Author: MIE Solutions

January 25, 2019 MIE Solutions

MIE Trak Pro named a High Performer in the Winter 2019 Report by Real Users on G2 Crowd

 

Garden Grove, CA – January 23, 2019 – MIE Trak Pro has been identified as one of the best ERP systems, based on its high levels of customer satisfaction and likeliness to recommend ratings from real users on G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solutions review website.

 

It is a great honor to be named a High Performer by G2 Crowd. We want to thank our amazing customers for their support and feedback; it is our pleasure to provide excellent products and services” says MIE Solutions’ Digital Marketing Manager, DJ Westerfield.

 

MIE Trak Pro achieved High Performer on the Winter 2019 Report by receiving positive reviews, from verified users compared to similar products in the ERP Software category. For inclusion in the report a product must have received ten or more reviews. Currently, MIE Solutions has 46 reviews and we want to continue to ask our customers to provide feedback so that others can use G2 Crowd as an honest resource for their ERP search.

 

“Rankings on G2 Crowd reports are based on data provided to us by real users,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer, G2 Crowd. “We are excited to share the achievements of the products ranked on our site because they represent the voice of the user and offer terrific insights to potential buyers around the world.”

 

Learn more about what real users have to say (or leave your own review of MIE Trak Pro) on G2 Crowd’s MIE Trak Pro review page!

 

About G2 Crowd

G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solution review platform, leverages more than 381,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Business professionals, buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software and services based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Every month, more than one million people visit G2 Crowd’s site to gain unique insights.

January 21, 2019 MIE Solutions

MIE Solutions named a Market Leader in the Winter 2019 Customer Success Report

MIE Solutions is one of 26 Manufacturing ERP Software vendors to be named a Market Leader.

 

Garden Grove, CA – January 24, 2019 – MIE Solutions has been named a Market Leader in the Manufacturing ERP Software category for the Winter 2019 Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers – a leading customer success content marketing platform for B2B software & services.

FeaturedCustomers evaluated all the potential Manufacturing ERP Software companies on its platform for possible inclusion in the report. Only 26 companies met the criteria needed to be included in the Winter 2019 Report. MIE Solutions received an overall score of 92, earning a Market Leader award in the category.

The Customer Success Report is based on the curation of authenticated case studies, testimonials, and reviews from across the web, telling a complete story of vendors in the Manufacturing ERP Software space through real customer experiences.

The Market Leader designation is awarded to vendors with substantial customer base & market share. Highly rated by customers, MIE Solutions consistently publishes high quality customer success content and receives quality customer reviews from multiple third-party sites.

The full report, along with MIE Solutions’ profile, which includes detailed product scorecards is available for you to download here:

//www.featuredcustomers.com/vendor/mie-solutions

 

About MIE Solutions:

MIE Solutions offers a variety of innovative enterprise and cloud-based software products for integration of business data, allowing organizations to make informed decisions for streamlining their business processes, and resulting in maximum efficiency and immediate ROI. As the leading provider of production control software for the entire manufacturing sector, MIE Solutions uses advanced technology to help businesses improve their manufacturing productivity and quality of their products. MIE Solutions also offers product training, full product support, and on-site product implementation.

About FeaturedCustomers:

FeaturedCustomers, the world’s only customer reference platform for B2B business software & services, helps potential B2B buyers research and discover business software & services through vendor validated customer reference content such as customer testimonials, success stories, case studies, and customer videos. Every day their platform helps influence the purchasing decisions of thousands of B2B buyers in the final stages of their buying cycle from Fortune 500 companies to SMB’s. For more information, visit their website.

November 16, 2018 MIE Solutions

Post Fabtech

The MIE Solutions Team had a great time at FABTECH this year in Atlanta. We had the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the hum of machines around us, and meet with our amazing customers. It was great seeing our friends from EVS Metal, Diamond Eye Mfg, GH Metal Solutions, Westport Precision, Herman Reeves Sheet Metal, Evans Manufacturing, and many other amazing companies!

The show started off strong with our very own CFO and co-founder, Don Clutter, presenting on the importance of activity-based costing and estimating.

Last Thursday, the MIE Solutions team participated in the RUN4MFG 5K, which supports the future of manufacturing. It was a great time and we all enjoyed the physical activity. The next day, our team visited two elementary schools where we were able to donate the televisions that we in our booth at FABTECH.

Henderson Mill Elementary School and Hope-Hill Elementary School were both so appreciative of the donation and MIE Solutions was happy to learn that the televisions would come to good use at the schools.

Our team enjoyed having guests stop by to try their luck on our spin wheel and battle one-on-one in a game of Connect 4. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, then visit us at next year’s show in Chicago.

 

This year’s prizes included Amazon Fire Sticks and Amazon Echo Dots which were awarded to six lucky visitors. However, you still have a chance to win Bose SoundSport wireless headphones! All you have to do is follow us on any of our social pages and…

New Hires Announcement

MIE Solutions has been steadily growing over the last few years and we are proud of how our team has handled this growth. Of course, with growth comes new opportunities and this Fall we have posted openings for three different positions in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Come join our team!

Fall Awards Announcement

G2 Crowd – MIE Trak Pro achieved the “High Performer” status on the Grid Report for ERP Systems by receiving positive reviews from verified users compared to similar products in the ERP Systems category.

FrontRunners in ERP – We made it onto the FrontRunners quadrant for ERP Software for the third time in a row with SoftwareAdvice. This time, however, we made it as a top three ERP vendor! Out of over 150 ERP solutions, only 26 were selected as 2018 FrontRunners—MIE Trak Pro being one of them.

Inc. 5000 – We are happy to announce that MIE Solutions has been ranked No. 4507 with a three year revenue growth of 72% among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the 2nd year in a row! This accomplishment means a great deal to our team and we are thankful to both our customers and staff for making this possible.

OCBJ Fastest-Growing Private Companies – MIE Solutions has placed #32 on the Orange County Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies: Small Companies List. It is an honor to receive this recognition and we look to continue this growth in the coming years.

 

2019 Training Classes are now Available!

Don’t forget to sign up for the MIE Trak Pro training workshop to have your team up and running with MIE Trak by 2019. Register today by clicking any of the dates below.

January 14 – 16, 2019
Orange, CA

April 8 – 10, 2019
Orange, CA

July 15 – 17, 2019
Orange, CA

October 14 – 16, 2019
Orange, CA

 

December 19, 2017 MIE Solutions

MIE Solutions Scholarship Opportunity

For the 2018 Fall Semester, MIE Solutions will be offering a $500 scholarship to a student who writes a winning essay regarding their future career and educational objectives in computer science and/or computer engineering.

MIE Solutions is a leading provider of production control software for the entire manufacturing sector. Incorporating Quoting/Estimating, RFQ’s, Work Orders, Purchasing, MRP, Stock Control, Costing, Scheduling, Reporting, Optional Shop Floor Data Capture, Delivery Notes, Invoices and Accounting.

Requirements

We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in a 300-500 word essay about your college experience so far, or a Prezi/Powerpoint Presentation. Graphic or creative presentations are welcome as well.

 

Judging Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the scholarship to advance in their computer science & engineering, and an overall passion for knowledge.

Scholarship Dates and Submission

When: We are now accepting submissions.
Where: Please send your story to scholarships@mie-solutions.com
Deadline:The deadline for submitting essays is August 15, 2018.
You may send us your entry either as a link or attachment to your email. Include your name, mobile phone number and contact information in the email.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our scholarship contest, you must be: a legal US resident, and either a current (1) student at an accredited U.S.College or University, or (2) an undergraduate student who has applied or will apply to a U.S. College or University. Students with full academic scholarships are not eligible to enter this contest.

Proof of enrollment must be provided. We will accept digital scans of the following as a valid proof of enrollment via email attachment with your application:

Unofficial transcript (Applicant may need to submit by mail, an un-opened copy of official transcripts if elected as a finalist).
Letter from Admissions confirming deposit on school letterhead
Official enrollment verification form.
Acceptance letter on school letterhead.

Additionally, you must:
Verify you have read and understand the MIE Solutions School Scholarship requirements.
Submit a readable copy of your entry (only one entry per student is allowed).
Submit a clear headshot no smaller than 300 pixels (width) of yourself. The image file must be in the following format .PNG or .JPG.

Your application must be emailed no later than the August 15, 2018 deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by phone, email and/or U.S. mail after the judging has been completed.

Award Distribution

The $500 award will be paid to the winner by September 15, 2017. Students must provide proof of enrollment prior to disbursement of the award.

Use of Award Monies

The award winner understands and represents that the scholarship monies will be sent directly to the winner’s school and shall be used only for education-related purposes, such as tuition, books, etc.

Fine Print

Submissions: All content and creative work become the property of MIE Solutions upon submission and may be re-posted or displayed online or through any media channels, in whole or part, without notification. When you send email communications to MIE Solutions, its agents and/or representatives may retain those communications.

