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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.


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

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: 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, 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: SYSPRO Process Modeling, Business software, 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: seeker of value, ERP systems

Revolutionizing business in Africa with ERP solutions

Posted on 13 March 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

It’s fascinating to be living in a time where the world is not ruled by tyranny or dictatorship, socialism or capitalism, but instead by technology. The Arab Spring which began more than a year ago is a classic example of how technology (such as social media) is proving more powerful than any one government’s laws, or one society’s philosophies. The power being created here is happening through giving the man in the street access to a sophisticated mass communication mouthpiece, something that historically was the exclusive domain of the elite and powerful.

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Topics: ERP systems, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Choreograph your ERP tools and Dance on the Boardroom Table

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

Every year, ballet companies all over the world revive The Nutcracker; the classical fairy tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky, drawing young and old to theatres and dazzling them for hours with its beauty, grace and captivating story line. Here the choreographer weaves together some of the most beautiful dances ever conceived to produce endless sequences of sheer ballet fantasy.

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Topics: SYSPRO Process Modeling, ERP systems, ERP for Manufacturing

Conquering Africa through ERP

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Meryl Malcomess

The team that conquered Africa

For centuries, adventurers, speculators and explorers have found the allure of the unknown reaches of Africa irresistible. Many have tried to conquer Africa and perished - from James Bruce’s quest for the source of the Nile to David Livingston’s traverse of Southern Africa. Had they but known that the key to winning Africa was simply teamwork - so adequately demonstrated by Team SYSPRO over the past few years.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, seeker of value, ERP systems

Taking Ownership of ERP Implementations

Posted on 12 October 2011 by Meryl Malcomess

Thinking about ERPDespite the fact that ERP solutions are intended to improve business performance quickly and efficiently, through the provision of critical information, they generally do not have a good track record. In his research paper Causes influencing the effectiveness of the post-implementation ERP system(subscription required), CS Yu came to the conclusion that 40% of all ERP implementations or extensions perform below expectations and 20% are eventually scrapped as complete failures. The latter figure could even be as high as 50%, depending on how ‘failure’ is defined.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, ERP systems

Getting to know you

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Meryl Malcomess

Meryling along

The title that comes to mind and feels very personal is a term coined by SYSPRO’s Cape Town office: “Meryling”. I think this comes about as I can be pretty elusive and abstract but completely on the mark when I need to be. Meryling revolves around mulling, meddling, musing, and finally finding the mark, which makes SYSPRO so successful in Africa.

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Topics: Business software, ERP systems

 

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