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SQL – The perfect database partner

Posted on 17 February 2015 by Chris Grunwell

chris_g_perfect_database_partnerI love the database programming language SQL, and I don't mind admitting it.  Ever since I first started to write T-SQL statements in Microsoft Query 2001 for my ICT A-Level exams I've loved the syntax, the structure of the language itself (hence Structured Query Language) and its similarity to the English language.

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Celebrating the Ideal ‘Business’ Partner on Valentine’s Day

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Phil Duff

phil_ideal_business_partnerFebruary is the month of love and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner many of us will be celebrating the relationships we have with our partners, or with those we would like to form relationships.

So what better time than to review the relationship or partnership you have with your business system? 

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Topics: Selecting ERP

 

The App Games

Posted on 5 February 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_the_app_gamesI admit I am a Hunger Games fan. I read all three books in a week and vowed to take archery lessons. And I am not the only one, judging by the number of books sold. In 2012, Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sold 27.7 million copies (print and eBooks combined).

So what makes the story so compelling? Well, unlike the ho-hum of Survivor-like programs, in The Hunger Games it’s not just a torch that gets snuffed. People fight to the death. Twenty-four Tributes (or contestants) are placed in a hostile environment and need to use tools, talent and strategy to stay alive. The last Tribute standing gets rewarded with wealth and lots of food (hence the Hunger Games).

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Topics: learning, education

The Perfect Partner in ERP

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_perfect_erp_partnerRegular readers of the blog may remember my post “owning change” written just after my wedding in November 2013.  It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that it took me a few more years than most to find my perfect partner.  Fortunately finding the perfect partner in ERP wasn’t so difficult.  I first saw SYSPRO in 2001 and have been a dedicated fan ever since.

 

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Topics: Customization, workflow, Inventory management, process modeling

How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses

Posted on 29 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

brian_c_rfid_adoptionRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) works a lot like barcodes letting you scan products, or anything else you put a barcode on, and instantly get serial and product information on that object. The big difference is that barcode scanners physically need line-of-sight to the barcode while RFID can automatically read a tag if it is within range.

Check out my post on RFID vs Barcodes for more information on how these technologies compare.

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Topics: Inventory management, RFID

From Waste to Clean Water

Posted on 27 January 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_once_mans_wasteSay the word ‘sustainability’ and you may get a few yawns and a couple of questioning “huhs?” In my experience, it does not get the conversation going or even the creative juices flowing. But saying the word “pooh” will most certainly get a reaction and everybody has a bodily function story.

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Topics: SYSPRO

RFID vs Barcodes

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

rfid_vs_barcodesRadio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been the next-generation technology to replace barcodes for some time. While RFID hasn’t come close to eclipsing barcodes yet, adoption of the technology continues to grow.

While there are some novel uses for RFID, most companies employ RFID to do the same things as barcodes, and for the same reasons.

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Topics: RFID

Maybe it’s time for a change? SYSPRO 7.

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_time_for_change_SYSPRO_7Over the last few years I have blogged about the disappointing number of times that I have observed manufacturing and distribution businesses go through a process of identifying a series of business improving changes, but then failed to consider or adopt these changes because the change was too difficult (politically or from an effort perspective). An attitude of ‘we’ve always done it like this and it works ok’ seemed to creep in, which had completely infected the culture of the business and its people – and had unfortunately kept the business firmly planted in the status quo.

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Topics: Business improvement, SYSPRO 7, ERP systems

Three benefits of an ERP system

Posted on 8 January 2015 by Erin Schlee

erin_benefits_of__erpTo continue to be successful, businesses today consistently feel pressure to cut costs, outperform the competition and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.  While some find this to be a daunting task, others harness the power of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and their ability to streamline daily business operations. Businesses experience a multitude of benefits after implementing an ERP system, and this blog post explores three of those benefits.  

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Topics: Inventory management, ERP system, mobile

Top Posts of 2014

Posted on 6 January 2015 by Simon Griffiths

TOP10As we start the new year, I ran the stats on our blog posts in 2014, and found the top 10 posts by views. Here they are:

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