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SYSPRO’s Supply Chain

Posted on 21 April 2015 by Steve Bassaw

steve_supply_chainThe world has become a smaller place, and supply chains have become longer. Managing your supply chain effectively gives you a competitive advantage (ask Walmart and Apple) and there are many ways that ERP software can help a business manage the entire breadth of its supply chain.

Let’s start at the “demand” end of the supply chain. In Part 2 of this blog, we’ll look at the “supply” side.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

ERP Procurement can make Companies more Profitable

Posted on 14 April 2015 by JP van Loggerenberg

jp_erp_procurementIs your Procurement Department living in the 21st century?  Gone are the days of procurement existing simply as a purchasing function - although its roots are in purchasing, modern procurement makes organizations smarter and more profitable through sourcing diversification, whilst improving both input costs and cash flow.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management, Supply Chain Management

 

Information on your Doorstep

Posted on 9 April 2015 by Paulo de Matos

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I’ve reflected recently on the classic depiction of someone waking early, walking out their front door down the driveway and picking up the newspaper delivered in the early hours. This notion still holds a certain appeal, but nowadays everyone operates on the premise of information on demand. You just need to appreciate the sheer number of travelers, whether it is for business or leisure, at an airport pouring over their laptops and mobile devices, translating information and tirelessly capturing information onto spreadsheets or similar tools, producing reports, and extracting information.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Tips on Optimizing Procurement

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_procurementIt’s a long time since the sales team got all the glamour and recognition for being the business heroes, now it’s just as likely that the buyers are out celebrating with the champagne. The impact of procurement to the profitability and sustainability of a business is dramatic.  Consider a distribution business with a revenue turnover of $100m with a cost of sales of $70m and operating costs of $20m, net profit is $10m. A 1% decrease on the cost of sales translates to a whopping 7% increase in net margin.

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

A Common ERP Misconception: Installation vs. Implementation

Posted on 2 April 2015 by Erin Schlee

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When purchasing a new ERP system, it is not only important to consider the software’s functionality and if it is a proper fit for your business, but to also take a close look at what the vendor’s implementation processes entail.  Often, we find potential customers asking us the inevitable question, “Why can’t you implement the software in under a week like your competitor offered? They make it sound so simple and cheap.”  To a buyer, a quick, low-cost implementation sounds like a winning plan but can result in astronomical errors, ERP project failures, and future major financial repercussions.  

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Topics: ERP Implementation

New SYSPRO 7 enhancements

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_new_syspro7_enhancementsAs we hurtle towards the end of March I find myself reflecting back on the first quarter of the year – wondering where it’s gone and what the rest of the year has in store.  I’m sure this year has gone quicker than usual and I am sure there are many of you out there feeling the same.

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

Why you Should Choose a Two Tier ERP Solution

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Dave Cavan

dave_c_two_tier_erpDean knew that there had to be a better way.

He’d been in manufacturing long enough to know that the millions of dollars and army of consultants that was being readied to integrate his operation with the parent company was a huge waste.

The worst part was that the standardized processes that his division was going to have to adopt were poorly suited to the facility.

Spending millions to reduce efficiency was a decision that he had to fight.

So he started doing his research…

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

The iCan Device 2

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Phil Duff

phil_customization_enabling_technologiesGiven the ongoing debate around customization and ERP, and which I think is well-summed up in a previous SYSPRO blog, I am thinking of developing a new and revolutionary handheld device. It will be called the iCan – aptly named to leverage off a famous fruit company's brand. This is truly a neat device, if I may say so myself. It’s powered by brain waves rather than the more conventional battery (which is oh-so last century technology), and has a touch screen that responds appropriately to any part of your body - not just your finger.

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

Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization?

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_why_inventory_optimizationSo you reckon I should consider inventory optimization? Convince me.

According to research by the Aberdeen Group, one of the top pressures is unpredictable demand , another pressure is reducing inventory carrying costs . How are business leaders addressing these pressures? By building capacity for better demand and inventory planning and forecasting.

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Topics: Managing inventory with ERP

4 Steps to using Business Strategy to drive your Software Selection Process

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_4StepstousingBusinessStrategytodriveyourSoftwareSelectionProcessWhen embarking on the journey of selecting and buying any software for your organization, whether it is ERP, CRM, HR, BI or any other software, you need to question  the business strategy behind this purchase?

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

 

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