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SYSPRO’s Supply Chain

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Steve Bassaw

syspro_supply_chainA recent conversation with an instructor at a local post-secondary school made me think about the many ways that ERP software can help a business manage the entire breadth of its supply chain. The 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).

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Topics: Supply chain, Forecasting, Inventory management, Business software, Sales, Returns management

Bite-Size Education

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Natasha Burt

e-learningDespite being someone who is generally conscious about what and how much I eat, there are occasions when I cheat – my weaknesses are cheese and chocolate. When my fiancé bought a slab of Swiss dark chocolate recently, the first thing I did was look at the nutritional information. I was pleasantly surprised to see that, instead of giving the values per 100g, they had listed the values per piece. Knowing the kilojoule, fat and sugar content of just one piece encouraged me to limit myself to one bite-size piece of heaven. I had just enough to get that bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste, satisfy my craving for something sweet and avoid that feeling of guilt you get after devouring an entire slab of chocolate. In this case, less really was more. This got me thinking about a more digestible alternative in learning – bite-size education.

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Topics: learning, Education and Training, training, education

 

Rising from the ruins: You cannot have too many backups

Posted on 10 July 2013 by Rosanne Hawarden (Guest Blogger)

Rising from the ruins-backupsThe lives of the citizens of Christchurch, New Zealand including my own, changed dramatically when two major earthquakes recently struck the city. The first disaster occurred at 4 am on Saturday, 4 September 2010 (magnitude 7.1) and the second at 1pm on the busy working day of Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 (magnitude 6.3). Two large office blocks collapsed as did numerous old brick facades in the quaint Victorian city centre resulting in many injuries and 185 deaths.
I was on a lunchtime dash to my local supermarket when the second quake struck. When it was all over and reassured that no one near me was hurt, I shakily made my way to the car to send off texts to staff, family and friends. Hurrying home to check the damage and get my earthquake kit (food, water, first aid kit, matches, emergency radio and space blankets), I quickly realised that this second quake was much more destructive than the first one. Fortunately for many homes and businesses to the west of the city the damage was extensive but minor. On the east of the city centre the flooding and liquefaction of the soil caused major damage to buildings, roads and waste water systems. Our single storey office was on the edge of the cordoned off central city in which 900 damaged buildings have now been demolished. Fortunately no one had been hurt as we had carefully earthquake proofed the office after the first big one. Everything dangerous had been put on the ground or moved to a lower level.

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Topics: Business continuity, Backups, Disaster recovery, Cloud storage

Go Live

Posted on 2 July 2013 by Cathie Hall

go-liveFinally my project has ended! After 12 months of running, cross training and stretching in preparation for www.thewallrun.co.uk the weekend finally arrived. The Friday before the event was spent reviewing lists, checking equipment, packing bags, repacking bags, rechecking lists, and before I knew it, it was Saturday morning and the event was upon me.

In the 15 hours, 9 minutes it took me to traverse across Northern England, I had plenty of time to think about how this project has been so very similar to an ERP project and how the actual event was so very similar to a go live.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation

 

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