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Dynamics AX Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management White Paper

Analysts like Gartner, Forrester Research, and Nucleus Research have all named Microsoft Dynamics AX as a Leader in their respective ERP research reports. More than 20,000 companies worldwide use Microsoft Dynamics AX, including industry leaders like Dell, Revlon, Delta, Patagonia, Chobani, and Stanley Steemer.

But you’re not convinced.

You heard the success stories, saw the sales demos, and ultimately made the decision to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX. In doing so, you expected to drive operational efficiency in all functional areas, connect individuals and teams across the world, and achieve real-time visibility into global supply chain data. Since your decision, however, your project hasn’t been smooth and deep down you know something is very wrong.

The purpose of this white paper is to outline and discuss the challenges associated with working with an inexperienced software reseller, and the potential impact they can have not only on your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation - but on your business profitability and success!

Read the white paper: Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management: The Challenges of Working with the Wrong Consultant

Merit Solutions named a Best Place to Work in Illinois

Merit Solutions, a business process optimization and IT services company based in Wheaton, IL, was recently named as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, and the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago and managed by Best Companies Group. Continue reading "Merit Solutions named a Best Place to Work in Illinois"

Client Spotlight: MannKind Corporation

Merit Solutions' client MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes.

We recently sat down with Van Kwok, Associate Director of MannKind, and asked him to discuss his partnership with Merit Solutions.

Continue reading "Client Spotlight: MannKind Corporation"

AXUG Webinar: Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget

MRP is a powerful tool for managing your supply chain. Join us during this webinar to learn how to leverage your existing MRP processes in the annual budget development process to address product cost projections, overhead projections, and other operational cost projections.

You can register on the AXUG website:

AXUG SIG - Consumer Product Group (CPG): Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget
April 4, 2014
1-2pm EST

Georgia Nut Company - Dynamics AX Testimonial

We recently sat down with Jack Arends, Director of Finance for Merit Solutions / Microsoft Dynamics AX client Georgia Nut Company, and asked him a couple questions related to his partnership with Merit Solutions, and the value they have received since implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX. See what Jack had to say!

Who is Georgia Nut Company? 

Georgian Nut Company is a food manufacturer of confection and snack items. Our capabilities include sugar shelling, panning, enrobing, roasting as well as packaging into form & fill bags, jars, and zip lock bags. Our manufacturing capacities are in excess of 50,000,000 pounds annually with packaging of individual bags / jars in excess of 125,000,000 units. Sales come from 4 distinct markets including industrial ingredients, contract manufacturing, private label, and bulk. We have 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 180,000 square distribution facility; employing 300 employees between the two facilities.

Continue reading "Georgia Nut Company - Dynamics AX Testimonial"

AXUG Webinar: Integrating Dynamics AX Into A “Hybrid” QMS Environment

Merit Solutions is proud to host the next webinar for the AXUG Life Sciences User Group: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics AX Into a "Hybrid" QMS Environment.

In many Life Sciences organizations, functions are spread across multiple business systems. For example, sales teams work in Salesforce.com, logistics works in Microsoft Dynamics AX, and quality tracks their documents in an external Quality Management or Document system.

Join us to learn about the pitfalls of this approach, and what the ideal integration strategies are for handling data that has multiple touch points, such as:

  • Items
  • Customers
  • And how these relate to Quality documents like ECOs, CAPAs, NCRs, and Complaint tracking

This event takes place on Wednesday, March 26th from 3pm-4pm EST.

This is an AXUG premium event, all premium members are invited to register.

Lean Principles in the Front Office

While lean started in manufacturing, the principles have widespread applicability even outside of the production facility. Many industries—including such non-manufacturing oriented fields as health care and finance—have adopted lean techniques to improve their cost structure, reduce errors and improve quality. Here are some ways that lean can improve front office procedures. Continue reading "Lean Principles in the Front Office"

Convergence 2014 Contest to Win a Microsoft Surface!

Merit Solutions has been very fortunate to work with a number of clients over the years who are truly improving the world we live in.

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals creates drug delivery technologies for central nervous system and neurology-based therapeutic drugs. United Way empowers disadvantaged people in communities all over the world. MannKind Corporation and Insulet Corporation are dramatically improving the lives of millions of people with Diabetes and Cancer. JobsOhio manages programs to attract and retain jobs in the State of Ohio. Stanley Steemer improves the quality and cleanliness of the work and home environments of people throughout North America. Stark Aerospace produces important security and defense products to keep communities safe from foreign and domestic threats.

You get the point.

At Merit Solutions, our goal - both as a company and as global citizens - is to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Working in business consulting and technology services affords us a tremendous opportunity to fulfill this goal with our customers - who offer a very high multiplication for our efforts. And we know our customers are far from the only companies and individuals that are having a positive impact on the world today.

As we come together for Convergence 2014, we are excited about the opportunity to meet some of the other truly great teams and people who make up the Microsoft Dynamics Community - and who have an active role in shaping the communities we live in.

The #MyImpact2014 contest is a creative way for Microsoft Convergence 2014 Atlanta attendees to showcase how they are improving the lives of those around them. Whether your organization is producing products or services that improve the quality of life for others; you are donating time, money, or goods to local groups; or you have improved the way tasks are done at home or in the office – we want to hear from you!

Learn more about the #MyImpact2014 Contest to win a Microsoft Surface!

Convergence 2014: AXUG Consumer Products Industry Lunch

Merit Solutions is proud to help form the AXUG Consumer Products (CPG) Special Interest Group (SIG), and to announce that we are sponsoring the initial networking lunch at Microsoft Convergence 2014.

This Consumer Products SIG lunch provides current users of Microsoft Dynamics AX in the CPG industry to come together and network, share challenges and best practices, and discuss potential solutions for specific business needs. And since this is a customer-only event, they can do all of this without fearing being "sold to" by any Microsoft Dynamics AX partners.

Space is limited for this event and registration is required to attend. Please only register if you will attend.

AXUG Consumer Products SIG Networking Lunch at Convergence 2014:
Thursday, March 6th
Dantanna's Downtown
12pm - 2pm

If interested, feel free to join the Consumer Products SIG Group on AXUG Collaborate to stay connected and up-to-date on future events.

The Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise

When people first learn about lean, they become excited by its simplicity and the exceptional benefits it brings. They mistakenly believe that because the concepts of lean are so simple that implementing it in a company should be equally simple, but that is rarely the case.

Becoming a lean organization is not a single step or even a finite undertaking such as a typical project. Lean is a process in and of itself. One of the fundamental principles of lean is Kaizen, or continuous improvement. The assumption is that no process will ever reach an ideal state, so it must always undergo improvement, and this principle holds true for organizations as well as all the manufacturing and business processes within it.

Continue reading "The Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise"