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The Human Side of Machine Learning

Posted on 24 March 2016 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_human_side_of_machine_learning.jpgThe fight between man and machine has bounced off movie screens, leapt out of the pages of fiction novels and set up battle stations in the real world.

South Korean Go champion, Lee Se-dol, recently snatched victory from AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence (AI) program developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, after suffering three consecutive defeats. The match, consisting of five games, has been hailed as an important gauge of the progress that is being made in the AI research space, particularly since Go is still considered to be too intricate a game for most computers to challenge top professionals. 

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

4 Steps to a Successful Supply Chain Automation

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_successful_supply_chain_automation.jpgIn my previous blog, I discussed the most compelling reasons to automate your supply chain. Now that you are sold on the concept, I’m going to give some detail around how to go about this automation.

Basically, there are four key points to ensure the efficacy of an automation project:

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

 

Find the Educational Fit

Posted on 15 March 2016 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_find_the_educational_fit.jpgTOMS is a company that sells apparel. What they do differently, however, is based on your purchase they give either the same product you purchased or another product to assist those in need. For example, when you buy a pair of shoes they provide a pair of shoes to someone who does not own shoes. This company is not thinking let’s brand the planet with our shoes, but rather let’s enable people to do more by putting shoes on their feet. With a comfortable pair of shoes, people can walk further, perhaps to school or to the hospital or to a job interview.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Asking the Right ERP Questions

Posted on 10 March 2016 by Joey Benadretti

joey_asking_the_right_erp_questions.jpg“How’re you doing?”

This is a question that shouldn’t only be asked socially. It’s also an important business tool for both the enquirer and the respondent. Think about it – a customer has the opportunity to voice their pressing concerns and a service provider has the chance to listen to these worries and improve their offering.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Maintaining/upgrading ERP, ERP for Distribution

4 Ways to Maximize the Value of your ERP

Posted on 8 March 2016 by Cathie Hall

cathie_maximize_the_value_of_your_erp.jpgYesterday afternoon I had a phone call from a relatively new customer, James Briggs, who ‘went live’ with SYSPRO a few months ago. “Right,” the CFO said, “we need you to come in and talk to us about how we can really start to use SYSPRO now.”

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Topics: Maintaining/upgrading ERP, Owning ERP

The Bleeding Edge of Technology Part 2

Posted on 3 March 2016 by Alistair Brough

alistair_bleeding_edge_part_2.jpgIn Part 1, I discussed Moore’s law and the benefits of keeping up with technology in the fast paced evolution of computing power.

To keep your company on the bleeding edge, I highly recommend taking advantage of SYSPRO port updates. These are similar to Windows updates – with every new SYSPRO release you can expect port updates more regularly and as the release reaches a level of stability, the port updates drop to an average of one update per month as the product matures with new features and enhancements. These updates can add a great deal of value to your ERP investment. If a portion of the code has been rewritten to increase speed, you’ll notice the difference.

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology), SYSPRO User Tips

How to Increase the Value of your ERP

Posted on 1 March 2016 by Gavin Verreyne

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In recent years when visiting customers, I find the number one issue is around customers who have invested in purchasing a SYSPRO ERP system, but have not continued to maintain that “asset” by investing time in continuous learning and sharing of knowledge.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

6 Top ERP Tech Trends for 2016

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_top_erp_tech_trends.jpgIn this blog, I would like to highlight some of the leading edge technology trends for both hardware and software that I think will be making a tangible impact this year in the ERP space.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for manufacturing, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Five Steps to a Successful ERP Change Management Plan

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Tracey Gates

tracey_reflections_on_change_management_part_2.jpgIn my last blog I introduced you to the “resistance-gnomes” - those very human voices that cry out in plaintive (or angry) voices at the smallest suggestion of change. Recognizing their humanity, however, does not mean giving them license to hinder your ERP implementation activities or even slow them down. As Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister of the UK, once remarked: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.”

I would like to add to that thought: “He who rejects change management is not doing his (or her) company any favours!” The last several decades have seen many ERP implementation failures due in part to a lack of employee buy-in. You might remember the commotion over the implementation-related bankruptcy of US$ 5 Billion pharma company FoxMeyer Drugs, which experienced considerable employee sabotage, including damaged inventory and unfilled orders.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

When Quantity Trumps Quality

Posted on 18 February 2016 by JP van Loggerenberg

jp_when_quantity_trumps_quality.jpgBeing an armchair sports enthusiast is even more satisfying when your team is trouncing the competition. Coming back from 2-0 down to win the latest ODI series against England, South Africa did its diehard cricket fans proud this past weekend.

As I basked in the afterglow of their victory, I got to thinking about the effort that goes into such a resounding success. There has to be an optimal combination of all of the individual personnel and processes and a pursuit of excellence that spans across the entire team and throughout its support structures.

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Topics: Selecting ERP

 

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