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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)

Be Part of the Circular Economy

Posted on 12 March 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_recycling_your_productDeath. It’s guaranteed, the one thing we can’t avoid. Its imminent arrival sparks many emotions, debates, rites and rituals. People spend thousands each year on funeral policies and think up elaborate last wills and testaments to plan for what will happen to them once the grim reaper has paid them a visit.

With so much time, energy and expense invested in what happens after we die, I was wondering if business owners think about what happens to their products that “die”. Do their products need to die at all? We are all familiar with recycling, but this often entails individuals or other companies transforming your product into something else. Why? It is YOUR product after all. Your hard work, your money-maker. 

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP, ERP for manufacturing

 

Working while sleeping

Posted on 10 March 2015 by Louise Thompson

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As someone with a daughter who rides horses I have often been asked – “how can you own something that eats while you sleep?” This led me to thinking about ERP and how your ERP software can “think” while you sleep or at the very least provide an additional “eye” on running your business.

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Topics: ERP and Financial Management

From Papua, with ERP

Posted on 5 March 2015 by Paulo de Matos

paulo_papua_to_erpThe sun was setting steadily on the steamy horizon. Its rays penetrated the mist covered mountains projecting beams of light settling on broad-leaf equatorial landscapes. Through the trees, there was the sound of cackling noisy pitta’s and the hissing of insects. Nature’s sounds were temporarily disturbed by the thud of our 4x4 hitting rough patches whilst dodging and dancing avoiding potholes, the size of which we could easily hide our 4x4 inside.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP

10 things to do before taking your business mobile

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_things_to_consider_to_go_mobileHave you ever thought how mobile devices are transforming your personal life, and those around you? Now, think about how you might change your work life as dramatically, and then ask yourself "why haven't we gone mobile?" Many companies are still hesitating to implement mobile solutions in the warehouse or the factory floor, even though their CEOs and managers are quite comfortable using smartphones. It's probably because it is a new journey and they are unsure of the steps and decisions they need to take along the way.

So here are the key points for that journey.

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Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure

Posted on 24 February 2015 by Dave Cavan

dave_c_blog_business_managers_guide_to_software_nfrastructureChoosing the type of software infrastructure that you want any enterprise software system to run on is an important early step. From cloud to in-house, there are a range of trade-offs between risk, cost and service constraints that you make with each type of infrastructure.

Technology vendors are much in love with revolution and so this next statement will be controversial. From a business manager’s perspective, Software as a Service (SaaS) is fundamentally the same as managed services that have been around for decades.

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Topics: Cloud computing

Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Steve Bassaw

odete_know_when_to_pull_the_trigger_on_erpFor more than 20 years I have seen manufacturers and distributors struggle with the decision of selecting an ERP system. And I understand why.

ERP is like a marriage, there will be ups and downs, and it will involve a lot of hard work and commitment to make it work, so you need to trust that you make the right decision the first time.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP

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: Education, training, certification

 

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