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Wouter Combrinck

Wouter Combrinck, SYSPRO’s Product Development Manager – Supply Chain, has been with the company for three years. He is responsible for the enhancement and maintenance of the SYSPRO ERP product with a focus on functionality in the supply chain division, which includes distribution and manufacturing.

Prior to joining SYRPRO, Wouter accumulated 17 years’ experience in production, quality and IT management, holding senior positions in these disciplines across a diversity of sectors such as construction, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), manufacturing, assembly and packaging, not to mention a short personal venture into the restaurant business. At SYSPRO, his treasure chest of experience hones and enhances the SYSPRO ERP offering to perfection. 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.

Outside of work Wouter shares an environmentally friendly living space (including garden dams stocked with Koi) with his partner of 14 years and their Weimaraner dogs.

Wouter completed his Industrial Engineering qualification at the University of Pretoria.

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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: Software tailoring, Customization, Personalize, Software implementation, Business software, Configure, 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 Strategy, Social enterprise, Business software, social networking, ERP, Social Media

 

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: Manufacturing, Business software, ERP, Vendor relationship, processes

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: Traceability, Food safety, HACCP, Inventory management, Business software, ISO 22000

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: Business Strategy, customer relationships, Manufacturing, product development, stakeholder communication, ERP

 

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