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Can Millions of QuickBooks™ Customers be Wrong?

  QuickBooks™ has become the de facto standard financial software for over 40 million small businesses in United States.  The challenge is that as companies grow, the limitations in QuickBooks™ becomes apparent in analyzing information and overall performance.  Companies often supplement this accounting system with Microsoft Excel in order to satisfy enterprise needs.  When the demands […]

Bubbies Fine Foods looks to grow with new systems

    Bubbies naturally fermented dill pickles and sauerkraut are a “big dill”. All products are made with the same deliberate Old World methods, using only natural ingredients and emphasizing a zesty taste. Over the years, Bubbies Fine Foods has grown from its original operation based in the San Francisco Bay area to a marketer whose […]

Epicor ERP joining the Cloud Club

I just returned from a few days at the annual Epicor User Conference – Insight 2018 in Nashville, and have to say there were over 30,000 committed Epicor loyalists who have been using Epicor long before there was a Cloud. Epicor has partnered with Microsoft Azure to deliver industry specific solutions to existing and new customers.  […]

NetSuite Invites RJMC to Participate on ERP Selection Panel

It is always nice to be recognized by your peers and the technology community at large. RJMC was pleased to participate in this year’s NetSuite SuiteWorld which took place in Las Vegas. We participated in a panel discussion on ERP Evaluation and Selection – somewhat unusual for a conference dedicated largely to its existing customer base, […]

Six Planning Tips to Help Select the Right ERP Solution and Control Costs

Companies invest in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions to improve operations and grow their businesses.  However, ERP implementation projects cost can run high and need to be well planned and managed. Whether you are looking at an On-premises solution or choose the way of the “Cloud” here are Six ERP Planning Tips to Help Select […]

Bottom-line – Why do Companies Invest in ERP?

In our experience, companies invest in enterprise solutions to support one of three objectives: to Run the Business, Grow the Business, or Transform the Business. The chart below provides a list of characteristics that satisfies each corporate objective.  The key to any systems investment is to understand where the company plans on being in the […]

Challenges of Implementing a 21st Century System at a 20th Century Client

Have you tried to lead a company forward and they just won’t budge? Is the largest complaint that the system screens are not the same as the old system? Is the next largest complaint that ‘this is not how we used to do it!”? Is the third largest complaint “We wish we had never changed”? Once […]

Increasing Role of a CFO in the Digital Age

CFOs are taking a more active role in technology. They are the ones looking to cut expenses and generate more revenue, all things that can be done via technological innovation. But the CFO role is also evolving where they have to think more strategically and bring business units together. Here are three things every CFO […]

How Much Should a Website Really Cost?

  Over the past few months we have been seeing an increase by our clients to initiate new eCommerce projects. As a result, we have spoken to a number of professional web design and development agencies, as well as free lancers about the scope of their services, proposed budgets and timelines required to build a professional […]

Cloud Benchmark Assessment Tool

How ready is your company to adopt cloud technology? This new assessment tool gives you information about your organization’s cloud readiness, helps you determine next steps towards adopting cloud technologies and offers recommendations for your company from IDC analysts. Begin the assessment

RJMC Sponsors High-Tech Business Conference for 7th Straight Year

RJMC is very proud to be a major sponsor of The Israel Conference™ which brings together over 700 business executives in Los Angeles each year so that C-Level executives and investors can see the innovation and design that is coming from Israel across a variety of industries from Media and Entertainment, Advertising, Mobile, Gaming, eCommerce, […]

Investment Management Firm goes Live on Oracle Fusion Financials

RJMC recently concluded a Project Management engagement to implement Oracle Fusion Financials for a large investment management firm and registered investment advisor headquartered in Los Angeles that manages over $75 Billion in assets.  The project was conducted after a thorough selection effort that included an evaluation of several leading enterprise financial solutions.  The company transitioned […]

Automotive After-Marker Parts Company Forges Ahead with Improved Social Media and eCommerce Platforms

RJMC continued to assist a large mid-market Automotive Aftermarket Parts company to conduct a detailed ERP evaluation and selection software selection process that addressed a very broad footprint of business processes.  The finalists in the process were Microsoft Dynamics AX and Oracle EBS.  For strategic reasons the final system selection decision was put on hold, […]

