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How to Assess for ERP Competency

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Natasha Burt

Assessing competency

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that having an ERP certification does not necessarily mean that someone has the required experience or soft skills to be able to perform a job effectively. In addition, I mentioned that the purpose of the certification exam is most often to assess an individual’s ability to answer knowledge-based questions, and does not extend to assessing their ability to use the ERP system to solve real world problems. This brings me to the difference between assessing for knowledge and assessing for competency.

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Topics: Certification, Education and Training, Business software, ERP, software, Competency, Knowledge, Assessments

Putting ERP in the palm of your hand

Posted on 3 April 2014 by Shaun Butler

ERP in the palm of your hand

Fifteen years ago, it would have been tough to believe a little device no bigger than your palm would have enough computer power to not only render high-definition videos, but also be able to secure sensitive data with the swipe of a finger and provide access to your corporate network.

Oh, and you would also be able to make phone calls with it.

Today smartphones and mobile devices have evolved so quickly that they are now little offices that you can access anytime, anywhere. In fact, mobility is an area I am personally very interested in because I believe it’s changing society rapidly and offers many business benefits today and into the future.

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Topics: Business Strategy, mobility, Business software, ERP, Asia-Pacific, Mobile trends

 

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Simon Griffiths

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects

What do ERP project really cost? A well-known study in 2002 by the Meta Group (since acquired by Gartner) is probably now too old to be a really useful benchmark. A slightly later study, in 2007, by Aberdeen Group made the 'remarkable' finding that costs go up as the number of users go up.

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Topics: Software implementation, Business software, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation, Project costs

Manufacturing market leaders in Canada

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Odete Passingham

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SYSPRO Canada has recently compiled a report covering manufacturing innovation in Atlantic Canada and in compiling this report I got to thinking about the relationships we have built over the years with our channel partners and our customers, and our continued success in retaining these customers. In this current economic environment, and more specifically in the fast-paced, constantly changing business software market there aren’t too many businesses that can proudly point to client retention rates of 98%.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Manufacturing, ERP, Technology, Business development, Canada

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Erin Schlee

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As an ERP professional, there are two questions that I am asked quite often by both prospective and current customers. I already addressed the first question, ‘How do I know my business needs ERP’, in an earlier blog and would like to focus on the second question, ‘How do I get the most out of my ERP system?’ Simply put, there are several ways to optimize your ERP solution, but these three tips can help improve the entire process:

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Education and Training, Change management, Business software, training, ERP, education, Vendor selection

Theory of Constraints ensures a successful ERP selection and Implementation

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Odete Passingham

ERP selection and Implementatio

In the book Thinking About ERP, the authors suggest ERP is no longer a competitive advantage. It is now a competitive disadvantage not to have an ERP, or to select one that doesn’t operate efficiently and effectively.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Change management, Business software, ERP, Project management, Theory of Constraints

Preparing for change

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Darren Edwards

Preparing-for-change

Since December 2013 a record breaking 200% increase in rainfall in southern areas of the UK has brought about widespread flooding. Low lying areas close to rivers have seen the worst impact, and this has been compounded by increased rainfall on already sodden ground. With temperatures now dropping below freezing (it’s the UK winter months), there is the additional danger of ice, making deadly those areas already flooded.

Seeing the news reports of flooded property and ruined farmland saddens me, but it also reminds me of similar incidents the year before... and I ask myself the question: “why don't people learn from past flooding events, and why are people not more prepared?”

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Topics: Software implementation, process improvement, Change management, Business software, Project planning, ERP, Project management

The Long Game of ERP Projects

Posted on 4 February 2014 by Cathie Hall

The Long Game2013 ended in tragedy for a couple of my friends when their eldest son slipped away in his sleep. Tom’s condition of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy not only cut his life short, it also severely impacted his everyday activities, but that never stopped him taking enjoyment from life or being “a cheeky young blighter.”

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Topics: Software implementation, Change management, Business software, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation

Four tips for starting an ERP project

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Simon Griffiths

Starting-an-ERP-projectWe have previously discussed how an ERP system can help a business, and also provided some suggestions on how to select an ERP solution. But if you have read some of the stories about ERP project problems you might wonder if it is worth the risk. The answer to this is twofold.

  1. The reports on ERP project failure mainly refer to large organizations implementing fairly large projects, and are not representative of projects undertaken by small- and mid-size businesses.
  2. It’s how you approach the implementation that is a significant determinant of success or failure.
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Topics: Software implementation, Change management, Business software, business process modeling, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation, Business change

A New Year’s Learning Resolution

Posted on 15 January 2014 by Natasha Burt

new-year-learning-resolutionMy New Year usually begins with commitments to joining a gym, losing weight, and giving up bad habits. Typically, by the last week of January, at least one of them is already in the bin – most probably because I didn’t have an execution plan for it. If you’re someone who breaks New Year’s Resolutions as quickly as you make them, try a different kind of resolution – one for which you have an execution plan and which you can and want to keep!

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Topics: learning, Education and Training, Evaluation, Assessment, Goals, Learning plan

 

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