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Supply Chain Optimization – What Is It?
6/2/2016 11:24:13 AM

Bob Scarborough

This is the first in a series of blogs on supply chain optimization.  

There are a number of definitions for supply chain optimization.  Our perspective is a broad definition, where the goal of supply chain optimization is to maximize revenue and/or product margins by building the right thing at the right time for the right people.  To achieve this goal requires a sophisticated level of understanding and action.


What Would Paul Revere Shout about Revenue Restatements?
5/4/2016 1:25:02 PM

By Michael Chadwick

Paul Revere is most famously known for “The Midnight Ride” and his repeated warnings, “The redcoats are coming!” As it relates to the idea of improper revenue recognition, we opine his prescient chants would proclaim “The red ink is coming!” at the dawn of the restatement announcement.

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Bob Scarborough and I are here in Penang Malaysia, and have just attended the first day of Semicon Southeast Asia 2016.   Along with four other industry leaders, Bob presented at the Supply Chain in High Tech Industry Forum.  Bob’s topic was “Optimizing the High Tech Supply Chain in the Era of IoT” – we’ll be posting the content as a blog series in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.


Operational Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics GP
4/20/2016 12:26:53 PM

By Diane Faria

This GP webinar on Operational Reporting, we are really going to be using some basic reporting tools within Dynamics GP- SmartLists and excel reports. These are going to be reports for things like doing reconciliation information or analytics kind of thing using SmartList functionality and excel report builder. You should all be able to see my SmartList screen. So quickly we just know that on the left we have our functional areas with the delivered SmartLists that come with GP and what I am going to be talking about today is really the standard GP SmartList functionality.

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Tags: Dynamics, GP

Semiconductor Monetization Models 2.0
4/13/2016 2:56:33 PM

Michael Chadwick

NOTE FROM THE TENSOFT TECH COMPANY OBSERVER EDITOR: I recently caught up with Tensoft's Director of Sales, Mike Chadwick, for a conversation about semiconductor business models and how they've been evolving.  Mike's blog post from earlier this year - Industry Trend: Evolution of Semiconductor Chip Companies to Complex Product and Service Organizations - was quoted in a recent GSA/Rambus article entitled Charting a New Course for Semiconductors.  In today's blog post Mike provides an update to his earlier article, as well as some interesting commentary on this evolving area.



NOTE FROM THE TENSOFT TECH COMPANY OBSERVER EDITOR: We recently caught up with Tensoft’s busy Director of Business Operations, Dan Berube, for a brief interview on the topic of ERP implementations and upgrades.   Dan has a proven track record for designing and implementing workable business systems and processes, and is an expert advisor on postmodern ERP configurations.  The following is a brief overview of his advice and recommendations for a successful ERP project, whether it's a new install or an upgrade of an existing system.

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Postmodern ERP and Tensoft
3/31/2016 12:14:02 PM

Caprice Murray

This is the first in a series about "Postmodern ERP," a term coined by Gartner in 2013, and one that has been gaining momentum in common business vernacular ever since.  In this post, I'll take a look at what's meant by Postmodern ERP and how that relates to Tensoft.  In the coming weeks ahead, I'll get into the more nitty gritty details about what all this means for mid-market companies, so stayed tuned for more on that.


Microsoft Data Insights Conference
3/24/2016 12:12:08 PM

By William White

There were some interesting takeaways from the Microsoft Data Insights conference that was just held in Bellevue, WA, on March 22 and 23.  This was the first conference hosted by Microsoft that focuses on business intelligence, and there were about 1200 people in attendance, representing companies across all industries.  Microsoft also streamed many of the sessions via the web site.

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Tips & Tricks for Tensoft FSM Data Uploads
3/4/2016 10:18:51 AM

Jeff Piaskowski

On February 11th, I presented a Tensoft customer training webcast on the topic of “Tensoft FSM Data Uploads.”  I’m an FSM Manufacturing and Supply Chain Consultant here at Tensoft, and wanted to be sure that all of our customers are aware of the benefits of using Tensoft FSM Data Uploads, especially when working with large volumes of transactions.

While the video recording of this training webcast is available exclusively to Tensoft customers, we thought that a general audience might be interested in a sneak peek at what I presented.  So, here’s a little bit about PR uploads in Tensoft FSM.  


A question that we're often asked is: “How do you estimate the anticipated ROI of an ERP system, and what methodology works best for this?”  There are five main areas that should be evaluated to determine this: 1) IT costs, 2) productivity, 3) visibility, 4) risk, and, 5) audit and compliance impacts. Here are some things to consider in each of these key areas -

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