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10 things to do before taking your business mobile

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_things_to_consider_to_go_mobileHave you ever thought how mobile devices are transforming your personal life, and those around you? Now, think about how you might change your work life as dramatically, and then ask yourself "why haven't we gone mobile?" Many companies are still hesitating to implement mobile solutions in the warehouse or the factory floor, even though their CEOs and managers are quite comfortable using smartphones. It's probably because it is a new journey and they are unsure of the steps and decisions they need to take along the way.

So here are the key points for that journey.

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Topics: Enterprise Technology

Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure

Posted on 24 February 2015 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

dave_c_blog_business_managers_guide_to_software_nfrastructureChoosing the type of software infrastructure that you want any enterprise software system to run on is an important early step. From cloud to in-house, there are a range of trade-offs between risk, cost and service constraints that you make with each type of infrastructure.

Technology vendors are much in love with revolution and so this next statement will be controversial. From a business manager’s perspective, Software as a Service (SaaS) is fundamentally the same as managed services that have been around for decades.

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Topics: IT Infrastructure, cloud, SaaS

 

Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Steve Bassaw

odete_know_when_to_pull_the_trigger_on_erpFor more than 20 years I have seen manufacturers and distributors struggle with the decision of selecting an ERP system. And I understand why.

ERP is like a marriage, there will be ups and downs, and it will involve a lot of hard work and commitment to make it work, so you need to trust that you make the right decision the first time.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP

SQL – The perfect database partner

Posted on 17 February 2015 by Chris Grunwell

chris_g_perfect_database_partnerI love the database programming language SQL, and I don't mind admitting it.  Ever since I first started to write T-SQL statements in Microsoft Query 2001 for my ICT A-Level exams I've loved the syntax, the structure of the language itself (hence Structured Query Language) and its similarity to the English language.

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Topics: SQL database

Celebrating the Ideal ‘Business’ Partner on Valentine’s Day

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Phil Duff

phil_ideal_business_partnerFebruary is the month of love and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner many of us will be celebrating the relationships we have with our partners, or with those we would like to form relationships.

So what better time than to review the relationship or partnership you have with your business system? 

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Topics: Selecting ERP

The App Games

Posted on 5 February 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_the_app_gamesI admit I am a Hunger Games fan. I read all three books in a week and vowed to take archery lessons. And I am not the only one, judging by the number of books sold. In 2012, Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sold 27.7 million copies (print and eBooks combined).

So what makes the story so compelling? Well, unlike the ho-hum of Survivor-like programs, in The Hunger Games it’s not just a torch that gets snuffed. People fight to the death. Twenty-four Tributes (or contestants) are placed in a hostile environment and need to use tools, talent and strategy to stay alive. The last Tribute standing gets rewarded with wealth and lots of food (hence the Hunger Games).

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Topics: learning, education, syspro appstore

The Perfect Partner in ERP

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_perfect_erp_partnerRegular readers of the blog may remember my post “owning change” written just after my wedding in November 2013.  It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that it took me a few more years than most to find my perfect partner.  Fortunately finding the perfect partner in ERP wasn’t so difficult.  I first saw SYSPRO in 2001 and have been a dedicated fan ever since.

 

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Topics: Customization, workflow, Inventory management, process modeling, partner

How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses

Posted on 29 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

brian_c_rfid_adoptionRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) works a lot like barcodes letting you scan products, or anything else you put a barcode on, and instantly get serial and product information on that object. The big difference is that barcode scanners physically need line-of-sight to the barcode while RFID can automatically read a tag if it is within range.

Check out my post on RFID vs Barcodes for more information on how these technologies compare.

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Topics: Inventory management, RFID, barcodes

From Waste to Clean Water

Posted on 27 January 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_once_mans_wasteSay the word ‘sustainability’ and you may get a few yawns and a couple of questioning “huhs?” In my experience, it does not get the conversation going or even the creative juices flowing. But saying the word “pooh” will most certainly get a reaction and everybody has a bodily function story.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Sustainability, integrated reporting

RFID vs Barcodes

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

rfid_vs_barcodesRadio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been the next-generation technology to replace barcodes for some time. While RFID hasn’t come close to eclipsing barcodes yet, adoption of the technology continues to grow.

While there are some novel uses for RFID, most companies employ RFID to do the same things as barcodes, and for the same reasons.

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Topics: shop floor, RFID, barcoding

 

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