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DiCentral Employees Donate Over 4200 Pounds of Food to Houston Food Bank


The DiCentral November food drive was a huge success! During the past month, employees at DiCentral headquarters in Houston donated 7,107 items for a total of 4,230 pounds of food. In fact, so much was donated that a U-Haul trailer and a full-size pickupboth loaded to the maxwere needed to transport the food to the Houston Food Bank distribution center! Great job, DiCentral team! Because of your efforts, together with the Houston Food Bank, hundreds of less fortunate Houstonians will have meals for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Webinars — Available On Demand or Live


DiCentral now offers DiCentral Webinar ERP webinars that can be watched on demand—that means that no matter what time zone you're in or what your schedule is, there's a helpful and instructional video waiting for you. Currently, we offer ten different on-demand webinars, including webinars on popular ERP systems from SAP, Microsoft, and Sage.

Additionally, for a more in-depth learning experience, DiCentral offers weekly live webinars on topics ranging from the ins and outs of web EDI to ERP data integration.

To find out more about what we offer, simply click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Heard About DiCentral's Cloud-Based Warehouse Management System?


Designed for growing companies, DiCentral's cloud-based inventory and warehouse management system, SmartTurn, automates manual-based processes from purchasing to shipping, so complete visibility and control is a mouse click away.

Processed through one centralized system, the solution's online inventory control provides companies with real-time visibility and control into the movement of inventory across multiple warehouses or within a single location.

SmartTurn provides users with:

  • Purchasing—Integrate purchasing DiCentral SmartTurn WMS warehousewith your inventory control to reduce unwanted carrying costs and data entry errors.
  • Receiving & Put-Away—Accelerate the receiving and put-away process of goods from the shipping dock to preferred locations faster with less work.
  • Inventory Control—Provide real-time management information on the quantity, location, status, and history of every inventory item within the warehouse.
  • Order Fulfillment—Enables companies to commit to more orders and increase profits without increasing the cost of doing business.
  • Shipping—Integrates picking and shipping operations to streamline processes and manage cost.
  • Integration—SmartTurn integrates inventory and warehouse processes with leading accounting software applications.
  • Mobile Computing—Enables warehouse operators to have real-time inventory visibility and control while moving freely across the warehouse floor.

For an in-depth review of SmartTurn, click here to watch a video demonstration.

To receive more information about DiCentral's cloud-based offerings for inventory and warehouse management, or to get in touch with a product specialist, simply call or email.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

Ted Baker Underpins International Expansion with Microsoft Dynamics ERP Rollout


British lifestyle brand Ted Baker deploys Microsoft Dynamics AX to bolster its global expansion plans and increase competitive advantage in the UK and abroad.

Microsoft said its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology will enable the business to enhance the efficiency of its people and processes, by automating and better streamlining operations from stock and warehouse management, to financial and resourcing systems, right through to production.

Ted Baker needed an ERP platformTed Baker Microsoft Dynamics AX DiCentral that could better support business growth for the next 10 to 15 years by improving reporting, facilitating better regulatory compliance, reducing duplication and ensuring information is easily available across the organization. A key challenge for Ted Baker is having the right technology to underpin the future business.

The brand began life in 1988 as a specialist shirt shop in Glasgow and is now one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands distributing across five continents through brick-and-mortar stores, retail concessions, localised e-commerce sites, wholesale, export, and licensing. It is a truly international brand with 362 stores and concessions worldwide.

Craig Smith, brand communication director for Ted Baker, said: “We have a very clear vision and ambition for our business, and it was important we worked with a vendor that had the right cultural fit as well as powerful technology. Microsoft’s brand aligns very closely with our core principles, and Dynamics AX is a highly robust, reliable ERP system.”

The Dynamics AX implementation has already begun and the first pilot deployment is expected to go live in early 2015, with other geographies following soon after.

Dustan Steer, IT director for Ted Baker, adds: “The Dynamics AX deployment, with strong support services from Microsoft, will enable us to equip the business with the right tools and processes to streamline our operations and reduce people-intensive activities. Dynamics AX will give us the ability to better anticipate and embrace change and support future global growth.”

