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How Digital Solutions Help You Reach Customers in Times of Need

Some business disruptions can be planned for— material shortages, natural disasters, compliance or fulfillment roadblocks. But what about the obstacles we don’t see coming? The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every business in the world in some way or another, and in the face of such an unprecedented global crisis, many are […]

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8 Benefits of Digital Transformation Done Right

Manufacturing is a complex industry, and with growing competition, connecting with your customers is more important than ever before.  But it’s no small challenge to create a completely seamless experience – especially if you rely on dealers, distributors or other partners to be the biggest ambassadors of your brand.  Finding the Right Strategic Partner Forrester […]

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Did We Plan for This? A Look at B2B eCommerce Disaster Planning

Do we have a disaster preparedness plan for this? Can we stop our customers from hoarding product? What can we do today? Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the answers to these questions are now needed for B2B businesses, especially those who depend on eCommerce for their day-to-day activities. Though we hope this COVID-19 outbreak will pass […]

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Digital Transformation: 6 Common Challenges for Manufacturers

More customer expectations. More data. More connected devices.   It’s all increasing rapidly, driving the need for digital transformation. But while most manufacturers acknowledge the importance of this transformation, over the past few years only 5% of executives have been happy with their current digital strategies (Forbes).   Why Manufacturing Is Different  The standard definition of digital transformation […]

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[Analyst Study] 114% ROI for Manufacturers Working with Perficient

In the manufacturing industry, partner ecosystems create unique efficiencies for reaching and serving customers. But they can also create unique complexities – especially when it comes to customer data and digital experiences.   According to Forrester, 71% of buyers choose a dealer, distributor or other partners after a digital-only journey. That means it’s more important than […]

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[Guide] 6 B2B Predictions for Manufacturers in 2020

“In 2020, the number of B2B marketing leaders who say their companies organize to support customer journeys will jump from 18% to 48%.” (Forrester Predictions 2020) A decade ago, B2B marketing was in a state of flux. Content marketing was on the rise, but marketers were still trying to convince their bosses that it could […]

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Captive Financing Increases Customer Loyalty and Business Value

Previously, I highlighted customer relationships and generating income with captive financing. This post analyzes value creation and how to get started with captive financing in your business. Value Creation With manufacturer-provided financing, transactions can be closed that might have been otherwise delayed while customers sought third-party funding. With superior knowledge of the equipment and its […]

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Increase Customer Loyalty and Business Value with Captive Financing

While countless companies specialize in financing equipment acquisitions for customers, there is a growing trend for manufacturers to provide such financial services themselves. Of all manufacturers who offer a captive financing option to their customers, 67% expect equipment financing will increase as a percentage of their manufacturer sales. There are numerous reasons for the growth […]

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Cloud Procurement Approval Management

Cloud Procurement offers a new interface defining approval workflow for Requisitions, Purchase Documents (Order, Blanket, Contract) and Supplier Management. Approval rules are managed in a user friendly interface that integrates back-end Business Process Management (BPM) while keeping a logical and complete setup in front of the user. While relatively simple to define rules in Approval […]

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Install, Configure, Deploy FileNet P8 using Ansible

Here is something I’m working on at Perficient to make installing/upgrading, configuring, and deploying IBM FileNet P8 more efficient. It even creates a Domain, and Object Store. All using Ansible. If your organization is looking to implement something like this in your environment, give Perficient a call. We’ll be happy to assist.    For […]

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Agile Street Smarts – Creating High Performance Teams

What does it take to create a lean, mean project machine? Many have wrestled with this in the past. How do you get your teams to perform at optimal levels? SEMPERFI Support don’t smother, Empower and trust, Motivate , Put forth – communicate, Energize, Release – deliver, Fail fast, Iterate   Turns out, Marine Seal […]

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Executives and Cloud – Perfect Alignment

In today’s “digital everything” world with all the confusing jargon around the subject of “cloud”, it is easy to miss the point of why cloud technology is important. In this blog, I hope to remind the reader about some cloud basics. The reference to cloud in this blog is a more broadly defined definition of […]

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Kali Project Encryption and Isolation Using Vagrant and BitLocker

Imagine that you work on different engagements or projects in which Kali Linux is one of your primary tools.  Furthermore, maybe you also have the need to keep the data for each of those projects isolated from the others – in other words, you need to avoid cross-contamination between your projects.  In this article I […]

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Oracle Cloud PPM Rapid Install – “Why Bother?”

Introduction In this installment, I will discuss a few key takeaways of the PPM Rapid Install sheet. The PPM Rapid Installation is very helpful in getting an environment up very quickly. It also provides a structure in capturing configuration data. Depending on which features are suited, and selected, for your company, the sheet will enable […]

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Invoice formats- Oracle Projects Considerations Part 7

What is a Project Billing Invoice Format? The Oracle projects billing invoice formats determine how invoice lines can be displayed on invoices. Implementers define the width of columns and different data types to appear. Invoice formats also allow free-form text. These details are used in Receivables for invoice accounting and presentment to the customer. Are […]

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Project Statuses-Oracle Projects Considerations Part 8

What Are Project Statuses? Statuses can control the “life-cycles” of projects, project resource requirements, and people. New statuses can be created for the above objects. Out of the Box Project Statuses Project Statuses include predefined statuses for the following objects: Projects – a project’s current state, for example Open, Closed, or Approved Requirements – The […]

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1-2-3 Channel Checklist for Manufacturers

Many manufacturers go to market through an indirect sales channel, such as a network of independent distributors, dealers or other partners. If you fit into this category, you know it’s important to continually evolve and evaluate relationships with your partners. 3 Dimensions of Success For any given indirect sales channel, there are three primary dimensions […]

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Headless Commerce with Adobe: Enterprise-Level CX

Businesses are constantly looking for new ways to provide elevated customer experiences while using technology to support both internal and external operations. They want to innovate and scale their efforts quickly, without process disruptions or data jeopardization. That’s why more and more organizations are turning to a “headless” commerce approach to connect content touchpoints across […]

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