6 Key KPIs for Automotive Industry Operations Executives

Posted on: November 18, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process

It is no secret that the automotive industry is very competitive, requiring any automotive business to make every improvement possible to compete. For example, according to IHS, only about half of new car buyers remain loyal to the brand they already owned, showing just how competitive this industry can be. With that said, an automotive business cannot make improvements in areas where it cannot measure success. This is where the...


Operating Your Automotive Business in Mexico: 4 Must-Know Statutory Requirements

Posted on: November 5, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing

There are many advantages and incentives to expanding automotive business operations to Mexico.  Mexico has free trade agreements with 50 countries including the United States, where roughly 80% of its exports go. In addition, Mexico takes a strong initiative toward growing its automotive industry, and there is always an ongoing interest in Mexico for more automotive exports, which are crucial for the Mexican economy. In fact, in 2018, Mexico was...


QAD User Group Virtual Fall Conference – Logan Consulting

Posted on: September 30, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

Having presented a session with a great client and attended other sessions, I view this conference as a success. Although we missed the personal interaction and side conversations with clients, vendors and QAD during the normal course of an in-person conference, the board did a good job of structuring and organizing this event. Logan Consulting appreciated being able to lead and participate in the following sessions: Success Story: GHSP Upgrade...


ERP Implementation – Go-Live Metric Definition and Utilization

Posted on: September 28, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

As this is continual area of emphasis for ERP go-lives that we are involved in, we thought we would re-iterate the importance of this topic, written about back in 2014 as the importance of it has not diminished! The cutover to a new ERP system, or Go-Live, is often a difficult and stressful event for those involved. As the typical cutover weekend approaches and passes, teams often neglect the definition...


IT Budgeting During Covid-19: 4 Forward Thinking Strategies Manufacturers Should Consider

Posted on: July 27, 2020 | By: Sarah Reitmeister | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, Microsoft Dynamics AX/365, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution, Professional Services

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, manufacturers across the globe have made difficult decisions to keep up with the rapidly changing demands of the market and to mitigate unforeseen and often devastating risks to their businesses. Whether it be supply chain disruptions, factory shutdowns, or under- or over-production of inventory, almost all industries have felt the wide-reaching effects of the pandemic. As budgeting season rolls around, it is important...


QAD EE Data Conversion Tracker – Use, Data Elements and Metrics

Posted on: June 29, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

For complex QAD Enterprise Applications projects, the importance of a concise and accurate Data Conversion Tracker managed in Microsoft Excel or SharePoint is critical to a successful cutover. During the last several weeks leading up to a Go-Live, management of the static, master, and dynamic data; along with the data ownership and status is important, as is the ability to view status metrics at any given time to view progress...


EMT/EDI and Third Party Logistics Provider Integration in QAD EE

Posted on: June 29, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

Years ago Logan Consulting started working with its clients on various requests from them to develop tighter integration with third partner logistics providers and warehouse partners (abbreviated 3PL, or sometimes TPL). This originally included very custom approaches to order processing within QAD and the added functionality to integrate with a TPL. Over the years, a common model has evolved leveraging standard QAD Enterprise Material Transfer (EMT) and EDI functionality to...


QAD’s Enterprise Material Transfer, EDI and Third Party Logistics Provider Integration

Posted on: March 31, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

Logan Consulting published similar content several years ago in 2018, complimenting QAD’s EDI and EMT functionality. Since then, Logan Consulting continues to see increased use of QAD’s Enterprise Material Transfer (EMT) and EDI functionality to meet intercompany Direct Ship requirements between International Entities within an organization. This functionality has been especially important lately to medical device companies based on the United States working through sales offices in Europe and with...


QAD EE Upgrade and Implementation Planning during Covid-19

Posted on: March 31, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, ERP Selection, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

With most companies facing severe tactical and strategic adjustments due to the Covid-19 virus, the majority of our clients are finding creative ways to keep important projects moving forward. On the surface the greatest impact of this difficult period on projects is potential reduced spending, having most of not all team members and consultants working remotely, and limited or stopped travel inhibiting important face-to-face meeting time for team members. For...


Five Distinguishing Functionalities of QAD Food & Beverage ERP

Posted on: March 31, 2020 | By: Jillian Hampston | QAD Manufacturing

QAD Food & Beverage ERP The Food and Beverage (F&B) industry has become an increasingly challenging one in which to operate. Manufacturers have many variables to consider, like freshness and seasonality. On top of this, cultural trends are quick to change and dictate consumer demand.  F&B manufacturers must always be thinking one step ahead, and QAD has designed solutions specifically for this industry.  Logan Consulting has guided many QAD implementations across the F&B industry. Read our free download to...