June 2012 Newsletter

Topics include: User Forum Itinerary, New Plugins, Harpoon Brewery, Discontinued Support, Tips and Tricks, Employee Profile…


User Forum Itinerary

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Many of you have been asking for details regarding the 2012 User Forum, set for this August. The following is a schedule of events planned for the Forum.

Wednesday, August 15

8:00-9:00 am: Registration/Check-in
9:00-10:00 am: Opening Ceremonies: Company Roadmap
10:00-10:30 am: Break
10:30-12:00 pm: eoStar Inside Out (Focus on plugins)
12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm: Miller Coors Speaker | Advanced UX Survey | General Ledger Round Table
3:00-3:15 pm: Break
3:15-4:45 pm: Beer Open Forum | Mobility and You (Merchandisers, Managers, Pre-Sellers and Drivers)
5:00-6:00 pm: Frederick Meijer Garden Tours
6:00-8:00 pm: Advisory Board Dinner

Thursday, August 16

8:00-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am: AR Management | The Science and Art of Product Forecasting | IIS and SQL Server Best Practices
10:00-10:30 am: Break
10:30-12:00 pm: Goals and Objectives | Presentation: Chet Willey Consulting
12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm: Perfect Support | Red Bull/MSA Speaker | Palletizing and Truck Loading
3:00- 3:15 pm: Break
3:15-4:45 pm: Business Intelligence Open Forum | Wine Open Forum | NA Open Forum
6:00-8:00 pm: Awards Dinner & Closing Ceremonies

Friday, August 17

9:00-3:00 pm: Golf Outing/Brunch, followed by R&A Offices Visit


Conference spaces at Frederick Meijer Gardens

New Plugins!

The Palletization Plugin

Rutherford & Associates’ latest plugin replaces your need for third party packages like Fleetloader and ULM. Now eoStar users are able to build optimal pallets and loads without the overhead of exports and imports. The plugin is seamlessly integrated, easy to learn and easy to use.

Interested in knowing more? Contact sales@eostar.com or call 800.270.7558 today!

The Service Plugin

The Service Plugin has many different usages. Initially developed as an easy method for soda bottlers to track service calls made to their vending machines and coolers, this new add-on could be very beneficial to beer distributors as well!

If your company sends a team member out when a customer calls with a foaming keg or tap handle problems, this new feature could help make the process easier. The plugin keeps a history of all service calls and visits, generates reports that easily identify trends and repeat issues, prioritizes complaints by urgency and importance, and tracks the progress of each service call.

Sound like something your company needs? Contact sales@eostar.com or call 800.270.7558 today!


Harpoon Brewery

Boston, Mass.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or never take a walk down the beer aisle, it’s impossible not to notice the craft beer explosion within the last 5 years.  But way, way before it was cool to be craft (1986 to be exact), Harpoon Brewerywas born.  Fast forward 25 years, and you have one of the most well known and loved breweries in the US, producing over 200,000 barrels of beer this year, with a territory that reaches as far west as Texas.

Harpoon became an eoStar customer in 2009 to help manage their distribution expansion from both Boston and their site in Windsor, Vermont. Due to Massachusetts regulatory laws, they are able to distribute in the city of Boston themselves, as well as sell to wholesalers throughout the rest of the state. While they have plenty of room to grow, Harpoon is more focused on developing their expansion in existing territories, since New England, and specifically the Boston area, make up the majority of their customer base.

Besides providing Bostonians with delicious beer, the folks at Harpoon do a lot for the local community.  “We take a real pride in our culture,” said Ian Hunter, Controller at Harpoon. They throw 5 (five!) huge outdoor festivals a year, and play an active role in several local charities and fundraisers through their philanthropic arm calledHarpoon Helps. While other breweries their size seem a bit more focused on distributing as far and wide as possible, Harpoon has made the choice to keep their focus local.

They’ve also taken an active interest in sustainability and have been awarded the 2012 Boston Green Business award for installing efficient lighting, their comprehensive recycling program, as well as replacing their delivery trucks with more efficient diesel engines. They are always looking for more environmentally friendly practices that are economically feasible as well.  “It’s a balance,” says Ian, “they are easy changes, when you consider the cost saving benefits as well.”

“We brew good beer, throw great parties, and take pride in everything we do,” he added. These 3 simple rules to do business by have certainly garnered positive results for Harpoon Brewery, who, over the years, has become a  mainstay of New England’s craft brewing industry and culture.


Discontinued Support

Rutherford & Associates has discontinued support for the following:

SQL 2005
Another reminder to upgrade to SQL 2008 ASAP if you haven’t already. eoStar 2012 is not compatible with SQL 2005

IIS6
Upgrade to IIS7 ASAP if you haven’t already


FREE Web Training

Rutherford & Associates will have several FREE training opportunities in the near future. Keep an eye out for June’s training session sign up email next month.


Tips & Tricks

Date selector

This trick can be found throughout eoStar, used to quickly jump to a certain date. When you are using any dropdown date selector, instead of searching for the desired date by clicking through each month, use this feature. Keep this in mind if you need to select a date far in the past or future–you can get there in just a couple clicks!

When you are in the date selector, click on the “Month, Year” at the top of the pop up. This will scale you back by month.

To scale back even further and choose from years, click the year at the top of the pop up.

If you want to back or forward in time even more, click the decade at the top of the pop up, will again, scale you back by decade.


Employee Profile

Joe McGregor, Project Management

We are happy to introduce the newest member of our implementation team, Joe McGregor. Working as a project manager, Joe brings decades of management and academics experience in business and technology to Rutherford & Associates.

Originally from New Jersey, Joe relocated to West Michigan through BASF in 1994, and obtained a BA from Rutgers University. He worked for years on IT projects, and in 2000 became a project lead for the first time.  In addition to the experience he already had, Joe developed an even deeper business knowledge base by obtaining an MBA in Strategic Management and a MS in Information Assurance from Davenport University.

He became an adjunct professor at Davenport University in 1996, teaching undergraduate classes in business and computers, and in 2005, became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. With his passion for project management and teaching, Joe also became the Director of Educational Outreach for Space Port Indiana, a volunteer program that works to establish a National Training Centre partnering with NASA in the Commercial Spaceflight Industry for public universities. He has also volunteered and traveled to Albania for USAID, where he set up much-needed computer systems and helped create a medical database between three hospitals.

Based on his experience, it is clear Joe has a lot to bring to the table at Rutherford. When asked what his most important goal is for the company, he narrowed it down to 3 areas. Firstly, he will increase R & A’s capacity for managing a portfolio of programs and projects, while enhancing the relationship with our customers by involving members of our support teams more deeply within the implementation process. He also stresses the importance of aligning our strategy to build on critical success factors for new competencies, value and goals with a balanced scorecard approach.

He has also been hired to assist in managing our rapid growth, and smooth the shift from a small to a mid-sized company by providing a roadmap for progress. “We’ve got a solid product, and good people behind it. Organization and portfolio management is necessary to transition into the next phase to realize our full potential,” he says.

When he’s not at work, Joe spends time with his wife of 12 years and 2 children, ages 8 and 10. They live in Holland and take full advantage of their proximity to Lake Michigan by going fishing, boating and riding jet skis. He also assists as coach of a youth high school rugby team in Holland, who has made it to the state championships 4 out of the past 5 years.


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