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Preparing Your Business for Big Data by Nurturing Staff

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

disruption_of_big_data

Big Data is a huge buzzword right now and for good reason. There are some phenomenal success stories particularly in sales and marketing.

But despite these successes, many companies are struggling to extract value from Big Data including companies like Google. Companies that embark upon a big data project without the right expectations, resources or planning, sink a lot of money into these projects for no reasonable gain. Business leaders are justifiably weary of the risks of Big Data projects.

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Topics: big data, business planning, , nurture talent, data scientists

Taking our own medicine with implementing an ERP upgrade

Posted on 15 October 2014 by Cathie Hall

upgrade_syspro_7There is something to be said for taking your own medicine. As a SYSPRO distributor, K3 Syspro uses SYSPRO internally. 18 months ago we started on a journey to update our own internal systems. We didn’t want to be “one of those builders with their own house falling down.

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Topics: Change management, SYSPRO 7, ERP upgrade

 

Build on SYSPRO, use anywhere

Posted on 7 October 2014 by Shaun Butler

build_on_syspro_run_anywhereDespite the best of plans, ERP implementations often go wrong because customers have unique requirements that are always evolving and vendors will haul out the sledgehammers to force their solutions to fit - even if they weren't designed to deliver what the client wanted in the first place.

It's like trying to squeeze a watermelon into a small cup. Keep forcing it in and you'll end up with nothing but a messy pulp.

Every company is different. They compete in different markets, have a different target audience, and need solutions that support the different verticals they play in. No one solution can ever fit all.

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Topics: Customization, business applications, ERP Implementation, ERP system

Better Together

Posted on 2 October 2014 by Darren Edwards

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.

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Topics: collaboration, ERP projects

Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

Posted on 25 September 2014 by Steve Bassaw

food_safetyThe Safe Food for Canadians Act comes in to effect on January 1, 2015 and it is going to have an effect on every business involved in Canada’s food chain.

The Act puts all food inspection responsibilities under the umbrella of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency bringing together a number of disparate laws, like the Fish Inspection Act, The Canada Agricultural Products Act and the Meat Inspection Act, and their inspection authorities. It also sets out standards for all businesses involved in the food chain.

The Act has many similar requirements to the Food Safety Modernization Act in the US, meaning that once companies are compliant with Canadian law they should also be compliant with the US law which is a requirement for exporting to the US.

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Topics: Traceability, Food safety, Supply chain, Recalls

Conscious Capitalism - Customer Service (3 of 4)

Posted on 17 September 2014 by Ian Mann (Guest Blogger)

customer_service_excellenceIn previous blogs, I have discussed issues relating the concept of Conscious Capitalism. From the perspective of Conscious Capitalism, business is not a zero-sum game with a winner and loser. It is a win-win game. Conscious Capitalism’s intellectual challenge is to create as much value as possible for all of its stakeholders. Less evolved forms of capitalism often treat stakeholders, other than investors, as little more than a means to achieving profit maximization.

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Topics: Customer service, Conscious capitalism, Customer intimacy

Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Posted on 11 September 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

Bankrupting-BusinessIn my previous blog on Technical Debt, I explained the concept of technical debt using software architecture as an example, and described the saw-tooth pattern of well-run businesses that consciously accrue technical debt for a period before investing time in paying off the worst of it.

The technical debt metaphor also describes the challenges of businesses maturing from the inception stage to one can make a good business case for ERP and beyond.

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Topics: Business software, ERP software, Software management, accounting software

Improving the Training Experience

Posted on 9 September 2014 by Simon Griffiths

The-training-experienceIn the dim distant past of ERP, 10 years ago and more, the way you learnt about the software was by referring to the training manuals relating to various modules – Accounts Payable, Bill of Materials, etc. It was a very product-oriented and narrow view of learning. Times have changed, fortunately, and learning materials are turning towards how people work – their roles – and the business processes involved.

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Topics: user education, training, roles, training guide

Managing Technical Debt - Part 1

Posted on 2 September 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

Technical-DebtTechnical debt is a term coined by Ward Cunningham in 1992 to describe the software engineering phenomena of how expedient, short-term decisions can have negative, long term consequences that make it difficult to maintain and update the software. The concept does not just apply to technology companies, any company that uses technology also has technical debt and understanding the concept will help you manage it and run your business.

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Topics: projects, Business software, Software architecture, Software management

Conscious Capitalism – Business Leadership (2 of 4)

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Ian Mann (Guest Blogger)

african-leadershipLiving in Africa, one is constantly aware of the vast poverty that plagues the continent. The poverty is in stark contrast to the continent’s natural wealth that led to Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, to colonize parts of Africa. How is it that a continent so rich can be so poor?

The answer is the poverty of African leadership. The impact of leadership, good or bad, is profound, both for nations and businesses.

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Topics: Conscious capitalism, leadership trends, business leadership

 

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