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WBSRocks: Business Growth with ERP and Digital Transformation

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WBSRocks podcast features in-depth conversations on ERP, digital transformation, supply chain, eCommerce, enterprise software, and industry 4.0. The purpose of the show is to help CFOs, COOs, CEOs, and business owners with their daily commercial, operational, or financial challenges by taking a deep dive into business cases and processes, technology strategy and architecture, transformation initiatives, and business models. The show also offers an independent analysis of technology trends, various enterprise software, ERP and eCommerce vendors and solutions, and enterprise software mergers and acquisitions. Subscribe today to stay on top of digital transformation trends!
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What is inventory management software? Is it software that manages the inventory count across channels? Is it software that manages inventory costing and unit economics? But before we debate inventory management software, what is inventory? Is inventory the count of products across channels? Or is it the financial value of physical goods across channels? Once you understand the fundamentals of inventory, you will also understand the software that is best suited for your needs. But what is Veeqo, and where does it stand in its capabilities?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of Veeqo's capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their business model and their close alignment with Amazon. Finally, we covered how they compare with other supply chain solutions and why they are not an inventory management platform despite their claims.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
Within the domain of enterprise software, a prevalent misunderstanding suggests that Human Capital Management (HCM) or HR software is interchangeable with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Nonetheless, it's crucial to recognize that HCM and ERP are distinct. In this podcast, we explore the realm of the top 10 HCM software in 2024, aiming to bring clarity to the distinct systems that stand out in the HCM domain.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 10 HCM software in 2024. He also discusses changes in ranking from 2023. Finally, he describes developments with each of these systems and how that contributed to their changed rankings in 2024.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
Creating a software company by integrating several systems is not a new concept. Private equity has done it time and time again. But who would have thought of creating another Infor or ECi when music has completely stopped for the private equity industry? Is the strategy successful? Maybe? Maybe not? While the strategy might be successful in the large market segment, the smaller products were created because of frustration with their larger peers. Also, the only reason mom-and-pop ERP vendors were successful is because they were willing to put in the sweat equity that none of the larger companies would. So, how can private equity companies be successful in the smaller segment by simply changing the branding and providing an integrated experience? And where does Advantive stand in its capabilities, and how does it compare with other ERP, WMS, and MES vendors?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of Advantive capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their evolution and roots as well as their corporate strategy. Finally, we covered different products and acquisitions in their portfolio and their unique strengths.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
Within the ERP community, the enduring discourse between prioritizing the macro perspective versus the micro perspective persists, with each method presenting distinctive insights for assessing enterprise systems. The macro view involves a comprehensive evaluation of the organization and its vendors, whereas the micro view delves into specific product systems and their strategic implications. In this video, we have focused on the micro view by showcasing the top 10 ERP systems of 2024.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 10 ERP systems in 2024. He also discusses changes in ranking from 2023. Finally, he describes developments with each of these systems and how that contributed to their changed rankings in 2024.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
Many problems, like damaged pallets, are often regarded as a standard cost of doing business without a deep understanding of their underlying causes. These issues can be symptoms of underlying process inefficiencies. However, due to limited visibility, these issues often go unaddressed. Emerging technologies, such as digital warehouse twins, now offer warehouse operators the ability to empower users without the need for extensive changes across the entire enterprise's processes and data.In today's episode, our guest, Nilay Parikh, discusses how leveraging existing data and processes may lead to faster adoption of technology initiatives. He also discusses several use cases and stories of his digital twin technology and how he saved thousands of dollars for companies by improving operations and quality. Finally, he discusses several issues pertaining to his technology, such as data feeds, privacy, and enterprise architecture. If you’d like to learn more about Nilay or his startup, head over to arvist.ai. You can also reach him at nilay@arvist.ai directly to learn more about their supply chain platform and the vision for the product. For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
Exploring the realm of ERP selection necessitates a dual approach, encompassing both macro and micro viewpoints, each carrying equivalent importance. The macro perspective involves a meticulous examination of publishers' financial health, strategic roadmaps, and overall market influence. This compilation of the top 10 ERP vendors in 2024 is rooted in this broader perspective, considering pivotal elements like market share, acquisition tactics, investment in community ecosystems, industry-specific success rates, and the technological trajectory of each vendor. Our methodology, harmonizing these diverse factors, enables us to construct a comprehensive list that mirrors the dynamic landscape of ERP providers.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 10 ERP vendors in 2024. He also discusses changes in ranking from 2023. Finally, he describes developments with each of these vendors and how that contributed to their changed rankings in 2024.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
