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The Big Bang Experience Demystifies Cloud Solution Consulting

With the advent of social media, the idea of transparency is a much talked about concept. Yet, when it comes to how we in the business world interact with other businesses, transparency is not something that is expected or demanded. At Big Bang ERP we view things a little differently.

Big Bang ERP has launched website completely dedicated to giving customers or potential customers a look inside how we approach cloud solution adoption, The Big Bang Experience. The 7-step process takes you on a journey from the initial kickoff meeting through to deployment and transitioning to on-going support.

Reducing confusion or apprehension when it comes to how customers feel about moving to the cloud is important to Big Bang ERP. By introducing people to The Big Bang Experience out of the gate, we hope to make customers feel comfortable and confident in their decision work with us.

Curious about The Big Bang Experience? Go on, take a look!

 

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions for ERP Solution Implementation

Original Posting on LinkedIn

So here it is: a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate on which to write your next chapter. Despite widespread cynicism (and damning statistics) about the success of New Year’s resolutions, over 45% of us still admit to making them time and time again. Why? Because there’s nothing quite like the promise of 365 days laid out before us, pure and untainted as the freshly fallen snow.

So if you’re one of the millions who kicked off 2015 by deciding to get organized, improve your finances, or spend more time with family by working smarter rather than harder, then you may have already envisioned an ERP system helping you reach those goals.

If so, you’re already off to a great start.

Research shows that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions, but it also shows that people who explicitly make them are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t bother. More importantly, studies indicate that one of the main reasons so many resolutions fail is that they’re too lofty and vague. We say we’ll lose weight rather than resolving to go swimming every Monday and Thursday. We promise to eat better rather than deciding to cut out fried foods and dairy. Essentially, we’re thinking too much about the what rather than the specifics of how, or even why.

By setting more tangible, achievable goals, you’re giving yourself a way better shot at making them reality – which means that by deciding to further explore an ERP solution for your business as a means of tackling your larger objectives, you’re already ahead of the curve.

So why not take it a step further? If you’re thinking an ERP system might be the solution for your organization, here are three iterative ERP resolutions to help get the project – and the year – off to the right start:

 

1. Question it

 

Just as no workout plan is right for every single person, no one piece of software can possibly be right for every business. Take the time to really assess whether an ERP system is the ideal solution for your company by listing out the problems you’re currently facing, as well as what you’re hoping to accomplish moving forward.

Are you using several different pieces of software for different processes, making it difficult and time consuming to reconcile them? Is your company’s accounting a mess? Are you finding it impossible to predict product demand and manage inventory? If any of these problems sound familiar, an ERP system could be the key to your sanity – and your success.

Check out Top Five Signs Your Business Is Ready for an ERP System for more indications that your company could benefit from an ERP solution, and exactly how it could help.

 

2. Justify it

 

When it comes to resolutions, experts agree that the clearer and more specific you can be about why you’re doing what you’re doing, the more likely it is that you’ll follow through.

The same holds true when deciding to purchase an ERP system.

Whether you’re justifying the project to your superiors, to your colleagues, or even just to yourself, building an iron-clad case will not only help ensure that your company takes the initial leap, but that it keeps plugging away through hurdles all the way to a successful go-live.

Start by collecting as much quantitative data as possible, detailing how much an ERP system will cost, and what kind of return on investment your business should expect to see. But don’t forget to think outside the box as well. Survey your colleagues to see if they’re experiencing the same issues as you, and to identify any additional pain points. Take a look at the future: are there potential changes coming up – to the marketplace or to reporting requirements – that could make an ERP solution even more necessary?

And don’t forget to include yourself in your argument. Having an employee who has the skills and desire to champion the project is a great reason to consider it now rather than later. Your employer shouldn’t underestimate your value-add, and neither should you.

Read more about how to get management on board for an ERP system purchase or upgrade here.

 

3. Measure it

 

We’ve all heard of the yo-yo’ing: the all-too-common phenomenon of losing a bunch of weight, only to turn around and gain it all back. Those who resolve to take off the pounds and actually do often find themselves right back where they started, because they failed to think beyond their resolution’s “successful completion”.

Don’t make the same mistake.

Much of the time, companies spend so much time on the preparation and implementation stages that they overlook what comes afterwards. By making sure that there are tangible ways to measure the success of your new ERP solution post launch, you’ll be able to determine whether the job is actually complete, or whether further improvement, customization, or even training is necessary.

Look at things like decrease in employee time doing a specific task, quicker ordering of products, and less mistakes with inventory. You can find a more in-depth overview of how to measure your project here.

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Finally, remember to keep your eye on the prize. An ERP system is definitely an investment – of both time and money – but the benefits are likely to far outweigh the costs. With any luck, you’ll be increasing your profits and productivity (and making it home to dinner) in no time. My best wishes for a happy, healthy, and fruitful 2015!

General Business

Top 10 Highlights of the Salesforce Spring ’15 Release

The 2015 spring release of Salesforce has more than 250 new and improved features, delivers over 130 customer ideas and has 330, 000 customer vote points.

The new release allows you to connect with your customers anywhere and build meaningful relationships with your customers, partners and employees on any device (tablet, smartphone, desktop).

Here is a compilation of my top 10 features of Salesforce’s Spring ’15 release.

1)Salesforce Email Connect

Here comes the next generation of integration between salesforce and microsoft. Salesforce email connect brings salesforce into web outlook app on mac and windows computers, browser and on any mobile device. Users get to see salesforce data in sync such as contacts, accounts, opportunities and more directly.

With exchange sync, salesforce events and contacts in outlook can be managed. Both are cloud based, so there is no need for software installation.

2) Analytics Cloud

The analytics cloud allows you to easily share data across the organization through the dashboard, Chatter, and the iOS app. It native to the Salesforce cloud and built on the Wave platform. The dashboard can provide provide a graphical view of your data in reports, which also a built in feature. It is possible to design custom analytic apps and deploy them much faster than traditional business intelligence implementation. However, it is also possible and easily integrate external data sources such as SAP or Oracle database should you so desire.

Salesforce Analytics

3) Duplicate Alerts & Blocking

Improve quality of your CRM data with realtime alerting, reporting and blocking. A duplicate rule can be created in order to avoid duplicated records. However, you can also use duplicate management to configure when users are allowed to create duplicate records. When the allow duplicate option is selected, the alert and report options are available for you to keep track of the duplicate records.

Duplicate Records

4) File Connect

Files are essential, and are the core to many business process. As people work, many files are created and saved across different machines; It can become quite a challenge to retrieve those files again, or even impossible if the person is using a different computer. The Salesforce Connect can easily solve this problem by connecting and integrating external files repositories directly with Salesforce, which allows files to be accessed from any device. Salesforce Connect currently allows to connect popular cloud storage solutions such as Microsoft Sharepoint, OneDrive for business, and Google Drive will be included in the near future. Files will be available through a single interface and people will not need to browse across different websites to search for their files.

5) Content Builder

Content builder is a user-friendly tool to create emails which are responsive, meaning that your emails are going to come out beautifully across all devices including mobile and tablet. Using simple actions such as simple drag and drop, existing email templates, and email preview in real-time to easily create robust emails without any coding or design experience.

6) Event Monitoring

Event monitoring allows admins to view the security performance and usage of Salesforce, but it also allows customers to see performance and data usage on all their salesforce apps. All the interactions are accessible via the API so that customers can connect it to the data visualization app of their choice. Logs are available as well for people who prefer them, which will display who accessed what information, and from where.

Salesforce event monitoring

7) Journey Builder Mobile Activities:

Marketers can now connect with customers on any device. Using journey builder, users can easily plan and optimize customer interactions with SMS messages created in the mobile connect app. Journey builder lets users to send mobile phone alerts including deals or discounts to increase in app purchases and app usage. Last but not least, user profiles can be built by capturing customer data such as zip codes or mobile device types.

8) Social Customer Service Starter Pack

The Social Customer Service Starter Pack allows you to connect your social media directly from Salesforce and deliver an easy customer service without a separate Radian6 contract. With the Social Customer Service Starter Pack, you can connect up to two social accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

9) Sales Path (Beta)

Sales path helps sales representatives advance the process of deal stages in the sale cycle by guiding them at every sale stage. Moreover, sales path recommends sales engagement tools to sales representatives in order to push deals forward faster. Any change to a company’s sale methodology is automatically reflected in this new feature.

Sales Path

10) Community Builder

The community builder has a new leaderboard which allows you to see who participates in discussion and show the most active members by ranking them. A community can be easily branded thanks to the automated color palettes that are available, and all these modifications can be made by an admin without any code with the new Pages feature.

Salesforce Leaderboard

We hope that this top 10 gave you some ideas that you could integrate into your Salesforce accounts in order to optimize your workflow and performance. Stay tuned for similar blog post as many exciting new features come out every release!

NetSuite

EDI for NetSuite – Webinar

Please note that this is a past event and therefore registration and/or attendance is no longer possible.

Big Bang ERP and B2BGateway are excited to invite you to their first co-hosted webinar, “EDI for NetSuite“. This 1-hour free webinar will explore what EDI is and how it fits into today’s marketplace. The goal is to show you how B2BGateway’s fully-integrated EDI solutions can speed up your supply chain and reduce costs by automating your electronic business data flow (orders, invoices, shipping notices, inventory updates, etc.) with your customers and suppliers.

Date: March 4, 2014

Time: 1pm EDT

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8 Ways To Increase Your Company’s Audit Risk

Join us on Tuesday June 9th at 1:00pm EDT

Join Big Bang ERP  and Avalara as we present a very helpful webinar about the risks of continuing sales tax manually. This FREE webinar will address  Sales & Use Tax

8 Common Compliance Missteps: How Automating Compliance Helps Eliminate Risk

When: June 9th, 2015
What time: 12:00 pm EST
How long: 1 hour
Cost: FREE

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FinancialForce

FinancialForce Community Day – Dreamforce 2015

FinancialForce Community Day

We are excited to be an official sponsor for the 2015 FinancialForce Community Day!

Rub shoulders with Bang ERP, FinancialForce and whole host of wonderful FinancialForce customers at Parc 55, San Francisco on Monday, September 14.

Attend valuable sessions on strategy, training & best practices for using FinancialForce’s cloud ERP apps, network & share experiences with other users and test drive & provide feedback on some of the latest and greatest features across all of FinancialForce’s solutions – Financials, PSA, HCM, and SCM!

And just when the sun sets and you think the fun is starting to wind down, cap off an action packed day with the exciting after-show party.

So come on over to our kiosk and grab yourself a freebie as we kick-start a week to remember in the best possible way!
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Dreamforce 2015

Dreamforce brings together thought leaders, industry pioneers, and thousands of your peers for four high-energy days of fun, inspiration, networking, and giving back. With over 1,500 sessions and thousands of live solutions from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem, Dreamforce has tailored content specific to your industry, role, and company size. Whether you’re a company of five or a Fortune 500, you’re going to see a boom in success by coming to Dreamforce.

Some say hi to our Big Bang ERP representatives at Dreamforce 2015!

General Business

You don’t need a marketing automation tool, but it’ll…

I love the television show Mad Men; the clothes of the era, the complete indifference to smoking and drinking in the office and of course the creative ad copy that was being produced. I am sure back in the 1950s, the mad men of America’s top advertising firms had a hard time coming up with witty, convincing taglines, images and other branding concepts. Though I am sure they couldn’t fathom the variety of channels that today’s marketers have to consider.

20 years ago we saw the shift to the online world, and with it opened what seemed like a pandora’s box of marketing opportunities. Today, the average B2B business has to consider a plethora of touch points such as websites, email campaigns, social media channels, paid keywords and content generation such as blog posts, third party articles or ebooks. This doesn’t even begin to touch upon the offline endeavors.

This is where, for many companies, a marketing automation tool rears it’s fantastical head. Now, you may be envisioning a glorious Marketing Unicorn prancing it’s way in to make all your marketing dreams come true. I have been using marketing automation software for a few years now, and while they are extremely helpful, they are not magical, they still need someone, or ideally a team, of marketing hounds that can be involved in the set up, using it in the more effective way possible and understand it’s abilities, and at times, limitations.

Yes, you can create emails in Dreamweaver and send via a tool such as MailChimp; you can have landing pages created with unbounce; your online customer acquisition forms that feed into your CRM (you have a CRM right?); and don’t forget the half a dozen social media accounts you need updating.

The thing is, that with a marketing automation tool, such as Pardot, all of these task can be centrally located where you can link efforts together, schedule activities and the pièce de résistance, see your successes and report on all the great work you are doing as a marketer.

As the title of this blog post says, you don’t need a marketing automation tool, but if you have hopes of being the rockstar marketer you were meant to be, well, it’s time to start investigating the tools out there that will help get you there!