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November 11th (12:00 – 12:30 EST) – Product Design iPad Demo

Going Live with NetSuite in 100 Days


How long does it take to implement ERP?

NetSuite’s cloud-based ERP has a program to go live in merely 100 days. You can find more branding about SuiteSuccess on NetSuite’s site however, the notion of a fast-tracked implementation has been around for some time. This blog explores the concept of delivering incremental value for brands and wholesalers using the SuiteSuccess implementation methodology.

To be clear, rapid implementations aren’t for everyone. When an ERP application spans across an entire organization, the amount of data and business processes warrants significant time to implement. The notion that smaller companies can be implemented quickly is yet another mystery. In the same way that a company may be uncertain to define their technology footprint (medium or large), we explore the ability to implement functionality in phases that allow for quick wins and scalable returns on investment.

From the start, we include certified NetSuite ERP consultants within the sales process. This means that the same people who craft your solution, are the ones who later deliver it! Including senior talent within the sales process provides a framework for successful project planning. This also eliminates communication misgivings from demo to project kickoff. The net-net of this approach is that your evaluation and feedback during the sales process can refine a more accurate project plan, and resulting budget. Further to this, good consultants typically have careers that contribute to your industry’s best practices and can provide credibility to this ASAP.

Now that the right people are involved, they’re also listening to you! We provide a Value Chain Assessment, which collaborates feedback from multiple interviews and prioritizes implementing functionality according to your business needs.

Industry-specific best practices, pre-configured dash boards and out-of-the-box operational reports provide significant efficiency throughout your evaluation and planning process. Customers seeking a quick value by way of a SuiteSuccess implementations must be willing to refrain from extensive customization within those first 100 days and instead, plan for subsequent phases to the project.

Next blog: What are the hidden benefits to Brands and Wholesalers in a Value Chain Assessment?

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November 11th (12:00 – 12:30 EST) – Product Design iPad Demo

Is your Technology Footprint Small, Medium or Large?


How do brands and wholesalers determine their technology spending?

In most cases, supply and demand will dictate how quickly a business is built. Despite the life-cycle of initial investments, even the best funded brands must define themselves, generate demand and fulfill orders in a reasonable time-frame. We explore the need for technology as the focus shifts from software costs to customers and employees. We explore the timing and business case to invest in Enterprise business applications such as; Order Management, eCommerce, Marketing Automation, CRM and ERP.

How can we minimize costs and effectively get started? The answer is simple, buy cheap and valuable agile tools. The software world has made strides towards cloud, pay-as-you-go tools to run various business applications. The notion of a “computer system” is foreign to a startup brand wholesaler. Continued use of these functional collaborations is it. The beauty of this model is that your technical footprint is small and your exposure is by comparison, very large. In the short term the cost/return analysis is a win, WIN!

How far can a minimal structure take a good looking brand? This isn’t an all or nothing question, especially for medium sized organizations. Technology allows one person to do the job of several but there is still a balance of spending and functionality. Agile software lends itself to an array of pricing models and ultimately, minimizes traditional barriers to enter larger markets. At some point the effort to minimize costs starts to give away margins of future sales. Medium sized technology investments are typically focused on increasing sales channels, coupled with upgrades to previous order management and integrated eCommerce systems. Each of these systems support client acquisition and new hires while also defining a business case for a unified ERP system. Management struggles to capture actionable data across sales, inventory and financials.

How big is large? This has become more of a personal question than ever before. The business case for ERP in medium-sized companies is eminent however, the budget can be quickly overwhelmed. If you’re unable to produce quality reports, lack systematic connectivity between vendors, inventory, marketing, customers, sales teams, warehouse(s) and finance professionals; diminishes the ability to scale into new markets. For this reason, mid-market ERP solutions are designed to implement quickly and evolve though subsequent stages over time.

Is your organization contemplating a computer system? digad’s System Blueprint Process will map your current infrastructure, highlight places of improvement and recommend opportunities to change. New technology recommendations are supported by a tangible business case.

Next blog: How long does it take to implement ERP?

Read more

Going Live with NetSuite in 100 Days


How long does it take to implement ERP?

NetSuite’s cloud-based ERP has a program to go live in merely 100 days. You can find more branding about SuiteSuccess on NetSuite’s site however, the notion of a fast-tracked implementation has been around for some time. This blog explores the concept of delivering incremental value for brands and wholesalers using the SuiteSuccess implementation methodology.

To be clear, rapid implementations aren’t for everyone. When an ERP application spans across an entire organization, the amount of data and business processes warrants significant time to implement. The notion that smaller companies can be implemented quickly is yet another mystery. In the same way that a company may be uncertain to define their technology footprint (medium or large), we explore the ability to implement functionality in phases that allow for quick wins and scalable returns on investment.

From the start, we include certified NetSuite ERP consultants within the sales process. This means that the same people who craft your solution, are the ones who later deliver it! Including senior talent within the sales process provides a framework for successful project planning. This also eliminates communication misgivings from demo to project kickoff. The net-net of this approach is that your evaluation and feedback during the sales process can refine a more accurate project plan, and resulting budget. Further to this, good consultants typically have careers that contribute to your industry’s best practices and can provide credibility to this ASAP.

