Mark Canes, Author at Blue Link

About Mark Canes

CA-IT, president of Blue Link Associates Limited, and a confirmed soccer fanatic

Cost Benefit Analysis for Business Process Automation

Having previously discussed the concept of business process automation (“BPA”) and how to identify bottlenecks that BPA can potentially resolve, let’s now turn our attention to the costs of implementing BPA, and the cost versus benefits[...]
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Business Process Automation – Identifying Bottlenecks

Building on the previous blog post about Business Process Automation (“BPA”), let’s now explore some ideas on how to identify processes that could (or should) be automated, and also how to evaluate the potential benefits of doing so. [...]
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Business Process Automation – is it for you?

If you work for a large organization, chances are that you’re quite familiar with the concept of Business Process Automation (“BPA”). However, many smaller businesses may have heard the expression but are either not sure what it exactly [...]
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Simplest Way to Maximize Return on ERP Software Investment

When investigating a possible ERP Software purchase, some companies try to use the anticipated return on investment (“ROI”) as a tool to justify the project, select a vendor, and / or measure the project’s success. One sees this more wit[...]
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RDP and the Cloud

What is RDP? RDP stands for “Remote Desktop Protocol”. Sounds complex, but it’s not. It’s a Microsoft licensed technology that’s available for a large range of computers, tablets and other devices, including most Windows and [...]
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3 Traps to Avoid When Implementing ERP Software

When implementing a new ERP Software System in your business, you’re probably (hopefully) looking to achieve improvements in productivity, information flow and business intelligence. Here are three traps that many companies fall into during the i[...]
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Bookkeepers and Accounting ERP Software can help keep an Owner’s Mind on Growing the Business

As any business owner will tell you, there is no such thing as a traditional ‘9-5’ work day, as working hours extend far beyond into the evenings and weekends. In most start-ups and small businesses, the available resources are slim at best, and the o[...]
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6 Costly Software Selection Mistakes

For many wholesale and distribution companies, replacing internal inventory and accounting ERP software is like going to the dentist; necessary, but potentially painful. Even for those businesses who consider the software purchase as a strategic investmen[...]
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SaaS and On-Premises Software Disaster Recovery Plan

You can’t predict when your offices will experience an event such as a power failure or a bigger disaster, such as flooding, however you can protect it to minimize the damages that can occur as a result of such a situation. Many companies rely on th[...]
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3 Trends Driving Growth in the Wholesale/Distribution Industry

Distribution businesses have become increasingly complex with ample opportunities to serve many different customers globally. In the United States alone, wholesale/distributor sales equal approximately $3.2 trillion, which also accounts for roughly 7% of [...]
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Blue Link ERP – Product Spotlight Video

News Release: Blue Link speaks with TechnologyAdvice.com about Blue Link’s Inventory and Accounting ERP software. The following summary post is from TechnologyAdvice.com, a website that provides reviews and rankings of business software, includi[...]
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Beware the RFP When Evaluating Wholesale Software

You may have heard the term RFP before used in a business setting, or perhaps your company has even considered issuing one.  For those unfamiliar with the term, RFP stands for “Request For Proposal” and according to Wikipedia is “a solicitation, of[...]
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Which food distribution software do you need?

Over the years we have had discussions with many companies in the food wholesale and distribution industry who were looking for software suitable for their business.  Most of these companies were looking for capabilities which are commonplace in many fo[...]
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Reduce Bad Data with Accounting ERP Software

Accounting processes are an integral part of business management and include managing your company’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger and dealing with banking.  Depending on the size and sophistication of your business, you may be a[...]
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Inventory Management Techniques: Cycle Counting

Cycle counting often comes up in discussions surrounding proper inventory management, but what does it mean and how do you incorporate it into your business processes? In this article I’ll attempt to demystify the term and further explain how regular[...]
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