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Villa Park Electrical Supply Streamlines Processes With Savance
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Founded in 1973, Villa Park Electrical Supply Company is a family owned and operated electrical supply and lighting distributor, serving the Greater Chicago area. The company's 3,200 square foot Electrician's Superstore, located in Addison just outside of Chicago, IL, was built with the electrical contractor in mind, and offers products geared toward residential, commercial, and industrial use.

When the Villa Park management team started to look for a new business system, they turned to NAED, the National Association of Electrical Distributors, for a suggestion. "We were searching for software that was compatible with our industry, and NAED referred Savance to us," says Rose Ann Deadessis about how Villa Park first got into contact with Savance.

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Wagner Machine Co. Grows Business With ECi's M1
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wagner Machine Company in Champaign, Illinois, was founded in 1982 as a precision machine shop. Today, Wagner operates out of a 30,000 square foot plant that houses more than 20 CNC mills and 20 CNC lathes. Over the past 30-plus years, it has seen steady growth, but sometimes, growth can also bring problems. As the company grew, management found the largely home-grown systems that were being used to run the business simply unable to keep up.

Fast forward to today—with the company now using M1 to steer the ship—and those six different programs have been replaced by a single system that seamlessly integrates all the company’s critical management and data functions, providing the kind of efficiency and productivity the Wagner team needs to maintain its solid growth pattern.

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Jeff Gusdorf Will Present "Artificial Intelligence for Distributors - Getting Started"
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Artificial Intelligence applications are raising the bar for business.

On March 16, 2019 at NFDA/MWFA/Pac-West Joint Conference in San Diego CA, Jeff from Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services will present an overview of basic AI concepts, take a deeper dive into AI for salesforce automation and AI for Business Analytics and propose a plan for tackling a pilot AI project.

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New 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides Available
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides are now available. These guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12-page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information.

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  ERP Software 101:Back to Basics ERP Software 101: Back to Basics
 

ERP software is designed to help companies manage the key components of their business - from sales and marketing to planning and production to inventory and finance - in one seamless experience. Real-time visibility into the business is perhaps the greatest benefit of ERP. When implemented properly, the right ERP system can provide business clarity, flexibility and operational agility. Do you know how to determine which ERP system is the best fit for your organization? 

Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Manager Henry Struckel and Taft Law Firm Partner Marcus Harris hosted a webinar, "ERP Software 101: Back to Basics." Henry and Marcus examined what ERP software is and the importance of an effective ERP system for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. See Recorded Presentation at...

 
 

  Signavio Webinar: A Recipe for Process Improvement Success Signavio Webinar: A Recipe for Process Improvement Success
  In this webinar, we will take a look at the Recipe for Process Improvement Success. Todd Snover will take you through the ideal “ingredient list” for ongoing process improvement success, the mapping of current business processes, and objectively measuring performance, and much more. By the end, you’ll know the importance of a good recipe for success, and how to tell whether your company has the right materials that it needs to whip up your desired process improvements. Learn more...


Todd Snover, Supervisor at Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, Business Process & Systems Group

 

 

  Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap
  Drive your business forward with a process improvement evaluation. Learn more...

Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap
 

  Learn More About Business Process Improvement Services for Your Organization Infor, Learn More About Business Process Improvement Services for Your Organization
  As seen at Infor Town Hall Meeting
  Business process improvement can take many forms. We provide a full range of services that maximize the return on investment of your improvement projects. Learn more...  

Todd Snover, Supervisor at Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, Business Process & Systems Group

 
 

  9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late 9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late
  Why should a distributor consider an outside ERP over their homegrown system? This new white paper discusses a number of reasons, ranging from data and systems architecture limitations to cost and integration issues. Learn more...
9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late

  11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement 11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement
 
An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value-chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. Here are the 11 criteria that allow you to identify and select the solution that will meet these expectations. Learn more... 11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement

  Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation? Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation?

 
Wholesale distribution is leapfrogging other industry sectors in its rapid adoption of mobile platforms. Although only 10% of wholesale distributors see themselves as mobility market leaders today, nearly 60% expect to fit that category by 2015. Although the distribution industry has a reputation as a tough audience for new technology options, Infor Distribution customers and partners are showing thought leadership on ways to filter and procure the data, all the way to actual application ideas. The experience points to three calls to action that mobile platforms can answer: empowering employees, engaging customers, and amplifying partnerships. Read the entire industry viewpoint article. Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation?