News - July 09, 2014

IQMS Automation Team Honored as Product Engineering Team of the Year

The dynamic team of IQMS programmers and developers was recognized as Network Products Guide's Product Engineering Team of the Year at the 9th Annual 2014 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, held in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 23, 2014.  These industry and peer recognitions from Network Products Guide are the world's premier information technology awards honoring achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry.

"We were pleasantly surprised that our Automation Group was recognized by the industry and our peers in this way," said Daniele Fresca, Director of Marketing at IQMS. "We have been innovating at the forefront of the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) advancements for awhile and this recognition only helps to fuel our drive to continue delivering advanced automated manufacturing solutions that solve our customers' challenges."...more

Why Manufacturers Say They Want SaaS ERP, But Really Mean The Cloud

SaaS ERP and Cloud ERP, do you know the difference? Unfortunately many companies looking for a new ERP solution commonly lump the terms SaaS and Cloud together, but in reality they are not synonymous. In short, Software as a Service (SaaS) system is the concept of leasing all the technology you need, hardware, software and your data, from a third-party vendor.  SaaS is accompanied by two common concerns: data accessibility and the security of that information. If you are renting your data, you do not own it.

However, there is another Cloud option that allows you to host your ERP in the cloud and own your software and data too, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability. IaaS is the outsourcing of your hardware, operating system and middleware to a third party for control and maintenance, but not your ERP software and data.

What it comes down to it you need to ask yourself, "Do you want to rent your ERP software and data or own it?"…more

Why Price Should Not Be the Final Factor When Purchasing ERP Software

The old adage, “Buy well, buy once,” may have originally been coined for consumer purchasing, but now more than ever it applies to ERP systems as well. What may seem like a great deal “off the shelf” (in this case, a free or very inexpensive ERP system) may in fact require more time and effort to tailor to your company’s needs. Choosing a manufacturing ERP system based primarily on pricing means that you will need to spend more time and money upgrading or customizing the system as your company grows. It’s important to set aside pricing and look carefully at how the current system is used and what the company actually needs.

When your company chooses an ERP system based on what its actual needs are, not the price of the system, you will see better results: faster delivery time, increased revenue and decreased time spent troubleshooting. Manufacturing ERP pricing should never be the deal-breaker, because a system that you buy based on your needs will ultimately save your company more money in the long run. It’s worth it to spend more now so that your employees can be more productive, increasing your bottom line well into the future...more. 

IQMS Manufacturing Success Award Deadline Extended—It’s Not Too Late

If you thought you missed the deadline to submit your project for the IQMS Manufacturing Excellence Award, there’s still time. The deadline to submit your nomination has been extended to Friday, July 18th.

Not sure if your project qualifies?
No project is too small! If you have implemented any project over the past 18 months that has helped you reduce costs or increase efficiency in anyway, that counts. If you’re still on the fence as to whether or not your project is suitable for the award, we can help. Send an email to usergroup@iqms.com with your questions. (Don't forget to ask about the benefits you receive just for nominating your company.)

What's in it for you if you win?

  1. Free publicity
  2. Promotional Material
  3. Industry and Peer Recognition
  4. One complimentary full access pass to the 2014 User Group

Many projects submitted to our award program have gone on to receive additional industry accolades and awards including recognition at the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Awards.

Nominate your company project today

IQFeature of the Week -- Online, Self-help Instructional Videos

Did you know that...In addition to live training, IQMS also provides users with an extensive program of self-help training videos available to all users at no additional cost?

Available on MyIQMS, the online training video program delivers a multitude of step-by-step instructional videos, with corresponding quizzes, available by function or by module, to ensure all the IQMS users in your company are substantially trained and utilizing the EnterpriseIQ ERP software to the fullest. While not meant to replace the in-depth training offered with classroom and virtual training, the instructional videos provide a high-level overview of basic functionality within EnterpriseIQ.

There are various self-help training sections available including:

  • Learn By Module - This section includes courses categorized alphabetically by EnterpriseIQ module. Within each category there are videos that relate to the specific functionality within the module.  For example, under the Manufacturing module, you will find videos that relate to BOMs, inventory, scheduling, production reporting and more.
  • Software Enhancements - This section is grouped by EnterpriseIQ software version and includes video training on the software enhancements included in each new version of EnterpriseIQ software.

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