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Simon Griffiths

Simon left the employee of SYSPRO at the end of March 2015. With over 20 years in enterprise IT, he has worked in programming, database management, project management, consulting, marketing and sales. In his role at SYSPRO, Simon assisted in providing the SYSPRO offices with product and sales support.

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Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_customizationShould an ERP system be customized? That is a question asked by many companies. Although some people say it should never be done, in almost every ERP project one of the first user requests is for customization.

If you accept that customization is a fact of ERP life, then what criteria should the project owner use to select and prioritize customizations? One objective framework for deciding on customization has been provided by consultant and author Geoffrey Moore. In his book ‘Dealing with Darwin’ Moore proposed the concept of 'core' and 'context' as a way to prioritize growth strategies, but the concept can also be extended to ERP customization.

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Topics: Software development

Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization?

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_why_inventory_optimizationSo you reckon I should consider inventory optimization? Convince me.

According to research by the Aberdeen Group, one of the top pressures is unpredictable demand , another pressure is reducing inventory carrying costs . How are business leaders addressing these pressures? By building capacity for better demand and inventory planning and forecasting.

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Topics: Managing inventory with ERP


10 things to do before taking your business mobile

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_things_to_consider_to_go_mobileHave you ever thought how mobile devices are transforming your personal life, and those around you? Now, think about how you might change your work life as dramatically, and then ask yourself "why haven't we gone mobile?" Many companies are still hesitating to implement mobile solutions in the warehouse or the factory floor, even though their CEOs and managers are quite comfortable using smartphones. It's probably because it is a new journey and they are unsure of the steps and decisions they need to take along the way.

So here are the key points for that journey.

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Top Posts of 2014

Posted on 6 January 2015 by Simon Griffiths

TOP10As we start the new year, I ran the stats on our blog posts in 2014, and found the top 10 posts by views. Here they are:

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Staying agile in an uncertain world

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths


We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries.

There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change - VUCA - which was discussed in a previous blog post. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Another acronym (also originating from the military) provides guidance on how to deal with a VUCA world. 

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Topics: Mobile ERP, Education, training, certification


Posted on 4 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths

simon_selecting_erpIn my days as an ERP sales consultant, I had first-hand experience on how customers went about selecting and implementing ERP software. Here are some suggestions based on seeing projects that failed and succeeded, and how the successful ones started. 

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Improving the Training Experience

Posted on 9 September 2014 by Simon Griffiths

The-training-experienceIn the dim distant past of ERP, 10 years ago and more, the way you learnt about the software was by referring to the training manuals relating to various modules – Accounts Payable, Bill of Materials, etc. It was a very product-oriented and narrow view of learning. Times have changed, fortunately, and learning materials are turning towards how people work – their roles – and the business processes involved.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Simon Griffiths

twenty_questions_cfo-1As the CFO of an organization, your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective financial operations and records, and influence overall strategy. An ERP is the foundation of the operations of a business. For a CFO, it enables you to track and report on all business transactions, analyse information, ensure governance and compliance, and increasingly do this via mobile devices. Therefore, you need to be very sure your ERP project will deliver what the business requires, and also what was promised.

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Topics: Business software, ERP Implementation, Education, training, certification

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Simon Griffiths

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects

What do ERP project really cost? A well-known study in 2002 by the Meta Group (since acquired by Gartner) is probably now too old to be a really useful benchmark. A slightly later study, in 2007, by Aberdeen Group made the 'remarkable' finding that costs go up as the number of users go up.

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

Four tips for starting an ERP project

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Simon Griffiths

Starting-an-ERP-projectWe have previously discussed how an ERP system can help a business, and also provided some suggestions on how to select an ERP solution. But if you have read some of the stories about ERP project problems you might wonder if it is worth the risk. The answer to this is twofold.

  1. The reports on ERP project failure mainly refer to large organizations implementing fairly large projects, and are not representative of projects undertaken by small- and mid-size businesses.
  2. It’s how you approach the implementation that is a significant determinant of success or failure.
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Topics: SYSPRO Process Modeling, Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)


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