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Anne Mulvenna

The 2019 Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) features Genius ERP!

Genius ERP: ready out-of-the-box for custom manufacturing.

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has published its Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide and Genius ERP is one of the solutions featured in the guide!


If you are a small business in the market for an ERP, TEC’s Buyer’s Guide will help guide you through the decision making process and assist you in picking the right ERP for your small business.


“A carefully selected ERP software system will cover all the core features a business needs as it changes and grows. The most meaningful differentiators in the current ERP software landscape are therefore industry specific functionality.” Finding an ERP built for your industry, that includes the features that speak to your unique business processes, is paramount according to TEC.

Thorough research of the ERP landscape will help you to become familiar with the providers out there, and will let you narrow down ERP vendors until you find the one that is best suited to your needs.


The right ERP will support your business’s growth for years to come. According to TEC, the number one reason businesses large or small cited for implementing an ERP is to support business growth and expansion, followed by the need to optimize production and reduce operational costs.


But as TEC points out small businesses are particularly in need of help from an ERP because “smaller businesses more often experience an inability to sustain their operations with their current systems—when the patchwork of applications and huge efforts undertaken by staff are no longer helping the business, and may, in fact, be hurting it.

This is likely the case if a company has already tried numerous process fixes to keep up with growth, but still finds it increasingly difficult to maintain its operations.”


Finding the right ERP for your small business will alleviate these problems and patchwork fixes. With an ERP built specifically for your industry and business, you will be able to take advantage of one easy-to-use integrated solution that can support all of your business processes and help propel your company forward, and enable your business to grow and thrive.


REELEX Case Study

In the casebook section of TEC’s Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide, you can learn how Genius ERP, built specifically for the manufacturing industry, helped Reelex Packaging Solutions support their growing business and move their company into the 21st century.


REELEX, makers of the REELEX system, which has become the industry standard for packaging most types telecommunications cable, needed an ERP system for its high volume production runs, one that could handle the company’s custom packaging machine manufacturing, as well as services.


The Challenge

REELEX realized that they needed an ERP system if they were going to continue to grow.


“When we started getting busier, we ran into issues where we forgot to place an order and we didn’t have a good feel for lead times,” explained Tim Copp, REELEX’s vice president of business development. “We realized we had to get a handle on all of the structure around production.”


The Solution

With Genius ERP was up and running in their shop, REELEX and its team—which includes electrical and mechanical engineers, designers, CAD and electronics technicians, welders, painters, and field technicians—were able to improve production planning by tracking projects and identifying products that weren’t being completed on time.

Genius ERP also gave them the ability to easily share all information related to each job project throughout the entire company—something they had never been able to do before.

With Genius ERP, REELEX is able to receive work orders and immediately account for how long it will take to complete that specific order, the cost associated to it, and—as a result—how much to charge based on these factors.

REELEX also now avoids material and long-lead item shortages while optimizing purchasing for a rolling stock of goods. “Genius has helped us organize and track where parts are in the stockroom,” said Tim Copp. “It has been, in some ways, life-changing for the company, and has helped bring us into the 21st century."


To learn more about our solutions and how Genius ERP can help small- to mid-sized manufacturers like yourself, check out the TEC 2019 Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide.


About the TEC 2019 Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide

Your business is growing fast. That’s good news, right? While you have the necessary talent and the incoming revenue to succeed in your industry, you find that your operations activities are less than optimal. It’s becoming more and more cumbersome to complete processes and produce and deliver the products and services your customers have come to expect.

The use of spreadsheets and legacy systems leads to duplicate manual entries and silos in communication between different departments, creating customer data inconsistencies and delays in processing orders and requests, among other inefficiencies. The end result is an increased risk of compromising delivery and customer satisfaction.

Is it time to think about replacing your homegrown systems? While new technologies will give you the edge, you have neither the capital to invest in a cross-company software system, nor the infrastructure and information technology (IT) team to install, manage, and support it. What are your options?

The TEC 2019 Cloud ERP for Small Business Buyer’s Guide was written just for you. It reviews how an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system hosted in the cloud can help you, and other small to medium businesses (SMBs) like yours, address inefficiencies. A cloud ERP system can help you streamline your business processes, facilitate communication across departments, and increase visibility throughout your supply chain—so you can successfully compete in your target industry.

The guide lists the key players on the market and the main cloud ERP software systems available for SMBs. It also allows you to compare the functionality features of the different systems, side by side, and read real-life customer success stories of how various organizations have reaped benefits from adopting a cloud ERP software system to run their business.


About Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC)

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is the world’s leading provider of software selection resources, services, and research materials, helping organizations evaluate and select the best enterprise software for their needs. With its advanced decision-making process and software selection experts, TEC reduces the time, cost, and risk associated with enterprise software selection.

Over 3.5 million subscribers leverage TEC’s extensive research and detailed information on more than 1,000 leading software solutions across all major application areas. TEC is recognized as an industry-leading software selection advisory firm offering resources and services both online and onsite. For more information, please visit www.technologyevaluation.com.


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