I-SYS Solutions Version 2.0 released!
MULTISYSCORP proudly announces the latest release of its business management software, I-SYS. The new version provides significant improvements in the ergonomics of the system; a new POS system; graphical sales monitoring system; new and improved inventory with stock card monitoring systems; enhancements to the built-in Business Intelligence tools; the Marketing Planner; and Retail/Wholesale modules.
I-SYS Solution was designed and developed in 2009 and has established the system core with solid user interface, integrated Workflow modules, and built-in Business Intelligence tools. I-SYS Solutions is a groundbreaking product for medium and small businesses. It is one of the most innovative solutions introduced to the IT market in recent years primarily in the Philippines and Middle East.
Version 2.0 includes new document types, logistics and trade process improvements, new accounting and financial functions, and upgraded Point of Sales functionalities. The Enhanced Modules has been enhanced to not only support sales and warehouse management, but to also provide Business Intelligence reports using Advanced Analysis Reports and Charts. Additionally, the new release makes it easier to link landed costs with their corresponding products.
The new search engine and SQL Queries allows users to perform advanced searches to more quickly find documents from and to particular vendors and clients with defined values within a date range. The indexing mechanism organizes search results into a format that makes it easier to locate documents.
I-SYS Solutions has been available on the market since the second half of 2005 through direct sales and freelance contracts. The system is designed for small and medium enterprises from the trade and services sector and retail chain stores. The system's main distinguishing features are its built-in Workflow Processes and Business Intelligence modules, and its open architecture for integration with external systems and adaptation to the needs of the user. I-SYS Solutions was developed using Delphi Language and Microsoft SQL technologies. New versions with enhanced features are developed every year; the next version release is scheduled for August 2011.
ARIS Solutions Version 2.0 released!
Good news to recruitment agencies! ARIS Version 2 is finally released! More easy-to-use modules added; more informative reports and more new stunning features! New added features are highlighted in the version 2 as follows:
- Technical Evaluation Modules of both Skilled and Professional categories.
- Copy-Pasting of Applicant's resumes for easy database gathering
- Different layouts of Status Reports, Transmission Reports, Application Forms, Legal Documents, Etc.
- Website-ARIS database links (Download or Upload)
- More improved ARIS Queuing System
- More comprehensive applicants sourcing with Email Blasting
- Segregator V1 is now integrated to ARIS Version 2 for SMS Blasting
- ARIS Analyzer is now complete from Recruitment to Deployment Overall Monitoring
- ARIS version 2 has now simplified accounting system!
...and many more... Call us to FREE System Demonstration to find out more about ARIS Version 2.
As we've promised, ARIS Version 2 will never be considered an added cost, BUT a complete package of INCOME MAKING and COST LESSING INVESTMENTS! Well, as Recruitment Agencies are concerned, ARIS Version 2 is you best partner in providing Quality Service, Efficient Workforce and Applicants/Clients Satisfaction.
Watch out for ARIS Version 3 to be release on March 2011!
Saying "I Do" to Your ERP solution
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions can be rather enchanting. When you're looking for that perfect ERP solution, it's like looking for a partner to marry. You compare ERP solutions as you might compare potential partners. You might compare ERP functionality as you would compare interests and assets of a potential mate. As we all know, it's not very nice to voice our comparisons about our potential partners or mates, however, it is essential to compare ERP solutions out loud.
Choosing to marry is a very big step in life. Choosing an ERP solution is also a very big step. Before you select the perfect Enterprise Resource Planning solution for your business, compare ERP solutions until you're blue in the face. Like a marriage, an ERP solution is a big commitment. You're committing your finances, resources, and the future of your business to the ERP solution you choose once you've completed your comparison. Enterprise Resource Planning solutions are big investments and should be long term solutions very much like a marriage. Divorcing your ERP solution can cost you big time just like divorcing your spouse can drain you dry. There will be pain and suffering as you don't reap any return on your investment due to the Enterprise Resource Planning divorce. So, why might you divorce your ERP solution? Well, probably because you didn't compare ERP solutions. Or, you didn't compare these solutions with enough detail. Perhaps, you didn't know your business model and where your weaknesses were so the ERP solution never really solved or automated anything. Whatever the case, one big way to avoid an ERP divorce is to spend time looking at all ERP solutions.
Wouldn't it be great if we could demo a marriage? We could get married (although it wouldn't be for real) and pretend to be married for a couple of months to see if we like it. If we don't like it, we just walk away like the marriage never happened. We would essentially "give marriage a try". Well, we can demo ERP solutions and should be doing so. Go to Enterprise Resource Planning vendor websites and you'll find that most of them provide demos or even free trials. You can "give ERP solutions a try". If you don't like the ERP solution, you just walk away like in a pretend marriage. If you like the ERP solution, you can officially say "I do".
10 Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation
Tip # 1.
Have a Game Plan One of the most frequent mistakes companies make is to schedule too little time to implement their Enterprise Resource Planning system. While it is a good thing to have a positive attitude so you'll stick to your plan and achieve your goals; don't let those rose-colored glasses cloud your clear vision. Be a realist throughout your planning stage and schedule enough time so your team can meet expectations. You'll save yourself and your employees a lot of frustration and disappointment. When creating your implementation plan, be sure to break the project down into manageable chunks. Divide the project into key stages and then divide each stage further into steps. Since each part of the process requires the successful completion of the previous one, you need to be systematic about tackling each segment. This is another reason that an overly optimistic deadline can be harmful; it will force you to start successive stages of the process before your team has properly finished the previous ones. Lastly, be sure to give your team enough time to review, discuss, comment upon, and accept the implementation analysis that will be provided to you. This first stage in the process is a lengthy document that analyzes the way your company operates and suggested ways to configure the new ERP system so that your company performs more effectively. The system provider will give you their deadlines for the key deliverables they will be providing to you, but don't forget to give yourself some time to consider these items and to ask questions.
Tip # 2.
Oh Captain, my Captain Okay, now you've established a realistic timetable and sound plan, but every ship needs her captain and the same is true for the S.S. Implementation. A smooth and efficient implementation requires the close partnership of two teams: the consultants and the users - and these teams need a project leader to steer the ship and guide their work. Your team leader will serve to reconcile your departments' competing needs and to supervise the process. It is of vital importance that the leader devotes all their time to the implementation until it is complete. A captain of the sea wouldn't serve as the tailor or the cobbler in addition to their responsibilities leading the crew and the same should be true of your project captain. The leader who is running around resolving parallel tasks unrelated to the implementation, with his or her mobile phone constantly ringing, will complete none of the tasks satisfactorily or on time. This means that the project and the people involved both the consultants and your employees will suffer. A captain who is 100% focused on the project will work more effectively and have a positive effect on the implementation process.
Know Your Destination "Which road do I take?"- asked Alice. "Where do you want to go?" asked the cat. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then", said the cat, "It doesn't matter." One can only hope that Alice in Wonderland is not the CEO of a company that is about to implement an ERP system. Choosing this class of software, while providing many benefits, involves a significant monetary investment, heavy time commitment from the employees and the management board, and often profound organizational changes. In order to make long-term improvements to your company, you need to identify and quantify your goals precisely. You should assign concrete percentages and dollar amounts to a list of your goals.
- Reduce the time required to perform specific tasks (%)
- Reduce customer complaints (%)
- Save cash resources by improving inventory management (in $)
Remember: the more closely the requirements are defined, the more likely you will choose the appropriate solutions. Of course, you are not alone when prioritizing and working through your goals you can count on a team of consultants who have many years of experience working with other companies and who will help you identify growth opportunities.
Measure the results We've discussed the need to break your project down into stages and steps. Before you move onto each next step or stage in the implementation process you should be sure that everything leading up to it is performing as it should. How? It is good practice to hold regular project audits so that any errors or anomalies can be detected early. This will allow you to rectify matters in time. The audit allows you to compare the real status of the project against your timetable. If something is not running on schedule, you can refer to the exact steps or stages to discover where the delay occurred and to decipher the reason. Once every two or three weeks, organize a meeting between your management team and your ERP provider's team, including the project leader to analyze any hiccups in the process. This will help you avoid wasting time and energy on the "blame game." More often than not, any delays can be attributed to both sides.
