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Architecting your business – Part 2 of 2

Posted on 23 June 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_architecting_your_business_part_2In my previous blog on Architecting your business I discussed the broader benefits that can be gained from applying an architectural approach to your business, the information, the processes and technology.

But the benefits will not be realized if your architecture does not take into account the people in your business, as well as the workflows.

Architecting for people.

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Topics: Software development, Maintaining/upgrading ERP

ERP at Your Service

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_erp_at_your_serviceIf you haven’t heard about Uber, I am going to make the assumption that you have been living under a rock, or less dramatically, live and work on the outskirts of the city. So, for those of you who might fall under these two categories, Uber provides an app that allows you to find a taxi nearest you, request a driver, enter the address and you and the driver can see the route, cost and ETA. The app displays the driver’s name, a picture of the driver and provides his car details. Up front, you know what you’re getting into.

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Topics: Education, training, certification


The ERP ROI ‘Promise Game’ part 2

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Paulo de Matos

paulo_roi_promise_game_part_2In Part I of this blog series, we looked at ERP ROI; the difficulties in quantifying the returns and the mismatch in value positioning by ERP vendors. In  this part II we will look at the determinants of value and how companies should look at their selection basis for ERP systems.

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Topics: Selecting ERP

How to get the most out of your Support Desk

Posted on 4 June 2015 by Andy Latham

andy_support_deskA recent stroll down memory lane reminded me of my first job on a support desk, and it struck me just how much more sophisticated systems have become. I found myself pondering how difficult it must be working on a support desk nowadays and also just how important a good support desk is to someone trying to implement and run a system.

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Topics: Maintaining/upgrading ERP

Four ways to achieve ROI with ERP

Posted on 2 June 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_4_ways_to_achieve_roiReturn on investment (ROI) is often cited in relationship to ERP but not so often achieved.  It doesn’t matter whether you are selecting a new ERP system, are part way through an ERP implementation or living with ERP – reviewing ROI is the best way to ensure ERP adds value to your business. 

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Maintaining/upgrading ERP

The ERP ROI ‘Promise Game’ – Part 1

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Paulo de Matos

paulo_roi_promise_game_part_1We have all heard it before, ‘Sustainable Competitive Advantage’, ‘Return on Investment’, ‘Increase sales by x%’. Terms often bandied about by ERP vendors in a generalist manner citing studies and research in these areas. However, if we unpack these terms and how organizations view them vs. how ERP vendors use them, there is often little congruence between the two and mistrust and skepticism is often created.

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Topics: Software development

Architecting your business for success – Part 1 of 2

Posted on 21 May 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_architecting_your_businessThere’s a cliché that people can become victims of their own success. Like most clichés, it might be annoying but it’s also true. But what does it mean in the business world, and more importantly, how do we avoid it?

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Topics: Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_customizationShould an ERP system be customized? That is a question asked by many companies. Although some people say it should never be done, in almost every ERP project one of the first user requests is for customization.

If you accept that customization is a fact of ERP life, then what criteria should the project owner use to select and prioritize customizations? One objective framework for deciding on customization has been provided by consultant and author Geoffrey Moore. In his book ‘Dealing with Darwin’ Moore proposed the concept of 'core' and 'context' as a way to prioritize growth strategies, but the concept can also be extended to ERP customization.

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Topics: Software development

Mapping the Supply Chain

Posted on 7 May 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_mapping_the_supply_chainWhen sitting down to a meal, do you ever take a moment to think about where the food came from? Sadly, I think most people would say the local supermarket.

On a larger scale, a study by KPMG found that nearly half of global manufacturers don’t have any visibility past their direct suppliers. Meaning they cannot see beyond them, to their suppliers’ suppliers. This can have huge implications, especially in industries where traceability is required (such as food and pharmaceutical).

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Managing your Supply Chain with ERP - Part 2

Posted on 5 May 2015 by Steve Bassaw

steve_supply_chain_part_2In Part 1 of this blog I discussed how ERP software helps you better manage the “demand” side of the supply chain.  Now let’s look at the “supply” side.

One of your most important “supply” functions is purchasing, and using an ERP system helps purchasing become more systematic and efficient:

You can track all of the details against purchase orders, such as pricing, quantities ordered and received, and expected vs. actual delivery dates.  This data also lets you monitor supplier performance.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management


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