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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Focus On Business Growth, Not On Managing IT

Scott Irwin | June 22, 2017

Managing distribution software and manufacturing software is time-consuming. Aktion Associates, along with Acumatica, understand what your distribution management system and manufacturing operations management IT needs are, and meets them. With a trusted IT advisor, your time – and focus – can shift from this management necessity to the important task of growing your business.

Historically, distributors and manufacturers have invested in traditional IT business solutions such as on-premise ERP, email, CRM and the necessary on-premise infrastructure – along with employee skills – to support these solutions. The IT investment trend now is to deploy next generation distribution software, manufacturing software, and cloud solutions like Acumatica.  Business leaders recognize how complex IT has become and the ideal IT infrastructure to run their business requires significant investment. This investment can detract from what they really want to focus on which is business growth and improving profitability, customer experience, and employee productivity.

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To keep the focus where it belongs, business leaders are partnering with a trusted IT advisor. He or she understands their industry and delivers/implements/supports the complete portfolio of next gen solutions including Acumatica and third party apps, all supported on a modern IT infrastructure that is secure, scalable and maintained by the IT advisor.

Traits of a trusted IT advisor for both distributors and manufacturers

There are certain characteristics you should look for in a trusted IT advisor, like Aktion Associates, who understands the complexities of a distribution management system and of manufacturing operations management.

It’s imperative that a reliable advisor demonstrates Acumatica application expertise and deep industry knowledge.

For wholesale distributors, it’s delivering Acumatica’s single integrated distribution management system that incorporates and automates the entire quote-to-cash cycle. Modern wholesale distribution software, like Acumatica’s Distribution Management system, delivers:

  • Financial management
  • Customer management
  • Reporting and dashboards
  • Inventory management
  • Business intelligence
  • Sales order management
  • Purchase order management
  • Service and support automation
  • Requisition management

The result is a streamlined, efficient process with all business-critical information accessible in one secure location.

Manufacturers, for their manufacturing operations management needs, require an IT advisor who delivers a complete, multi-site manufacturing control and planning system that integrates production planning and shop floor with:

  • Financial management
  • Customer management
  • Project accounting
  • Inventory management
  • Bill of material and routing
  • Business intelligence
  • Sales order management
  • Production management
  • Purchase order management
  • Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Acumatica’s embedded manufacturing solution, JAAS Advanced Manufacturing Software (JAMS), is built within the Acumatica framework. It integrates seamlessly with Acumatica’s Financial Management, Distribution Management, Customer Management, and Project Accounting Suites. Acumatica with JAMS provides real-time coordination of business activities from one central location.

The IT advisor should also possess infrastructure/network expertise, understand hybrid cloud and computing workload balance, and show a portfolio of strong relationships with other innovative technology providers.

Acumatica and Aktion collaboration produces results

Aktion customers have seen the benefits of implementing a next gen solution like Acumatica and the benefits of partnering with a trusted IT advisor like Aktion Associates; it’s a partnership that delivers the foundation for growth and profitability.

Please contact us if we can be of service to your distribution or manufacturing business and let our experience and expertise keep you focused on what’s yet to come.

 

Scott Irwin

In his 12-year tenure as president and CEO, Scott E. Irwin has architected an impactful growth strategy for Aktion Associates. This strategy has brought Aktion national prominence and relevance in the technology world. Scott successfully completed Aktion’s ninth business acquisition, bringing the firm’s total employee count to more than 150 IT professionals, and servicing more than 4,500 customers. Embracing the concept of “entrepreneurial leadership,” Scott empowers the Aktion team to organically grow their respective business units. As a result, acquisition and organic growth combined to make 2016 Aktion Associates’ most profitable year in its 38-year history. Recognized as an expert on advising businesses on how to build a strategic IT plan and the benefits of partnering with IT consultants who specialize in specific areas such as Distribution and Manufacturing, Scott regularly attends executive forums where he addresses business leaders on this topic.

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