This article excerpt, by Tim Brown, orginially appeared here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

DiCentral Establishes New APAC Office in Tokyo


DiCentral is thrilled to announce the establishment of a new Asia Pacific (APAC) office in Tokyo, Japan, to be led by Mitsu Toyoda, DiCentral country manager for Japan. Mr. Toyoda, an enterprise and supply chain veteran, will be responsible for all sales, marketing, services, and partner relationships in the region. The opening of this office reflects the importance of APAC in serving the needs of the company's growing global customer base and builds on the continued expansion of DiCentral's operations in the Americas and Europe.

"The creation of our new APAC office demonstrates our strong commitment to better serve our rapidly growing client base, and will enable us to more effectively capitalize on global market opportunities," says Thuy Mai, founder and CEO of DiCentral. "Building on our already strong relationships with several companies with large APAC operations, this expansion, under the capable leadership of Mitsu Toyoda, provides the foundation for further success with these clients and prospective clients in the region. Our operational infrastructure now mirrors the truly global nature of our platform, which is a single-instance, multi-language application that addresses the needs of all stakeholders across all locations in an extended, worldwide service network."

The new office will provide direct sales and support for DiCentral's customers in retail, manufacturing and other vertical markets from Tokyo to Hong Kong/China and Vietnam.

"Globalization and competitive pressures are forcing leading companies to differentiate themselves not only on product strengths, but more importantly on the quality of the service they deliver after the initial product sale," says Toyoda. "This evolving market dynamic is driving leading companies to search for technology platforms that can quickly and dramatically improve worldwide service operations. DiCentral's proven track record of delivering dramatic value through global deployments with 100% referenceable, market-leading clients, coupled with the global reach of our company—which now has local presence in every major region of the world—uniquely positions us to meet this critical need."

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Named 2014 Green Supply Chain Award Winner by SDCExec


DiCentral is proud to announce that the company has been selected by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as one of this year's recipients of the coveted Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2014 Green Supply Chain Award, highlighting companies that stand out for their projects to incorporate sustainability objectives into their own supply chains or to enable sustainability in their customers' supply chains.
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Utilizing renewable energy, minimizing waste and maximizing facility and solutions lifespans are all components that leading companies in supply chain increasingly enforce. This year's seventh annual awards recognize small, mid-size and large enterprises that leveraged green practices and solutions to further drive sustainable improvements in their supply chain.

"Leading companies recognize that initiating sustainable practices in their supply chain processes is key towards driving their competitive edge in today's still-volatile economy," says Barry Hochfelder, editor, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. "This has been increasingly evident over the past few years and is relatively clear with the large number of entries we received this year—almost 200—for our annual green awards. The increased adoption of green best practices and strategies will only continue to grow."

Growing consumer awareness and demand, government regulations and corporate business responsibility are among a few of the many drivers leading more companies today to incorporate green practices within their business.

"Sustainability and global consciousness are everyone's responsibilities," says Thuy Mai, CEO for DiCentral. "To be recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a Green Supply Chain Leader for the second year in a row is truly rewarding and a testament to the efforts put forth by the entire DiCentral team and our strong network of blue chip clients and partners. We look forward to continuing this healthy and important trend as we close out 2014 and move well into the future."

For a complete listing of the 2014 Green Supply Chain Award winners, visit

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

DiCentral Oracle Team Exhibiting at SCUG Q4 Meeting Tomorrow!


We hope you join the DiCentral Oracle team at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry for another great quarterly meeting of JD Edwards-focused education and round table sessions for Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, HR/Payroll, Public Sector, Technical/Upgrades, and Real Estate!

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Session topics include:

  • Oracle online learning library
  • Oracle OBIEE
  • Advanced pricing
  • Project accounting
  • Cloud and data management, data quality
  • JDE fulfillment manager for prioritizing customer orders and managing inventory allocation
  • Inventive customer devised solutions to JD Edwards problems using in-house tools in a Microsoft Shop
  • Tools 9.1.4
  • Supply chain mobile solutions
  • Oracle's new rental management (equipment) module

In addition there's a great line-up of Oracle and Oracle Certified Business Partners at the Vendor Exhibitor Hall where you can speak with Oracle directly and get introduced to products and services built specifically for your JD Edwards product lines with the Certified Business Partners at the event!

