Insights

Star Business Solutions have an interest in any aspect of business that drives innovation and success, which is why we are happy to provide you with the following Business software ideas and insights.

Is your Tier One ERP software system too heavy for your needs?

The construction of the Empire State Building used 60,000 tonnes of steel. The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened 12 months later and used 20% less steel. In today’s terms, both projects are over-engineered. Using the latest technology, equally beautiful and even more extraordinarily engineered projects are being completed today using a fraction of those resources.

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Wine Equalisation Tax and your ERP Software

If your business makes wine, imports wine into Australia or is a wholesaler of wine, your business software or ERP system will have to account for Wine Equalisation Tax (WET). 

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Why innovation is important in business

In a recent podcast interview, a successful US technology investor made a compelling argument that a well-known international fast food brand was a tech company.

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Get your head out of the clouds & your business in the cloud

The grey clouds of COVID 19 do have a silver lining. The horrors of one of history's most devastating viruses allowed business owners a reprieve from the day-to-day treadmill of running a business. It allowed business owners to reimagine their business. Now is the time to take those ideas and turn them into reality.

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ERP price. What's the full cost of an implementation?

ERP software pricing models and implementation costs have changed over the last few years. So has the technology. If you are looking to implement a new ERP system, here are a few things you should be aware of.

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MYOB Advanced Warehousing & Distribution Webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers MYOB Advanced Warehousing & Distribution.

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MYOB Advanced Field Service Management edition

We have entered an era where mobility is an essential business requirement. We're all working and connecting remotely. We've discovered both the benefits and pitfalls of this new way of working. MYOB has introduced Field Service Management to keep your business moving and scale more efficiently.

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MYOB Advanced Manufacturing edition

It's both an exciting and challenging time to be a manufacturer. Market changes and new technology are creating exciting opportunities, while seismic global challenges are forcing more rapid digital transformation. MYOB Advanced Manufacturing is the ideal business-wide solution for mid-sized business to manage this transition.

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MYOB Advanced Construction Edition

Every project starts with a clean page. 'Yes', your team is informed by previous experience and past projects, but each project offers its own challenges and opportunities. Your goal is to meet and exceed expectations while meeting your business goals. MYOB Advanced Construction Edition will help you get there.

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Elmo cloud HR & payroll software webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers Elmo cloud HR & payroll software.

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Why mid-sized business are choosing cloud-based ERP software

The three buzz words for mid-sized business over the next 2 years will be 'respond', 'recover' and 'thrive'.

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Why now is the best time to implement ERP software

For everything, there is a season. Rain falls in winter so we can reap its rewards in spring and summer. The same is true for ERP software. Some might say the best time to review and update your ERP software is when demand is at its peak. They would be wrong.

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Capture your business before it's too late

Businesses are more than the sum of their parts. 'Yes', they are brand, product, service, business processes, IP, reputation and data, however they are something else. Something which is more elusive. Businesses are also Institutional memory. Your 'Institutional memory' is the collective set of facts, concepts, experiences and knowledge held by your people. It's the part of a business that you don't miss… until it walks out the door.

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Business continuity plan in the Covid-19 crisis

Rigidity once represented stability in business, but today it has become a symbol of weakness. In the current COVID crisis, we look around, and we see industry giants crumble under their own weight. We live in an era where agile and adaptability are more than just buzz words; they are the space in which business survive and thrive.

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The role of ERP software in business resilience

COVID-19 is a once in a hundred-year event, but the next social and economic upheaval may be just around the corner. Whether its weather events, natural disasters, conflict, political change, technological disruption, there will always be changes forced upon business. Some of these challenges are predictable. Many are not. Companies need to approach their business software as an insurance policy against unpredictable events.

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TOKN cloud enterprise software webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers TOKN cloud-based enterprise software.

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Is your organisation ‘remote-work’ ready or are you experiencing issues?

Many organisations are currently faced with the prospect of operating their entire organisations or are working through the challenges of operating from countless remote locations. Never before have we been faced with such challenges, many of which still remain unclear. What is clear is that any organisation that lacks the business software capable of managing this challenge faces an uphill battle for survival.

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MYOB Greentree WebView webinar Pt.2

This is the second Part of our continuing Webinar of Greentree WebView. We continue here to look at WebView GL Reporting / Financial Reporting and also to look at he Reports and Documents Library.

