About Simon Griffiths

My role at SYSPRO is Product and Industry Marketing Consultant, working in their Corporate Services division. I joined the company in 2007 after having interrupted a previous spell with SYSPRO to sell other ERP software. After completing a Masters degree in Climatology at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, my first job involved working on a mini-computer where I was taught programming by an ex-NASA engineer. In 1995 I spent some time in Silicon Valley where I got my first experience in high-tech marketing and soon after that entered the field of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). With over 20 years in enterprise IT, I have worked in programming, database management, project management, consulting, marketing and sales.

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

15 Cost Items of ERP ProjectsWhat 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. Read more…

Four tips for starting an ERP project

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. Read more…

The Future of Manufacturing

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. Read more…

Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls

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.
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Big data and the SMB market

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.”
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Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory ManagementMany 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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Managing Governance and Compliance

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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