Now that the right people are involved, they’re also listening to you! We provide a Value Chain Assessment, which collaborates feedback from multiple interviews and prioritizes implementing functionality according to your business needs.

Industry-specific best practices, pre-configured dash boards and out-of-the-box operational reports provide significant efficiency throughout your evaluation and planning process. Customers seeking a quick value by way of a SuiteSuccess implementations must be willing to refrain from extensive customization within those first 100 days and instead, plan for subsequent phases to the project.

Next blog: What are the hidden benefits to Brands and Wholesalers in a Value Chain Assessment?


Is your Technology Footprint Small, Medium or Large?


How do brands and wholesalers determine their technology spending?

In most cases, supply and demand will dictate how quickly a business is built. Despite the life-cycle of initial investments, even the best funded brands must define themselves, generate demand and fulfill orders in a reasonable time-frame. We explore the need for technology as the focus shifts from software costs to customers and employees. We explore the timing and business case to invest in Enterprise business applications such as; Order Management, eCommerce, Marketing Automation, CRM and ERP.

How can we minimize costs and effectively get started? The answer is simple, buy cheap and valuable agile tools. The software world has made strides towards cloud, pay-as-you-go tools to run various business applications. The notion of a “computer system” is foreign to a startup brand wholesaler. Continued use of these functional collaborations is it. The beauty of this model is that your technical footprint is small and your exposure is by comparison, very large. In the short term the cost/return analysis is a win, WIN!

How far can a minimal structure take a good looking brand? This isn’t an all or nothing question, especially for medium sized organizations. Technology allows one person to do the job of several but there is still a balance of spending and functionality. Agile software lends itself to an array of pricing models and ultimately, minimizes traditional barriers to enter larger markets. At some point the effort to minimize costs starts to give away margins of future sales. Medium sized technology investments are typically focused on increasing sales channels, coupled with upgrades to previous order management and integrated eCommerce systems. Each of these systems support client acquisition and new hires while also defining a business case for a unified ERP system. Management struggles to capture actionable data across sales, inventory and financials.

How big is large? This has become more of a personal question than ever before. The business case for ERP in medium-sized companies is eminent however, the budget can be quickly overwhelmed. If you’re unable to produce quality reports, lack systematic connectivity between vendors, inventory, marketing, customers, sales teams, warehouse(s) and finance professionals; diminishes the ability to scale into new markets. For this reason, mid-market ERP solutions are designed to implement quickly and evolve though subsequent stages over time.

Is your organization contemplating a computer system? digad’s System Blueprint Process will map your current infrastructure, highlight places of improvement and recommend opportunities to change. New technology recommendations are supported by a tangible business case.

Next blog: How long does it take to implement ERP?


Using Kaizen Process to Design a Sample ERP System


How the Kaizen approach to business process, systems analysis and designing a new Sample ERP System promotes creative solutions.

How would you design a Sample ERP System for your company? The notion that everything is broken, suggesting a rip and replace tactic for an all-in-one shiny solution, is offensive to most any established organization. In the same way that sample products become your bestselling designs, a new system is a similar mix of new materials across a proven template.

How can we solve today’s pain while also promoting tomorrow’s creativity? To answer the big questions, we must start with the smaller, more realistic ones. Similar to creating new sample items, we consider the templates that are proven; iteratively revising business processes and tweaking existing technology. We approach each department with simple questions, in search of realistic problems and creative answers!

The Kaizen method of continuous improvement focuses on the smaller steps toward incremental change. Instead of starting with big picture questions, we look at the smaller things. Examining inter-departmental process flows, optimizing existing underused resources (employees, partners, technology, etc.) and possibly implementing additional infrastructure. Sound familiar? Established brands don’t fabricate samples purely from scratch, but instead reuse portions of their current success. While searching for the perfect system, we must maintain the integrity of your company’s culture, business partner relationships, account management techniques and product development that give your brand a competitive edge. These are the consistent, repeatable elements of your template to build a sample system.

Once our template is established, we must inspire creativity. We ask seemingly small (and easy!) questions of every department. Similar to recognizing bad materials or batches across product, we look for patterns across applications, integrations and departmental activities. Recommendations to upgrade dated technology and/or redesign workflows now become a strategy. The process creates a journey that your brand knows from early development stages, revisited for internal organization needs. The goal is to better utilize in-house talent, leverage key business partners and ultimately, take your brand to another level. By testing some of these new materials across a proven template, we can develop a system blueprint that has a supporting vision.

Should decisions to change your technical infrastructure derive from eminent pain or be driven by unfounded creativity? digad’s System Blueprint Process uses Kaizen techniques to map the current infrastructure, highlight places of improvement and recommend opportunities to change. New technology recommendations take into account quality, costs and implementation timeline.

Next blog: Is your technical footprint small, medium or large?


