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Mobile ERP Gets Smarter

Posted on 14 July 2016 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_mobile_erp_gets_smarter.jpgA few years ago, if one said the word “drone” most of us would picture a male bee buzzing about, ordering the worker bees around. Nowadays, the word conjures images of flying robots buzzing about spying on people.

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Topics: Education, Training and Certification

How ERP Meets the Challenge of Uncertainty

Posted on 12 July 2016 by Cathie Hall

cathie_challenge_of_uncertainty.jpgThere is no doubt that, globally, these are uncertain times.  From the UK’s surprise Brexit decision to the election in Australia and of course the Clinton vs. Trump campaign in the US.  Whatever side of politics you find yourself on, there is no doubt that politic uncertainty and economic uncertainty go hand in hand.  Macro-economic uncertainty then feeds down to company level and we get trading uncertainty.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

 

Opening Impressions of SAPICS 2016

Posted on 7 July 2016 by Doug Hunter

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Back in the 1980s SAPICS delegates gathered at the trendy Elangeni Hotel on the Durban seafront while exhibitors faced kitchen-lift logistics to get stand equipment and mini-computers to the second floor.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

The Evolution of SYSPRO’s UX

Posted on 5 July 2016 by Alistair Brough

alistair_evolution_of_syspro_ux.jpgThe evolution of the user experience (UX) is nothing short of remarkable. From Dieter Rams’ Blaupunkt designs in the 1960s, to the game-changing innovations of Apple’s iPhone in 2007 – the UX has expanded from individual design silos into the unified and much contemplated mission of entire organisations.

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Owning or (Running) ERP

Overcoming the Uncertainty of V.U.C.A.

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Louise Thompson

louise_weathering_the_storms_of_change.jpgBritain’s recent withdrawal from the European Union reminds me of the US Military acronym: V.U.C.A. Referring to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that characterize conditions and situations, particularly when influenced by significant change, V.U.C.A. has rapidly become a trendy managerial contraction. 

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP

Pairing Education and Technology for a Brighter Future

Posted on 27 June 2016 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_pairing_education_and_technology.jpgThis month we celebrate Youth Day in South Africa. Youth Day, while not a uniquely South African observance, has a particularly powerful connotation for our nation. It is a day that reminds us of the importance of education and the pressing need to adequately equip and empower the youth as our future leaders.

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Topics: Education, Training and Certification

Job Automation: 4 Myths about Robots Stealing Jobs

Posted on 22 June 2016 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_robots_stealing_jobs.jpgThere has been a lot of hype about automation, including job automation, over the last few years. It seems to have created a bit of panic about vital jobs that could be lost to robots in the foreseeable future. 

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Why ERP Customization isn’t a Dirty Word

Posted on 15 June 2016 by Gavin Verreyne

gavin_why_erp_customization_dirty_word.jpgOver the years, I have heard many customers and prospective customers suggest that customization is a bad word. People of change, ERP vendors, sometimes customize the software to the nth degree and then struggle to deploy the latest and greatest of their existing platform.

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Maintaining/Upgrading ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

Managing Human Capital with ERP

Posted on 8 June 2016 by Shaun Butler

shaun_ERPeople.jpgERP is often described as the backbone of a company, but in my opinion the spinal association is less than exact. Using an anatomical metaphor is great, but let’s go beyond quick assumptions and get it right. Perhaps it would be better to say that ERP is like the Central Nervous System (CNS), the all-important connections that run from your brain down the spinal cord. Like ERP, the CNS integrates all the body’s information, triggering, adjusting and coordinating everything our bodies do. This change of metaphor frees up the backbone, which I think is better used to describe the role and function of Human Capital – the most important driver for making an ERP solution useful.

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Topics: Owning or (Running) ERP

Getting IT Right

Posted on 2 June 2016 by Doug Hunter

doug_getting_it_right.jpgIt’s not what you bought but what you do with IT

Applying IT is like the application of any tool - if you don’t know what to do with it, you’ll break something. But this time it could be your business.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing

 

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