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5 ERP Selection Tips for a Harmonious Partnership

Posted on 29 October 2015 by Cathie Hall

My comparison of an ERP solution to a marriage has been met with varying degrees of skepticism over the years. For those of you who feel that it’s a tenuous link, let me ask you two questions:

Could you be charmed by an enticing vision crafted by a salesperson? Could you be influenced by your people who get along with the people at your ERP vendor?

Exactly. A relationship forged by your heart and not your head. A bit like marriage, right?

Whichever way you chose to make your decision, here are some common errors you should steer clear of when when going through an ERP section process:

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Topics: Selecting ERP

Crafting the Future of ERP in the Electronics Industry

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Phil Duff

There can be little debate about two aspects of the electronics industry.

Firstly, few other industries can compare to this sector or keep up when it comes to extremely rapid changes and ever-shrinking manufacturing turnaround times and product lifecycles.

Secondly, the growth of the Internet of Things, Big Data and predictive analytics means we are poised on the edge of an explosive demand for electronics, semiconductors, sensors and readers, as machine-to-machine tracking and analytics are set to shiver, shakeout, and shape the very way that products are manufactured, all along the design, supply and production line.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

 

Gartner’s Findings Pave the Way for Customer Focused ERP

Posted on 22 October 2015 by Louise Thompson

I recently attended the Gartner Symposium IT Expo 2015 in Cape Town and enjoyed absorbing all the latest IT and market trends and exploring the increasing blurring of the physical and digital worlds in customer relations.

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

8 Steps to ERP Support Request Success

Posted on 20 October 2015 by Tracey Gates

8 steps to erp support

I’m sometimes envious of Dr. John Dee, the 16th-century mathematician, astronomer, geographer and trusted adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. Despite being a man of science, Dee practiced clairvoyance - ‘clear-seeing’ - through the use of crystal balls. I find this rather inspiring. Because if Dr. Dee can use a crystal ball to help support a queen, why shouldn’t I use one to help support my SYSPRO clients? Ah yes, I work with software, managing a support desk in the twenty first century!

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Topics: SYSPRO User Tips, Owning or (Running) ERP

How to influence ERP learners - just what the doctor ordered

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_erp_learning_just_what_the_dr_orderedIt’s October, my birthday month. For some strange reason, I feel some sort of comradery with people born in October; a feeling that we all have something special about us. So I was pleased to see that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5th, close to my birth date. This man definitely has something special about him.

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Topics: Education, Training and Certification

Can Entry-Level Software Support the Modern Manufacturer?

Posted on 13 October 2015 by Joey Benadretti

I believe that asking the right questions is often a critical factor in the pursuit of a successful outcome. Choosing a car? Ask about performance and comfort. Buying a home? Ask about the neighborhood and the school systems. Ordering a steak? Ask about the cut and the side orders.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Owning or (Running) ERP

Onsite Champions and Super Hero Consultants – Part 2

Posted on 8 October 2015 by Al Brough

alistair_super_consultants_part_2In Part 1 of this blog I defined the general differences between the Onsite Champion (OC) and the Super Hero Consultant (SHC) and then arrived at a conclusion: Access to both types of superhero is a good idea for any company with an ERP system. In this part, I’d like to hone in on the details and examine each of our caped ERP defenders for strengths and weaknesses.

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Topics: Owning or (Running) ERP

ERP Systems – are they a Cost or Benefit?

Posted on 6 October 2015 by David Waller

david_waller_cost_or_benefitI’m in ERP sales, so I’m an easy target for those who think that ERP salespeople make over-exaggerated claims. Some do, but I’m not one of them. You don’t need to exaggerate to justify an ERP system, and if you do the job properly it can often result in a negative cost (i.e. it saves more per year than it costs).

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Topics: Owning or (Running) ERP

Three crucial considerations when evaluating ERP

Posted on 1 October 2015 by Gavin Verreyne

gavin_evaluating_your_erpOften during demonstrations I am asked about the language SYSPRO ERP is written in. For some reason, expressing the fact that SYSPRO uses best-of-breed technologies in the development of our product and the fact that SYSPRO has never been re-developed, but rather has evolved, never seems to resonate.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

 

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