Embracing the Simplicity of Sample Orders


How easily can your brand entertain new product development ideas? Does your order entry system allow your sales reps and production lines to easily process sample orders?

digad’s make-to-order (MTO) interface allows sales reps to customize sample orders that meet the basic criteria of production and vendor standards. Critical to the ApparelAD ERP solution, reps and creative professionals interact simultaneously across one set of construction data.

Time, money and quality are gained through flexible order management software that allows brands to refresh their most successful styles with new material using the same repeatable production processes. While SAP Business One lends itself well to the wholesale environment with centralized order entry and fulfillment, the flexibility of ApparelAD’s MTO function allows reps to cost a new idea within the constructs of product data management (PDM) templates.

The ability to define a new design on the fly is the most competitive edge ApparelAD MTO has to offer apparel and footwear companies. Because the solution manages all the components in a single database and offers an array of templates to build repeatable designs; your sales reps can interact directly with design, production and customers from concept to order.

In addition to producing fewer prototypes to gain customer acceptance, a streamlined approval process minimizes the cost of otherwise excessive communication cycles. The structured costing environment allows only designated portions of the style to entertain change; streamlined across standardized constructions and collections. Proper segmentation of each construction differentiates known and unknown costs, allowing for sales reps to generate rapid and accurate sample estimates.The ApparelAD MTO solution assures managers that every production cost is built into the BoM, without the trouble of revisiting the cost of known constructions to new sample items.

New styles and collections are typically the result of your customer’s voice. Most retailers will tell you that social media data is often too late to determine wholesale quantities but, that it does help them identify seasonal and annual trends. Therefore new designs may very well be ahead of their time however, they do maintain a set of prototypes to fuel seasons ahead. A strong MTO system efficiently manages sample orders in a way that retailers can better connect with brands and customize products for their most meaningful clients.


GS1 Partnership Announcement

GS1 Partnership Announcement


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digad is a certified solution provider of GS1 US, providing ERP apparel solutions that track and manage GS1 codes from source to store.

digad’s clients use SAP Business One ERP as a single platform to maintain multiple barcodes per item, while also tracking global distribution channels. digad implements SAP Business One using primary GS1 identifiers (GTIN, GLN, SSCC) in all aspects of the supply chain from manufacturer, logistics operational partners and meeting retail delivery standards.

Who needs GS1 standards? Retailers in the US are increasingly demanding product traceability and the extension of GS1 identification keys into their warehouses and stores, defined explicitly in published floor ready standards. Similar to the industry’s demands of EDI, and yet one of the same, GS1 standards are demanded by retailers while the transparency and data efficiency have delivered benefits to wholesalers as well.

Why now? Having recently eliminated patent trolls, increasing regulation amongst factories and proven benefits to retailers; implementing GS1 standards today is paramount for all trading partners throughout the supply chain. Front of store efficiencies and reduced shrinkage, to name a few of the obvious benefits, have driven the business case amongst leading retailers and early adopters of GS1’s EPC enabled RFID tags.

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About digad solutions

We provide SAP Business One ERP Systems for fashion apparel companies who need to integrate their sales channels to their manufacturing software.  Our goal is provide a single platform that allows your brand, your customers and your suppliers do business together.

Our System Blueprint service aligns your people, processes and technology to speak the same language, break down traditional data silos and enable your organization to deliver the greatest value, to your best customer and at the lowest cost!

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SAP Solutions for Fashion Apparel

Cutting costs and increasing margins for brands and retailers

digad configures SAP Business One for apparel and footwear wholesalers and retailers who also require manufacturing software. Whether you’re a new brand just getting into the market or you’ve expanded beyond your current infrastructure, digad blueprints SAP Business One ERP system to bring real value to fashion apparel companies.

Solutions configured by digad's solution architects are enhanced with mobility and digital integration to online sales channels; providing visibility and real-time analytics across your people, processes and systems. Our System Blueprint identifies intuitive workflows , mobile application requirements and oversees system design sessions that unifies your employees, clients and product lines from concept to cash.

The all-in-one solution fosters creativity, Product Data Management and strong KPIs.

Every organization has its own creative process and proprietary corporate culture. digad’s solutions promotes a unified environment to align product designers with brand management, marketing, purchasing requirements and budgetary expectations for product lines to be profitable.

Agile solutions facilitate collaboration across departments and manage costs within your supply chain. SAP’s Business One platform for Apparel and Footwear, ApparelAD ERP, captures both creativity and operational metrics for management to execute strategy from design to delivery.

Our leadership

digad solutions was founded by Anita Christofferson, who brings first-hand vendor experience selling SAP Business One, NetSuite and Dynamics ERP applications in today's marketplace.

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Our mission is to empower our clients an ERP System that allows them to be successful in every way possible.

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We’re partnered with SAP certified technology providers and specialized industry experts who share our commitment to supporting the fashion apparel and footwear vertical.
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At digad solutions, we are continually evaluating partner opportunities to enhance SAP Business One solutions. Contact us for further discussion.

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digad solutions is committed to providing a SAP B1 Systems for fashion apparel and footwear companies who want to grow from small to XL on a single platform. Contact us today for a SAP B1 demo, strategy alignment or complementary business process assessment!

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