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Using ERP to Prime Your Life Sciences SMB for Acquisition

Nov 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to acquisition, there is no foolproof recipe for the success of a small to midsize Life Sciences firm. Your path may look very different from your peers’, and why shouldn’t it? As a unique organization with a distinct offering, setting yourself apart is critical to attracting the right investor. 

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Predictive Analytics Empowers Manufacturers to Make Informed Decisions

Nov 5, 2019 10:37:22 AM

In recent blogs we explored how analytics in manufacturing is more effective when delivering insights focused on specific industries, and when it’s easy to run a custom analysis to derive an answer to a certain question. Let’s now consider predictive analytics, which go a long way in helping manufacturers make accurate predictions, and then make decisions based on that window into the future.  

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3 Reasons Growing Life Sciences Companies Should Adopt ERP Software

Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Whatever your goal as a growing life sciences business, be it long-term profitability, FDA approval or acquisition, a lynchpin of your success will be learning to juggle short-term scalability while keeping your eye on the ball. The many tools and features of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in FDA-regulated industries organize and automate their operations. 

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Growing & Improving SMB Manufacturing Through Proper Planning

Oct 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Market growth drives the success of a small and medium sized business (SMB) manufacturers. It’s not necessarily by what their business leaders plan. Product demand is rising, and in order to handle that rising demand, businesses need more capacity and are adding shifts and additional facilities to their small business.

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Why Associative Database Engines Are the Key to Uncovering Business Intelligence

Oct 8, 2019 9:04:32 AM

It’s a common request. Make data analysis easy to leverage so people can continually improve operations and forecast supply and demand. That’s what IT teams at manufacturing organizations keep hearing from plant managers, sales teams, and executives. That’s not all. They also want the data in real-time to be able to make informed decisions on the fly.

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Key Characteristics of SMB Manufacturers – Part 2

Sep 30, 2019 8:22:00 PM

As we mentioned in Part One of our Top Key Characteristics of SMB Manufacturers blog, small and midsize manufacturers have some key strengths that make them ideally suited for the digital era. Often categorized as insignificant, small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are often and mistakenly overlooked.

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5 Tips for Leveraging Industry-Specific Data Analytics to Boost Manufacturing Efficiency

Sep 25, 2019 11:44:00 AM

Every manufacturing industry — from life sciences to medical devices, marine, automotive, robotics, and high technology — has its own way of producing products, and each individual company has its own specific manufacturing processes and regulations that need to be tracked and followed.

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Key Characteristics of SMB Manufacturers – Part 1

Sep 17, 2019 10:38:17 AM

Manufacturers have some key strengths that make them ideally suited for the digital era. No matter how big or small your business is, from a multi-employee empire to a start-up biotechnology firm, every business needs a brand—a mark of character.

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Sales Automations Business Analytics for Life Sciences

Sep 10, 2019 11:12:00 AM

The Business Analytics Challenge
Managing sales territories across dispersed teams and product offerings for complex companies in the life science industry can be challenging. In order to drive better results, sales manager need a complete view of performance throughout the sales organization.

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Product & Portfolio Management with Business Analytics for Life Sciences

Aug 20, 2019 11:08:00 AM

In a drastically changing market, Life Sciences firms are tasked with making smart therapy and acquisition decisions in order to grow their business. With rapid consolidation occurring in the biotech marketplace, firms are faced with needing to accurately track the performance of their product, while also keeping tabs on the competition.

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Could Mobile ERP Help Food and Beverage Manufacturers Safeguard Their Margins?

Aug 13, 2019 11:26:23 AM

Small and midsize food and beverage manufacturers are no stranger to narrow margins. At times, it can feel like an uphill battle to sustain profitability, especially when procurement costs suddenly skyrocket, or retailers are applying pressure to lower prices.

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Business Analytics for Manufacturing Intelligence

Aug 6, 2019 10:09:18 AM

With business analytics you can take control of your complete manufacturing operation to maximize quality, efficiency, and output.

