Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

As we wrap up the year, we wanted to take a minute share the most popular Deacom blog posts of 2017. This year, our articles covered everything from company news, technical functionality, ERP advice, software how-to’s, and Deacom’s internal processes. But five topped the charts this year:

  1. Deacom’s Path to 100 Employees – We did it! In June this year, we hit our 100th employee and it encouraged Deacom’s Hiring Manager, Melissa Richardson, to take a trip down memory lane. In this blog article, she shares how she has seen Deacom grow in the past three years and what it means to be working with more than 100 Deacom artisans.
  2. What You Need to Know About FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Validation – The 21 CFR Part 11 validation process establishes documented evidence that, throughout its lifecycle, the ERP system will consistently function in accordance with its pre-determined specifications and quality attributes. For pharmaceutical and medical device companies, compliance with the FDA requirements outlined in 21 CFR Part 11 and the validation of this compliance, is a critical aspect of the implementation of DEACOM ERP. In this post, we provide an overview of the validation process.
  3. What Makes Deacom’s Hiring Process Different – On almost a weekly basis, interview candidates comment on how our process is very different from what they have experienced at other employers. To that, we say “Thank You!” When we began creating our current interview strategy, we wanted to design it in a way that would keep all participants engaged and motivated through each stage of the process. Here’s how we do it.
  4. Top 10 ERP Features Manufacturers Require – It’s easy to list the different software features that live within a typical off-the-shelf Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. However, when it comes to the business complexities of industries like food, beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical, there are certain functional capabilities that are absolute requirements of being successful. Here are the 10 most common features and capabilities that we get asked about from manufacturers who are looking to implement a new ERP system.
  5. Case Study – California Custom Fruits and Flavors – When it comes to a good ERP experience, it’s all about intuitiveness and flexibility, according to California Custom Fruits and Flavors. The cost of managing their customized software was outweighing its benefits, so the company took action to invest in a strong future for the company. This is California Custom Fruits and Flavors’ story.


But of course, we need to give one last 2017 shout out to our Artisans this year who have, and continue, to push the limits. Below are this year’s Artisan Spotlights:

  • Amanda Goodman, Lead Product Consultant – As employee #7 at Deacom, Amanda Goodman has proven herself, time and time again, to be our honorary “Road Warrior.” While she continues to spend most her time on the road, Amanda doesn’t hesitate to rise to every challenge with tenacity and endless energy.
  • Cameron Taylor, Lead Application Developer – Cam was one of the key players in Deacom’s conversion to a .net framework, one of the most important projects to date. In just four short years, he has worked his way up to Lead Application Developer where he continues to have a significant impact on success of Deacom’s software and customers.
  • Maggie Franks, Data Conversion Specialist – Maggie has mastered the vary challenging process of data conversion, which is critical to a smooth Go-Live. According to Jay Deakins, Deacom’s Founder and CEO, Maggie “always keeps an even keel while under extreme pressures and does what she needs to do to make the customer happy.”
  • Sarah Miles, Internal Systems and Demo Administrator – Though most of her efforts are behind-the-scenes, Sarah has played a critical role in many successes of the implementation and sales teams. She continues to lend a hand to every team in any way she can in order to help current and potential customers realize the value of Deacom.
  • Nina Zecca, Business Development Representative – Exceeding the expectations of a business development representative at Deacom, Nina has taken great initiative to showcase her ability as a strategic thinker, successful saleswomen, and valuable trainer. As sales goals shifted, she helped to redesign the team’s efforts and bring new employees up to speed.


What articles do you want to see next year? Comment below and let us know.

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As the PR Manager for Deacom, Kelly does more than write press releases and manage her digital Rolodex (aka LinkedIn). She is on a mission to eliminate the “Dee-a-kom” problem by creatively merging quality content, media relations, social media, data analysis, SEO, and event marketing to help boost the company’s awareness and reputation as a trusted ERP provider. HINT: It’s pronounced “dē·käm”.