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Cathie Hall

Cathie Hall is the Managing Director of K3 SYSPRO, where she is responsible for providing customers with business solutions through SYSPRO.

Cathie leads a strong team of support, customer services and technical consultants, along with project managers to provide SYSPRO customers in the UK and Europe with high levels of service throughout their ERP journey.

Cathie’s approach is to always put the customer first, and to build and support a strong internal team of people, ensuring that each individual has a secure place within that team.

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The easy way out

Posted on 14 November 2013 by Cathie Hall

The easy way outHuman beings are strange creatures in many ways. One of the habits we all have is a tendency to avoid doing a difficult job today in favor of a quicker workaround, despite the fact we know in the long run we would be better off implementing the proper solution at the start. It frustrates me that even though I am hyper aware of this tendency, I still fall victim to it. My Microsoft Word template isn’t set up quite right so I have to change the theme each time I want to use it, my front door sticks and I know I need to replace it, but a quick shove of the shoulder will do.

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Topics: SYSPRO Workflow Services, Business software, ERP Implementation, ERP systems, Supply Chain Management

5 Tips for ERP Health

Posted on 4 September 2013 by Cathie Hall

Keeping ERP HealthySo your ERP project is live, the champagne is gone and the cake is well and truly eaten. Now what? How do you keep your ERP healthy? Implement these top 5 tips for post ERP Go Live Success.

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Topics: Software development, Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, ERP systems

 

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: Project management, ERP Implementation, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

ERP Ready?

Posted on 2 May 2013 by Cathie Hall

Ensuring ERP readinessIt’s May already and I am just 6 weeks away from my epic run across England, the Wall Run. 69 miles, loosely following the route of Hadrian’s Wall. Preparation for this ultra-marathon has been all consuming; 5am runs before work, full weekends spent running 20 plus miles and cross training. Tempo runs, intervals and fartlek’s have become part of my everyday vocabulary, not to mention testing the kit and worrying about race day nutrition and hydration.

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Topics: Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

ERP resolving the challenges of distribution

Posted on 13 March 2013 by Cathie Hall

global distributionIn this digital age the distribution model for businesses is being transformed, bringing with it a change in both consumer and business buying practices.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Supply Chain Management

Defining and Managing Project Scope

Posted on 10 January 2013 by Cathie Hall

When people talk about the three critical factors of projects, they refer to scope, time and cost. It is well documented that you can’t change one without impacting the other two, yet it still seems to come as a surprise when a change in scope delays a project or increases the cost.

One of my early mentors in project management used to drum into me the importance of scope management. “Where’s the scope documented?” would be the first response whenever you went to her for advice.

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Topics: Software development, Project management, ERP Implementation, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

Delivering Value

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Cathie Hall

When I read a recent SYSPRO blog The Grace of Change, about a Seeker of Value, one customer immediately sprang to mind: Westlands Horticulture. A fast growing business, both organically and through acquisition, they always seem to be involved in one project or another with K3 SYSPRO. Finbarr McNamee, in his role as Group IT Manager is certainly the Seeker of Value within Westlands Horticulture. He engages with the business and gets to grip with the real business need, helping others find new, smarter and more effective ways of doing things. Finbarr drives the change through the organization in several ways.

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Topics: Software development, Project management, ERP Implementation, seeker of value

The Challenge of ERP

Posted on 12 September 2012 by Cathie Hall

I have spent many hours over the past few weeks running around the countryside in preparation for three running challenges I signed up for earlier this year. Firstly, The Three Peaks Challenge, a team from K3 SYSPRO will be taking on the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. Secondly, The Great Langdale Marathon 2012, and thirdly, The Wall Run – an ultra-marathon, taking place in June 2013.

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Topics: Project management, ERP systems, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

Managing the Project Environment

Posted on 4 July 2012 by Cathie Hall

When managing an ERP project, the traditional view is to schedule activities and tasks, to create work breakdown structures, to organize meetings, set agendas, complete reports and update budgets. The skill is in the planning and in the control – or is it?

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Topics: Project management, ERP Implementation

Creating Effective ERP Project Teams

Posted on 3 May 2012 by Cathie Hall

Selecting a project team for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is all too often done on the basis of job role, rather than who is best for the project. What actually makes a good ERP team player? In my opinion there are four requirements: competency, skill, knowledge, and position – in that order.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, ERP systems

 

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