out fires. We are preventing the fires from happening. So, that’s been a huge improvement

Christa Peterson, Director of Accounting & Finance, Specified Technologies Incorporated
With Sage, our technical support was generally very slow. You would put a ticket in and maybe you’d hear back from them two, three days later. With Acumatica, you get an almost immediate response.

Glenda Starkweather, Vice President, Boulder Creek Stone

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Collaborate 2018: Join us on October 15th!

Collaborate 2018: The Construction Industry’s Best User Conference Is Only Getting Better

Connection. Every part of our daily lives benefits from connection. And construction is literally about building connections. So how do we better connect – with each other, with different parts of our company, through our use of technology? That’s the power of connection, and that’s the glue that brings us all to Collaborate 2018.


Experience the Value of Connection

More than 2,000 construction operations, field and technology professionals responsible for billions in revenue, thousands of employees and scores of projects attend Viewpoint’s Collaborate. Get to know your peers.

In 2017, more than 40% of Collaborate attendees were General Contractors, and more than 20% each represented either Heavy Highway or a Specialty Subcontractor. The rest were a sampling of industry associations, exhibitors, partners, Viewpoint employees and other people you want to know better.

By role, nearly 45% of attendees are from Finance & HR roles, 5% Principals & Executives, 15% from Field & Operations, 15% of Project Management roles and, finally, almost 20% with IT-specific roles.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend Collaborate 2018

Collaborate 2018 - Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend

Register Today!

Don’t just listen to us, though. More than 50% of our attendees return every year – that’s saying something about the value of this conference. So, what do they have to say?

“I find great value in attending Collaborate each year. The educational sessions provide an opportunity to speak directly with product experts and developers. Viewpoint connects me with other users to discuss how they use the software. I have met people from around the country that I stay connected to throughout the year.”
—Dave Wright, Executive Vice President & CFO, Hunter-Davisson, Inc.

Join Dave and other Viewpoint customers and register for Collaborate 2018 today!

Attend Collaborate 2018 and experience the power of connection!

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Acumatica, Hands Down the Best Wholesale Distribution Software

Acumatica, is hands down, the best Wholesale Distribution Software solution on the market. Don’t take our word for it, listen to what real customers have to say:


Why are Distributors selecting Acumatica as their distribution management system? Simple, distributors recognize the benefits of Acumatica’s all-inclusive functionality and robust business intelligence, eCommerce, mobility, pricing, and shipping features.

Here are our 6 reasons Acumatica is hands down the best wholesale distribution software:

See why Acumatica is hands down the best warehouse distribution software!Business Intelligence
Manufacturing is more than what happens in your facilities. Consider the suppliers and transportation networks providing the materials you use, and the distributors, retailers, and customers that use the products and create the demand that you fulfill. In Aberdeen’s Manufacturing Operations Benchmark Study**, manufacturers were asked to select their top strategies. The results:

Acumatica’s distribution management suite provides accurate, company-wide inventory data that lets you create proactive, responsive replenishment operations and minimize inventory costs. To stay competitive, distributors need to know:

  • The true availability and cost of the inventory from requisition through shipping
  • On-hand balance in each warehouse and location – in real time
  • Data and analytics on product movement, sales trends, current inventories, and markets
  • Accurate replenishment and distribution management planning
  • Detailed information on lot/serial numbers, shelf life, and expiration

Mobility & Omnichannel
“Omnichannel” support provides the flexibility to support direct customer ordering, distributors, and B2B with a similar customer experience, whether the individual contacts you through desktop browsers, mobile devices, brick-and-mortar stores, or catalog sales. Customers may access your site from multiple locations, at various times and from different devices, while coordinating with other decision-makers during their process of research, comparison, and ordering the products they plan to purchase.

Wholesale Distributors offer multiple prices for the same item based on the quantity of units, completion timeframe, and other discounts. Finding distribution software that gives Distributors the pricing freedom they need is a critical component in their decision- making process. Acumatica is specifically designed with a powerful pricing algorithm; customer specific pricing is simple enough for small business and broad enough for intricate multi-national corporations. Acumatica offers Distributors the pricing flexibility they need.

When shipments are not properly organized, Wholesale Distributors know the resulting consequences can be catastrophic, which is why Wholesale Distributors make accuracy one of their utmost priorities. By cross-referencing with multiple item identifications by individual suppliers and your system, Acumatica is able to improve overall shipping accuracy.

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The Problem with Construction Software

Legacy construction software can be costly and inefficient. The ongoing reluctance in the construction industry to adopting new technologies and eliminating data silos has led to serious and systemic issues such as poor productivity and cost overruns to be viewed as “normal” within the construction industry.