Come meet the SCUG Board and many other JDE customers from the So Cal Region to share ideas, discuss issues, and make new JDE friends.

We hope to see you there!

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral


9 Tips for Selecting and Implementing an ERP System


Selecting the right ERP system for your organization, and then creating a successful implementation plan, can be a complex and arduous undertaking. Thankfully, though, it doesn't have to be. Check out the following article excerpt written by Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, business and technology writer for, on how to best choose and deploy ERP software.

Deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is an expensive proposition, not just in terms of licensing dollars (SLA) and maintenance, but in terms of dedicated resources and time. And yet all too often, organizations, dazzled by vendor promises and hype, fail to come up with a viable long-term (or even short-term) roadmap.

Here are nine tips on how to choose an ERP software solution and successfully deploy it.

1. Get upper management support. "Companies that tend to struggle the most [with ERP] are the ones that lack upper management level involvement," says Daniele Fresca, director of Marketing, IQMS, a provider of industry-specific ERP solutions.

2. Make a clear and extensive list of requirements ERP DiCentralbefore you start looking at vendors. "If you get one thing right, make it the up-front requirements gathering process," says Brian Shannon, principal business process management architect, Dolphin Enterprise Solutions. "Few things derail project budgets and timelines as the 'assumptive' or absent requirements." So make sure you engage with end users, IT and senior management.

3. Don't forget mobile users. "As mobility and BYOD increase across industries, accessing ERP systems from desktops only is no longer an option," says Ilan Paretsky, vice president of Marketing, Ericom Software. Choose an ERP solution that "allows users to be productive on smartphones and tablets."

4. Carefully evaluate your options before selecting your ERP system. "Poorly run and ill-defined evaluation projects can lead to poor implementations," says Tom Brennan, vice president of Marketing,, a provider of cloud-based ERP solutions. "Dicey requirement definitions and vague priorities can lead to the wrong vendor selection."

5. Get references. "First and foremost, when shopping for an ERP solution provider, ask the vendor for at least three references," says Reuben Yonatan, founder,, a VoIP shoppers guide. Then "ask the customers what went right, what went wrong and what they might have done differently."

6. Think before you customize. "Consider the amount of customization required to configure and deploy," says Steve Bittner, vice president of Professional Services, Unanet, a provider of Web-based software for managing people and projects. "Highly customized systems will generate higher cost … A turnkey solution may offer less flexibility but more stability, and less initial and ongoing cost."

7. Factor in change management. "Organizational change management is pivotal to the success of your project," says Matt Thompson, vice president of Professional Services, Estes Group, an ERP-managed services and technology solutions provider. "Typical ERP projects facilitate massive change in organizations."

8. Appoint an internal ERP product champion—and surround him or her with good people. "Do not rely on the vendor-appointed project manager only; have someone on your staff for this," says Morris Tabush, principal, the Tabush Group, a provider of managed IT services. Select someone within the organization, who knows or is comfortable managing software systems, to serve as the project manager, he advises.

9. Provide the necessary time and resources for training on the ERP system. "Learning a new way of operating will require a significant time commitment for everyone, so the project team must take proactive measures to reduce the burden on employees," says Joel Schneider, cofounder, Liberty Technology Advisors, an IT consulting firm that specializes in ERP, business processes and project rescue.

This article excerpt originally appeared here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

DiCentral Microsoft Dynamics GP Team to Attend reIMAGINE 2014


The DiCentral Microsoft Dynamics GP Channel team will be in Fargo, North Dakota, next week at the reIMAGINE Conference. We will be meeting with current and prospective GP partners, and learning the latest Dynamics GP trends. Give us a shout if you will be attendingwe would love to connect!

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

DiCentral to Present at Oracle Applications Users Group in Austin


The DiCentral Oracle EDI integration team is traveling to Austin to present “Oracle EBS with Outsourced Integration” on Friday at 2:50 p.m. CST, at the Texas Louisiana Oracle Applications Users Group meeting. If you are attending this event, you won’t want to miss DiCentral’s presentation; you will walk away with information on streamlining your supply chain data, and you could also walk away with a GoPro Hero3 Camera! We hope to see you there!

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral



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