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Phocas' constructive culture is a winner

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Phocas received a Human Synergistics award for achieving a ‘constructive’ culture during three years of fast change. Phocas staff are happier, more capable and more collaborative in 2019 from an already strong starting position in 2016.

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4 tips to get the most value from your ERP system

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While ERP systems support a wide variety of administrative and operational processes, many aren’t designed for the untrained user. Instead, enterprise systems are often managed by the IT department. Additionally, the reporting capabilities of ERPs is limited.

Every department at LSC uses Phocas to work smarter

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LSC is a thriving 93-year-old security hardware distributor for the locksmith industry. To manage the 20,000 lines of stock and serve customers well, the owners made a strategic decision to harness business data and turn it into useful information.

What the All-Blacks can teach us about making decisions under pressure?

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Most people feel pressure. The heart races, the body heats up, and you lose your train of thought. You feel pressure when you’re put on the spot in a meeting or playing the final hole in golf - when you are one stroke ahead. In both situations, we often panic and can’t think straight.

The Evolving Role of the CDO and CAO

Speaker: Ash Dhupar (CAO), Ben Donlon (CAO), Chris Hutchins (CDAO), Larry Shiller (CDO)

What is the point of a Chief Data/Analytics Officer? If you're in one of the many fields currently adopting this role, you've almost certainly heard this question; maybe you're in the process of answering it within your company. Join us and a panel of c-suite data and analytics professionals for hard-earned insights into what the CAO, CDO, and CDAO roles entail - and how you can create and move into these roles within your organization, if they aren't already there.

ASA Automotive Systems selects Phocas as data analytics partner

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Phocas data analytics solution is now integrated with ASA’s enterprise products such as TireMaster Enterprise and TireMaster GTX software due to a new partnership finalised this week.

Phocas BI tool proves its value for manufacturers, wholesalers

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The following article is reproduced from TechTarget , a respected tech news website which provides independent content and analysis. The article highlights how Phocas has built trust and a strong reputation with leaders and IT managers in manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

How to overcome reporting challenges in your business

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The ability to generate accurate, relevant and timely reports is critical if a company is to remain competitive in today's marketplace. However, as many executives know, traditional (static) reporting methods have a range of shortcomings.

How to be more effective at execution in a wholesale business

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Speed may never be more important to your business than it is today. The right data analytics solution can help your team to react quickly to the needs of your customers and the changes in your industry, products and suppliers that influence your business.

How to determine who owes you money

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The ability to determine how much outstanding money is owed to your company is vital to the ongoing management and sometimes survival of a business.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Phocas teams up with Acumatica Cloud ERP to integrate solutions

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Phocas has a new partnership with Acumatica, provider of an award-winning cloud-based ERP system, that will extend our data analytics solution to Acumatica customers globally. The new deal helps Acumatica customers turn raw data into insights. Company Updates

How real-time dashboards keep managers on target

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An analytics dashboard is an essential business tool that provides insight into the performance of numerous business processes. Every department of a company has specific performance metrics that can be monitored to ensure the company is operating at peak performance.

Integrating your tech: is your stack working together to deliver data results?

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In a manufacturing or wholesale business, there is a lot of information to keep track of. As an IT manager, you might find that everyone is looking to you for all the answers too, which can be stressful.

Stewart’s of Scotland concentrates on profitability with Phocas

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Phocas data analytics is exhibiting at the UBT Trade Expo 2019 in Warwick this week. This three-day event is for UK business leaders, and you can meet the Phocas team at stand #10.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

The future of e-commerce for growing businesses

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Whether you work for a retail, distribution or manufacturing organization, selling more product at the highest profit margin is a constant goal.

How can managers best create sales reports?

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With ever increasing volumes of data, business intelligence (BI) software is becoming essential to help maximise sales opportunities.

