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Darren Edwards

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

Darren’s thirst for technical knowledge started at a young age. His parents can testify to the amount of things they have seen him deconstruct and then reconstruct, to see how they worked.

In his current role, Darren is responsible for investigating reports of performance issues, evaluating integration strategies, and developing solutions – using new and old technologies. Before joining K3 SYSPRO he worked as a K3 SYSPRO customer, where his primary function was to analyze data and investigate process efficiencies. Darren has been involved with the implementation and training of SYSPRO Mobile Applications, Automail, SRS, DataSwitch, and Company Copy and has more recently been focusing his efforts on SQL Optimization and Environment auditing.

Darren has always believed that you get from your ERP System 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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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: SYSPRO, ERP, collaboration, Mobile Solution, Third party software, CRM, software integration

Preparing for change

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Darren Edwards

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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: Software implementation, process improvement, Change management, Business software, Project planning, ERP, Project management

 

Impatience is a virtue

Posted on 24 October 2013 by Darren Edwards

user experience improvementsUnless you’ve been living on a desert island for the past 5 years, you shouldn’t have failed to notice that when Apple released the first generation iPad back in 2010 it sparked off a revolution in personal computing terms when it brought to the consumer device market an intuitive, simplistic and easy to use personal computing device. Apple succeeded because they were one of the first companies to respond to a new demand in the marketplace, a demand fuelled by the world’s technological advances…and generated by impatience.

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Topics: SYSPRO, mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, innovation, SYSPRO 7, ERP, user experience, Technology

The importance of having a skilled ERP Administrator

Posted on 20 June 2013 by Darren Edwards

The importance of having a skilled ERP AdministratorOver the last 2 years I’ve been involved with over 200 separate business that use SYSPRO and what I have noticed over this time, is that those businesses that have invested and understood the need for having a skilled ERP Administrator have thrived, whilst those which have carried on without considering the requirement for a dedicated Skilled ERP resource have struggled. This is because they have failed to identify the need to recruit a conduit that would allow them to embrace the beneficial process and system changes, and adapt to emerging technologies.

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Topics: ERP Administrator, continuous improvement, Business improvement, Business software, Technology, ERP Implementation, IT alignment, seeker of value

Time for a Spring Clean?

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Darren Edwards

Time for a Spring CleanIt's springtime again and my favourite time of year, Christmas is now a distant memory and seeing the parks and road sides awash with vibrant colour is both up-lifting and motivating. It reminds me that it’s time to review the art of the possible and strive to keep my eyes open to the opportunities that the season brings.

Springtime it synonymous with the ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth and this seasonal effect definitely produces some very similar business behaviour.

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Topics: order management, Business Strategy, application erosion, process improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP

Of Wedding Bells and ERP Implementation

Posted on 5 December 2012 by Darren Edwards

At first glance, weddings and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Yet, as I start on my journey to marriage next year, planning the wedding with my fiancée has shown me that the two might not make such strange bedfellows after all.

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Topics: implementation, Team Work, Project planning, ERP, Project management

 

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