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Meryl Malcomess

Meryl is Managing Director: 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.


Pairing Education and Technology for a Brighter Future

Posted on 27 June 2016 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_pairing_education_and_technology.jpgThis month we celebrate Youth Day in South Africa. Youth Day, while not a uniquely South African observance, has a particularly powerful connotation for our nation. It is a day that reminds us of the importance of education and the pressing need to adequately equip and empower the youth as our future leaders.

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Topics: Education, Training and Certification

Recession Proof your Business with ERP

Posted on 26 January 2016 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_recession_proof_your_business_with_erp.jpgThe year is off to a flying start, but recession, drought and lacklustre commodity prices are making for some tough economic times ahead. The pressure to cut costs has never been greater. But don't let this force you into making bad business decisions. Investing in the right software will help you make smart cost reductions, operate more efficiently, and keep your business at an optimal level in 2016.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management, Managing inventory with ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

 

Providing Greater Value to the Value Chain

Posted on 17 December 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_value_chain.jpgHave you ever looked down at something you are using and wondered about how it came to be? How it transformed from several unconnected elements into one cohesive product?

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Owning or (Running) ERP

How African Markets Leapfrog onto New Technology

Posted on 26 November 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_africas_legacy_system_leapfrog.jpgThe recent Gartner Symposium has highlighted the need to not compare apples with oranges when talking about the latest IT trends in developed versus developing markets. It appears that trends in Africa and South Africa include more of a different approach, often characterized by current ERP implementers leapfrogging over old legacy systems directly onto the latest technology.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

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: Software development

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 for Mining

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

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Most ERP vendors offer ERP solutions for Mining, but is there such a thing as a single ERP solution that solves the issues of an entire industry, especially one as complex as mining?

One 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: ERP Implementation, ERP for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management

Africa, ERP and the Key to Global Food Security

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

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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: 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: Business software, ERP systems, Supply Chain Management, Education, Training and Certification

 

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