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Reminiscing on an ERP project victory

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Kevin Dherman

During my 13 years at SYSPRO I have been involved in a range of software development projects, but have never tried my hand at implementation. Over the past few months I have been fortunate enough to work with the iPlan team on the SYSPRO implementation at the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe, Zambia.

I was brought into the project about 4-5 months into the implementation, when the customer began to see the power of SYSPRO and started pushing it to and beyond its limits. They realized the value and potential of SYSPRO and wanted more and more out of the system. Everything that they needed has been achieved with the core product by utilizing the built-in customization features, power tailoring and workflow.

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Topics: business process, innovation, workflow, Business software, ERP, mining, Technology

Delivering Value

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Cathie Hall

When I read a recent SYSPRO blog The Grace of Change, about a Seeker of Value, one customer immediately sprang to mind: Westlands Horticulture. A fast growing business, both organically and through acquisition, they always seem to be involved in one project or another with K3 SYSPRO. Finbarr McNamee, in his role as Group IT Manager is certainly the Seeker of Value within Westlands Horticulture. He engages with the business and gets to grip with the real business need, helping others find new, smarter and more effective ways of doing things. Finbarr drives the change through the organization in several ways.

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Topics: Business Strategy, continuous improvement, project ownership, Project management, ERP Implementation, seeker of value

 

Overcoming Learned Human Behavior

Posted on 17 October 2012 by Steve Bassaw

Last week I was at the supermarket in the very long queue at the “12 items or less” checkout station, when I glanced over at the adjacent self-checkout station. The store had installed it a few months ago but I (and most other shoppers) had never tried it – thinking it looked a bit confusing and not worth the hassle of learning how it worked, perhaps due to fear of not picking up quickly enough on how to use it. But the queue was so much shorter there, so I decided to try it. Although there was a learning curve to understand the process, for example to follow the on-screen instructions and to also get the knack of scanning barcodes properly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ll definitely use the self-checkout again.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, user experience, ERP Implementation

The journey to success requires teamwork!

Posted on 11 October 2012 by Louise Thompson

While performing the recent seven day challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there was time during the daily six – eight hours of walking to reflect on various subjects of life. On one of these days I was struck by the strong parallels between “Team SYSPRO” and “Team Kili” as we affectionately called it.

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Topics: Project team, Software implementation, Team SYSPRO, Project management, ERP Implementation, Kilimanjaro

The Rise of the Social Enterprise and its Impact on ERP

Posted on 3 October 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

The world of technology is no longer just reserved for ‘techies.’ Consumer technology now spearheads the technologies which businesses later adopt. Clever user interfaces (UI) and good-looking hardware has also resulted in users building emotional bonds with hardware, such as their smartphone or tablet – something which was unheard of not so long ago.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Social enterprise, Business software, social networking, ERP, Social Media

 

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