Overcoming Problems with Construction Software

In early 2014, as majority owner of Strategies Group, I made the decision to review other products available in the construction marketplace to see if we could better serve our clients by offering a modern construction software option. Simply put, I knew there were technological advances that were taking place that Sage and other legacy software vendors were either unwilling or unable to take advantage of in the construction software space. I spent 18 months researching the different options in the market and some potential players.

In January of 2018, the construction software market was changed dramatically with the announcement that one of the most technologically advanced, platformed based software companies in the world had developed a construction industry-specific product. Acumatica, a company that we have represented on the more traditional ERP (Manufacturing/Distribution/eCommerce) side of our business had changed the game. They are truly a technology company with some 73% of their employees dedicated to product research and development. The construction product was spearheaded by a group of industry experts who came from the Timberline heritage. They KNOW CONSTRUCTION and Acumatica KNOWS SOFTWARE.

Learn more about how the combination of the two resulted in an initial offering that anyone looking to change their Construction Software systems needs to consider.

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Dollars vs. Deployment: A Look at SAAS vs. On-Premise Solutions

For many small-to-medium sized businesses, SAAS (cloud) deployments have leveled the playing field with larger organizations that have access to greater resources. Think about it. Your project teams can execute complicated projects on-time, within budget. But managing an internal network, updating software and hardware, and troubleshooting issues just is just not in your wheelhouse – nor should it. Furthermore, researching and buying all those computers and other technical devices is a massive non-revenue generating responsibility. This blog will focus on the benefits of SAAS vs. on-premise solutions.

Here are some considerations when evaluating a SAAS vs. on-premise solutions:


Deploying to the cloud means shorter deployment time and lower operating costs. Modern technology should be built on mobile framework, enabling deployment of technology across an entire organization – all while reducing the learning curve for users.

A modern-built ERP solution offers end-users access to more integrations and more tools for users to leverage without deep product specialization.

Continual Improvement

We believe that the commitment to understanding changing industry and technology standards is critical for an ERP. Many software developers are comfortable maintaining the status quo and collecting yearly maintenance and service fees without adding any additional features or functionality.

Our mission is to collaborate with all of our customers and partners in delivering innovative technology that supports your business growth. Add to that acceleration – making it happen in a timely fashion. Stagnation for a company is paramount to closing its doors. Your ERP solution should eliminate stagnation from your vocabulary and your business.

Preparing for Natural Disasters

According to a study from EMC, data loss and downtime cost companies worldwide a massive $1.7 trillion (£1 trillion) in 2014.

Take a minute to think through these questions: Can you continue to do business if there is a hardware failure or if a place you’re hosting your solution goes up in flames? If you do experience a fire, what just happened to all of your data? How quickly can you recover from that? If your system is down for 2-3 days, what kind of business are you losing?  Are you going to be able to give your customers the same level of customer service that you would be able to give them under normal circumstances?

When you subscribe to a SaaS offering, your data is replicated into multiple geo zones. There are regular processes that take place to ensure you can get back up and running immediately, even in the event of a disaster. The data backups that are performed are tested regularly to ensure that the data is recoverable.

Avoiding Ransomware

While small-to-midsized businesses aren’t specifically targeted in ransomware campaigns, they may be more likely to suffer an attack. Frequently, small business IT teams are stretched thin and, in some cases, rely on outdated technology due to budgetary constraints. This is the perfect storm for ransomware vulnerability.

Fundamentally more secure business solutions have evolved over the past decade with an ongoing commitment to stopping ransomware breaches. Yet organizations continue to trust their critical business information to outdated twenty-year-old technology that fails to stand up when measured against the latest security requirements and innovations.

Focus on Security

Data security is critical to the overall health of your organization. Does your IT team currently perform penetration testing or compliance monitoring?

Cloud deployments take advantage of the benefits of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Security at AWS is the highest priority and end-users enjoy the benefit of a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.

Learn More about the Benefits of SAAS vs. On-Premise Solutions

Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to further discuss how technology has changed for the construction industry. Let’s make sure your company is getting the functionality and ongoing commitment to improvement that you are paying for.

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How Construction Business Intelligence Tools Improve Profit Margins

Advanced construction business intelligence tools are changing the game. See how!Construction Business Intelligence tools are more than just a fancy buzzword — 2018 appears to be the year that these tools take center stage. Business Intelligence (BI) comprises the strategies and technologies used by enterprises for the data analysis of business information. BI technologies provide historical, current and predictive views of business operations. Unfortunately, contractors of all sizes are losing a lot of money because they are not tapping into the critical business analytics available to them. Experts put the potential loss of revenue from failing to leverage this asset in the billions of dollars.