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MYOB Greentree WebView webinar Pt.1

The next in Star's ongoing webinar series will look at the Greentree WebView module.

WebView simply put, is a web based connection to the Greentree database, providing real-time reporting access to Greentree, from anywhere.

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ERP system implementation

Implementing your new ERP system or business management software can be an agent of change and appointing an internal Product Champion can go a long way to encouraging people to embrace the change. It’s also an opportunity to learn how others have used the latest generations of business management software to innovate and understand how this innovation can help you improve your business processes. Most importantly, it’s a chance to listen to your people and implement the types of changes that bring smiles to their faces and your customers.

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MYOB Greentree Finance webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers Greentree Finance.

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MYOB Greentree Query Tools webinar

Greentree has a number of Query Tools in its arsenal, each having their own unique uses and complexities.

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MYOB Greentree eDocs webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers Greentree's eDocs.

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MYOB Greentree Approvals & Alerts webinar

The next topic in Star's ongoing webinar series covers Greentree's Approvals & Alerts functionality. Once again we will have Star's Pre-Sales Engineer, Josh Diffey presenting and demonstrating how to maximize efficiencies form this functionality.

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Agile and lean manufacturing with MYOB Greentree

If you’re an Agile, lean or any other form of job lot manufacturer, the nature of your business demands that you need to continually find new ways to improve your business and production processes and inventory management. You are also always looking at ways to improve your customers' satisfaction levels. MYOB Greentree is the ideal ERP software solution to help you achieve these goals.

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Cybersecurity, what you need to know webinar

Cyber Security is becoming a major issue in relation to business continuation and we have been fortunate to secure Comvision Australia's Managing Director, Owen Johnson, to present to our clients on this very important topic. We hope that you view this issue as seriously as we do at Star.

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MYOB Advanced Warehouse management & Distribution edition

To remain competitive in the Warehousing and Distribution business, you need to be more efficient than your competitors. The best way to remain efficient is to have a fully integrated software solution that provides complete visibility of all business processes, from order to final delivery and billing. MYOB Advanced provides such efficiency, integration and visibility.

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Construction and project management software

As a Civil Engineering firm, your goals are simple; You need to be competitive, deliver on deadlines, efficiently manage vendors and projects, exceed client expectations, all while improving profitability. The goals are simple to define, however achieving those goals is another matter altogether. Put simply; it is almost impossible to achieve the goals of managing a complex business like yours without a sophisticated ERP solution such as MYOB Greentree.

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MYOB Greentree Single Touch Payroll webinar

Watch Star Business Solutions ‘MYOB Greentree Single Touch Payroll’ webinar. In this webinar you will learn about Government mandated Single Touch Payroll (STP), which will in time impact on all Australian businesses. The Star Team will take you through what Single Touch Payroll is and how it works within the MYOB Greentree environment.

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MYOB Greentree advanced job costing webinar

Watch Star Business Solutions ‘MYOB Greentree advanced job costing’ webinar. In this webinar you will learn about some of the advanced features of MYOB Greentree’s Job Costing, including Work Centre Plans, Estimate Variations, as well as Revenue Recognition. The last part of the webinar covers questions from attendees and responses from the Star team.

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Workflow Desktops in MYOB Greentree webinar

Watch Star Business Solutions ‘Designing Workflow Desktops in MYOB Greentree’ webinar. In this webinar you will learn Workflow Desktop basics, creating multiple Desktops and utilising bookmarks. You will also learn about Alert collections and their usage within Desktops. The Star team will show you how you can gain more clarity with 3D Live and show you some of the advanced features of MYOB Greentree. The last part of the webinar shows questions and responses from the Star team.

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Solving the budget dilemma with Board BI webinar

Watch Star Business Solutions ‘Solving the budget dilemma’ with Board BI webinar. This Webinar introduces you to Board Business Intelligence software and guides you through how organisations like yours are using Board BI for budgeting, forecasting and planning. You will hear the Star Team respond to questions posed by attendees.

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MYOB Greentree Back to Basics webinar

Watch Star Business Solutions ‘MYOB Greentree Back to Basics’ webinar. This webinar covers Workflow Desktops, approvals and alerts and Business Process Management (BPM). You will also learn tips and tricks in MYOB Greentree, as well as responses to questions posed by attendees.

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What is business intelligence and why do I need it?