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Midway Dental uses data to take advantage of industry growth

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Midway Dental is a second-generation company and the fastest-growing full-service dental supply company in the United States. This growth has come from the consolidation of the industry and Midway supplying much larger customers.

Five ways to increase profit margins in distribution

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Tracking profit margins is a full-time activity in distribution. Out-of-date reporting systems with little to no visibility beyond sales data can result in your business spending more money to sell products than they cost.

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

[eBook] Run your business by your data: Electrical suppliers transform using data analytics

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According to IBISWorld the electrical wholesale industry generated $219bn in the last 12 months in the US, UK and Australia and has an expected annual grow rate of two per cent. Those using data analytics are reportedly getting a $9 return for every dollar spent.

How IT Managers can slash reporting times

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The IT manager is often burdened with ad hoc report requests and solving organizational data challenges. These tasks take you away from important jobs like improving the business by adding or upgrading systems or driving efficiencies with your tech stack. Job Role - IT

How to foster data competency in your organization

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Being data driven means promoting fact-based decision making, driving user adoption of an analytics solution, and ensuring staff can gain insights from data. While this may look like a big managerial responsibility, it does not need to be a resource intensive task. Job Role - IT

Johnstone Supply gets real business intelligence with Phocas

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Having a pulse on everything that is going on across sales, inventory, accounting and warehousing is critical to a growing and connected company. The ability to use data to answer questions about virtually every aspect of operations helps eliminates the gut feel from decision-making.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

Increase data visibility into your business

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Business leaders want to make decisions faster and with more efficiency. Without visible data that is accessible and organized, it’s nearly impossible to make well-informed decisions.

Loeb Electric spots trends using data analytics

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As Loeb Electric grew and data inquiries increased, the company needed better technology. The company was ready to try a different approach to Excel and CRM for analysis and reporting.

CRM +business intelligence =great decision making

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A customer relationship management (CRM) system gathers and consolidates raw data from customer interactions into a single database. CRM systems then combine this raw and contextual data to evaluate and classify customers.

Reduce costs with data analytics

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Your seemingly unimportant data can be used to help your company lower costs which increases profits. When companies gain more experience in analyzing data, the real costs to serve become more visible. Instead of cutting costs at random, data analytics provides insight to make strategic adjustments.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Epicor partnership helps WD-40 lubricate market growth

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Many customers using Epicor ERPs (Prophet 21 , E10, Eclipse and iScala) are benefiting from the partnership between Phocas and Epicor.

Phocas celebrates 1000 customers on cloud solution

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Businesses seek tools to analyze data for improved decision making, and increasingly, they want to leverage cloud solutions to optimize operational efficiency. Phocas cloud data analytics is the combination of these two services.

Five benefits of data analytics for your sales branches

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Your branches are the frontline of your business, leading the charge when it comes to customer interaction and building customer loyalty.

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Are you treating your data as an asset?

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While most executives understand that their data is an asset, many haven’t harnessed the valuable insights accessible with a data analytics solution. The immense amount of data you generate may seem impossible to understand, but data analytics will transform it into clear, actionable information.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

Validate decisions with data

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Do you ever make decisions on the run? Have you dropped the price on a product by a few percent for a good customer and then found they didn’t increase sales and you lost money?

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Become more strategic with data analytics

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By taking control of your data, business people are better equipped to drive growth by developing effective strategies, negotiating better prices with suppliers, increasing sales, and managing risks. In this blog, we will outline a few key ways to leverage data to position your company for success.

Can data analytics motivate a sales team to perform better?

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Sales are a huge part of any business so nurturing a high performing sales team makes good sense. Yet most sales managers find improving their sales team’s productivity a key challenge of their job.

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Data analytics benefits you don’t get with Excel alone

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Many businesses use Excel for good reason. Excel is a best of breed tool for spreadsheets and can be great for a number of things — lists, charts and tables, simple budgets and storing data. However, relying on Excel alone is not enough for reporting needs and business intelligence.

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.