What’s the Disconnect? Why More Firms aren’t Leveraging Construction Business Intelligence Tools..

Better business intelligence, or BI, could improve profits and productivity, but only half of all construction firms are tracking information at all, according to a McGraw-Hill study. This study found that:

  • Only 37% of workers can access information outside the trailer
  • Only 37% use cloud services to share information

Some companies mistakenly think they are leveraging BI because they’re using apps or other stand-alone software. But that technology often serves only to silo data, making it difficult, if not impossible, to access and analyze for actionable insights. Even more firms are stuck in the outdated use of manual data entry, spreadsheets and CSV files, which are more limiting when it comes to sharing and optimizing data. The report found:

  • 49.2% manually enter data
  • 44.7% use spreadsheets
  •  31.9% use CSV files

The bottom line, experts say, is that failure to capture BI with an integrated solution is costing construction firms untold millions in lost productivity. Capturing, sharing and reporting all that data can help contractors better manage cost, risk and collaboration — not to mention increase profits

Five Ways Construction Business Intelligence Tools Improve Profit Margins

Reduce job site error, waste and inefficiencies – all while improving profit margins – with these five benefits of BI:

  1. Achieve a global view of projects past and present:

  • See how accurate past bids have been as well as where the market is headed to make more accurate bids
  • See trends across projects to make strategic business decisions based on actionable insights
  1. Improve efficiency and margins with real-time data:

  • See where problems or bottlenecks are happening and address them immediately, rather than getting information about them weeks later when the problem has eaten into margins
  • Have instant access to metrics, such as payroll, to see whether work is being done on budget and where spend can be reduced
  1. Bring together office and field data with standard reporting:

  • Ensure standardized reporting that is easily viewed on customizable dashboards and reports
  • Get access to data that otherwise might be siloed or unusable
  1. Manage resource (people and equipment) more effectively:

  • Better predict when equipment needs maintenance to avoid breakdowns and job stops
  • Track workers’ licenses, insurance and certifications to know when they expire and better schedule accordingly to ensure enough labor for upcoming projects
  1. Monitor risk more effectively:

  • Keep daily tabs on contract requirements, legal restrictions and safety issues by project and locality
  • Analyze safety incidents with real-time data to see where weak spots are occurring and be more proactive in preventing them rather than reacting to them

See How Your Peers are Utilizing Construction Business Intelligence Tools in Their Day-to-Day Business Life

Southeastern Site Development, a Southeastern regional construction firm, is incorporating advanced reporting and Business Intelligence tools to set the nearly 12-year-old company above its old-school competition. Click below to learn more.

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Find Your Trusted Cloud Computing Consultant / Advisor

Do you have a trusted cloud computing consultant?Do you keep delaying your transition to the cloud? You keep paying maintenance and other costs for an outdated system – it is time to put a stop to the madness! But where do you begin your journey to the cloud? Join millions of other businesses that have partnered with a cloud computing consultant to help you implement the right technology for your organization.

Plan for Success with a Cloud Computing Consultant

You know you need to move your critical business systems off of ancient on-premise technology – you just don’t know where to get started.  No problem! The Strategies Group Team can help assist you to select the optimal solution for your growing firm. Our team members are experts in the technology and understand the requirements. Don’t get locked into a solution until you understand the long-term impact on your firm.

Strategies Group has a proven methodology to help guide you through your Cloud ERP migration:

  • Discover – The Strategies Group team works with key stakeholders to form an ERP implementation team. A kickoff meeting is scheduled to review the project plan and communicate the company objectives for the project. In this phase, Strategies Group consultants review the current process, design/configure/setup new processes, and work with key stakeholders to define the scope, migration strategy and desired schedule.
  • Design– Strategies Group consultants assist the implementation team in designing, configuring and setting up the new system and business processes. Consultants work with key stakeholders to determine the data quality in the existing system to increase the success of the data conversion to the new system.
  • Deploy– In this phase, the Strategies Group team delivers the new system to the customer implementation team and continues to educate the implementation team on the new system and the capabilities of the system. Strategies Group and the implementation team work together to identify issues and process adjustments as needed.
  • Deliver–The Strategies Group team supports the client in the use of their new system. The Strategies Group team is available for ongoing support and training, and are scheduled on-site to support the go-live process for the new system.

Go Beyond a Cloud Computing Consultant and Build the Perfect ERP Project Team

Download this free guide as a building block as you start to build your cloud ERP project team. Like any project, your ERP implementation is going to take a group effort. If you don’t plan appropriately you will find yourself herding cats.

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