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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It's a Good Time to be in the Cloud Webinar: Making the case for cloud-based ERP systems

This FREE webinar sponsored by Epicor will explain what you should consider before moving your data to the cloud.

Presenter Jeff Gusdorf, Brown Smith & Wallace

Presenter Tony Corley, senior product marketing manager - Distribution, Epicor

Host Rich Vurva, Industrial Supply magazine

While ERP software in the cloud has been around for more than a decade, adoption rates are increasing for distributors. This is largely driven by the need to provide exceptional customer service to remain competitive. This webinar will discuss the changing landscape and suggest things you should think about before moving to the cloud.

Webinar: It’s a Good Time to be in the Cloud May 22, 2 p.m. EST 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Jeff Gusdorf Will Present "Artificial Intelligence for Distributors - Getting Started"

Artificial Intelligence is the ability to have machines think like people; performing tasks that require reasoning, planning, learning and understanding language. The brains behind AI is machine learning which is the ability to use algorithms that can learn from large amounts of data. We encounter AI applications all the time; Siri on iPhones, Amazon’s product recommendation engine, Google Photo image recognition and tagging, Google Maps route recommendations.

These Consumer AI experiences are raising the bar for business. E-commerce and mobile apps started in the consumer sector and then were adopted by businesses. Artificial Intelligence applications are following the same path. How will you respond?

On March 16, 2019 at NFDA/MWFA/Pac-West Joint Conference in San Diego CA, Jeff from Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services will present an overview of basic AI concepts, take a deeper dive into AI for salesforce automation and AI for Business Analytics and propose a plan for tackling a pilot AI project.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Integrating Business Process Tools & Techniques In Your Quality System

Todd Snover, Advisory Services Supervisor in the Business Process and Systems Group will be presenting at the ASQ-STL Fall Conference on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in UMSL's Millennium Student Center.

His presentation will show how including business process tools in your Quality System will enhance consistency, reduce cost, and promote a ‘process-focused’ culture that embraces continuous improvement. Topics covered will include process classification frameworks, BPMN process mapping, benchmarking, Theory of Constraints, and applications of key Lean Six Sigma tools.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides Available

The 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides are now available. These guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12-page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information, including:

•  Detailed software company information
•  Vertical markets identified
•  Highlighted functions and technology features
•  New developments to the software package
•  Graphs of the user range
•  Basic entry price point
•  Sales channels (how and where the software is sold)
•  Company contact information

Visit the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services Distribution & Manufacturing Software Guides website to learn more about these services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

2018 Industrial Distribution Supplement Guide

2018 Industrial Supply Supplement Guide

2018 Contractor Supply Supplement Guide

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Webinar: ERP Software 101: Back to Basics

ERP software is designed to help companies manage the key components of their business - from sales and marketing to planning and production to inventory and finance - in one seamless experience. Real-time visibility into the business is perhaps the greatest benefit of ERP. When implemented properly, the right ERP system can provide business clarity, flexibility and operational agility. Do you know how to determine which ERP system is the best fit for your organization?

On October 10, Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Manager Henry Struckel and Taft Law Firm Partner Marcus Harris will host a webinar, "ERP Software 101: Back to Basics." Henry and Marcus will examine what ERP software is and the importance of an effective ERP system for businesses of all sizes and in all industries.

During the webinar, Henry and Marcus will discuss:
  • Basics of ERP software
  • Cloud vs. on-premise ERP solutions
  • Key vendors in the ERP industry
  • ERP implementation
  • ERP contracts
This webinar qualifies for 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hour.

CPE Information
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Online/Live Webinar
Host/CPE Sponsor: Brown Smith Wallace LLP –
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
CPE Credits Earned
: 1.0 total credit based on 50-minute hour
Fees/Costs: Free
Program Level:
Field of Study
: Specialized Knowledge
Who Should Attend
: Appropriate for professionals at all organizational levels
Advanced Preparation
: None

Program Instructor(s):
Henry Struckel, Manager, Advisory Services, Brown Smith Wallace
Marcus Harris, Partner, Taft Law Firm

Statement of Standards for Continuing Professional Education
Brown Smith Wallace is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors on through its website:

For more information regarding program cancellation policies please contact our offices at (314) 983-1200.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Featured in the 2018 Software Guides: Artificial Intelligence in Business - Beyond SciFi

by Jeff Gusdorf and Maggie Peters
Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business sound like the stuff of science fiction? For smaller companies it does, since the focus is on competing with technology heavy companies like Amazon.

How can AI be a realistic or useful way to optimize business intelligence and processes when most distribution companies are focused on replacing legacy ERP systems and implementing warehouse and e-Commerce solutions?

At the same time, leading tech companies are propelling businesses into the future with their current and upcoming implementations of Cloud technology, machine learning and AI. Distribution and Manufacturing companies need to understand how these advancements will impact them in the future and see how these new technologies will change their competitive landscape.

The 2018 Software Guides are the only software selection guide specifically developed for the unique needs of the distribution and manufacturing community. The new editions are designed to assist you, the Wholesale Distributor and Manufacturer, evaluate, compare and analyze software to determine which products fit your operation.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Todd Snover is presenting Applying Business Process Management (BPM) to Improve Quality and Lower Costs

Todd Snover, Advisory Services Supervisor from Brown Smith Wallace Business Process and Systems Group will be presenting on April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm at the 15th Annual ASQ Lean-Sigma Conference at SIUC.

In his presentation, Business Process Management (BPM) is introduced as an area of expertise that leverages tools and techniques from a number of quality methodologies including Lean, Six Sigma, BPMN process mapping & simulation, metrics, benchmarking, VSM, and other process improvement activities.

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