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Better Together

Posted on 2 October 2014 by Darren Edwards

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better_togetherFor some people there is nothing more satisfying than the prospect of going it alone, making a point, doing things differently, pushing boundaries and achieving independent success. The heart often drives this, because we are after-all single entities, with limited time to make an impact or difference in the world. Some would say it’s simply our nature.

Some would also say that this drive is simply a physiological state brought about by a perception that if you can achieve independent success you empower and also protect yourself against competition or replacement.

Following the recent referendum in which Scotland voted on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or go it alone as an independent country, it was reaffirmed to me that despite this inbuilt desire, when we are actually faced with the prospect of having to go it alone, most people opt for working together for a better future. It seems as if sense kicks in at a point, pushing the people, businesses and countries together.

We see this is in all kinds of places - people working as islands, not wanting to share information or learn anything new or have meetings to discuss solutions, or objectively look at how things are done.  But then when introduced to the concept of sharing, they become enlightened as they start to share, communicate and analyse, with the resultant improvements in productivity, cooperation and personal wellbeing.

There are businesses that think that their processes are unique to them, that assume their way is the way all businesses should be run and have always been run, and therefore have no immediate need to review, benchmark, network or have anyone external to their business review their processes on an ongoing basis. Surprisingly for them, when they eventually embark on a project to review, implement or replace their ERP system, they end up having to take a long hard look at how they do things and also to work  with their ERP system provider. When they do this they achieve a collaborative success; a SYSPRO customer, PZ Cussons, is a great example.

Countries all over the world that have historically been divided on many issues now work together in unions and alliances, to share economies of scale and improve the quality of life for their inhabitants.

The art of the possible is easier to identify and achieve when working together and I believe that the SYSPRO community is as successful as it is, because as a collective we know the importance of working together.


Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards is the Product Adoption Manager at K3 SYSPRO, and has been at the company since 2010.

In his current role, Darren is responsible for the ongoing Investigation and Adoption of new Products & Technologies. Internal Product Education, Supplier Relationship Management and Product Performance he is also responsible for the Specialist Services team which was formed in 2012 to drive through continuous improvement and customer and project issue resolution.

Darren has always believed that you get from your ERP system and Software solutions exactly what you put in, and is a big advocate of tenaciously keeping up to date with the latest software and hardware developments.

He is currently working towards his Microsoft Database Developer Certification, and CIMA accreditation.

Darren is an avid Manchester City supporter and religiously follows the Premiership league. He also enjoys getting out and about in the countryside in his spare time.


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