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How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

Posted on 11 December 2014 by Steve Bassaw

steve_erp_system_company_benefitsERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection.

Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems in the other departments.

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Topics: selection, ERP system, questions, ERP Project

10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SELECTING AN ERP SOLUTION

Posted on 4 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths

simon_selecting_erpIn my days as an ERP sales consultant, I had first-hand experience on how customers went about selecting and implementing ERP software. Here are some suggestions based on seeing projects that failed and succeeded, and how the successful ones started. 

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Topics: Business Strategy, business process, Change management, ERP selection, performance measures

 

Favorite SYSPRO Espresso apps

Posted on 2 December 2014 by Cathie Hall

cathie_mobile_vs_laptopThose that know me well, know my reputation for being “the lady with the laptop.”  There are numerous photographs of me with the laptop seemingly surgically attached: the middle of a field on Scout Camp, whilst washing clothes on the Serbian Scout Jamboree, even in my Wedding Dress.  When K3 Syspro took part in the UK National 3 Peaks Challenge, my laptop came too; if I go away for a weekend with the kids, the laptop is the first thing in the car.

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Topics: SYSPRO Espresso, Mobile ERP

Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment

Posted on 27 November 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

dave_c_expense_vs_investmentHaving been in the IT industry long enough to remember when the idea of "ERP" first started making the rounds, I have watched with some fascination the struggle that organizations go through to decide how to justify an enterprise solution strategy.  At the same time as a business owner or manager decides they must acquire the latest automated machinery with the  belief that it will improve the business; often a decision about enterprise software is  put on the back burner because the cost seems higher than anyone knows how to explain in the context of the overall business. Although it is obvious that I'm biased on this discussion, there is often a compelling case for understanding  your business inputs, processes and outcomes more fully that is ignored, and opportunities to make the business function better are passed up. 

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Topics: ERP, payback, business process improvement, investment

Measuring Process Performance

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Louise Thompson

louise_measuring_process_performanceAs we head towards a new year, I have been having a number of conversations with work colleagues and ERP consultants on the subject of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and their effectiveness. Out of these discussions it can be concluded that there are good and there are poor KPIs.  

Wearing my ERP hat a good example of this is looking at the role of a Purchase Order clerk. A logical metric to ensure they are performing and doing a full days’ work could be to measure the number of purchase orders and purchase order lines they capture in a day. In most environments this would be a poor KPI, as that could lead to more stock being ordered than you need at any one time, resulting in tied-up capital. A good KPI for a purchasing clerk could be the price they are paying for goods, as it will indicate if they have negotiated a good deal on behalf of the company. 

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Topics: process measurable, KPI, performance measures

Gamification and ERP training

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Natasha Burt

natasha_b_gamification_erp_trainingI have never been a ‘gamer’ – in my definition that’s someone who spends a significant amount of their leisure time playing video games. My husband, on the other hand, is an avid gamer – so much so that one of his groomsmen got us an X-Box One as a wedding gift! This got me wondering if I am missing something – why do people escape to these virtual worlds and how do the games keep them interested and coming back for more?

In her TED talk ‘Gaming can make a better world’, Jane McGonigal provides some valuable insight into my contemplations – online video games engage and motivate gamers by providing:

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Topics: learning, Erp training, Gamification

ERP and the Evolution of Packaging

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_the_evolution_of_packagingOptimizing supply chain processes is essential for managing a business in the midst of a changing industry. A dynamic industry dictates that companies must re-evaluate their processes with a focus on operational efficiencies and strategic use of technology.  

This is where it is imperative for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to step in. 

The packing industry in particular is characterized by constantly changing market conditions, technological advancements, relentless competitive pressure, seasonal and regional variations as well as fluctuating costs for both raw materials and business operations.  

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Topics: Supply chain, ERP software, Business Processes, Packaging

Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Steve Bassaw

Forecasting_to_Streamline_Sales_and_OperationsThe disconnect between Sales and Operations in manufacturing companies is so common that it is almost a cliché. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve met plenty of people at other companies going through the same struggles.  Maybe you see some of this in your own company.

Sales perceives Operations as incompetent, unable to deliver the right products at the right time. Operations perceives Sales as unpredictable, overly demanding, and unreasonable. And customers are unhappy because they're being shorted.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Forecasting, requirements planning, Sales and Operations

5 Questions on Technology Selection

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Andy Latham

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I am a great believer in moving with the times and making sure that I use the most appropriate and up to date technology when delivering solutions to my customers. So I read with interest an article that mirrored my philosophy almost exactly.

I para phrase but in essence the article was warning against choosing ERP systems with ageing core technologies and modern flashy front ends. I couldn’t agree more.  Where my views differ slightly is that I believe no single technology can cover all aspects of an ERP system and that it is essential to use a blend of technologies applying the most appropriate to the task in hand. I am also very wary of the next “latest and greatest”, our industry is littered with products written to the latest craze only to find the fashion has been dropped a year later. 

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Topics: Vendor selection, ERP systems, technology selection

What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry

Posted on 6 November 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

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Farming corn (or maize) seems simple, but it isn’t, and it is the business of farming corn that is so instructive to anyone interested in the spread of innovation.

 

Why should I care about the spread of innovation?

Like it or not, we live in a time where every aspect of your business is impacted by innovations. Adopting innovations ahead of your competitors gives you an advantage until they catch up. And with so many innovations available, that gives you plenty of opportunities.

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Topics: innovation, Technology, planning

 

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