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Why your ERP people are as critical as your ERP product

Posted on 29 September 2015 by Cathie Hall

How can ERP service help manufacturers realize their strategic goals?

 Vendors continually invest in their products to ensure world class functionality by talking to those companies that excel in their respective industries.  Typically, the focus is on creating a sophisticated and robust product that is able to solve complex business problems.  However, with a multi-faceted solution, implementation and support issues can create potential disparities.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

ERP: The crystal ball of global companies?

Posted on 24 September 2015 by JP van Loggerenberg

The surprise defeat of the Springboks by Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match has got me thinking about predictions. Specifically, when it is possible to precisely predict an outcome and when these predictions are simply educated guesses.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management


Cloud for ERP has come of age

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Kevin Dherman

Three years ago the cloud was an immature offering and incomplete. Its voice was high pitched and it had acne. But now it is coming into its own with more integration layers and cloud services becoming available. The ecosystem that ERP relies on in the cloud has grown up too, currently even shaving, driving a car and enjoying full-time employment.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Onsite Champions vs. Super Hero Consultants – Part 1

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Al Brough

As you’d expect, a SYSPRO technical support position comes with heavy intellectual responsibilities. This morning, for example, I sat at my desk drinking coffee while pondering the question of superheroes. The exercise proved profitable – I have ascertained, after deep cogitation, that superheroes have a great deal to tell us about the appropriate modes and uses of SYSPRO support.

Let’s take a look at two iconic superheroes: Batman and Superman. Batman, in the language of SYSPRO, is an Onsite Champion – he lives in Gotham City, he works for the betterment of Gotham City, and his skill set includes an intimate knowledge of local conditions. He’s who you call if someone has robbed Gotham Bank or stolen a jeweled thingummybob from the Gotham Museum. Note that Batman’s problems rarely spread beyond the immediate area of his expertise, and that the villains are usually human.

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Topics: Owning or (Running) ERP

Applying Windows 10 principles to ERP

Posted on 15 September 2015 by Darren Edwards

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? – Part 6

Posted on 10 September 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

Firstly, a public service announcement: this blog contains references to sex, nudity and violence.  You have been warned …

Well, eventually it had to happen.  After some birds and bees and flowers and trees action an egg has been known to give rise to the odd chicken.  Now (and here’s the violent bit) in order to cook a chicken to golden deliciousness, it is necessary to first deal with the unpleasant aspect of a slaughter.

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Topics: Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management

More complexity in the ERP UX experience? Yes, but isn’t simplicity the name of the game?

Posted on 8 September 2015 by Phil Duff

phil_ux_experienceQuick question for you. Do you prefer choices or being told what to do? Do you want to decide for yourself what your user experience will be or do you just want the latest upgrade, iteration to be presented to you as a fait accompli?

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Owning or (Running) ERP

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? – Part 5

Posted on 3 September 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

If you recall from my last blog I almost ended up with egg on my face!  Not literally - my egg whites were beaten into submission and stayed firmly in their place. My awkward moment only came when I took the wrong approach to combining the eggs with the other ingredients.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management

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)


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