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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

 

The Transitional Period

Posted on 9 January 2014 by chris.grunwell@k3btg.com

The Transitional PeriodBorn within 2 miles of the K3 Syspro offices in Salford, Manchester, I am also proud to be a staunch Manchester United (soccer) fan (who also play 3.5miles from our offices). In the last 60 years, Man U has been extremely lucky not only to have had just a handful of managers in this time, but to have had a notable two clocking up 52 years’ service between them; with almost identical reigns of around 26 years apiece. This is unprecedented in the world of English football as it is in any other sport you can think of in the world. However, in 2012 our most recent managerial stalwart hung up his boots, so to speak, and we now have a new man in charge.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, Project management, software, Software updates

An Element of Passion

Posted on 13 December 2013 by Odete Passingham

Seeker of ValueMost of our daily interactions are guided by what we expect from different types of relationships. With family we hope for reliability, security and protection. From friends we ask for loyalty and support. With lovers we demand excitement and intimacy. But it's the social commitment we form with our colleagues that interests me here, our collective expectation that everyone will “Get the Job Done.”

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, seeker of value, Competitiveness, Culture, Employee engagement, Brand, Business change

Taking the little guy into the complex supply chain

Posted on 12 December 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

complex-supply-chainIt’s encouraging to see we are entering an era in which everyone, no matter how small their business, is able to participate in the global economy. Thanks to mobile and ERP, even smallholder farmers are now being brought into the complex supply chain, allowing them to benefit from more efficient and cost effective channels to a larger market. But extending these benefits to everyone, across Africa takes development and training.

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Topics: SYSPRO, business process, small-medium business, Supply chain, Education and Training, Business software, training, ERP, education

Owning Change

Posted on 5 December 2013 by Cathie Hall

owning-changeAs an ERP practitioner I have ranted and raved about change management for longer then I care to admit, and to be honest, I considered myself something of a change junkie: happy to adapt and certainly eager to move forward with new technology and the like.

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Topics: projects, Change management, Business software, ERP, education, Brand

Three signs your business needs an ERP system

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Erin Schlee

Three-signs-your-business-needsLast week, I ordered a birthday present online for a dear friend from my favorite chocolate store. The shop’s unique and quality products have quickly made them my go-to-store for gifts over the past few years. However, over the past six months or so, they’ve become quite popular and I’ve found that the once easy ordering process I used to experience with them has now disappeared. I received a follow-up email from my last order apologizing that they didn’t realize the product wasn’t in stock, so therefore couldn’t fulfill my order, and unfortunately didn’t have a time frame for when they’d have more stock. I was instantly annoyed, asked for a refund, and ordered a different gift from another store.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP, Customer service

Simplify or die

Posted on 22 November 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

simplify-or-dieAre you paying too much, relative to what you are getting? Are you paying for things you did not order because the account is too complex to understand?

The cost of complexity is not only to the account of the consumer; producers and sellers suffer too.

If we look back fifty years and make a comparison to current times, our access to technology and knowledge is a hundred fold more, yet our lives have never been more complicated. In business, there are few parts where complexity exerts a more painful grip than in the IT arena. The more pervasive and fundamental the IT system, the higher the system complexity, and the more money required to feed the beast. One must ask why we have accepted this state of affairs? Why have we not rebelled? The most obvious answer is that we are overwhelmed by the complexity.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business software, ERP, Technology, Simplify, Complexity, Best Practice, ERP solution

The easy way out

Posted on 14 November 2013 by Cathie Hall

The easy way outHuman beings are strange creatures in many ways. One of the habits we all have is a tendency to avoid doing a difficult job today in favor of a quicker workaround, despite the fact we know in the long run we would be better off implementing the proper solution at the start. It frustrates me that even though I am hyper aware of this tendency, I still fall victim to it. My Microsoft Word template isn’t set up quite right so I have to change the theme each time I want to use it, my front door sticks and I know I need to replace it, but a quick shove of the shoulder will do.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software implementation, Business improvement, process improvement, Business software, ERP, SYSPRO Inventory Optimization, SYSPRO workflow

When to put your ERP system in the cloud

Posted on 7 November 2013 by Andy Latham

ERP-system-in-the-cloudThe other week I was at a friend’s house having a barbeque when his granddaughter ran out of the house clutching my friend’s iPad asking (in a way that only 4 year old girls can) to watch Peppa Pig. My friend’s reaction was to tell her to put the TV on but the demand came back “NO! On my pad, on my pad”. I watched with interest as my friend downloaded a TV App on to the iPad and showed his granddaughter how to watch Peppa Pig in the garden whilst we continued to cook our lunch.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Manufacturing, Business software, ERP, Cloud computing, Technology, Fully-scalable and secure system

 

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