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Wouter Combrinck

Wouter Combrinck, joined SYSPRO in 2010 and as head of development for manufacturing in the company he is responsible for the enhancement and maintenance of the SYSPRO ERP product with a focus on functionality in manufacturing.

Prior to joining SYSPRO, Wouter accumulated 17 years’ experience in production, quality and IT management, across a diversity of sectors such as construction, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), manufacturing, assembly and packaging. As a certified quality management systems auditor, Wouter has overseen the implementations of ISO 9000:2000, HACCP and Six Sigma accreditation programs, all of which stand him in good stead in his current role.

With his passion for the manufacturing environment and his love for data management, Wouter drives collaborative interaction of software and flow processes to provide workable solutions for the manufacturing business.

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10 Good Reasons to Automate your Supply Chain Part 1

Posted on 2 February 2016 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_automate_your_supply_chain.jpgIn recent years, manufacturers across the globe have felt the painful pinch of contracting economies. This trend looks set to continue in 2016 and on into 2017 with expectations of further downward pressure casting a pallor on the future of the sector.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Owning ERP

How Mobile ERP can Improve Productivity on the Factory Floor

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

How do I do it better? Faster? More efficiently?

wouter_mobile_erp_factory_floor.jpgToday’s competitive economic landscape has us all asking these questions on a daily basis. The quest to provide ‘leading edge’, ‘best of breed’, ‘customer-centric’ products and services often has us chasing our tails and banging our fists against boardroom tables. And, to complicate the process even further, once we’ve created the wonder product, we still have to convince our market to buy it.

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Topics: Mobile ERP, ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP

 

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? – Part 6

Posted on 10 September 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

Firstly, a public service announcement: this blog contains references to sex, nudity and violence.  You have been warned …

Well, eventually it had to happen.  After some birds and bees and flowers and trees action an egg has been known to give rise to the odd chicken.  Now (and here’s the violent bit) in order to cook a chicken to golden deliciousness, it is necessary to first deal with the unpleasant aspect of a slaughter.

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Topics: Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? – Part 5

Posted on 3 September 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

If you recall from my last blog I almost ended up with egg on my face!  Not literally - my egg whites were beaten into submission and stayed firmly in their place. My awkward moment only came when I took the wrong approach to combining the eggs with the other ingredients.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 4

Posted on 27 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part_4Some would say that the link between ERP and baking is tenuous at best. However, my most recent culinary catastrophe got me thinking about SYSPRO’s functionality and convenience. Let me elaborate…

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 3

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_pt_3Costing methods can be a contentious issue where there is no definite right or wrong answer.  The other day, while looking at my Quora feed, I came across a user who posed a question regarding a disagreement between two people. He wanted to know if at least one person will always be wrong. 

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 2

Posted on 23 July 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part_2In my last blog I referred to how much your inventory is costing you and that both direct costs and overhead costs will have an influence on your stocking quantity.

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 1

Posted on 14 July 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

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Some people like cars, some have an affinity for sport, while others can discuss the sheen of their pet’s coat for hours on end. We all have our own weaknesses … or strengths depending on where you stand on dog fur. My passion is food. Sometimes healthy, occasionally cholesterol-inducing, butter soaked sheer indulgence.

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

In search of the perfect (ERP) fit

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Wouter Combrinck

perfect ERP fitRecently I have been exposed to a big debate on an ERP LinkedIn forum around the use of descriptions in the industry such as customizing, personalizing, tailoring, and configuring. Is this just marketing semantics, or are there very real differences in the meaning of these phrases and the implications of using these phrases when describing, or more to the point, promoting an ERP system?

Working in SYSPRO, I know we pride ourselves on the fact that our ERP system is, and I quote: “highly flexible and customizable”, that we are known as the "go-to" solution because of this, but I think it is important to unpack what we mean by these phrases and what the consumer understands by these phrases. If we are to be responsible in ensuring that what our customers see and understand they are getting, is in actual fact exactly what they are getting, then I don’t think we can use the excuse “I can only be responsible for what I say. I cannot be responsible for what you understand”.

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Topics: Business software, ERP Implementation, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

The Rise of the Social Enterprise and its Impact on ERP

Posted on 3 October 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

The world of technology is no longer just reserved for ‘techies.’ Consumer technology now spearheads the technologies which businesses later adopt. Clever user interfaces (UI) and good-looking hardware has also resulted in users building emotional bonds with hardware, such as their smartphone or tablet – something which was unheard of not so long ago.

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Topics: Business software, ERP systems

 

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