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Lean
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…

ERP
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…

Manufacturing
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…

ERP
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….

Manufacturing
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…

Manufacturing
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…

Lean
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…

Lean
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…

Manufacturing
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…

ERP
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…

ERP
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…

News
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…

ERP
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...
ERP
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,...
Manufacturing
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...
Manufacturing
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...
ERP
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,…

Internet of Things
June 13, 2017

Advanced Filters

Are you ever looking at a grid in AX and want to filter for specific information but aren’t quite sure how to do it.  Well you are not alone, and...
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…

CRM
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…

Manufacturing
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?

Internet of Things
June 1, 2017

mcaConnect Recognized as Finalist for the 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning Award

June 1, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – Microsoft today announced that mcaConnect has been named a finalist in the 2017 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Award. Finalists were selected over almost 2,800 Microsoft…

News
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…

Manufacturing
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…

News
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…

Manufacturing
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?

CRM
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…

CRM
April 18, 2017

mcaConnect Achieves Microsoft’s Elite Partner Status

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

ERP
April 17, 2017

Why are you buying an ERP system?

No. Really. Why are you considering buying an ERP software solution? Is it because: 1.    You need to have SOMETHING to run your business: You need to have accounting…

Manufacturing
April 13, 2017

How Top Auto Supplier CEOs Use Technology as a Competitive Advantage

The best CEOs have a firm grasp of the big picture and understand enough of the details to know how to adjust course to meet the company’s goals. Your success…

Business Analytics
April 11, 2017

Need historical data?

Typically, when companies buy Microsoft Dynamics 365 (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), detailed historical data is not pulled over into the new system.  There are several good reasons for this: It…

Business Analytics
April 11, 2017

The trouble with data cubes

Data cubes are a vital part of today’s business analytics landscape. In geometry, a cube is 3-dimensional. In technology, data cubes can be multi-dimensional. Data cube technology allows users to slice-and-dice…

Business Transformation
April 5, 2017

5 Ways to Reduce Your Manufacturing Inventory Costs

Do you have a CFO breathing down your neck to reduce manufacturing inventory costs? As the VP of Manufacturing, you have one tough job!  On one hand, if you don’t…

Business Analytics
March 30, 2017

5 Business Analytics Trends Fueling Manufacturing Growth

As a company that has long specialized in implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics for manufacturing companies, it’s exciting to see all the new opportunities coming from our business analytics team. While…

CRM
March 28, 2017

5 Rules for taming the wild CRM project

Do you have a CRM project that’s running wild? You’re not alone. Even with strong project management, clear communication and ongoing leadership, this “beast” must be continually tamed.  There are…

Manufacturing
March 22, 2017

The 5 Things Every Automotive Supply Should Be Doing in 2017

Most of the automotive parts manufacturers we work with have a pretty efficient shop floor.  Lean manufacturing has its roots in the automotive industry and most OEMs and parts suppliers…

Internet of Things
March 22, 2017

5 Good Minutes – Workspaces, Templates and AX7

In this installment of 5 Good Minutes mcaConnect’s very own Chad Carnes shows how to navigate workspaces in the recently released Microsoft Dynamics AX7 and how to present those workspaces using his...
Internet of Things
March 15, 2017

Enterprise Data Warehousing Solution Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations

March 14, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced the release of dataConnect, a data warehousing solution that comes…

Uncategorized
March 9, 2017

Your First IoT Project

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,…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

6 Ways Manufacturers Can Improve Business Agility

Business agility is the name of the manufacturing game! How do you keep agile so you can capitalize on opportunities, while making sure you have enough finished product to meet…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

Is your biggest manufacturing constraint your ERP system?

Recognizing and overcoming manufacturing constraints is one of the main jobs of running any manufacturing operation. You have your standard: Materials constraints Equipment constraints Labor constraints And the list goes…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

5 Costly Manufacturing KPI Mistakes CFOs Make

Being a numbers-driven manufacturing CFO is a good thing – in fact, it’s essential. But as a CFO, you probably know finance and operations more than you know the ins-and-outs…