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Reminiscing on an ERP project victory

Posted on 1 September 2015 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_unearthing_mining_valueIsn’t it great when you try your hand at something new and it turns out to be a runaway success?

During my many years at SYSPRO I have been involved in a range of software development projects, but I’d never tried my hand at implementation until I was given the opportunity to work with the iPlan team on the SYSPRO implementation at the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe, Zambia.

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Topics: SYSPRO Workflow Services, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 4

Posted on 27 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part_4Some would say that the link between ERP and baking is tenuous at best. However, my most recent culinary catastrophe got me thinking about SYSPRO’s functionality and convenience. Let me elaborate…

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

 

ERP Support that Counts – Part 2

Posted on 25 August 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_support_that_counts_2In my last blog I mentioned my home make-over and my feelings about it that range from jubilant to wretched, depending on which day you catch me. This process has once again reinforced my belief that solid relationships are paramount to the success of any endeavor.  I learnt that one of the most important considerations when choosing a contractor is their clear understanding of your vision and your required outcome. The ‘personal touch’ should never be underestimated. 

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Topics: Software development, SYSPRO User Tips

Productive ERP development…only a cup away from taking over the world

Posted on 20 August 2015 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_predictive_analyticsWe have a philosophy at SYSPRO that precludes innovation simply for the sake of innovation. There is an organizational commitment around here to productive development that doesn’t really leave much wriggle room for frivolity. ERP software is a serious business after all… isn’t it?  

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology), ERP and Analytics

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 3

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_pt_3Costing methods can be a contentious issue where there is no definite right or wrong answer.  The other day, while looking at my Quora feed, I came across a user who posed a question regarding a disagreement between two people. He wanted to know if at least one person will always be wrong. 

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Empowerment in IT Through Education

Posted on 13 August 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_empowerment_through_educationWhen asked what I do for a living, I always answer, “I’m in IT” and I find it is quite the conversation stopper. Perhaps the person upon hearing my answer is picturing me hunched over a smoking keyboard furiously coding in some odd-ball language, and is afraid to push any further. In reality, I am in education and this just happens to be in an IT company. And education plays a key role. 

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Ensuring good ERP data housekeeping

Posted on 11 August 2015 by Tracey Gates

tracey_good_data_housekeepingDuring my weekly house cleaning routine, I found myself thinking of customers who should be “cleaning” their systems on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a ‘Good Data-Housekeeping Seal of Approval’, but I am quite certain that there ought to be. Many of the five-alarm fires I respond to at the Support Desk could have been avoided with a healthy dash of daily, very basic routine.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management, ERP and Analytics, SYSPRO User Tips

Support that Counts

Posted on 6 August 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_support_that_counts_1Renovations can be exhausting and frustrating but oddly exhilarating at the same time. During my recent home makeover, as I bounced between building suppliers, sanitary ware outlets and roof truss manufacturers, I got to thinking about service levels that stand out. It struck me that the difficult decisions, inconveniences and stresses of any project can be minimized by excellent service.

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Topics: Software development, SYSPRO User Tips

The IT Women

Posted on 4 August 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_women_in_ITWomen are still under represented in the IT community, whether in management, project, consultancy, infrastructure, technical or development roles.  Big tech companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft all hover around the 70:30 male to female ratio mark.  However, it doesn’t appear to be a selection issue, more a recruitment issue.  From my own experience, and that of many of my female colleagues, the IT sector generally fails to appeal to women. 

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Topics: women in IT, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

The Internet of Things that make me go hmmmm

Posted on 30 July 2015 by Phil Duff

phil_the_internet_of_thingsDo these words sound familiar: Are you listening to me?

It’s not only marital, parental or platonic relationships that benefit from effective communication - the business benefits of paying careful attention to your customers and reacting accordingly should never be underestimated.

Just ask Microsoft.

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