What is business intelligence? Put in the simplest of terms Business Intelligence (BI) is a way of making sense of the data your organisation collects, turning into actionable information. Business Intelligence usually depends on specialised BI software to aggregate data, often presenting it in a graphical format.

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MYOB Advanced in the cloud

What is the Cloud? What opportunities and challenges does it present to mid-sized Australian business? Is it how we will all be doing business or just another passing technological fad? In this article, we hope to answer these and more questions about mid-sized Australian business in the Cloud.

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The difference between a small & mid-sized business

Running a Small business is challenging. You learn how to manage cash flow, staff, finance, inventory and compliance. Because you’re so close to the action, you know precisely where to invest and where to save. Before you know it, your small business has become a mid-sized business…and that’s when things start to become more complex.

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Download your free MYOB Enterprise Insights Report

Transforming the mid-market. Australian business is most often discussed in the form of small business or large business. Australian mid-market business seems to be overlooked.

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What if you could find the answers to your business needs right now?

Imagine if you could find the answers to those nagging business questions you have right now? What would you do differently? What changes would you make? How would you re-allocate resources? What would be your investment priorities? How would you streamline your business? How could you improve relationships with your customers? What changes would you make to your product or service offering?

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'No more excuses' guide to business budgeting

Chances are year after year you hear the same excuses from your team why your business budgets miss their deadlines. Worse still are the times that you commit to a new budget, only to find that mistakes have been made. Sometimes these mistakes and problems are your teams' fault. Most of the time they are not.

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How your business will outsmart your competitors

Your business will outsmart your competitors by making more informed and smarter business decisions. You will have a more streamlined business that has a greater understanding of what your clients really need (not what they think they want) and you will have a better understanding of where you make your money. This understanding will empower you and your team to make decisions that leave your competition scratching their heads and asking the question, “what happened?”.

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How Business Intelligence makes your Mid-Sized Enterprise (and you) smarter

A key reason many Mid-Size Enterprise’s struggle to get out of first gear is because owners make decisions based on a ‘best guess’ or their perception of business stability. Even if an Mid-Size business owner understands the value of a Business Intelligence (BI), they believe the value of such a system is not worth the investment expense. The same owner who doesn’t blink when deciding on a new piece of capital equipment struggles to understand investing in a Business Intelligence software solution, which costs comparatively little yet has the power to completely transform the way they do business.

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How to identify the best ERP software

Are you an Australian Mid-Sized Enterprise who has outgrown their entry-level accounting software? If you are, you're ready to graduate to an ERP software solution. Most Australian companies and organisations now recognise that their processes, systems and procedures can be significantly enhanced with the robust functionality delivered by a modern ERP software solution.

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Sensis survey shows Australian SME's lag on mobile

Australian SME's have two key challenges when it comes to mobile business. One is the implementation of business software that enables ‘business on the move.’ The other is a mobile website.

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MYOB Greentree team maintenance tips

Do you find yourself wasting precious time amending individual user’s security for a whole area of your business? Well now in MYOB Greentree, Team Permissions have improved to make this job much easier and is a valuable tool in managing Users and their permissions.

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Is dumb software stopping you engaging with smartphones?

Do your business software solutions allow you to engage appropriately with smartphones? Many small business owners will tell you that ‘smartphones don’t play a role in my business’, but stop mid-sentence to take a phone order, booking, reservation, quote or provide customer support from a smartphone.

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VCare Retirement Care & Retirement Village Software

Star has been involved in the care industry for a number of years now having developed specific module functionality for the Community Care, Home Care, Foster Care, Immigrant Care, Alternate Care, Disability Care and other sectors. To continue to expand our capabilities within the care industry we have teamed up with VCare International Limited to bring VCare to Australia.

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Star Expands into Queensland, Northern Territory & the Pacific

Star recently took on the MYOB Greentree client base from MYOB Greentree International’s former Business Partner Frank Int. This means that Star is now represented across Australia (except WA) with offices in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

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Rust report interview

Since 1999 The Rust Report has grown to become one of the most influential ICT industry newsletters in Australia & New Zealand.

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MYOB Greentree new capabilities

Introducing MYOB Greentree’s next generation ERP Software: MYOB Greentree. Accessed by both Windows client and browser, MYOB Greentree gives you the best of both worlds – established core functionality to drive your business engine backed by the new powerful browser-based capabilities outlined below.

