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Posted on 31 May 2012 by Phil Duff

SYSPRO was featured on CNBC Africa last week when Chris Bishop interviewed me on the Entrepreneurial Edge Show. Besides the obligatory pre-interview application of make-up, I thought things went pretty well. I feel in a very fortunate position to love what I do and work with a team dedicated to delighting our clients and improving our products and services every day.

It’s amazing to think that my brother and I started the company in 1978 with just a few dollars in our collective back pocket. The journey has been wonderful and one that still energizes me. After all, how many people are fortunate enough to say that they wake up every morning raring to go with the same excitement they felt on the first day of their start-up?

This spirit of entrepreneurship is something that we at SYSPRO work hard to promote in our employees all over the world. Our partners and customers are integral to this. They are seen as an extension of the SYSPRO business and by empowering the collective team, we make our community that much stronger.

The interview also gave me a great opportunity to chat about where we started, the various challenges we faced along route, and what the market was like in the 70s and 80s. Given that computers were the size of a not so small office at that time, we had a good laugh in between the serious stuff. I even talked a bit about the recent Facebook listing and gave some insight on why I am cautious about taking that route.

So grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, sit back, and enjoy the show.

CNBC Africa Entrepreneurial Edge interview with Phil Duff, founder and CEO of SYSPRO

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Topics: Business Strategy, entrepreneur, innovation, Business software, ERP, Technology, YouTube

Phil Duff

Phil Duff is CEO of SYSPRO. Together with his brother Chris, he identified a gap in the market for accounting software. In 1978, they took the opportunity and founded SYSPRO. At the time, many technology entrepreneurs felt that success was dependent on a quick initial public offering (IPO).

Over thirty years later, SYSPRO is one of the longest standing independent vendors of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The company is operational in over 60 countries across six continents. Phil has stayed true to his values, and those values are evident throughout the company.

Phil has always believed in continuity and the long term, rather than quick profits. This philosophy is one of the cornerstones bolstering the robust performance and affordability for which SYSPRO is renowned. He believes in being fair: customers have never been sold software they didn’t need, nor have sales people engaged in pressure tactics, but rather in nurturing relationships for the long term.

Phil leads a talented global team, supported by over 1500 channel partners. Together, they deliver cost-effective, scalable and customizable enterprise software and services to customers across six continents.


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