Ask Joe in the Warehouse what has Joe in the warehouse got to do with the implementation? A lot, it turns out. All changes can provoke feelings of uncertainty and a sense of threat among employees. Since it is the rank and file employees from accounts, the warehouse, or the sales teams that make up the majority of the system's users, it is important that during the pre-implementation analysis stage you take very careful notice of what Joe in the warehouse has to say. From experience, implementation consultants know that quite often managers are not fully aware of the small, but sometimes very counter-productive problems their employees encounter in their routine work. In this situation, it is vital to have the assistance of an experienced consultant who can recognize the problems and needs of your employees. Keep in mind; you are implementing your new IT system to serve your employees, not vice versa! In addition, implementation debriefings with companies that have used Comarch ALTUM tell us that close cooperation with employees at the analysis stage have resulted in post-deployment gains in efficiency of a few percent above their targeted improvements. It is this three or four percent that could help your company win the race against your competition.
It takes Two to Tango As with the complex and dramatic dance, implementing an IT system needs the engagement, commitment, and close cooperation of two partners: the implementation consultant and your company's management team. If your management team is not determined and involved, even the best software technology and the most enthusiastic consultants will not help. The absence of strong support from senior decision-makers may mean that the atmosphere gets a little too relaxed and people lose heart - your employees could start avoiding the implementation work and focus on other tasks. Here are the keys to successful implementation that your management team needs to deliver: Strong leadership The right team management Complete and timely information provided to consultants Rapid reaction to problems as they arise Having key managers engaged in the process can also improve the relationship between the consultants and your employees. Don't forget, that an atmosphere that welcomes change is one that has been carefully nurtured over a number of years by building the trust of employees in the people who manage the company.
The Correct Training In the experience of ERP consultants, it is a good idea to carefully train key employees in the early stages of implementation. Key employees are those who will be assigned high authorization levels and those who will become administrators responsible for changing settings and editing documents. These employees will also be in direct contact with the supplier when new functionality is added. Your key users should be identified in the earliest stages of your planning. This will encourage them to connect with the project and help the consultants get a better idea of your company's needs. Before implementation begins, key employees need to be trained on how the new system will work. Doing so ensures that during the implementation work these employees will be able to monitor whether the project is being implemented as agreed. An added benefit of training these key players early is that they can pass their knowledge on to other employees, allowing training to be conducted internally. This benefits both the consultant and your company because it means the consultants can concentrate on the implementation, while you can reduce your training costs. Conducting training internally can also help build employee trust in and enthusiasm for the new system, since they will have been trained by their colleagues at work instead of outsiders.
Get the Players Involved It is no secret that even the best efforts of a team of consultants can meet the resistance of employees who are unwilling to change. It is essential to convince your employees that the new system will benefit all users. Your management team and consultants should regularly emphasize the advantages and benefits of introducing the system. Do not underestimate the power senior decision-makers have in convincing employees that what is good for the company can also be good for the employees. You may ask, however, how your employees will react to having additional responsibilities thrust onto their plates. What happens when satisfaction in a successfully completed project and in newly acquired skills is not enough? After all, implementing an ERP system requires a lot of time and effort from employees and brings with it new tasks to perform. In this case, you may consider employing additional methods of motivating employees, such as bonuses. Your employees will then take on the new duties willingly and with greater enthusiasm instead of putting them off until later.
Tame the Changes In the process of implementing an ERP system, your company will go through organizational changes, with some employees receiving new roles and responsibilities. These changes can provoke considerable resistance. You should give these issues and fears sufficient attention. How? The answer is effective change management to ease the path through the period of upheaval involved in implementation. Key initiatives to managing change include: Creating an atmosphere of support for implementing the system at the company Training your employees on how to use the new tools and how to do their old job using a new system Concentrating on your people so they are ready, able, and willing to carry the change through Adapting the system to the preferences and habits of your employees Keep in mind that your employees will need time to get used to working with the new system, which may decrease productivity a bit during the transition phase.