By submitting an application, the applicant grants MIE Solutions, its agents and/or representatives permission to post the applicant’s name, school or university, applicant’s photo, and the winning entry in the company’s website: www.mie-solutions.com and in other marketing platforms, including but not limited to blog, social media accounts, and related sites. The winning applicant also agrees to assist MIE Solutions and its agents with any tasks that the company deems reasonable or necessary to help with the above and other promotional activities.

December 5, 2017 MIE Solutions

Accounting software & ERP – Why your accounting software, alone, does not meet your manufacturing needs

 

 

Accounting software provides the tools to manage the financial aspects of your organization. This includes accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, profits, and losses. However, there are some key differences between an ERP system and your accounting system.

 

“Accounting” is loosely used to refer to the financial aspect of your business operations. Accounting software is just one module in some ERP systems.

 

accounting software and erp

 

An ERP system can include all the basic accounting software features and more. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning and is a system that monitors everything from the business’ financials to the tracking of tangible and intangible assets, such as:

 

  • Human resources
  • Materials
  • Working hours
  • Product life cycles
  • Customer relations.

 

These variables have an impact on your company’s finances, therefore, so they are essential to your accounting.

 

Outside of financial management, planning, and budgeting, ERP systems can provide integrations with your other business operations, such as quotingwork orderssales orders and purchasing. It can also provide analysis features and give insight analytics for continuous improvement. In short, an accounting software package shows you only the bottom line whereas an ERP system can show you how you reached the bottom line and which areas of your business operations are affecting costs, profits, losses, etc.

 

In MIE Trak Pro, you have instant access to your business information from anywhere, if you select our cloud-based option; login to check account receivables, payables, cash receipts, and more when you are away from the shop. Also, there is no need for double entry since the data goes straight from MIE Trak Pro right into MIE Trak Pro’s full featured accounting system or into other integrated accounting packages, like QuickBooks.

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.

 

November 21, 2017 MIE Solutions

When to Upgrade Your ERP Software

 

Upgrading your ERP software may have a large upfront cost; it may also be difficult to get your team on board, even if you know that upgrading your legacy software may yield long-term benefits.

People may resist upgrading a system because:

  • They feel that the system works fine the way it is
  • They may feel intimidated by having to learn a new software.
  • The possibility of “time lost” due to additional training
  • It may disrupt their workflow

The truth is, upgrades deliver improved functionality and features that can help you run your business in a leaner, more profitable way, and can take your business to the next level. Technology is constantly improving, and you should be performing regular audits to check that your system is working optimally for you – especially as your company grows.

 

 

So, how do you know when it is time for an upgrade?

 

You are noticing limited capabilities in your system

You need an ERP software that can scale with your growth. If your current software is out-of-date, you are not maximizing the benefits of what an ERP software system can offer you.

 

There is a lack of visibility

As technology evolves, new tools can help you view real-time analytics of your company’s performance. These analytics may include monitoring the status of a job and being able to see if you are on schedule to complete production. This should be visible to you and if this feature is not available with your current ERP software, then it’s time for an upgrade.

 

Your system is experiencing a rising number of technical issues

With an outdated or older ERP system, you can spend hours manually entering your data. There may also be glitches if your software is no longer supported; you may be missing out on critical updates and patches. For ERP software to run your company smoothly, it needs to be able to process data accurately and efficiently. If your software is crashing, then it is probably time for an upgrade.

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.

 

November 7, 2017 MIE Solutions

Kitting – What is it and why is it useful?

What is kitting?

Kitting is a method used by manufacturers to help manage their inventory and reduce the time-consuming task of gathering inventory and required components. Kitting is used to pre-package the necessary components for installation before sending them to the field and to pre-package before assembling a product together.

kitting

 

For example, if you have ever assembled a dresser or bed from Ikea, then you’re aware that it included all the nuts, bolts, and screws you needed and were nicely packaged together so they’d be easy to find. This is a form of kitting and we see this replicated inside many manufacturing facilities in order to streamline product assembly. Grouping separate, but related, components together as a customized kit greatly reduces material handling and processing to decreasing time used for assembly.

 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have a vertical product line?
  • Are you running into inventory shortages?
  • Are you trying to streamline your shop?

 

Kitting helps manufacturers reduce material handling time and improve workflow efficiency. Kitting has several advantages such as reducing the time it takes to process parts and reducing downtime in the production assembly line. Since your items are grouped together, you can focus on getting your production completed.

 

Also, there is better inventory control with kitting. Because you are assembling a kit in the beginning, shortages and quality control issues can be resolved prior to creating your kit. This provides less stocked items, reduces space costs and ensures that your critical parts are available.

