May 29th, 2013
In fast-paced environments like manufacturing, reporting can be a pain. Isolated systems for control, accounting, order entry, and QA lead to a lot of manual work and prevent business owners from having an comprehensive real-time view of their business.
Problems aren't identified until days (or weeks!) after they've occurred and opportunities to increase efficiency are overlooked because staff are focused on just getting the reports produced instead of performing meaningful analysis.
Thankfully, an affordable solution is available.
A better solution
In the past, the solution for automated, real-time reporting was to invest in an expensive, integrated ERP software package. However, these systems are normally cumbersome and take even more investment to be closely shaped to the business' needs. Even then, they rarely match exact needs.
Rather than deal with the burden and hassle of an integrated system, most manufacturing businesses choose to use several independent systems, and compromise with the loss of global, real-time reporting.
Multipeers provides a solution that gives businesses the best of both worlds – the flexibility and cost savings of independent systems paired with the reporting power of a completely integrated system.
Middleware to the rescue
Multipeers is a powerful middleware package that can bring together reporting information from each independent system in real-time. It gives business owners an immediate global view of their business activity.
The automation provided by Multipeers also does away with much of the work needed to cobble together spreadsheets with reports from different systems and frees up staff to do other, more high-value work.
But where Multipeers really excels is its detection and reaction capabilities. Since events are tracked in real time, alerts can be configured to highlight critical issues. Maybe inventory replenishment isn't keeping up with sales or cost-per-unit doubled in the last hour. Everyone who needs to know about the issue can be notified and there's even workflow capability to make sure the appropriate employees follow up and take action.
If you've been struggling with reporting and are looking for a single point of control for all your business' activities, Multipeers can deliver.
May 16th, 2013
Outside of the occasional hiccup, the technology in your office is working smoothly. Maybe nothing has gone wrong in a while, but you just can't get over the feeling that things are waiting to fall apart, and when they do, it will be at the worst moment possible.
Luckily, there's an easy, cost-effective way to put your mind at ease – a network assessment.
For businesses without full-time IT staff, a network assessment provides the perfect solution for getting ahead of potential problems and giving business owners a better understanding of the health of their technology.
What is a network assessment?
Simply put, a network assessment is a health report – similar to what you might get when you visit your doctor's office for lab work.
When you hire us to perform a network assessment, we come to your office and gather information about your network equipment, servers, and workstations. Since this process is automated, it doesn't take long to complete – just 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the network.
Once we've gathered this information, we pair it up with notes from our technician and provide you with an easy-to-read report of the health of your technology. We'll highlight potential issues as well as where things seem to be working properly.
The questions we'll answer
If you've been worried about whether or not all your PCs and laptops are up-to-date and secured from viruses and other malware, the network assessment report will show which computers are up-to-date and which have fallen behind.
One of the biggest benefits of running a network assessment is learning about the actual equipment plugged into your network. It's not uncommon to find computers hidden in closets and under desks, that were thought to have been discarded years ago, wasting power and potentially exposing the business to security risks.
If you've thought “The network is slow.” or “It sure seems like this stuff should be running faster.”, network assessments also provide a view of potential network bottlenecks and overall equipment health. The network maps that we provide as part of the assessment will help make sense of the tangled mess in your data closet.
For the amount of information and piece of mind they provide, network assessments are a great investment. Best of all, they're inexpensive at just $50.
If you want to get ahead of potential problems, or simply want a better understanding of what the technology in your office is actually doing, contact our office to schedule a network assessment at (405) 285-2500 or submit an inquiry.