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Enterprise Resource Planning

At Brewington Exec Group we bring a high level of implementation experience in the areas of PeopleSoft, Workday, Oracle, and ServiceNow. Our ERP Consult Team experience spans across 25 plus years of being onsite and working remotely with fortune 50 – 1000 clients.  Providing exceptional service in ERP allows us to successfully integrate the management of main business processes, often in real-time and mediated by software and technology. Our suite of integrated applications—that our clients’ can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities. The level of technology has advanced tremendously leaving you the customer with more options in the areas of local-based or Cloud-based implementations within a suite of tailored applications suited for your business needs. 

Our Goal at Brewington Exec Group is to streamline our clients’ processes 

We start by providing our clients an integrated and continuously updated view of core business processes using common databases maintained by a database management system. Tracking business resources—cash, raw materials, production capacity—and the status of business commitments: orders, purchase orders, and payroll. The applications that make up the system share data across various departments (manufacturing, purchasing, sales, accounting, etc.) that provide the data. Establishing faster ways to facilitate that information flow between all business functions while managing connections to outside stakeholders will expedite business processes thus saving time and resources. For more information connect with one of our SME’s today! 

What areas can benefit from using Enterprise Resource Planning 

At Brewington Exec Group our SMEs are able to implement a suite of modules based on our client needs and requirements in the areas of these functional areas. 

ERP modules: 

  • Financial accounting: general ledger, fixed assets, payables including vouchering, matching and payment, receivables and collections, cash management, financial consolidation
  • Management accounting: budgeting, costing, cost management, activity-based costing
  • Human resources: recruiting, training, rostering, payroll, benefits, retirement, and pension plans, diversity management, retirement, separation
  • Manufacturing: Engineering, bill of materials, work orders, scheduling, capacity, workflow management, quality control, manufacturing process, manufacturing projects, manufacturing flow, product life cycle management
  • Order processing: order to cash, order entry, credit checking, pricing, available to promise, inventory, shipping, sales analysis, and reporting, sales commissioning
  • Supply chain management: supply chain planning, supplier scheduling, product configurator, order to cash, purchasing, inventory, claim processing, warehousing (receiving, putaway, picking, and packing)
  • Project management: project planning, resource planning, project costing, work breakdown structure, billing, time and expense, performance units, activity management
  • Customer relationship management (CRM): sales and marketing, commissions, service, customer contact, call center support – CRM systems are not always considered part of ERP systems but rather business support systems (BSS)
  • Data services: various "self–service" interfaces for customers, suppliers, and/or employees
  • Management of schools and educational institutes. 
What are the Advantages

The team at Brewington Exec Group has been around the block a few times and what is most noticeable is that the integration of a myriad of business processes saves time and expense. Management can make decisions faster and with fewer errors. Data becomes visible across the entire organization. A checklist of Tasks that benefit from this integration include:

  • Sales forecasting, which allows inventory optimization.
  • Chronological history of every transaction through relevant data compilation in every area of operation.
  • Order tracking, from acceptance through fulfillment
  • Revenue tracking, from invoice through cash receipt
  • Matching purchase orders (what was ordered), inventory receipts (what arrived), and costing (what the vendor invoiced) 
Implementing ERP systems centralize business data, which: 
  • Eliminates the need to synchronize changes between multiple systems—consolidation of finance, marketing, sales, human resource, and manufacturing applications.
  • Brings legitimacy and transparency to each bit of statistical data
  • Facilitates standard product naming/coding
  • Provides a comprehensive enterprise view (no "islands of information"), making real-time information available to management anywhere, anytime to make proper decisions
  • Protects sensitive data by consolidating multiple security systems into a single structure. 
What are the Benefits 

One question we like to ask our clients at Brewington Exec Group is would you like to run an agile company that adapts better to change? 

Our clients benefit from being more flexible and less rigidly structured, so their organization components operate more cohesively, enhancing the business—internally and externally.

Improving data security in a closed environment. A common control system, such as the kind offered by implementing an ERP system, allows our clients the ability to more easily ensure key company data is not compromised. This changes, however, with a more open environment, requiring further scrutiny of ERP security features and internal company policies regarding security. 