The Business Analytics Challenge
Life science companies in the manufacturing industry need to conform to regulatory compliances with GMP, cGMP, GLP, cGLP, and several other quality and safety guidelines - not to mention any manufacturers who need FDA regulatory compliancy. Doing more with less is a running trend in this sector.

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Advanced Analytics: A Must-Have for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Jul 30, 2019 10:33:00 AM

How can ERP-enabled insights help small and midsize food and beverage manufacturers get ahead?

Today’s industry conditions can make it challenging for any small or midsize manufacturer to remain competitive. But for food and beverage manufacturers, there are hurdles inherent to the business. Perishable goods, strict safety standards and supply chain variability are all factors that must be contended with to be profitable.

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Regulatory Compliance for Life Sciences with Business Analytics

Jul 16, 2019 10:50:00 AM

The Business Analytics Challenge

Companies in the life science and FDA regulated industry often treat each compliance requirement as a separate management program. This could be a clinical trial reporting operation, manufacturing lot tracking, or one of many other requirements. Programs such as these tend to thrive in the industry. Each program develops their own approach to gathering data to report to regulatory authorities, however, this may increase the risk for additional compliance costs and potential mistakes. Life science firms can now build an approach to standardize compliance by building it into their business processes.

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How ERP Can Support Compliance for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Jul 8, 2019 2:32:14 PM

Which functions are needed to help you meet regulatory requirements and uphold quality and safety throughout your operations?

The past year has seen some particularly egregious recalls, including repeated outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and hepatitis A. High-profile recalls such as the one involving romaine lettuce have impacted consumers’ trust, and regulators are doubling down to ensure such oversights do not occur again in the future. Likewise, food and beverage manufacturers are revisiting their sourcing and materials handling procedures to close any quality-related gaps in their practices.

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Digital Transformation & ERP: Leveraging Business Analytics Integrated with ERP

Jun 25, 2019 3:53:16 PM

Manufacturing’s digital transformation is the new place for the evolving role of ERP. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), new technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business. One of the most time-consuming tasks, that requires a high level of expertise, has always been taking the raw operational data and turning it into actionable insights. If this analysis is done in house, your only option was to purchase an expensive business intelligence software separately and then, if possible, integrate with your ERP system.

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Digital Transformation & ERP: Manufacturing Trends Made Possible with ERP

Jun 18, 2019 9:57:00 AM

ERP is playing a significant role in manufacturing’s digital transformation. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), innovative technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business. Advanced technologies have affected the competition within the manufacturing industry both domestically and abroad. Manufacturers must continuously analyze how they do business to remain competitive. ERP systems have become critical to making operational improvements in the modern age.

Thanks to ERP software, we expect to see a number of trends take hold over the next year.

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How ERP Supports Traceability for Food & Beverage SMBs

Jun 13, 2019 9:38:59 AM

From operational efficiency to recall preparedness, a strong traceability system is critical to remaining competitive in today’s food and beverage market.

Traceability, or the ability to trace the flow of food and beverage products through production, has always been essential to operational efficiency. But in the age of mounting global competition and increasing regulatory oversight, it is more important than ever.
Today’s food supply chain has expanded, such that it is common for the production process to span continents. Given this added complexity, even small and mid-sized manufacturers must invest in the proper technologies to ensure traceability, both as a means of food safety and of remaining nimble in a competitive market.

In this blog, we review how ERP supports traceability and the must-have features to look for in your food and beverage ERP solution.

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Digital Transformation & ERP - Is Blockchain/ERP Integration the Next Big Thing?

Jun 11, 2019 8:37:27 AM

From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), ERP’s new place at the heart of Manufacturing’s digital transformation as the cutting-edge technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business.

What is blockchain? You have probably heard of its most famous application, Bitcoin, which is a blockchain-based currency system. It is actually the first digital currency system to work without a central bank or common administrator. Since its creation, it has been known as “the people’s currency,” and relies upon the unique security of blockchain technology to remain fully democratic in function.