The TMS market is still very regional. The TMS systems that are designed for Europe might not be the best for the North American market. And vice versa. The visibility data makes it even trickier. With visibility data, even the strongest of the strongest might fall short. That's probably the reason why TMS systems sign up with rival visibility platforms. So, where does Alpega stand in its capabilities, and how does it compare with other TMS systems?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of Alpega TMS capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their evolution and roots, as well as their corporate strategy. Finally, we covered their unique nuances, such as their partnerships with many overlapping real-time visibility platforms, their acquisition, and merger of driver recruitment technology with TMS, and their unique capabilities for reusable packaging management.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
Expanding on the anticipated developments outlined in our 2023 projections, we are upholding a coherent narrative. While analysts continue to deliberate on the likelihood of recessions or a gentle economic deceleration in 2024, existing signals indicate that macroeconomic circumstances will endure at least until the latter half or second quarter. This sustained stability is poised to exert a significant impact on digital transformation initiatives, notably within the domain of mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on the ERP sector.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 15 digital transformation trends in 2024. He also discusses how AI and the macroeconomic conditions are likely to drive most of the trends. Finally, he discusses, with better momentum than 2023, why CFOs are still likely to be conservative in 2024.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
ERP contracts tend to be anything but straightforward. With variations based on the engagement structure and parties involved, these agreements come in different shapes and sizes, influencing the ultimate result. Covering a range of elements, from the dynamics between parties to responsibilities, such as licensing, pricing, implementation, support, and maintenance, these contracts lay the groundwork for your ERP initiatives.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 10 most important ERP contract terms in 2023. He also discusses why the ERP subject matter and architectural expertise are critical to understanding the implications of the ERP contract terms. Finally, he discusses details about each of the terms and how each vendor and product approaches these terms.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
The multi-party supply chain systems are unique. They combine the power of various technologies, including a very strong network, AI and ML, and, in some cases, blockchain. Blockchain is especially critical when data boundaries may cross over countries, which might have data sharing limitations because of geo-political issues. Also, the pharma and drug distribution channels have very different issues when it comes to supply chain traceability and threat detection. So where does One Network Enterprise stand in its capabilities, and how does it differ from other supply chain suites?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of One Network Enterprises’ capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their capabilities with blockchain and how that provides them with unique capabilities, especially in the pharma and health market focusing on developing countries. Finally, we discussed cross-border supply chain issues and why they require specialized capabilities such as OneNetwork.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
ERP contracts are frequently complex and can take on various forms, depending on the engagement structure and the parties involved, leading to a substantial impact on the ultimate results. These agreements encompass a range of elements, including the parties' relationships and responsibilities, covering areas like licensing, pricing, implementation, support, and maintenance. They serve as the cornerstone for your ERP initiatives.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 5 types of ERP contracts in 2023. He also discusses how the responsibilities of OEMs, resellers, ISVs, and customers vary per contract type. Finally, he discusses the complex contract types, such as products sold in the ISV and master distributor arrangement, and why they might be much harder to navigate than the other contract types.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
Technology has matured, but the fundamental issues are still the same. Regardless of whether SaaS is going to take over the world or not, the success rate with ERP implementation might not change unless companies embrace the critical steps required to be successful with ERP projects. The process starts with aligning various organizational functions and data siloes, which is not as simple as technology integration. They require mindset and business model changes essential to the success of ERP programs.In today's episode, our guest, Joel Schneider, discusses why process integration requires enterprise alignment. He also discusses why companies struggle with ERP implementation even though the technology has become advanced and easier to use. Finally, he discusses several ERP implementation concepts and stories.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
The wide range of ERP business processes may initially seem overwhelming, but not all of these processes are equally important, and their significance can vary significantly based on how they are integrated into the ERP system. While core ERP processes generally remain consistent across most solutions, non-core processes display noticeable diversity.In this episode, our host Sam Gupta, discusses the Top 10 Non-Core Cross-Functional ERP Business Processes in 2023. He also discusses why these processes are non-core and why the large majority of them can reside in a best-of-breed system. Finally, he discusses how these processes might differ across industries and business models and how that drives enterprise architecture.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
Understanding why ERP implementation is more challenging today requires going back to fundamentals. The traditional business models, described by frameworks such as Porter’s value chain, assumed a one-directional flow of information. But as customers’ expectations change, the newer architecture requires a bi-directional flow of information to get an immersive and seamless omnichannel experience. Also, just because ERP demos might make advanced capabilities such as ATP appear easy, they are not easy to set up and require a transformational mindset, along with changes in data and processes. Otherwise, the issues are likely to percolate up in ways you wouldn’t expect.In today's episode, our guest, Matt Ellis, discusses why implementing mature ERP capabilities requires organizational readiness. He also discusses the evolution of systems and data and why advanced customer experience patterns require a bi-directional flow of information. Finally, he discusses several stories, including the barriers to change and their mitigation plans.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs.rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform.
ERP systems primarily revolve around processes, and there is an ongoing debate about the extent to which an ERP system should encompass these processes. This is where the distinction between core and non-core processes comes into play. Core processes are typically integrated into the ERP system, while non-core processes may or may not be included. One of the most universally essential core processes in any ERP discussion is the order-to-cash process. It's worth noting that for certain industries, the order-to-cash concept might seem perplexing, especially if they don't handle traditional orders. However, regardless of whether an organization processes orders or not, the order-to-cash process remains critically important.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 10 core cross-functional ERP business processes in 2023. He also discusses why these processes are core and why the large majority of them need to reside inside an ERP. Finally, he discusses how these processes might differ across industries and business models and how that drives enterprise architecture.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
ERP systems have come a long way with their cloud-native capabilities. Even the legacy ERP systems are trying to be as close as possible to cloud-native systems. The WMS space has been trying to catch up with cloud-native capabilities with a very limited number of options available in the market. The process manufacturing and F&B space is even trickier, and WMS capabilities for this space require additional layers that may not be available with other WMS systems designed for grocery for discrete manufacturing. Mobe3 is one WMS system that is cloud-native and natively designed for iOS devices. So, where does Mobe3 stand in its capabilities, and how does it compare with other supply chain solutions in the market?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of mobe3 WMS’s capabilities. We covered many grounds, including the pros and cons of using an iOS-native WMS system. Finally, we compared them with other supply chain solutions across various layers that generally drive the selection process of these systems.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
The outcome of ERP projects is often determined even before they commence, highlighting the paramount importance of the readiness phase. This phase is critical because most challenges in ERP projects stem from misalignment. Misalignment can arise for various reasons, such as executives having unrealistic expectations about the role of ERP in their organization. At times, it can be as extreme as executives thinking they need an ERP when, in reality, a CRM solution is more suitable for their needs. The readiness phase plays a pivotal role in aligning expectations and establishing the project's direction right from the outset.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the top 6 components of organizational readiness For ERP Implementation in 2023. He also discusses why companies not focusing on these readiness components often struggle with ERP implementation. Finally, he discusses how these different components differ and what needs to be done to be successful with each of them.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
There is a very thin line between a multi-carrier shipping add-ons and a TMS solution, even though both might position themselves as a TMS solution. Also, among the multi-carrier shipping add-ons, there are very few that can support both capabilities for the parcel as well as for LTL. Some multi-carrier solutions might have deep freight auditing capabilities and collaborate with other WMS vendors to compete with larger vendors that might offer these capabilities as part of the suite. So, where does FreightPOP stand in its capabilities, and how does it compare with other supply chain solutions in the market?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of FreightPOP’s capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their unique strengths in the eCommerce market. Finally, we compared them with other supply chain solutions across various layers that generally drive the selection process of these systems.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
In the context of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, it is crucial to grasp the distinctions between non-core modules and core modules. Non-core modules are typically less closely integrated with the general ledger and can exist outside the ERP system, often in best-of-breed systems. Human resources management is a prime example of a non-core module due to its distinct data security layers. The HR module typically involves unique confidentiality requirements, making the use of best-of-breed systems a sensible choice.In this episode, our host, Sam Gupta, discusses the Top 10 Most Common Non-Core ERP Modules of 2023. He also discusses why some of these modules can remain outside of the ERP as they don’t need to be as tightly integrated with the core ERP processes. He also discusses how different industries may have different requirements for what’s core for them and what’s not.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe to your favorite podcasting platform. 
Most companies started the ware of acquiring parcel companies during COVID. They had to combine all modes, including TL, LTL, and parcel. Also, while not all TMS may have the same technical capabilities for cloud-native, loading and dispatch capabilities designed from the perspective of trucking companies are rare to find. So, where does 3GTMS stand in its capabilities among different supply chain solutions out there? And how does it compare with other solutions?In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of 3Gtms TMS/Pacejet capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their unique strengths with execution components for the trucking industry. Finally, we covered their technology and where eCommerce-centric multi-carrier solutions might fit in their portfolio.For more information on growth strategies for SMBs using ERP and digital transformation, visit our community at wbs. rocks or elevatiq.com. To ensure that you never miss an episode of the WBS podcast, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. 
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amy peterson

Hi WBSRocks thanks for sharing your informative great podcast.

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