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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

Tips for Consultants Going Down-Market: Details vs. Focus

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

details-vs-focusOne thing that we are seeing a lot here in Canada is ERP consultants moving down-market and participating in smaller deals.

We think that it is great that smaller companies are getting expert advice on projects as important as ERP selection, but you can’t just take the process that works for big companies and drop it on small ones without substantial modification.

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Topics: Business software, ERP Implementation, ERP Consulting

The ERP Games

Posted on 3 June 2014 by Cathie Hall

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The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are almost upon us, and most people in the UK are thinking back to the exciting summer of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There is certainly something that inspires us all when it comes to games and competition.

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Topics: Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, Employee engagement, Gamification, employee motivation

The Scope of Change in ERP Projects: People, Technology, Business Processes

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

Scope of ERP change

ERP projects can potentially touch every part of the business, and even the ones that are limited in scope have a dramatic effect and touch virtually every part of the business in some form.

When you are early in the planning stage, and when speaking with experienced sales representatives who have seen first-hand how dozens and hundreds of ERP implementations have transformed organizations on dramatically positive ways, you will be exposed to a variety of ideas on how to improve your business.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, ERP, ERP Implementation, Business Processes

How to Get Mobile ERP Right for Your Company

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Shaun Butler

mobile ERP solution

In my previous post, I touched on why the mobile evolution plays an important role in the ERP realm and how businesses can benefit from deploying mobile ERP. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, have the vantage point to be early adopters and lead this next evolution.

Equally important is the deployment of the right solution and one that can meet the requirements of your company's salesforce team. Choose the wrong tool and your expensive implementation will end up nothing more than a paperweight.

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Topics: SYSPRO, mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, Business software, ERP, Technology, Mobile Solution, syspro appstore

Business Objects for Non-Programmers

Posted on 22 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

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If you have come across any SYSPRO resource for technical users, you have probably encountered the phrase ‘business object’, and related phrase, ‘service oriented architecture (SOA)’.

While you don’t need to be an expert on business objects, it is worthwhile to have a basic understanding of what they are and what they do, so that you can understand why they make SYSPRO a flexible product.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software development, Business objectives, Service oriented architecture, Application integration

 

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