In this age of Industry-four-point-whatever, the stuff of interthings, customizable screens that can make coffee and excise bunions, massive data and so on, it can be fairly easy to forget that some ERP users may not want every bell and whistle in order for their solution to work optimally for their situation.
There is no doubt that, globally, these are uncertain times. From the UK’s surprise Brexit decision to the election in Australia and of course the Clinton vs. Trump campaign in the US. Whatever side of politics you find yourself on, there is no doubt that politic uncertainty and economic uncertainty go hand in hand. Macro-economic uncertainty then feeds down to company level and we get trading uncertainty.
Back in the 1980s SAPICS delegates gathered at the trendy Elangeni Hotel on the Durban seafront while exhibitors faced kitchen-lift logistics to get stand equipment and mini-computers to the second floor.
The evolution of the user experience (UX) is nothing short of remarkable. From Dieter Rams’ Blaupunkt designs in the 1960s, to the game-changing innovations of Apple’s iPhone in 2007 – the UX has expanded from individual design silos into the unified and much contemplated mission of entire organisations.