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Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #3: Selecting on functionality

Posted on 22 July 2014 by Erin Schlee

Technology-and-functionalityWe are told time and time again, we should not always be so quick to believe everything we hear, and this also holds true in the software industry - particularly ERP.

In my first blog on de-bunking common ERP myths, I discussed the fallacy that ERP is too hard to learn. In my second blog I explained why there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all ERP system. In this blog , I discuss why there is more to selecting an ERP vendor than just the technology and the functionality, and this is certainly true of SYSPRO.

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Topics: ERP, Vendor selection, Selection factors

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Production Proximity

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

production_proximityLooking to the future, the variation of customer demand globally will require that manufacturers adopt production proximity - having a few plants around the world that produce standard platforms and components, then doing final assembly in local factories which can better serve local needs. This trend is playing out on two fronts - re-shoring of global plants, and local assembly. Both of these trends help manufacturers meet the demands of consumers who are increasingly expecting customized products delivered in a timely manner.

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Topics: Customization, Flexible manufacturing, Production, product configuration

 

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Erin Schlee

one-size-fits-allIn my first blog on de-bunking common ERP myths, I discussed the myth that “ERP is too hard to learn”. In this next blog I discuss how (despite marketing attempts to the contrary) when it comes to Enterprise Resource Planning, one size DOES NOT fit all.

Myth #2 - ERP is one-size-fits-all

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Topics: Business software, ERP, Customer service, Business Processes, customer support

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Faster Decision-Making

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

fast-decisionsContinuing with our topic of manufacturing technology trends, fast decision-making will be one characteristic of successful manufacturing operations of the future, and technology is providing faster access to a greater volume of information both from the factory floor and from external sources.

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Topics: Analytics, Internet of Things, Manufacturing ERP, External data

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked (Part 1 of 3) – Myth #1: ERP is too hard to learn

Posted on 9 July 2014 by Erin Schlee

3_erp_myths_1As humans, we are often quick to believe speculation and establish opinion based on what often happens to be myth. As we are told time and time again, we should not always be so quick to believe everything we hear, and this also holds true in the software industry - particularly ERP.

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Topics: Software support, training, ERP, education

Understanding ERP Requirements for Discrete Manufacturing and Process Manufacturing

Posted on 3 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

understanding_discrete_and_process_manufacturingOne of the ways that manufacturers can be classified is as discrete or process; this describes the type of manufacturing processes involved (there is a third type, mixed mode, which combines both). Your typical small- or medium-sized manufacturer has better things to do than care about whether they are process or discrete. However these distinctions are really quite useful when choosing an ERP system. Knowing the differences will help you understand the types of challenges your ERP system will need to address.

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Topics: Inventory management, business needs, ERP system, ERP for food and beverage industry, Discrete manufacturing, Process manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Production Flexibility

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

1production-flexibilityThe Internet has made competition global. Consumers now have more choice, and they exercise that choice more often, resulting in trends that move faster than ever before. The growth of the Internet, together with the emergence of new technologies, is having a major impact on the way manufacturers operate.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Technology, Factory of the Future, Flexible manufacturing, 3-D printing

Four software tools your ERP system needs

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Darren Edwards

erp_software_toolsAs we all know (or should know), SYSPRO ticks more functionality boxes than a Swiss army knife and part of the reason for SYSPRO’s ongoing product success is that it focuses on getting this core functionality right - whilst exposing this same functionality via business objects to allow easy software integration to other systems. 

When a business implements SYSPRO, they often choose to implement other software tools available in the market too, with the aim of enhancing the solution and maximising the business’s return on its investment. 

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Topics: SYSPRO, ERP, collaboration, Mobile Solution, Third party software, CRM, software integration

Five Requirements for ERP Implementation Success

Posted on 20 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

erp_implementation-1Like any major project, ERP implementations go best when planned in advance.

Larger companies can dedicate multiple senior executives as well as teams of junior stakeholders to an ERP project. Smaller companies, on the other hand, can’t dedicate the same number of people to a project, but they do not require the same detail when planning an ERP project.

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Topics: project scope, Change management, business process modeling, Project management, ERP Implementation, ERP projects, Project control

Conscious Capitalism

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Ian Mann (Guest Blogger)

conscious_capitalismPopular talk about business is so negative. Business is a “rat-race,” where there is only one winner and he is a rat. Business is “dog eat dog,” where people will do anything to be successful, even if they do harm to others.

If this were necessarily true, successful business people should be ashamed for being successful. It is not true.

The term “Conscious Capitalism” refers to an alternative way of thinking about business that incorporates two elements, unsurprisingly, capitalism, and consciousness. (It differs only slightly to the UK term “conscious business.”)

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Topics: Business Strategy, Conscious capitalism, Stakeholders

 

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