Microsoft Directions NA
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Microsoft Tech Stack and Directions North America Conference Notes 

I recently attended, for the first time, the Directions North America Conference for Microsoft Partners, held in San Diego, CA. I found it to be quite insightful into the future trajectory of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and its ecosystem. In addition, I found the Dynamics Community to be a close-knit and welcoming group. Here are a … Read more

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Mastering ERP Implementation: A Guide for Modern Businesses 

Implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system represents a pivotal step towards enhancing operational efficiency and achieving comprehensive data integration across an organization. This process, from the initial selection to full-scale deployment, requires meticulous planning, informed strategic decisions, and a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s specific needs. This guide outlines the essential steps to successfully … Read more

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Pros and Cons of ERP customizations
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Guide to Customizing your ERP Software: Pros and Cons 

In the landscape of modern business technology, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems stand as pivotal elements, driving efficiency and streamlining operations across various sectors. The decision to modify an ERP system is complex, influenced by each organization’s unique demands and strategic objectives.   As a leading technology advisor, Crestwood Associates is well-versed in the complexities of … Read more

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Crestwood Associates Announces New Leadership

With great enthusiasm and anticipation, we announce a significant evolution in our executive team here at Crestwood Associates. Jason Sheaffer, our Chief Revenue Officer with a distinguished tenure exceeding a decade in ERP expertise, is stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer. Jason is committed to driving growth and fostering a culture of innovation. … Read more

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Acumatica President's Club Award
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Crestwood Associates: Acumatica’s 2024 President’s Club Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that Crestwood Associates has been honored with the prestigious 2024 President’s Club award by Acumatica. This recognition is a testament to our dedication, expertise, and exceptional service in the realm of cloud ERP solutions, solidifying our status as a leading Acumatica Gold Certified VAR (Value Added Reseller) partner. The President’s … Read more

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Why Choose Acumatica ERP Your Path to Modern Business Success

In a world where business dynamics evolve at an unprecedented pace, the challenges of staying ahead in the game are more pronounced than ever. I have spoken with several CEO’s, CFO’s, or COO’s, this past year who are constantly grappling with the need to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and stay competitive. Enter Acumatica ERP – … Read more

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Finance and Compliance
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2024: A Pivotal Year for Finance and Compliance – Insights from FUSE Avalara

Navigating 2024: My Avalara Conference Takeaways This past week, I had the pleasure of attending FUSE, Avalara’s first-ever partner conference. It was three days of discussing the future of finance and tax compliance and honing into what 2024 holds for us in terms of tax management and sales tax compliance. I’m excited to share insights … Read more

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Guide to GP Migration Strategy and Minimize On-Premise Downtime
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Achieve Seamless GP Migrations and Minimize On-Premise Downtime: An In-Depth Guide

As we prepare to embark on the enlightening transition from conventional on-premise systems to the expansive realm of cloud technology, Great Plains (GP) migrations play a pivotal role. The benefits of this transition are profound: increased operational efficiency, cost reductions, and unparalleled flexibility. However, this journey can present potential challenges, including the much-feared on-premise downtime. … Read more

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construction teams streamline project management with the best construction erp software at their fingertips
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How to Find the Best Construction ERP Software

How To Find the Best Construction ERP Software A successful construction project requires many tools, but one of the most important of these possesses is neither bit nor blade. The right ERP system can mean the difference between a project that runs smoothly, without wasting materials or staff hours, and one that comes in past … Read more

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a worker in a manufacturer warehouse is able to work efficiently with the best manufacturing erp software at their fingertips
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How to Find the Best Manufacturing ERP Software

Many manufacturing ERP software systems are as embedded within organizations as the production equipment that powers them. Just like machinery that doesn’t evolve with the times, an ERP system can become outdated and painfully inefficient. And just as outdated equipment can slow down your whole production line, an outdated ERP system can keep your entire … Read more

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Latest Release: Collections Management for Acumatica

What’s New in the Latest Release of Our Collections Management Add-On   Offered as an add-on product to Acumatica users, our Collections Management tool has proven to be a game-changer for collections activities. Businesses can easily visualize all their collections activities from a convenient dashboard, while also automating timed steps in collection plans, the closing … Read more

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Acumatica 2023 R1 | Features & Improvements in Latest Update

Top Features & Improvements in the Latest Acumatica 2023 R1 Update Acumatica, the cloud-based ERP system, has released its latest version, Acumatica 2023 R1, with several new features and improvements. This new version is designed to make business management more efficient and effective, and to help users streamline their processes and improve their bottom line.  … Read more

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Wave 1
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What’s New and Planned for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Crestwood Associates is looking forward to delivering the latest solutions to our clients from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Wave 1. The latest features will add immediate value to your ERP functionality. Upgrades include: Improved Business Central integration with Power Platform to increase productivity. Application features are added to increase productivity, create better overviews and … Read more

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What is an ERP system? [Infographic]

ERP systems enable businesses to manage day-to-day activities through centralized and secure data. Think of it as bringing all users of the software under one roof so that everyone from the CFO to the human resources team are is unified through common processes, connectivity and insight into centralized information. We broke it out into a … Read more

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How do I Budget for an ERP Implementation?

When researching any business purchase, price is an important factor. But some investments are difficult to quantify with an exact dollar amount. More importantly, in the business world, cost is not directly related to value. Think of some high-priced executive salaries or inflated costs of luxury cars. Are they worth it? Maybe, maybe not.  When … Read more

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Qualities to Look for When Hiring an ERP Consultant

Congratulations! Your business has made the choice to implement an ERP system. Now comes the most important element of that massive undertaking: selecting the right ERP consultants to help you bring the system to life. ERP consultants are critical for your business, especially when the goal is to scale your organization to the next level. … Read more

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Three ERP Success Stories

Sometimes when starting the journey of planning an ERP implementation, it helps to read about how other companies found success working with consultants to execute the project. How do we measure success? Each project will have specific KPIs of course, but overall, a successful ERP implementation demonstrates that we’ve gone ‘live’ on time, on budget … Read more

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How Long Does it Take to Implement an ERP System?

The words ‘ERP implementation’ can give even the most experienced IT leaders, CEOs and CFOs a headache, as they consider the variables to balance: budget, training, testing, leaving old ways behind and, above all, time. This is a major undertaking and often involves a degree of change management.  Many people in your business will be … Read more

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Wholesale Distribution ERP: Five Essential Applications

In a competitive and unpredictable market, wholesale distributors must ensure their ERP systems can handle complex demands. B2B products and services are expected to meet shrinking delivery timeframes thanks to automated supply chains. It should come as no surprise that changes in distribution and supply chain models are happening industry-wide. Customer expectations are influenced by … Read more

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Demand Forecasting is Changing. Can Your ERP System Keep Up?

Demand forecasting is the process of making future estimations in relation to customer demand over a specific period. Generally, demand forecasting will consider historical data and other analytical information generated through machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to produce accurate predictions. The right ERP system gathers data through these applications and generates precise demand … Read more

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