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Architecting your business for success – Part 1 of 2

Posted on 21 May 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_architecting_your_businessThere’s a cliché that people can become victims of their own success. Like most clichés, it might be annoying but it’s also true. But what does it mean in the business world, and more importantly, how do we avoid it?

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_customizationShould an ERP system be customized? That is a question asked by many companies. Although some people say it should never be done, in almost every ERP project one of the first user requests is for customization.

If you accept that customization is a fact of ERP life, then what criteria should the project owner use to select and prioritize customizations? One objective framework for deciding on customization has been provided by consultant and author Geoffrey Moore. In his book ‘Dealing with Darwin’ Moore proposed the concept of 'core' and 'context' as a way to prioritize growth strategies, but the concept can also be extended to ERP customization.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP


Mapping the Supply Chain

Posted on 7 May 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_mapping_the_supply_chainWhen sitting down to a meal, do you ever take a moment to think about where the food came from? Sadly, I think most people would say the local supermarket.

On a larger scale, a study by KPMG found that nearly half of global manufacturers don’t have any visibility past their direct suppliers. Meaning they cannot see beyond them, to their suppliers’ suppliers. This can have huge implications, especially in industries where traceability is required (such as food and pharmaceutical).

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Topics: Traceability, Supply Chain Management

Managing your supply chain with ERP - Part 2

Posted on 5 May 2015 by Steve Bassaw

steve_supply_chain_part_2In Part 1 of this blog I discussed how ERP software helps you better manage the “demand” side of the supply chain.  Now let’s look at the “supply” side.

One of your most important “supply” functions is purchasing, and using an ERP system helps purchasing become more systematic and efficient:

You can track all of the details against purchase orders, such as pricing, quantities ordered and received, and expected vs. actual delivery dates.  This data also lets you monitor supplier performance.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Optimizing your Organization with Mission-Critical ERP

Posted on 30 April 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_optimizing_your_organizationSuccessful manufacturing today hinges on reacting quickly to changes in market trends by accessing information for business-critical decisions. Because of this, never before has ERP been more mission critical for manufacturers.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP

Flexible ERP Delivering Value

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_valuing_the_relationshipRecently, a colleague’s daughter travelling between South Africa, England and the US bought, a return train ticket for £48 but missed the departing train due to a flight delay. The result: she was charged the full price of a new ticket (£65), even though she was still going to be catching the return train – and even though the train was almost empty.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP

SYSPRO’s Supply Chain

Posted on 21 April 2015 by Steve Bassaw

steve_supply_chainThe world has become a smaller place, and supply chains have become longer. Managing your supply chain effectively gives you a competitive advantage (ask Walmart and Apple) and there are many ways that ERP software can help a business manage the entire breadth of its supply chain.

Let’s start at the “demand” end of the supply chain. In Part 2 of this blog, we’ll look at the “supply” side.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

ERP Procurement can make Companies more Profitable

Posted on 14 April 2015 by JP van Loggerenberg

jp_erp_procurementIs your Procurement Department living in the 21st century?  Gone are the days of procurement existing simply as a purchasing function - although its roots are in purchasing, modern procurement makes organizations smarter and more profitable through sourcing diversification, whilst improving both input costs and cash flow.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management, Supply Chain Management

Information on your Doorstep

Posted on 9 April 2015 by Paulo de Matos


I’ve reflected recently on the classic depiction of someone waking early, walking out their front door down the driveway and picking up the newspaper delivered in the early hours. This notion still holds a certain appeal, but nowadays everyone operates on the premise of information on demand. You just need to appreciate the sheer number of travelers, whether it is for business or leisure, at an airport pouring over their laptops and mobile devices, translating information and tirelessly capturing information onto spreadsheets or similar tools, producing reports, and extracting information.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Tips on Optimizing Procurement

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_procurementIt’s a long time since the sales team got all the glamour and recognition for being the business heroes, now it’s just as likely that the buyers are out celebrating with the champagne. The impact of procurement to the profitability and sustainability of a business is dramatic.  Consider a distribution business with a revenue turnover of $100m with a cost of sales of $70m and operating costs of $20m, net profit is $10m. A 1% decrease on the cost of sales translates to a whopping 7% increase in net margin.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP, ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, ERP for distribution


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