About Andy Latham

I am the Managing Director of K3 SYSPRO in the UK. Born in Wolverhampton and with parents in the forces I spent my formative years all over the world. After school I completed a BSc Hons in Chemistry and Business Studies, at Salford University. I ended up in IT quite accidentally. Walking through Manchester in the rain one afternoon, I came across an ICL billboard offering multi choice aptitude tests and free coffee. I went in for the coffee and to get dry, and came out with a job offer. I had always wanted to own my own business, and in 1985 I established Information Engineering Ltd with a business partner. This company soon became one of only two UK distributors of SYSPRO business software. Over twenty successful years later Information Engineering was acquired by K3 Business Technology Group and I was appointed Technical Director in their K3 SCS division. In 2010 the K3 Group rebranded its dedicated SYSPRO ERP division as K3 SYSPRO, based in Manchester, and appointed me as its Managing Director. After nearly thirty years working with and for SYSPRO, I probably know the product better than most. I have served in every possible role from helpdesk, to implementation, to development, and everything in between. I am happily married. I enjoy sport and researching everything technological. My current hobbies are playing golf and running.

When to put your ERP system in the cloud

ERP-system-in-the-cloudThe other week I was at a friend’s house having a barbeque when his granddaughter ran out of the house clutching my friend’s iPad asking (in a way that only 4 year old girls can) to watch Peppa Pig. My friend’s reaction was to tell her to put the TV on but the demand came back “NO! On my pad, on my pad”. Read more…

How to plan an upgrade – Part 1 – to upgrade or not to upgrade?

A few weeks ago my ageing TV packed up and it was a sad moment when I threw my trusty appliance of many years onto the tip. I am now the proud owner of a flat screen, HD, Internet connected, “you name it my TV has got it” TV and wondering why I didn’t upgrade it a long time ago.

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How to get the most out of your support desk

The other week my family banished me to the attic with instructions to get rid of all the stuff I had put up there “that might be useful one day.” I soon found myself sitting amidst piles of cardboard boxes reminiscing about school days and my early career in the computer industry. I even found my old beer mat collection from the ’70s!

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Top tips to stop your ERP system falling into disrepair…

I may be turning into a grumpy old man. Last week my family gave me this dubious honour after a week, where I apparently complained about unruly children in my favourite restaurant (why are children allowed to run riot in public). This included the use of mobile phones in the same restaurant (clearly I was not in a good mood) and the use of “reply all” to emails at work (do I really need 10 copies of the same email).

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