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Meryl Malcomess

Meryl is Marketing Director at SYSPRO Africa. She has been with SYSPRO for more than 18 years and is involved in determining the strategic direction of its marketing activities.

By the age of 21 Meryl became both the first female and the youngest Financial Manager at a large financial company. Since her early beginnings, she has accumulated experience in commodities and advertising sectors, including a stint running a trucking and airfreight business.

Meryl consistently achieves success by monitoring market forces, including customer behavior patterns and trends highlighted by industry analysts. She also liaises closely with SYSPRO group marketers world-wide.


Going up… Ensuring the Direction of your Business

Posted on 25 June 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_going_up_ensuring_the_direction_of_your_businessSometimes awkward elevator silence can be filled with meaningful dialogue.

The other day I was making my way up to a meeting when the gentleman sharing the elevator asked me what I do. Never one to miss an opportunity, I replied: “I’m with SYSPRO – we simplify your success and deliver your brand.”

Who can resist such intrigue?

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management, ERP and Analytics

Flexible ERP Delivering Value

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_valuing_the_relationshipRecently, a colleague’s daughter travelling between South Africa, England and the US bought, a return train ticket for £48 but missed the departing train due to a flight delay. The result: she was charged the full price of a new ticket (£65), even though she was still going to be catching the return train – and even though the train was almost empty.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP

 

ERP and the Evolution of Packaging

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_the_evolution_of_packagingOptimizing supply chain processes is essential for managing a business in the midst of a changing industry. A dynamic industry dictates that companies must re-evaluate their processes with a focus on operational efficiencies and strategic use of technology.  

This is where it is imperative for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to step in. 

The packing industry in particular is characterized by constantly changing market conditions, technological advancements, relentless competitive pressure, seasonal and regional variations as well as fluctuating costs for both raw materials and business operations.  

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Topics: ERP systems, Supply Chain Management

No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_erp_solutionsOne of the biggest mistakes that mining corporations, and businesses in general, can make in today's technology driven climate, is to accept blanket ERP solutions. 

No two businesses are exactly the same, so how then can their IT needs be served by identical systems? How can their unique characteristics, needs and processes be effectively addressed by general solutions that only moderately suit their requirements?

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Topics: SYSPRO

Africa, ERP and the Key to Global Food Security

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

soil_to_palate

As population numbers continue to rise and pressure continues to mount for global food production, the world is looking to Africa to step up to the challenge.

While many may simply assume that a shift to industrial farming methods is the answer for increasing production, the inevitable resulting environmental degradation where such methods are used suggests that this is not the best way forward for a sustainable future.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business software, ERP for food and beverage industry, Supply Chain Management

Taking the little guy into the complex supply chain

Posted on 12 December 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

complex-supply-chainIt’s encouraging to see we are entering an era in which everyone, no matter how small their business, is able to participate in the global economy. Thanks to mobile and ERP, even smallholder farmers are now being brought into the complex supply chain, allowing them to benefit from more efficient and cost effective channels to a larger market. But extending these benefits to everyone, across Africa takes development and training.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business software, ERP systems, Supply Chain Management, Education, training, certification

Simplify or die

Posted on 22 November 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

simplify-or-dieAre you paying too much, relative to what you are getting? Are you paying for things you did not order because the account is too complex to understand?

The cost of complexity is not only to the account of the consumer; producers and sellers suffer too.

If we look back fifty years and make a comparison to current times, our access to technology and knowledge is a hundred fold more, yet our lives have never been more complicated. In business, there are few parts where complexity exerts a more painful grip than in the IT arena. The more pervasive and fundamental the IT system, the higher the system complexity, and the more money required to feed the beast. One must ask why we have accepted this state of affairs? Why have we not rebelled? The most obvious answer is that we are overwhelmed by the complexity.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business software, ERP systems, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

How mobility is closing the gap between business and personal technology tools

Posted on 7 August 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

mobility-closing-gap-between-business-personal-tech-toolsMobile devices are transforming the way we live and work, blurring the lines between business and pleasure like never before. Mobile applications permeate every aspect of our lives, from e-commerce and electronic payments, to communications and information services - across multiple platforms.

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Topics: SYSPRO Espresso, process improvement, Mobile ERP, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Celebrating Dynamism Within the IT Industry

Posted on 5 February 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

Celebrating Dynamism Within the IT IndustryWith the festive season just past, it got me thinking about a friend and colleague who in my opinion encapsulates the very essence of a human firecracker! I’m referring to Trudy Deuchar, Group Business Operations & Information Manager for the Jasco group of companies, who over the last two years has played a pivotal role in completely modernizing, and indeed revolutionizing Jasco’s information systems.

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Topics: Business software, business process modeling, seeker of value, ERP systems

The Grace of Change

Posted on 20 September 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

Change is one of our greatest fears. As human beings we resist it, opting instead for the safety and security of old routine. However as we all know, change is inevitable. Paradoxically, it is also one of mankind’s greatest abilities and strengths. After all, we’ve only survived this long as a species thanks to our ability to adapt.

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Topics: women in IT, Change management, seeker of value, ERP systems

 

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