How to Assess for ERP Competency

Assessing competencyIn one of a previous blog post, I mentioned that having an ERP certification does not necessarily mean that someone has the required experience or soft skills to be able to perform a job effectively. In addition, I mentioned that the purpose of the certification exam is most often to assess an individual’s ability to answer knowledge-based questions Read more…

Putting ERP in the palm of your hand

ERP in the palm of your handFifteen years ago, it would have been tough to believe a little device no bigger than your palm would have enough computer power to not only render high-definition videos, but also be able to secure sensitive data with the swipe of a finger and provide access to your corporate network. Read more…

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…

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

three-tips-to-get-most-from-ERP-imageAs an ERP professional, there are two questions that I am asked quite often by both prospective and current customers. I already addressed the first question, ‘How do I know my business needs ERP’, in an earlier blog and would like to focus on the second question, ‘How do I get the most out of my ERP system?’ Read more…

Theory of Constraints ensures a successful ERP selection and Implementation

ERP selection and ImplementatioIn the book Thinking About ERP, the authors suggest ERP is no longer a competitive advantage. It is now a competitive disadvantage not to have an ERP, or to select one that doesn’t operate efficiently and effectively. Read more…

The Long Game of ERP Projects

The Long Game2013 ended in tragedy for a couple of my friends when their eldest son slipped away in his sleep.  Tom’s condition of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy not only cut his life short, it also severely impacted his everyday activities, but that never stopped him taking enjoyment from life or being “a cheeky young blighter.” 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 Transitional Period

The Transitional PeriodBorn within 2 miles of the K3 Syspro offices in Salford, Manchester, I am also proud to be a staunch Manchester United (soccer) fan (who also play 3.5miles from our offices).  In the last 60 years, Man U has been extremely lucky not only to have had just a handful of managers in this time, but to have had a notable two clocking up 52 years’ service between them; with almost identical reigns of around 26 years apiece.  This is unprecedented in the world of English football as it is in any other sport you can think of in the world.  However, in 2012 our most recent managerial stalwart hung up his boots, so to speak, and we now have a new man in charge. Continue reading