Our ERP services provide increased opportunities for collaboration 

Data takes many forms in the modern enterprise, including documents, files, forms, audio and video, and emails. Often, each data medium has its own mechanism for allowing collaboration. Once implemented ERP provides a collaborative platform that lets employees spend more time collaborating on content rather than mastering the learning curve of communicating in various formats across distributed systems. 

Can you see your company benefiting from the standardization of common processes 

If so, how about one integrated system, standardized reporting, improved key performance indicators (KPI), and access to common data. 

One of the key benefits of ERP

The concept of an integrated system is often misinterpreted by the business. We like to think of it as a centralized system that provides tight integration with all major enterprise functions be it HR, planning, procurement, sales, customer relations, finance, or analytics, as well as other connected application functions. In that sense, we like to think of ERP as "Centralized Integrated Enterprise System (CIES)"

You saw the good in implementing ERP! Now here’s the Disadvantages 
  • Customization can be problematic. Compared to the best-of-breed approach, ERP can be seen as meeting an organization's lowest common denominator needs, forcing the organization to find workarounds to meet unique demands.
  • Re-engineering business processes to fit the ERP system may damage competitiveness or divert focus from other critical activities.
  • ERP can cost more than less integrated or less comprehensive solutions.
  • High ERP switching costs can increase the ERP vendor's negotiating power, which can increase support, maintenance, and upgrade expenses.
  • Overcoming resistance to sharing sensitive information between departments can divert management attention.
  • Integration of truly independent businesses can create unnecessary dependencies.
  • Extensive training requirements take resources from daily operations.
  • Harmonization of ERP systems can be a mammoth task (especially for big companies) and requires a lot of time, planning, and money.
  • Critical challenges include disbanding the project team very quickly after implementation, interface issues, lack of proper testing, time zone limitations, stress, offshoring, people's resistance to change, a short hyper-care period, and data cleansing. 
Critical Success Factors are KEY to implementing it right the first time 

Critical success factors are a limited number of areas in which results, if satisfactory, will ensure the organization’s successful competitive performance. The CSF method has helped organizations specify their own critical information needs. Achieving satisfactory results in the key areas of critical success factors can ensure competitive advantage leading to improved organizational performance and overcoming the challenges faced by organizations. Critical success factors' theoretical foundation was improved upon, verified, and validated by several researchers, which underscored the importance of CSFs and their application to ERP project implementations. 

The application of critical success factors can prevent organizations from making costly mistakes, and the effective usage of CSFs can ensure project success and reduce failures during project implementations. Some of the important critical success factors related to ERP projects are: Know your data, longer and more integrated testing, utilization of the right people, longer stabilization period (hyper-care), clear communication, early buy-in from business, having a Lean-Agile program, less customization, ERP projects must be business-driven and not IT-driven.

James Harvey
James Harvey
Randy Brewington is the very definition of an entrepreneur. I know very few people with his drive, thirst for success, and comprehensive knowledge of creating opportunities. Randy is a recruiting industry expert that brings strategic insight and leadership, which are instrumental to his success. He also posses a rare set of skills and experiences that span some of the most challenging industries in the talent acquisition field, including: metrics creation/management, strategic sourcing, and recruiting implementation. Randy brings all this together both professionally and personally with a human touch that is second to none. If you are presented with an opportunity to work with Randy – grab it!
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Steve White
Diversity Resource Staffing Inc.
Working with Randy always brings great results. I have gone to him on many occasions to assist me in filling some pretty difficult specialty positions and Randy has always provided strong quality candidates. He is reliable and great to work with.
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Jennifer Coggins
Coggins Technical Associates
Randy is a wonderful Business Partner when it comes to JD Edwards and PeopleSoft he knows your skillset well and exacly how to place you before Clients where you can be of service to them and be happy. I've worked with Randy's Agency Arion Systems I would say since 2004 ocassionally when I was seeking Contracts. Randy would say this is for Jennifer and he would start looking for me because I'm one that will travel. I would say our latest venture is gathering development work GAAP Analysis on a Project together with 100 Black Business Men of Atlanta, Georgia. We talked about this in 2009 now 2010 is here and we are reaching out to the Communities in Georgia to be of service in the HCM Human Capital Managment area for these business men as well as creating work for the communities within Greater Atlanta, Georgia. So Randy Brewington at Arion Systems comes highly recommended. Jennifer Coggins-Kraus - CEO and Software Application Specialist.


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