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data activities for erp

Data Activities for ERP Solution Implementation

Why Your Data Activities Need to Start Long Before You Bring on an ERP Solution Provider?

Whether you are migrating to an ERP system for the first time, or the nth time, you need to do certain data activities. Here are 5 reasons why you should put significant pre-project effort into streamlining your material and material-plant combinations.

Data quality will improve

When an organization puts a given amount of effort into their data preparation with a focus on a smaller data footprint, the relative effort per material-plant combination will increase. Thus, the overall data quality will improve.

Ongoing data maintenance will decrease

If you have a smaller data footprint, the ongoing data maintenance will continue to be smaller going forward.  Consider, for example, how every manufactured material requires a BOM for every plant.  Of course, if multiple plants routinely manufacture a material, then you should set up and maintain the material-plant combinations. All require BOMs.  If, however, you are contemplating setting up a material-plant combination because “one day we just might want to manufacture this part at another plant”, I caution against that.

I have seen far too many “maybe” scenarios never happen. The data maintenance team is saddled with the creation and ongoing maintenance of never-used data elements for the life of the ERP system.  This is a tremendous waste of valuable data maintenance resources.  They should be laser-focused on the critically important data rather than diluting their efforts with the “might never happen” scenarios.

Then you will see the “skeletons in the closet”

To properly streamline materials and material-plant combinations it is necessary to thoroughly investigate and characterize where and how you use materials.  The fact that a given material has inventory means something must be done with it either before or during migration.  If the inventory is healthy and active, then setting up the materials and migrating the inventory to the new system makes sense.  If the inventory is inactive and/or obsolete, however, then the organization must decide what to do with it.

Can the product be reworked and sold, or must it be disposed of?  Equally important is understanding how it came to be.  Was this the result of an over-make by Manufacturing? A poor forecast by Sales?  A canceled sales order?  A quality issue?  Have we found the solution to the underlying cause, or is it continuing?  Is this symptomatic of a larger underlying issue?  Understanding and addressing these sorts of questions will provide great insights into both the organization’s capabilities and mindsets.  This is often a rich source of improvement opportunities and organizations are wise to address these deficiencies early and often.

Product portfolio improvements naturally follow

In characterizing materials, it is helpful to define the specific attributes used to identify individual products.  In doing so, it is common to find that two or more materials have (mostly) the same attributes.  This implies that there are either redundant materials or that some important and distinguishing attributes are missing.  Regardless of which situation it is, just the mere process of chasing down that answer often brings about an enlightened understanding of the product portfolio and leads to questions such as “why do we have so many materials that appear to be so close in fit, form, and function?”  Addressing that question satisfactorily can take months. Thus, you should finish it before the formal ERP project kicks off.

It will reduce operational mistakes

Most ERP systems have advanced search functionality that enables users to rapidly find materials, plants, storage locations, and the like.  Unfortunately, most ERP systems don’t have a foolproof mechanism to help users discern between material-plant combinations genuinely intended for use and those set up “just in case someday we might want to use it”.  Therefore, having both flavors of choices available to users will possibly result in mistakes.  The best way to avoid these types of mistakes is simply to not even set up non-intended options in the first place.

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Insights 2019 with Starbucks Coffee CEO & Founder

Epicor Insights 2019 provided us with fruitful training sessions and especially an interesting talk with Starbucks Coffee Founder Howard Schultz. Also in this conference, it is announced that E10.2.400 will have REST API version 2.0. Data V Tech team is very excited to share further information on the updated Epicor ERP when being back to Vietnam.

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Training session
Insights 2019 Starbucks Coffee founder Howard Schultz
Starbucks Coffee Founder Howard Schultz – Insights 2019 guest
Insights 2019 training session 1

We worked hard and still felt fresh thanks to Epicor’s excellent organization. Apart from training sessions, we did have great time in Epicor Concert, to relax and to network. We just wish that everyone could have joined us!

This is the beginning of the concert before we threw ourselves into the crowd and music.

Welcome to Insights 2019

Thanks Epicor’s warm welcome to Insights 2019! We are ready and eager to kick off the first day.

As promised in the previous post, here are some pictures of the event:

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insights 2019 at the bar
insights 2019 breakfast
insights 2019
first day agenda

We will keep you updated, so stay tuned!

Data V Tech at Epicor Insights 2019

Data V Tech Solutions is one of the very few Vietnamese software companies attending Epicor Insights 2019 in Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas. This world’s largest conference on Epicor customers takes place from April 15 to 18.

We are eager to meet over 4000 Epicor users for sharing, networking and fun. As Epicor’s authorized partner in Asia Pacific, we are ready to share the insights of Epicor implementation in regional context. Learn with us about the Epicor solution customized for your working culture and master your own for your business. Join us to enjoy a new way to success, advance and progress!

We are glad to introduce our soon coming Vietnamese pages. This is a further step in our regional plan. Hereunder is our very first blog for the Vietnamese speakers.

 


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data v tech new domain

Data V Tech New Domain

Data V Tech Solutions, Epicor ERP partner in Vietnam, is in a transition to change our domain from https://datavtech.com.au to https://www.datavtech.com recently. You may see non-secure web page appears when entering https://datavtech.com.au. If you further proceed to the page, you will be redirected to our new domain. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

We expect to complete this transition within May 2019.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce that Data V Tech will be attending Epicor Insights 2019 conference. We will be sharing news and information in our next blog post. Stay tuned!!!