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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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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: Owning (or Running) ERP, 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: Owning (or Running) ERP, 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: Owning (or Running) ERP, 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

Mapping ERP systems to manufacturing needs

Posted on 31 July 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

Given the importance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, many manufacturers might find selecting the right one for their needs to be an overwhelming experience.

Successful manufacturers are able to tailor their ERP systems to react to market trends and pull the information required to make business-critical decisions timeously. For the most part, they rely on vendors that can become their partners in the ongoing drive for great efficiencies and profitability.

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Topics: Business software, ERP systems, ERP for manufacturing

The Missing Link

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

I have always loved food with the passion it deserves. Of course this has at times resulted in an increased waistline. A little over a year ago I decided to do something about it and take back some control. I soon discovered that all the energy I once dedicated to over-eating was now directed at over-analyzing everything I consumed – in detail. One thing became clear; I had always been ignorant of what I was eating, and in such vast unhealthy quantities.

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Topics: Business software, Supply Chain Management

ERP – The Extra Responsive Pedestal

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

When I first saw Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, ET – The Extra-Terrestrial, I was fascinated by its simple yet profound storyline. ET, an alien of sorts, ends up alone on Planet Earth when his fellow aliens accidentally leave him behind after a visit in their space ship. Unlike the children in the story, the adults are obsessed with the order, structures and habits they perceive as ‘normal’ and become his worst enemies, hell-bent on destroying him. Meanwhile, all ET wants to do is “phone home” for his friends to come and fetch him from the inhospitable planet.

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Topics: product development, ERP systems, ERP for manufacturing

 

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