New to Video Conferencing?

by Kelly Bergmann

New to Video Conferencing? Who isn’t!

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Increase Profit with Sage 100cloud Manufacturing Software Experts

by Stacy Schultz

The implementations of new Sage 100cloud manufacturing software solutions are frequently complex and often time-consuming. When you consider how critical it is to achieve good outcomes, it’s crucial to have a partner on your side that is efficient and experienced to save you time.

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Finding the Silver Lining

by Altec

This past week was International Happiness Day, and while you may not think that there’s anything to be happy about, we disagree!  An article by The Guardian this week states that, “Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days.”  So while the world is in a daily state of flux, there are things each of us can do to appreciate what we have and find ways to celebrate happiness.

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Tech Tips for Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by John Limbach of River Run

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many governments are moving into the “delay” phase of their strategy to fight the virus. This includes social distancing techniques including closing schools and asking people to work from home. Elsewhere, people are having to or opting to work remotely to self-isolate or to simply help slow the spread of the virus.

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Fully Staffed & Functioning During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Joe Jenders

*updated as of November 1, 2020 

Vrakas/Blum Computer Consulting (VBCC) has been closely monitoring and addressing the rapidly evolving developments concerning COVID-19. Our goal is to make sure we are doing what is necessary to keep our team healthy, while continuing to service our valued clients as we manage our way through these unprecedented times.

Remote and On-Site Support

As most of our employees typically work from home full-time, and all employees already had a home office set up, you will not see any interruption in our services.  All of our employees are healthy and safe and are equipped to seamlessly connect with clients in a secure and productive environment.

The only thing changing is our on-site support. For the time being we will be suspending on-site meetings and will be hosting remote meetings instead.   

Our team will continue to work diligently to make sure any relevant deadlines are met. It is business as usual as we forge ahead and we feel extremely confident in our ability to continue to serve you. 

Growth in Trying Times

While everything seems uncertain with COVID-19, our team is fully functioning and growing. We have hired on a new experienced consultant, Justin Teague, who started in April. In addition, we have hired a new Sales & Consulting Specialist, Kristen Baumgartner, who started in October. 

Moving Forward

Since activity for many has slowed down, it may be a good opportunity for the following items:

  • Upgrade your current system
  • Address projects that you haven’t had time for
  • Request a free system setup review

We can also provide accounting assistance if you should have challenges with staffing.

Contact Information

You can reach our consultants via:

Here is a quick contact card you can download for your convenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will continue to keep you updated as events and details unfold or change.

Stay Strong,
Joseph Jenders 
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Sage 100 Production Management Software Keeps Manufacturing On Track

by Stacy Schultz

Is your discrete make to stock manufacturing or fabricating company lacking the production management software you need to avoid bottlenecks or missed shipments due to stock-outs? Do you trust your inventory information?

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Looking At the Whole Picture

by Vrakas Blum

Have you ever had the experience of speaking with someone over the phone so many times that you build up an image of what that person looks like in your mind? If so – and most of us have – you probably recall the feeling of surprise when you actually first met that same person. Taller or shorter than you anticipated; younger or older; eyeglasses, hair color . . . the list goes on.

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How to Implement Sage 100cloud Manufacturing KPIs

by Kelly Bergmann

In order to remain competitive and profitable, discrete manufacturing companies often implement manufacturing KPIs to help them understand and react to changing scenarios. As the need for more useful and quicker insights grows, so has the reliance on outdated and ill-functioning software. 

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Should I Keep My Data On Premise or In the Cloud?

by Summit Hosting

In recent years, cloud hosting has drastically increased – according to a cloud adoption study, global cloud adoption by businesses reached 81% in 2018. Although cloud hosting is generally a go-to for most companies, sometimes it isn’t the best fit for everyone. With this in mind, it’s always a great idea to take a look at all of your option if you’re considering cloud hosting or on premise hosting.

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It’s What You Don’t Know That Can Hurt You

by Vrakas Blum

The author Mark Twain was once asked about his many business ventures – most of which had failed. Twain explained how his ventures had failed not because of bad technology (most of the items he invested in became very successful realities, but under different ownership), but rather had failed because he had not kept an eye on their progress.

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