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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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The Future of Manufacturing Technology

Posted on 17 October 2013 by Simon Griffiths

future-of-manufacturingIt used to be that manufacturing was only considered important in emerging economies. Recently, however, analysts groups and influential business publications have started discussing the significance of a new wave of manufacturing that will pervade all economies. It’s what IDC call the Factory of the Future, and The Economist describes as the Third Industrial Revolution. It is also being advocated by an industry group – the 'Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition'.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Manufacturing, innovation, Business software, ERP, Technology, Factory of the Future, software

Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls

Posted on 19 September 2013 by Simon Griffiths

auditing-security-governance-controlsHave you heard the phrase “risk is the new black”? It refers to the fact that what people thought was safe has now changed radically. As a result, organizations are now expected to provide investors, customers and regulators verifiable assurance that there are the necessary controls to manage risk, by ensuring segregation of duties, integrity of operations and auditability.

It is becoming increasingly common to hear auditors ask about:

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Topics: data security, security, Governance and Compliance, Business software, Access control

 

Whatever unit works for you

Posted on 22 May 2013 by Simon Griffiths

unit of measure use caseMany businesses have to deal with the problem of buying product in one unit and selling it in another. It’s one of those items of ERP functionality that you don’t think of – unless you are in a business where it’s a necessity.

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Topics: Inventory management, Business software, ERP, Technology

Big data and the SMB market

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Simon Griffiths

Big dataYou may have heard of the term ‘big data’ – it’s one of those technologies that some people are making a lot of noise about. It’s been written about in many publications, e.g., Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly. However, as one analyst has commented, the hype about it is reaching “the levels of SOA in the early 2000’s, cloud in the late 2000’s, and social in the past few years.”

A nice simple definition of big data is this:

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Topics: small-medium business, big data, Business software, Technology

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Posted on 30 January 2013 by Simon Griffiths

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Many organizations, regardless of industry sector or geographical location, find themselves in a comfort zone when it comes to managing their inventory. A high percentage continue to use Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and some even use spreadsheets for their planning, despite having expensive systems in place. The problem is that MRP was developed at a time when businesses could use static demand forecasts over an extended time period to allow for long production runs. In the modern world, long runs are rare and demand can be highly variable.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, Inventory Optimization

Managing Governance and Compliance

Posted on 14 November 2012 by Simon Griffiths

Ten years ago, in 2002, a law was passed in the US Congress that has had a lasting effect on business. The law was Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and introduced sweeping changes to financial reporting. Other countries followed suit, and now wherever you go the regulatory requirements for governance and compliance reporting have continued to grow. This includes other areas of businesses as well, including: manufacturing, supply chain, product quality and safety.

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Topics: Business Strategy, SYSPRO Workflow Services, Governance and Compliance, SYSPRO Process Modeling, ERP

Change, and the need for training

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Simon Griffiths

I recently upgraded my cell phone (or mobile phone, for some people). I used to have a feature phone, but the opportunity arose for me to change to a new phone that runs the Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) operating system. Getting used to the physical phone, from one with real keys to one with a keyboard display, wasn’t the biggest adjustment – but getting used to the new way of doing things, actually doing everything, was an enormous challenge for me. In tech speak it’s called changing the UX (user experience). The last time I had such a challenge was moving from a DOS-based PC to one running the first version of Windows.

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Topics: implementation, Software implementation, Business software, training, User support, ERP, ERP Implementation

Selecting an ERP Solution

Posted on 12 April 2012 by Simon Griffiths

Whether you call them RFIs, RFPs, RFQs* or some other acronym, and whether you are a vendor or a customer, those three letters conjure up the same impression in many minds – pages and pages of detailed questions about a software product’s functionality, which takes weeks to create, days to respond, and weeks again to review.

Frankly, no one likes these documents, but businesses evaluating ERP software keep producing them, and vendors keep responding. Isn’t there a better, more efficient, ‘leaner’ way? According to one view:

"Regardless of how many consultants a client uses to select software, many would have been far better selecting out of a hat.”

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Topics: Business Strategy, Business software, selection, ERP, software

A new material planning approach

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Simon Griffiths

For several decades, material requirements planning (MRP) has been the standard method for manufacturing and inventory planning. But in recent years it has come under criticism, and any manufacturing shops have adopted other approaches, such as kanban or lean manufacturing.

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Topics: Material Requirements Planning, Inventory management, ERP, Inventory Optimization

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3

Posted on 3 November 2011 by Simon Griffiths

Implementing ERP more effectively

Part 3: Having the right approach and attitude to an ERP implementation

“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” Samuel Johnson

Do you know how complex Microsoft Word and Excel are?

Because Word and Excel look so easy, people under-estimate how complex other standard systems, like an ERP, can be. If business users knew how complex those two Microsoft applications really are, they would be more thoughtful and careful when embarking on a complex software project.

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Topics: implementation, projects, Software implementation, ERP

 

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