Rapid Implementation and Adoption with BluePlanner TPM

Some implementation projects proceed more quickly and more easily than others.  In this instance, credit goes largely to a committed project team working with a responsive vendor.  Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has had the pleasure of working with both groups to move the implementation process from “Pilot” to “Go-Live’ in just six months.  Our Broker […]

RJMC Conducting Financial System Selection for Investment Management Firm

RJMC was recently engaged by a prominent investment management firm in Los Angeles to assist in identifying and selecting a few financial system solution to support their continued growth.  We are pleased to be able to assist in what will are planning to be a relatively rapid evaluation and selection process. 

RJMC To Conduct Systems Assessment For Automotive After-Market Parts Company

RJMC is pleased to announce that we have been selected to assist a large mid-market Automotive Aftermarket Parts company with a systems assessment project to review the  technology that supports its current retail, wholesale, mail-order, internet, manufacturing, and financial operations.  We are especially thrilled to be assisting this company because they reached out to us […]

Luxury Cruise Line Goes Live on SAGE X3

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce that one of its clients recently went live on the SAGE X3 financials after validating the new business processes and the integrity of the system results after undergoing a full parallel process.  The project was completed within budget and on-time.  Congratulations to all involved. Learn more about how […]

Global Alternative Energy Company Successfully Goes Live On Workday HCM

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce the successful implementation of Workday for Human Capital Management (HCM) and Payroll. With the help of our implementation and payroll partner OneSource Virtual our client, a middle market Alternative Energy Company located in San Diego with operations in Europe and Asia, is now live in […]

RJMC Assists Organic Grower to Select BluePlanner Trade Promotion Management System

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has successfully completed a TPM (Trade Promotion Management) evaluation and selection project for a major family-owned and operated organic and eco-farmed rice company that resulted in the selection of BluePlanner TPM.  The process included the evaluation of 5 other TPM solutions, each specializing in software for Trade Promotion Management […]

Global Alternative Energy Company Selects Workday for HCM with OneSource Virtual and ADP Streamline for Payroll

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce the selection of Workday, OneSource Virtual and ADP Streamline to satisfy the global Human Capital Management (HCM), Payroll and Time Tracking needs of our client, a middle market Alternative Energy Company located in San Diego with operations in Europe and Asia. In the arena of […]

Luxury Cruise Company Selects SAGE X3

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce the selection of SAGE X3 as the new finance/accounting software solution for our client, a Luxury Cruise Line company located in Los Angeles. This project involved replacing an in-house developed, highly tailored, legacy solution.  RJMC conducted structured fact-finding meetings with key management and staff to […]

RJMC To Evaluate New Financial System For Luxury Cruise Liner

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce a new finance/accounting software evaluation and selection project with one of the world’s most prestigious cruise liners. This project will involve conducting structured fact-finding meetings to clearly understand key business processes and system requirements resulting in the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) document.  […]

RJMC To Assess Chocolate Maker’s ERP System

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has begun a full ERP assessment project with a major chocolate supplier in the bay area to evaluate a potential Oracle EBS upgrade. This project will involve conducting structured fact-finding meetings to clearly understand key business processes and system requirements resulting in the systems assessment report to determine the […]

RJMC To Assist Global Alternative Energy Company Select New HCM/Payroll System

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce a new Human Capital Management (HCM), Payroll and Time Tracking solution evaluation and selection project with a large, global manufacturer in the alternative energy space. This project will involve conducting structured fact-finding meetings to clearly understand HR business processes and system requirements resulting in the […]

RJMC Manages Successful Microsoft Dyanmics NAV 2009 Implementation For Organic Rice Grower

RJMC is proud to announce the successful implementation of Microsoft Dynamics Navision ERP system for the second largest organic rice grower in the US.  RJMC was initially engaged to document business processes to help better understand system requirements for a new ERP system.  Over the next few months, RJMC helped evaluate 18 different solutions, ultimately […]

RJMC To Assist Olive Producer with ERP Assessment

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) is pleased to announce a new engagement to assist the largest table olive producer in the U.S. with an assessment of their legacy enterprise systems.   This quick project will be the first step in determining whether to retain the existing system or to consider an evaluation of an alternative ERP […]

RJMC Assists Organic Grower to Select Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has successfully completed an ERP evaluation and selection project for major family-owned and operated organic and eco-farmed rice company that resulted in the selection of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  The process included the evaluation of more than 10 ERP solutions, each specializing in software for the Food and Beverage industry.  […]

Requirements In Just Two Weeks!

