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Tom Grindley-Ferris

Head of Professional Services - Eastern & Western | SYSPRO - Africa

Since joining SYSPRO Tom has fulfilled quite a few roles in SYSPRO Cape Town, from pre sales, consulting, project management, account management, professional services manager to his current position as Channel Business Developer for the Western and Eastern Cape. Tom is responsible for managing and developing opportunities and sales within the SYSPRO channel.

“Ever since I remember I have wanted to work for the ‘mother ship’ SYSPRO and was delighted to join SYSPRO seven years ago. I have a great passion for SYSPRO and have seen it work wonders in so many diverse and challenging environments. We strive to offer a world class solution to our clients down at the tip of Africa.”

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How ERP Helps to Weather the Storm – Part 2

Posted on 26 January 2018 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

crack dry soil

As the water situation in the Western Cape that I discussed in my previous blog deteriorates, and farmers and food suppliers prepare for the worst, a definitive survival plan is vital for Food & Beverage companies. Tough times call for tighter controls and greater transparency. Nothing provides this better than an effective business system tailored to your business.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing

Natural Disasters: How ERP Helps to Weather the Storm – Part 1

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

women and man looking at the groundResidents of the South African province of the Western Cape are still coming to terms with the reality of water ‘load shedding’ imposed since last month in parts of the province. Rationed water for personal hygiene as well as drinking and cooking purposes is very much a reality now. But limited water is not the only thing impacting putting food on the table. The drought is much further reaching, with farmers and food suppliers also feeling the pinch!

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing


Is Technology Enabling or Enslaving your Food and Beverage Business?

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Tom Grindley-Ferris


If you are a food manufacturer, you have probably pondered this critical question more than once: “Do I have the necessary infrastructure in place to ensure I am able to seize new opportunities and grow at a successful rate?”

These days, food and beverage companies are facing tougher challenges than ever before. The food industry has become increasingly complex for manufacturers to navigate and remain compliant. In the highly competitive food marketplace, the demands can soon start to outgrow your business and suddenly you’re slapping on Band-Aids without a passing thought for the implications on long-term growth.

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Topics: ERP for Food and Beverage Industry, ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), ERP for Distribution

Trends Paving the Way for SMMEs

Posted on 8 June 2017 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

tom_trends_paving_the_way_for_smme.jpgThere has never been a more exciting time to be a small or medium sized business. Technology has levelled the playing field - making it possible for SMMEs to compete with big business. Here are a few of the things making SMMEs smile:

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

ERP Trimming the Fat off Food Production

Posted on 19 May 2016 by Tom Grindley-Ferris


“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.” ― E.M. Forster.

The great thing about a necessity is that, as a supplier, you are always guaranteed an eager market. Food production and distribution falls neatly into this category. We all have to eat, don’t we? However, as margins become tighter, food businesses have been forced to keep a beady eye on the bottom line and pay more attention to reducing inefficiencies.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Supply Chain Management


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