Blockchain’s powerful technology has potential implications for next-generation ERP. Let’s discuss how it might be used within the world of manufacturing.

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The Evolving Role of ERP & Digital Transformation: ERP & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Jun 4, 2019 10:19:07 AM

From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), learn about the cutting-edge technologies disrupting how manufacturers do business. In this special blog series regarding Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, we will discuss ERP’s new place at the heart of manufacturing’s digital transformation. When we look back at of the mind-boggling depictions of the future in books and movies, we can, in some cases, now say those predictions were not so far-fetched. 

Thanks to emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, many of the “futuristic” portrayals are now reality. Robots can understand and speak natural language and “digital assistants” are ready to provide instant answers to our questions.

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Boston Business Journal: Tech Could Help Biotechs Weather Talent Shortage

May 30, 2019 2:02:08 PM

As noted in the Boston Business Journal’s April 4 article ("Biotech, in motion: Demand for life science execs fuels game of musical chairs"), while funding has been handily secured by many Boston biotech firms, qualified people to fill recent job openings have been more elusive. The challenge to recruit and retain life sciences talent has led to extended vacancies and instability in organizations otherwise poised for growth.


For biotech companies struggling with an incomplete workforce, now is the time to explore how technology could empower organizations to scale in spite of staffing challenges.

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ERP FDA Compliance: eSignatures and Obtaining Approval

May 28, 2019 10:39:30 AM

Learn about the advantages of using an ERP Software in an FDA-regulated industry. In this blog series, we will discuss issues ranging from organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, as well as how an ERP system can help keep manufacturers in compliance and product timelines in place.

Manufacturing executives in FDA-regulated industries used to spend hours at their desks with stacks of papers awaiting their signatures. This practice can now be a thing of the past. Since executives are no longer sitting behind a desk daily, and the periodic approvals have now multiplied in frequency, eSignatures are a critical component of successfully doing business in a regulated industry.  

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ERP & FDA Validation: The Benefits of an ERP System to Support Supplier Management

May 21, 2019 10:58:07 AM

Learn about the three areas where an ERP system can support compliant supplier management. In an FDA-regulated industry, it’s not uncommon to utilize suppliers for components of their finished products.

As not all parts may be produced on site, the weight of compliance – and, ultimately, product quality – belongs to the company receiving the product or service.  The selection, approval and ongoing evaluation of suppliers is heavily regulated and a critical responsibility for manufacturers.

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Digital Transformation & ERP: How Did We Do with Our 2018 Predictions?

May 14, 2019 9:48:03 AM

In this blog series, we are looking at the role of ERP in the digital transformation initiatives for today’s manufacturer.

Not that long ago, ERP was an extremely cumbersome software, used only by those organizations that had the personnel and capital to integrate the solution into their operations. Today, it’s fair to say that ERP has become mainstream. In fact, it is considered by many manufacturers to be the key technology for their overall operations. Last year, we took a look ahead at how ERP would factor into digital transformation. Let’s look back at our predictions and see how we did.

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ERP & FDA Validation: The Benefits of an Integrated QCS

May 7, 2019 9:35:03 AM

In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Validation, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

From managing suppliers to delivering on your customer’s expectations, quality is a responsibility that is fulfilled by everyone at your organization, whether they realize it or not.

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Copley Receives CRN Award for Technical Excellence

May 1, 2019 3:10:16 PM

The Copley Consulting Group is proud to have been named a top CRN Tech Elite 250 company, having earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading IT vendors. Copley Consulting has a commitment to building and maintaining the technical skills needed to provide our customers with the highest level of service across the Infor and Qlik ecosystems. We are honored to accept this award and will continue to improve our skill sets and vendor certifications to meet our clients' demands.

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ERP & FDA Validation: Full Lot & Serial Tracking

Apr 30, 2019 3:06:53 PM

In this blog series, ERP Software & FDA Validation, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.

From food and beverage to medical device, manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries have a responsibility to maintain end-to-end lot and serial number tracking and management of inventory.

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ERP & FDA Validation: Tracking DMR and DHR

Apr 16, 2019 10:25:28 AM

The development of a medical device can take years and cost tens of thousands of dollars in research and development. During this time, documented information around the development is accumulated. From quality documentation and design data to computer-aided design (CAD) files and part specs, the device master record (DMR) and design history file (DHF) are critical in the medical device life cycle. The proper maintenance of these files is essential to not only FDA compliance but also operational success. Here are three ways an ERP system helps overcome common challenges in DMR and DHR management.

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Disruptive Manufacturing, Part 4: Autonomous Vehicles

Apr 8, 2019 11:20:00 AM

In this special blog series, we will review the disruptive technologies being introducing by today’s forward-thinking manufacturers. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge tools transforming the industry and the ways ERP can support their implementation.

Imagine a future where you don’t need to own a car. You can simply hail a ride – in a self-driving car, also known as an autonomous vehicle (AV) – outside your doorstep. Your pocketbook – and the economy at large – would look a lot different. Our roads and our environment would be transformed.

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Disruptive Manufacturing, Part 3: Unlocking a World of Possibilities With 3D Printing

Mar 26, 2019 10:03:03 AM

In this special blog series, we will review the disruptive technologies being introducing by today’s forward-thinking manufacturers. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge tools transforming the industry and the ways ERP can support their implementation.

Initially, you might consider 3D printing to be a threat to manufacturers. After all, in the hands of consumers, a 3D printer can make any individual an amateur manufacturer, or “maker.” But in the hands of an expert manufacturing company, 3D printing is introducing new levels of efficiency – for both time and materials – while fostering innovation in R&D. Here’s how forward-thinking manufacturers are leveraging 3D printing to their advantage.  

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Disruptive Manufacturing, Part 2: Drones

Mar 13, 2019 9:19:00 AM

In this special blog series, we will review the disruptive technologies being introducing by today’s forward-thinking manufacturers. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge tools transforming the industry and the ways ERP can support their implementation.

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Disruptive Manufacturing, Part 1: The Rise of Robotics

Mar 7, 2019 2:22:13 PM

In this special blog series, we will review the disruptive technologies being introducing by today’s forward-thinking manufacturers. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge tools transforming the industry and the ways ERP can support their implementation.

The monotonous, the laborious, the dangerous. The range of manufacturing tasks being handled by today’s robots may surprise you. With digital transformation becoming a norm around the globe, the pressure to automate is stronger than ever before, and manufacturers are increasingly turning to robotics to help them streamline processes and lower costs – all while boosting productivity, satisfying customer demand and pursuing continuous innovation. So, how exactly are manufacturers employing robots to achieve these lofty goals?

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ERP & AI: The Next Wave of Business Intelligence

Feb 5, 2019 8:43:18 AM

From predictive analytics to instant decision-making, artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling progressive manufacturers to transform how they do business.

In a time when digital assistants Alexa and Siri have become household names, it should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled ERP systems are also becoming mainstream. Originally leveraged to automate mundane tasks, today’s AI is equipped for heavier lifting. Manufacturers can now use such technology to carry out complex tasks, sift through masses of business data and make snap predictions based on the information at hand.

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Keeping Your ERP System Compliant In 2019

Jan 21, 2019 1:29:39 PM

With regulations changing across industries and businesses expanding across the globe, is your ERP system prepared to weather changing compliance requirements?

As we enter 2019, New Year’s resolutions may be on your mind – not only for yourself, but also for your business. Depending on your company’s goals, be it expanding your footprint or maybe venturing into a new industry, your ERP system may be facing a new set of regulations. Or, perhaps it’s your regulatory body who has resolved to revise their data standards in the years ahead. In either case, your organization will need a nimble ERP system and experienced software partner to remain in compliance. Below are three areas in which to remain vigilant in the year ahead.

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