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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

Four Common ERP Misconceptions

Posted on 31 May 2016 by Tracey Gates

tracey_common_erp_misconceptions.jpgMisconceptions about ERP are as prevalent as the common cold, and equally as contagious. Like the cold, ERP misconceptions can have a distinctly negative effect around the office.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

How does ERP Fit into the Factory of the Future?

Posted on 26 May 2016 by Cathie Hall

cathie_erp_factory_of_the_future.jpgThere’s no doubt that the global manufacturing industry is evolving at a rapid pace. During SYSPRO’s time exhibiting at MACH 2016, the UK’s largest manufacturing and machine tool trade show, and at our SYSPRO Europe company day, we have been looking closely at the future of the sector with one question in mind – where does ERP fit into the factory of the future?

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

5 features of effective ERP solutions for the Electronics Industry

Posted on 24 May 2016 by Paulo de Matos

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Renowned economist, Michael Porter, says that ‘innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.’ Seems that those in the Electronics game agree. The Electronics industry is innovating at a ridiculous rate – almost 25 percent of the global research and development investment in 2015 can be traced back to this sector. 

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

ERP Trimming the Fat off Food Production

Posted on 19 May 2016 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

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“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.” ― E.M. Forster.

The great thing about a necessity is that, as a supplier, you are always guaranteed an eager market. Food production and distribution falls neatly into this category. We all have to eat, don’t we? However, as margins become tighter, food businesses have been forced to keep a beady eye on the bottom line and pay more attention to reducing inefficiencies.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Supply Chain Management

 

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