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November 20, 2017

5 Reasons Oil & Gas Companies Choose EnergyCONNECT

With all the name changes around Microsoft Dynamics 365, plus all the Microsoft Partner-developed solutions, it can be difficult to understand all the solution offerings and how they are built…

November 15, 2017

Would you use 40-year-old ERP software?

In 1977, ERP software was called MRP software, which stood for Material Requirements Planning. At the time, most MRP software was custom developed on big mainframe computer systems that were…

Internet of Things
November 14, 2017

How will IoT and Analytics Impact the Future of Manufacturing?

This article was originally published in Industry Week, click here to read original article. What Role Will Big Data Analytics and AI Play in the Future of Lean Manufacturing? Ask…

November 14, 2017

Automotive Manufacturers Sell More with a Better Bid Response System

Do you want to win more bids? You need a better bid response system. Without a strong automotive manufacturing bid response system in place, your team is going to be…

November 7, 2017

Why Field Service Automation Software is Essential

Field service automation software used to be a ‘nice to have’ option for manufacturing companies and professional service providers. Field service workers routinely showed up at job sites with a…

November 6, 2017

5 Things to Know About Moving from a Legacy System to Dynamics 365

Do you know your existing ERP system is out of date, but you’re still not sure if you should make the switch? The average traditional ERP on-premise deployment is at…

November 3, 2017

What do CFOs like about Dynamics 365?

CFOs are constantly balancing the company’s limitations of today with the possibilities of tomorrow. They look for hidden risks and ways to capitalize on unseized opportunities. With these priorities in…

October 31, 2017

3 Ways Engineers are Staying on Top of Auto Regulations

Automotive engineers involved in the sales process have a responsibility to ensure that your automotive supply company stays on top of the latest regulations. Changes in regulations often drive design…

Business Analytics
October 30, 2017

Top 10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

DataCONNECT is a data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics that enables you to create a single source of validated company data you can trust. Is DataCONNECT a wise investment for…

Internet of Things
October 26, 2017

How to Get Started with IoT

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small. IoT devices (Internet of Things) are taking the manufacturing world by storm. At Industry of Things World 2017,…

October 23, 2017

5 Ways to do More with Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations

So you’ve taken the plunge and moved onto Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. How can you do more with what you have? Connect your email account.  Use the SMTP…

October 20, 2017

Bridging the Gap Between Current Processes & Future State Lean Models

When we work with clients to implement lean manufacturing principles, we typically use a software tool called LeanCONNECT (formerly called Areteium). With this tool, we can use existing manufacturing production…

October 10, 2017

Is a CRM Upgrade Right for You?

If you’re still running CRM on-premise, Microsoft has made a Dynamics 365 on-premise version available that might better fit your business needs. Should you upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 to…

Business Analytics
October 9, 2017

Making the Case for Business Analytics

If you’re still running monthly reports and poring over Excel spreadsheets to find the insight hidden in the numbers, you’re working too hard – and worse, you’re missing opportunities to…

October 4, 2017

Why the Oil and Gas industry is Buzzing about Rental Management Software

The main thing about the heavy industrial equipment needed for oil and gas exploration is that it’s HEAVY – expensive to manufacture, expensive to move, expensive to maintain and work…

October 2, 2017

5 Ways to Increase Quality Without Increasing Production Cost

Razor thin margins leave little room for production errors. Because product recalls and customer refunds are so expensive, you want to be able to consistently deliver quality products, but without…

September 20, 2017

When Lean Manufacturing isn’t Worth the Effort

As a company who has been doing manufacturing ERP implementations and has been evangelizing lean manufacturing principles for a long time, we believe in lean principles, and believe they can…

September 18, 2017

Tired of MAPICS? You’re not alone.

MAPICS was created by IBM more than 35 years ago as an operational control system for manufacturing and accounting information. In 2005, the product was purchased by Infor Global Solutions…

September 11, 2017

Even old-school CFOs are demanding modern manufacturing technology

“How do you achieve better profit margins?” That’s the bottom line question for every CFO. Your job is to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to keep operations…

September 11, 2017

5 Pillars of a Joint Venture Accounting Solution for the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has unique accounting needs. When you evaluate new ERP solutions, how easily the system manages joint venture accounting is going to be an important consideration….

September 6, 2017

What is Manufacturing CONNECT Accelerator?

Since manufacturing enterprise management software (ERP) was first developed, a truth that “everyone knows” is that implementing new MRP / ERP software is a long, expensive and complicated process. Worth…

September 1, 2017

5 Secrets to Improving Bid Responses for Auto Suppliers

Automotive supplier sales reps and engineers spend a lot of time responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals). With so much time and energy going into formulating each response, what can…

Business Analytics
August 31, 2017

Understanding your Power BI Options

Power BI is cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to build your own BI dashboard using data from a variety of sources. The solution can also be available on-premise…

August 28, 2017

Life After Moving to a Modern ERP System

Anytime you switch out your ERP system, you can expect a certain amount of grumbling. Change doesn’t come easy to most people! But if you are moving off an older…

August 24, 2017

Starting your Lean Manufacturing Journey

Every journey begins with a first step. And the first step is deciding, “Where do I want to go?” Lean Manufacturing is a process that is designed to take your…

Internet of Things
August 4, 2017

3 Technology Trends Giving Manufacturing Executives Shop Floor Insight

In a rivalry as old as time, management and workers each think they know what’s REALLY going on in a manufacturing plant. The manufacturing management team has business analytics and…

August 1, 2017

The Fastest Way to “Go Live” on Dynamics 365!

