ERP success
Stephanie McColly

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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ERP failure
Bryan Banner

When ERP Implementation Fails

You’re in the middle of a failed ERP Implementation. Now What? Staying ahead of the competition is critical for your success. With growth at the heart of your strategy, it’s likely you will undertake or have already taken on, an ERP implementation to improve and automate your business. With this endeavor and expense comes great … Read more

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Stephanie McColly

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
Stephanie McColly

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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Stephanie McColly

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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business intelligence
Stephanie McColly

Our ERP System’s Superhero: Business Intelligence

We know the power of ERP systems is multifaceted, providing your business with greater efficiency because your people are seamlessly connected and automation of essential functions. Business Intelligence (BI) propels this a step further when integrated with your ERP, providing real-time data analysis and insights. As your ERP works hard to tie together business processes … Read more

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Stephanie McColly

Your Customers Are Telling You Exactly What They Want. Are You Listening?

Technological advances in ERP and CRM systems have nearly eliminated guesswork and provided unprecedented muscle to operations. But one thing technology can’t do is read customers’ minds. The good news, though, is that if you know where to look, there’s no magic needed. You can use voice of the customer (VoC) analytics within the right … Read more

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Stephanie McColly

3 Product Distribution Processes You Should Be Automating

Since 2020, product distribution companies have faced rolling waves of worker shortages and supply chain disruptions, all amid a global economy that can best be described in one word: unpredictable.  It should come as no surprise, then, that product distribution companies would increasingly look to ERP capabilities such as process automation to bridge gaps and … Read more

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data using ERP system
Jason

Stop Running Financial Reports. Let Your ERP System Show You Data.

Financial management software provides businesses with a full array of accounting functions to record daily financial operations and generate quarterly and annual financial statements. It also provides tools for reporting, analysis, budgeting and planning. But do you really want reams of reports? No. What you really want is data. The right ERP system pulls everything … Read more

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Crestwood Case Study
Lauren

A Business Central RE-Implementation (Why Choosing the Right Partner is Important)

Often our success stories highlight a customer’s journey through choosing a new ERP system (Acumatica or Dynamics 365 Business Central) and the ins and outs of their implementation with our team here at Crestwood Associates. This one will be a little different; this is a story of a company who had gone through the process … Read more

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Crestwood Top VAR Logo
Lauren

Accounting Today Recognizes Crestwood Associates as a Top VAR for 2021

Crestwood Associates ranks in yet another top ERP reseller list. ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) July 16, 2021 — Crestwood Associates has again been named to Accounting Today’s list of Top 100 VARs for 2021. The top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations that sell and implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software, and are ranked … Read more

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Crestwood Cloud
Ben

Are You Sure that You’re Really in the Cloud? A Gray Market Cloud Horror Story

You are a savvy business owner; your business processes and ERP are backed up in the cloud. You’ve seen the statistics, heard the horror stories, and you’ve made the necessary steps to feel secure. But what does “in the cloud” really mean? How secure is your data really? Gray Market Cloud Spells Doom for One … Read more

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Acumatica and Salesforce Integration
Lauren

Can You Really Integrate Salesforce CRM and Acumatica ERP? Yes!

Salesforce and Acumatica have spent the better part of their history in opposition to each other. Salesforce, touted by many as the first SaaS cloud product on the market, has delivered customer relationship management solutions via the internet for the last two decades. Acumatica, on the other hand, launched in 2008 to deliver a suite … Read more

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Dynamics 365 Business Central - Service Management
Lauren

3 Things that will Kill Your Manufacturing Business and How to Avoid Them

Manufacturing and distribution businesses drive most of their profits from their inventory. That means inventory management and replenishment should be key areas of concern to maintain a healthy, thriving business. Using inadequate tools like spreadsheets, don’t give you the ability to control your inventory correctly. Here are the three key issues that businesses like yours … Read more

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Computer Security
Lauren

How Secure is Your Business?

When’s the last time you thought about security for your business? Or asked your IT team or partner security related questions? Are you sure you’re covered in the event something happens? How much data are you willing to lose? Maybe you are like me, not an expert in security, and not sure about what to … Read more

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Inventory Spreadsheet
Lauren

Why you need to replace your inventory spreadsheet

Almost all businesses face this one critical problem: lagging productivity. We live in an increasingly automated world, and yet gains in productivity have slowed significantly. Given this environment, any company that can evaluate old, clunky processes and replace them with smarter tools that enable optimization is going to gain traction in their market. When it … Read more

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Brad

SQL Split String Option

I’ve been waiting a long time for this.  If you’ve had to split strings in SQL in the past, keep reading! Microsoft SQL Server 2016 now has a native solution available, meaning, you can supply a delimited string and join against it like a collection of rows. There have been many work-arounds for this over … Read more

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