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) just concluded a project to assist a leading manufacturer of electronic devices and systems to develop a Request for Proposal document that they will use to evaluate and select a new enterprise system to replace their existing legacy system.  The work involved conducting a series of on-site fact-finding meetings that […]

ERP on-the-go

In a previous post, the advantages and challenges of ERP hosting on the Cloud were discussed. This post will swing to the other end of the ERP food chain, namely, users’ devices. Most of us own a smart phone or a tablet. This begs the question: How soon before a smart phone or tablet becomes […]

Cloudy, with a Chance of Saving

Until a few years ago whenever a company implemented new software systems it was assumed that efforts to acquire and support hardware and to install and support software would be major drains on time and resources. In the last five years, with the advent of data centers for hire and service based software, the possibilities […]

RJMC to plan and manage ERP system changes resulting from merger of two medical suppliers

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has been engaged to manage the change and risk resulting from the merger of two medical suppliers with operations in the US and Europe. RJMC will guide the merged company during the development of a new technology platform that will leverage the strengths of two enterprise solutions. Call RJMC […]

RJMC assesses auto parts manufacturer ERP system to drive selection of future software solution

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) recently completed a detailed ERP system assessment for a leading auto parts manufactuer in Southern California to help them decide between upgrading their current Oracle E-Business Suite software or migrating to a completely different enterprise solution. Call RJMC today to find out how we can assist your company to […]

Demand Signals: Broadcast or Listen?

If you have looked at the pictorial representation of a modern supply chains, you will notice how, in their unavoidable complexity, supply chains are taking on the physical appearance of a neural network. The supply chains themselves are being judged on how they satisfy demand. How successfully demand signals are generated and propogated through the […]

RJMC to assist global consumer products company with Demand Planning and Supply Chain Planning Requirements Study

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has been selected to assist a publically-traded, global consumer products company to define and document their Supply Chain system requirements as it relates primarily to demand planning, supply chain planning, inventory optimization, distributor relationships, and supplier relationships. Call RJMC today to find out how we can assist your company […]

Inventory Management – Own and Postpone

The two mantras of inventory are ‘less is better’ and ‘quicker out the door’. This post explores two areas of inventory management that have been attracting renewed attention due to the availability of more sophisticated software to implement them. Ownership Strategy We all know that most of the goods we consume are manufactured in another […]

RJMC performed a Controls Review of a key operational system for our client in the Insurance industry

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (RJMC) has been engaged to assist a large privately held insurance brokerage / consulting firm to review and document the controls within one of their recently implemented systems. RJMC was requested to perform this assessment quickly and efficiently so that we could identify opportunities for procedural and operational improvement. RJMC […]

Planning in a shrinking world

For those of us old enough to remember, a paper route was our first brush with supply chains. Right from checking the bicycle tires, to consulting our route lists, to picking up the stack from the depot manager, being prepared was the watchword. But, who among us does not recall a paper landing on a […]

A”crow”nyms

It is that time of the year when we indulge, some more than others. Food, drink, or maudlin movies.. . .

RJMC to perform a System Assessment for a high-profile company in the automotive performance after-market industry.

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants has been engaged to assist a high-profile Southern California automotive company that is involved in R&D. . .

RJMC to assist major family-owned and operated organic and eco-farmed rice company in requirements analysis and documentation

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants is in the process of assisting a major family-owned and operated organic and eco-farmed rice and rice products company . . .

RJMC to assist major horticultural greenhouse producer in ERP evaluation and selection

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants has been selected to assist one of the top horticultural greenhouse producers in the United States . . .

WSJ: Where ERP Goes Wrong

RJMC agrees in large part with the findings of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal called “Diets That Don’t Work: Where Enterprise Resource Planning Goes Wrong”. . .