A typical ERP implementation may take months, even years, to deploy. But Microsoft has made it possible for companies choosing Microsoft Dynamics 365 to go live in just weeks! Go…

July 27, 2017

Top 5 Engineering Auto Supply Trends

As the auto industry embraces brave new technology like driverless cars, what does that mean for auto suppliers? How is the engineering department being impacted? What trends will be embraced…

Business Analytics
July 26, 2017

Is the Data Warehouse Dead?

For years, there have been a few technology pundits declaring the Data Warehouse to be a dying technology – to be killed off at any moment by “Big Data” and…

July 25, 2017

How Manufacturers Can Turn Data into Insight

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” This line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner aptly describes how most manufacturers feel about their data. Despite drowning in…

July 25, 2017

MCA Connect Wins 2017 Microsoft Dynamics Services Partner of the Year for US

Microsoft recognizes MCA Connect for outstanding performance July 25, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) –MCA Connect, a global systems integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold ERP, CRM and Cloud Partner, proudly announces it…

Business Analytics
July 19, 2017

Demystifying Business Analytics

Organizations are drowning in data. Business analytics tools provide a way to create order out of chaos, transform confusion into clarity, and turn information into insight. Analytics enables everyone in…

July 18, 2017

Do Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP go together like PB&J?

If you are already running a Microsoft ERP solution, like Microsoft Dynamics AX or Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations, wouldn’t it make sense to add customer relationship management (CRM) functionality?…

Business Transformation
July 13, 2017

Why ERP and CRM Projects Fail to Meet Expectations

Companies invest in ERP and CRM projects to improve their business processes and performance. With so much time, effort and money put into these projects, why don’t they succeed 100%...
Managed Services
July 13, 2017

The 5 “AHA” Moments for Managed Services Customers

When customers first begin using MCA Connect Managed Services to get Microsoft Dynamics application support, they don’t always fully understand how managed services really works. Managed Services for Microsoft Dynamics...
July 12, 2017

Preparing for the Rebound: Why oil and gas companies should prioritize ERP and technology infrastructure projects

Oil and gas companies have had to make difficult decisions in order to survive the last few years of low prices and weak demand. Cost cutting measures included spin off’s,...
June 26, 2017

The Role of the VP of Manufacturing in the Manufacturing Revolution

The VP of Manufacturing is usually heavily involved in all manufacturing-related purchasing decisions. When you have money to improve operations, what is the best use of that budget? Do you…

Internet of Things
June 21, 2017

2017 Industry of Things World Keynote Recording

MCA Connect was proud to present the Keynote Recording along with Microsoft and Dell Technologies at the 2017 Industry of Things World Conference in San Diego. Watch the 30-minute recording...
June 15, 2017

How Automotive Manufacturers are Bucking the Profit Erosion Trend

Are your profits eroding slowly over time?  For automotive suppliers and other manufacturers who sell to giant corporations, profit erosion is a common problem. There’s no one big issue that...
June 14, 2017

Who benefits from data warehousing?

What is a data warehouse? A data warehouse is the collection of data extracted from isolated systems across the organization. A data warehousing project is the process of identifying, categorizing,…

Managed Services
June 12, 2017

Is Supporting Microsoft Dynamics In-House More Expensive Than Outsourcing?

Why would you use an outsourced Microsoft Dynamics consulting firm to manage your Microsoft Dynamics applications, rather than hire IT staff to do the work internally? Isn’t outsourcing support going…

June 6, 2017

ERP and CRM Systems Work Better Together

As a Microsoft Partner who has been selling both Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM systems for quite some time, it’s interesting that more of our customers don’t integrate their ERP…

June 2, 2017

Still running MAPICS?

At some point, companies still running MAPICS need to decide… should we upgrade to the latest version? Or move to a different manufacturing solution altogether?

June 1, 2017

Finalist – 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning Award

Microsoft today announced that MCA Connect has been named a finalist in the 2017 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Award. Finalists were selected over almost 2,800 Microsoft partners in 115 countries…

May 30, 2017

Better, Faster, Cheaper ERP for Manufacturers

I’m sure you’ve seen that old saying about services. There are only 3 types of services: good, cheap and fast – and you can only pick two: Services – Pick…

May 12, 2017

5 Ways Your Automotive ERP System Is Keeping You From Increasing Revenue

Automotive suppliers who manufacture and sell their products to large automobile manufacturers can sometimes feel squeezed. Automobile manufacturers can be demanding clients – they can request lots of changes, which…

April 27, 2017

Automotive Suppliers: Learn How to Shorten the Bid Process and Get More Deals Closed Faster

As a company that frequently works with automotive supply manufacturers to implement technology systems, we find that while some companies have mastered the manufacturing production process, very few have a…

Business Analytics
April 20, 2017

Defining Business Analytics

What is business analytics? How does it differ from business intelligence? What ARE data cubes?

April 19, 2017

Which Field Service Software is Right for You?

Enterprise field service software is surging in popularity – and for good reason.  It has proven to be an effective way to cut costs and create new revenue opportunities, increasing…

April 18, 2017

MCA Connect Achieves Microsoft’s Elite Partner Status

Microsoft awards global systems integrator with Gold Cloud Platform and Silver Data Platform Competencies DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MCA Connect is proud to announce achievement of two new Microsoft competencies: Gold Cloud Platform…