 

Using an ERP system, like MIE Trak Pro, to manage your kitting gives you the advantage of reduced lead times and reduced WIP (Work In Progress); it also maximizes machine utilization because there is less interruption in production caused by shortages or lost parts.

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.

 

October 24, 2017 MIE Solutions

Finding Equilibrium Between Supply and Demand

 

How can we measure and track supply and demand? More importantly, how do we find equilibrium between the two?

 

Let’s start simple. Envision your company’s demand as the number of purchase orders you receive. This is the quantity consumers are willing to buy of your product based on its price point. For example, let’s assume a customer is willing to buy 20 chair legs at the price of $10 each.

 

Now, let’s consider supply. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of economics, supply is simply the amount of product you are willing to supply to the market based on a certain price you will be receiving from selling that product. For example, you’re willing to produce 40 chair legs at $10 per leg; however, your customer is only willing to buy 20 at a price of $10 per leg.

 

Now we can talk about equilibrium. What’s the problem here? Your customer feels that the price is too high, lowering the number of chair legs they’re willing to purchase. If neither party is willing to budge (because your overhead is too high, or your customer cannot afford to pay more), then an equilibrium will not be reached

 

Does this sound like you?

  • Your prices are higher due to a lack of efficiency in your production process.
  • Too many hours are spent manually estimating jobs and searching through inventory instead of completing production.
  • Machines are not working as efficiently as they should because there is too much idle time between jobs.

 

To drive down production costs, it’s important to increase efficiency. An ERP system, like MIE Trak Pro, allows manufacturers to automate processes that take too much time when performed manually. Automating processes – like estimating, quoting, and job tracking using MIE Trak Pro – saves both time and money. After increasing your efficiency, you will be able to produce more chair legs at a lower cost; this allows you to price your chair legs more competitively. This way, you can meet your customer’s demand and you can make a profit!

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.

 

October 10, 2017 MIE Solutions

Cycle Counting – What is it and how can it help you maintain accurate inventory quantities?

 

 

Does this sound like you?

  • When you need to count inventory, you perform a physical count and manually enter the count into an Excel spreadsheet or paper worksheet
  • You often run out of inventory
  • You sometimes order too much
  • When you need to produce a part, you go out to the shop floor and physically see if you have the needed material(s)

 

How can you make your warehouse more efficient, thus saving your employees time and saving you money in the long run?

 

Cycle Counting works by creating an inventory auditing procedure, which falls under inventory management, where a small subset of inventory, in a specific location, is counted on a specified day.

 

For example, rather than counting large amounts of inventory every day (or week), you audit your inventory to be counted on certain days, for certain products and maintain an ongoing count. The automated creation of the inventory audit list will streamline this process.

 

Benefits of cycle counting include:

  • Reducing the number of write-offs
  • Limiting the amount of disruption within your warehouse
  • Increasing your confidence in buying decisions
  • Decreasing discrepancies in your warehouse/on your shop floor

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.

 

 

September 26, 2017 MIE Solutions

Guide to ERP Selection (Part 2)

 

Last week’s Quick Tip identified your needs, identified parameters, and created your team. We are here again to give you some more tips on ERP Selection.

Now that you have done your prep work, you are now ready to view demos.

Having that hands-on experience allows you to get a feel for the software in which you are investing. Have a team of representatives sit in on the demo and ask the ERP company to plug in some of your company’s data so you can see your machines, employees, parts, and inventory in action. That should be a good indication of compatibility.

 

When you do choose the software, implement comfortably

Implement at a pace that is best for your business. Work with customer service (or the assigned project manager) to help you choose the best plan of implementation. Put aside dedicated time for decision-making and the implementation process.

 

Train yourself and others

You need to make sure that you and your employees are confident using the system to run your processes. Training classes, customer support, and FAQs are great resources and it is highly recommended to utilize each, when necessary.

 

During implementation, you should measure and observe the system

Never stop evaluating. See what is working and what is not and aim for optimization!

 

 

Watch for red flags

If something isn’t working as expected, reach out to your software provider’s customer support to see if the issue can be fixed or adapted. Don’t be afraid to “cut the cord” when there is nothing that can be done about the issue. If the system is not living up to what was promised during the demo phase, it may be best to explore new options.

 

MIE Solutions provides an enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers called MIE Trak Pro. MIE Trak Pro has been chosen as Gartner’s 2017 Leader in Manufacturing Software and Gartner’s 2017 Contender in ERP Software.