RJMC Introduces the One-Day ERP Workshop!

Over the past 24 years of conducting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) evaluation and selection projects, RJMC has frequently been asked for the “templates” and other process documents that we use to support our successful ERP projects.

Well, you no longer have to wait to learn how to manage your ERP Evaluation, Selection, and Implementation project. We are now offering a “Live” on-site One-Day ERP Workshop that will teach your team to perform the steps necessary to ensure success when embarking upon this mission critical project. . .

Planning for Achievable ROI

Any software vendor can promise you a substantial Return on Investment for your ERP software purchase, but it takes planning, teamwork, and good old-fashioned project management to actually achieve the ROI you expect. . .

Infor is Worth a Second Look

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants recently spoke with representatives from Infor who focus on the software company’s solutions to address manufacturing and RJMC was impressed with what we heard. . .

RJMC Completes ERP Selection for Manufacturing and Distribution Client

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants has completed an ERP Evaluation and Selection project for a Southern California manufacturer and distributor that operates in the Do-It-Yourself and Home Building industries. . .

Shifting Functional Expertise for Enterprise Systems from IT to Business Users

Business users who who used to express frustration in having to work with their IT departments to enhance system functionality or to access their data are gaining control over their own destiny because they are becoming more involved in taking steps to satisfy their own system needs with less and less IT involvement. . .

Further ERP Consolidation on the Horizon?

Carl Icahn’s move to acquire a larger stake in ERP provider Lawson Software is likely to lead to further consolidation in the ERP market. . .

RJMC Begins Its 25th Year

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants is excited to begin our 25th year of exceeding our Clients’ expectations. . .

Selecting an ERP Solution – the “R” Stands for Relationships!

The most important “R” in selecting and implementing a new ERP Solution is “Relationships.” Your relationships with your internal team and your consultants must be strong for a successful outcome. . .

Outlook for IT Spending in 2010

A recent survey of 139 IT executive in the U.S. and Canada conducted by Computer Economics Inc. during November 2009 shows that 52% of IT organizations expect to increase their IT operational budget in 2010 by launching new projects. Only 16% plan to make further budget cuts in the year ahead.

Announcing the 2010 RJMC Referral Program

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants is pleased to announce the 2010 RJMC Referral Program for introductions to qualified opportunities that result in new consulting services engagements. . .

RJMC’s Seven Secrets of Successful System Selections

Seven of RJMC’s secrets for selecting the “right” system at the “right” price.

10 Points to Consider When Selecting the “Right” System Integrator for Your Implementation

Many years of experience in working with a broad scope of System Integrators has lead to the conclusion that some Integrators are better than others. This is probably not a surprise.

While none of the tips below are infallible, there are ways to lessen your chances of choosing a poor partner for implementation.

Here are 10 simple and effective guidelines to assist in selecting the “right” System Integrator for your project.

Question for the ERP Experts: Is “Hosted” ERP Right for Me?

First, some definitions. A hosted Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system means that the system’s software physically resides on servers that are outside of your company’s physical infrastructure. Hosting also typically means that an outside party is managing and maintaining the database and code on which the ERP system runs. The more traditional method for setting up and managing an ERP system has always been to manage the system with company employees maintaining servers that reside within the company’s headquarters or other locations. . .

Finally, an ERP Budget Calculator!

Today, RJMC, a leader in assisting mid-market firms to evaluate and select new system solutions, launched its new website. An integral part of the new website is the RJMC ERP Budget Calculator.

In the process of working with a large number of firms over the past 23 years, one question that frequently comes to fore at the beginning of each project is “How much will a new ERP solution cost?”

RJMC Completes Successful Dynamics NAV Implementation

Los Angeles, July 2009: RJMC recently completed a successful Go-Live at a large Food Distribution company, acting as Project Manager for an implementation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV with the ASC Warehouse Management System.

philosophy Successfully Implements Oracle E-Business Suite

Phoenix, AZ, June 2009: philosophy, a lifestyle skincare and cosmetic brand that develops and markets products across all categories of beauty, including skin care, bath & body care, fragrances and color cosmetics, completed a successful implementation of the Oracle E-Business Suite Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.