Think about the future OK, let's face it you are not a meteorologist and forecasting the weather may not be your fortι, but you should attempt to predict the future needs of your company. Implementation is only the beginning of the adventure with your new the ERP system. A well chosen system will, with time, become the pillar of your company's operations. It will set the standards and epitomize the best business practices. In order for this is to happen, though, you need to choose an option that will not only suffice for the time being, but which will have the potential to accommodate the various potential growth paths your company has as it evolves. Choosing an option that works for now, but does not allow for growth may seem cheaper, but when you factor in the amount you'll eventually spend to extend the system and make changes to functionality; you'll end up paying more for this temporary solution than for a system that can grow with you. Think ahead and consider the system's flexibility. Ask about the possibilities of extending functionality and the costs of additional licenses. Comarch ALTUM is fully prepared for the growth of your company. We will help you to plan not only system extensions as the company grows, but we will also advise on how the system can be used to stimulate and achieve this growth.
Why do you need POS System?
Few purchases can have as dramatic an effect on your retail or hospitality business as a point of sale (POS) system. The right POS system will give you a new level of control over your operations, increasing efficiency, boosting profits, and helping you fine-tune your business model. The wrong system, however, can be a waste of money and a source of ongoing frustration.
Switching from a traditional cash register to a computerized POS system can be difficult - there are many factors to consider and some pitfalls to avoid. However the return on investment and benefits to your business can really make it worth your time and effort.
In the most basic sense, a POS system is a glorified cash register. The most basic POS system consists of a computer, a cash drawer, receipt printer, a monitor, and an input device such as a keyboard or scanner. However, in addition to being more efficient than cash registers, POS systems can create detailed reports that can help you make more informed business decisions.
POS systems save money, provide productivity gains, and can cut down the amount of time you spend away from the primary focus of your business. This POS System Buyer's Guide will walk you through the process of evaluating multiple POS vendors and choosing the right system.
Do you need a POS system?
As with any significant business purchase, buying a POS system should involve careful research into what the market has to offer - as well as what your own needs are.
A computerized POS system can provide significant returns if your retail or hospitality business has annual revenues of around $700,000 to $900,000. Below this level, an electronic cash register can probably meet your needs for considerably less money.
Some businesses choose to invest in a POS system before reaching those revenue levels. They may want a POS system simply for the reporting features, or they may see it as an investment that can boost efficiency starting on opening day. A POS system is rarely totally unnecessary - most often, the only question is how soon it can pay for itself.
Saving money, getting more control over your business, and being more productive - sounds like a pretty good combination, right? Here are some of the ways a modern point of sale system can help your business.
Eliminate shrinkage. A computerized point of sale system can drastically cut down on shrinkage, the inventory that disappears from your store or restaurant due to theft, wastage, and employee misuse. Because employees will know that inventory is being carefully tracked, internal shrinkage will dwindle.
- Improve accuracy. Whether you use barcode scanning or not, POS systems ensure that every item in your store or on your menu is sold for the correct price. Your staff will never mis-enter or guess prices again, and you can change prices with just one tweak in the computer.
- Get better margins. Detailed sales reports can help you focus on higher-margin items. By moving items within a retail location or promoting under-performing dishes in a restaurant setting, you can help boost sales of high-profit items.
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- Know where you stand. At any point of the day, a POS system can instantly tell you how many of a particular product have sold today (or last week, or last month), how much money you have in your cash drawer, and how much of that money is profit.
- Better manage inventory. Detailed sales reports make it much easier for you to keep the right stock on hand. Track your remaining inventory, spot sales trends, and use historical data to better forecast your needs. Often, the software can alert you to reorder when stocks run low. Many store owners who think they know exactly what trends affect them find a couple of surprises once they have this data.
- Build a customer list. Collect the names and addresses of your best customers as part of standard transactions. Then use the list for targeted advertising or incentive programs.
- Increase productivity
- Reduce paperwork. POS systems can dramatically reduce the time you have to spend doing inventory, sales figures, and other repetitive but important paperwork. The savings here: time and peace of mind.
- More efficient transactions. In retail settings, barcode scanners and other POS features make checkout much, much faster. Restaurants will find their order process greatly streamlined as orders are relayed automatically to the kitchen from the dining room. In both cases, your customers get faster, more accurate service.
Keep in mind that realizing these benefits requires a commitment to utilizing the POS system capabilities to their fullest. Without appropriate training and ongoing analysis, even the most sophisticated POS system will be no more useful than a basic cash register.