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Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards is the Product Adoption Manager at K3 SYSPRO, and has been at the company since 2010.

In his current role, Darren is responsible for the ongoing Investigation and Adoption of new Products & Technologies. Internal Product Education, Supplier Relationship Management and Product Performance he is also responsible for the Specialist Services team which was formed in 2012 to drive through continuous improvement and customer and project issue resolution.

Darren has always believed that you get from your ERP system and Software solutions exactly what you put in, and is a big advocate of tenaciously keeping up to date with the latest software and hardware developments.

He is currently working towards his Microsoft Database Developer Certification, and CIMA accreditation.

Darren is an avid Manchester City supporter and religiously follows the Premiership league. He also enjoys getting out and about in the countryside in his spare time.

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Future ERP Trends Explained

Posted on 28 April 2016 by Darren Edwards

darren_future_erp_trends_explained.jpgThis month, K3Syspro exhibited at one of Britain’s largest manufacturing and machinery events – MACH 2016.  This event sees thousands of machinery suppliers from all over the globe converge in one giant arena to showcase their hardware and software offerings for the manufacturing companies of the UK to evaluate.

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Why Upgrade?

Posted on 9 February 2016 by Darren Edwards

darren_why_upgrade.jpgA few days ago, while travelling home, I decided to pop into a well-known UK supermarket to pick up some essentials. As I walked into the supermarket I spotted a huge sign at the end of every aisle that read: ‘From 8pm until 12am this evening this store will only accept cash payments. This is due to a software update that will not only make your shopping experience better but improve our reliability to you our customers.  We apologies for any inconvenience.’ 

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Controlling your Spend with ERP Workflow and Mobile

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_syspro_espresso_with_erp_workflow.jpgIt’s not very often I choose to blog about a specific customer solution, but after considering how effective the solution has proven to be and how happy it made a customer, I felt like I really had no choice but to share it with the SYSPRO community. 

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Owning ERP, ERP for Distribution

Applying Windows 10 principles to ERP

Posted on 15 September 2015 by Darren Edwards

On the 29th July 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10. Within 4 weeks of the release date 75 million machines across the world had been upgraded by people wanting to take full advantage of the latest, free Microsoft Operating System.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Owning ERP

Optimizing your ERP with Workflow

Posted on 7 July 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_optimizing_workflowA few weeks ago, myself and one of my colleagues travelled to Johannesburg to catch up with the Emerging Technologies team at SYSPRO.  Our primary goal was to get up-to-speed with the latest developments in SYSPRO Workflow in SYSPRO 7 and gain an appreciation of how SYSPRO’s implementations of Workflow in South Africa are significantly impacting their manufacturing and distribution businesses for the better.

SYSPRO’s biggest implementations of Workflow were demonstrated and discussed during our time there.  A link to the case study of one of these businesses can be found here

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Topics: Software development, ERP Implementation, ERP and Analytics

New SYSPRO 7 enhancements

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_new_syspro7_enhancementsAs we hurtle towards the end of March I find myself reflecting back on the first quarter of the year – wondering where it’s gone and what the rest of the year has in store.  I’m sure this year has gone quicker than usual and I am sure there are many of you out there feeling the same.

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Topics: Software development, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Maintaining/upgrading ERP

Maybe it’s time for a change? SYSPRO 7.

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_time_for_change_SYSPRO_7Over the last few years I have blogged about the disappointing number of times that I have observed manufacturing and distribution businesses go through a process of identifying a series of business improving changes, but then failed to consider or adopt these changes because the change was too difficult (politically or from an effort perspective). An attitude of ‘we’ve always done it like this and it works ok’ seemed to creep in, which had completely infected the culture of the business and its people – and had unfortunately kept the business firmly planted in the status quo.

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Topics: ERP systems

Better Together

Posted on 2 October 2014 by Darren Edwards

better_togetherFor some people there is nothing more satisfying than the prospect of going it alone, making a point, doing things differently, pushing boundaries and achieving independent success. The heart often drives this, because we are after-all single entities, with limited time to make an impact or difference in the world. Some would say it’s simply our nature.

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Four software tools your ERP system needs

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Darren Edwards

erp_software_toolsAs we all know (or should know), SYSPRO ticks more functionality boxes than a Swiss army knife and part of the reason for SYSPRO’s ongoing product success is that it focuses on getting this core functionality right - whilst exposing this same functionality via business objects to allow easy software integration to other systems. 

When a business implements SYSPRO, they often choose to implement other software tools available in the market too, with the aim of enhancing the solution and maximising the business’s return on its investment. 

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Topics: ERP systems, Mobile ERP

Preparing for change

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Darren Edwards

Preparing-for-change

Since December 2013 a record breaking 200% increase in rainfall in southern areas of the UK has brought about widespread flooding. Low lying areas close to rivers have seen the worst impact, and this has been compounded by increased rainfall on already sodden ground. With temperatures now dropping below freezing (it’s the UK winter months), there is the additional danger of ice, making deadly those areas already flooded.

Seeing the news reports of flooded property and ruined farmland saddens me, but it also reminds me of similar incidents the year before... and I ask myself the question: “why don't people learn from past flooding events, and why are people not more prepared?”

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

 

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