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Terry Blandford of Star Business Solutions

Watch an interview with Terry Blandford of Star Business Solutions as he talks about his experience with the development of MYOB Greentree’s highly anticipated version 4, with all new web accessible features.

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Are you prepared to spend a little to save a lot of money?

It's the end of the financial year again. For some, it is a time of celebration, for many it is a sobering experience. It is a time when many organisations have to come to terms with the consequences of decisions made a year ago on little or imperfect information. It is also a time of year when budgets and goals are set for the following year, where hard decisions are often made.

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2014 Australian MYOB Greentree award results

At the recent 2014 Australian MYOB Greentree awards, Star Business Solutions was once again the most awarded MYOB Greentree Partner. The Star Business Solutions team was both humbled by the experience and grateful for the recognition by our major software partner.

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Is a SaaS business software solution actually more expensive?

At first glance a SaaS business software solution seems like a much better option for any organisation looking to upgrade to a mid-market ERP solution. A SaaS solution allows you to pay a much smaller up front fee and ongoing monthly payments, or a straight monthly payment from day one.

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If you spend all your time as a fireman, you’ll never be a builder

It appears that most ‘C’ level managers in Australia and around the world, operating in service companies, are more interested in being Fireman, not Builders. A global survey of more than 300 executives commissioned by Compuware found that 48% experience at least one IT issue that impacts on productivity and performance every week, with the average short-term cost of a single major failure calculated at over $14 million.

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“Oh, you wanted the windows?”

It’s distressing to hear how often intelligent, educated professionals fall for one of the oldest sales tricks in the world…to underspecify a project to deliberately undercut a competitive quote. This approach to sales takes advantage of clients who may be undertaking a project of this kind for the first time and may not be aware of the technical and resource requirements needed to finish a project to their satisfaction. Unfortunately this is the approach taken by the majority of ERP software vendors.

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Are the whales of ERP using minnows for implementation?

Many choose the most well known ERP brands because they are perceived to be the ones that have the most resources to implement an organisations ERP solution and provide ongoing service and maintenance. But what if this is not the case? What if the biggest brands are using smaller, less well-resourced third party companies to implement their ERP solutions? What does that mean for your organisation?

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IT department holds Service management hostage

Managers in the Australian service sector, who are desperate to update their hopelessly inefficient business software, may be held for ransom by their IT departments. Due to something resembling ‘Stockholm syndrome’, managers are following directions from their IT departments, without questioning their motivation or their understanding of the revolution that has taken place in the business software sector. Some IT departments are making irrational demands, such as ‘it must be supplied by Microsoft’ and ‘it must be delivered via ‘the cloud’’. Any process to change business software should be driven by senior leaders who have a firm idea of the business objectives driving the change, not by those who may be irrationally defending obsolescent technology and redundant software solutions.

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Is your sales and marketing team using inbound marketing?

If you’re looking for ways of turning your MYOB Greentree’s eCRM module into a profit centre, inbound marketing is one of the best places to start. Unlike traditional ways of advertising (out bound marketing), inbound marketing has an ROI that can be accurately measured at every stage of the sales process.

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Stand alone or integrated payroll. What’s better for you?

There are some fantastic stand-alone payroll solutions available, but therein lies the problem-they’re ‘stand alone’. No matter how good the stand-alone payroll solution, it still needs to be integrated into your existing business software management solution or ERP software. This is where everything can come unstuck.

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CeBIT 2013

With over 40,000 visitors, this years CeBIT technology convention at Sydney’s Olympic park has become the largest annual business technology event in the region. Visitors were exposed to the most innovative and interactive stand designs in CeBIT Australian history, showcasing new and disruptive technologies on offer to the Australasian markets.

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6 rules for new software system success

Here are 6 rules to help make your new software system a success

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Think Big? Think Again!

Biggest is not always best when it comes to business computer systems

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Step back from your business

Chris Alp, a Director of Alp McNamara, Melbourne-based specialists in wealth protection for privately-owned businesses, says if your business is your legacy, you need to take time to plan what will happen to it when it's no longer in your hands.

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Game changer for Community Care

Star Business Solutions has come up with a winner in its Community Care System (CCS), a purpose-built extension of MYOB Greentree designed especially for not-for-profit organisations, which is on its way to widespread adoption by community services groups.

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