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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

Choreograph your ERP tools and Dance on the Boardroom Table

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

Every year, ballet companies all over the world revive The Nutcracker; the classical fairy tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky, drawing young and old to theatres and dazzling them for hours with its beauty, grace and captivating story line. Here the choreographer weaves together some of the most beautiful dances ever conceived to produce endless sequences of sheer ballet fantasy.

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Topics: Business Strategy, enterprise resource planning, business process modeling, IT alignment, Best Practice, Lean Manufacturing

 

Keeping up with the customers

Posted on 10 November 2011 by Louise Thompson


I found it interesting to note how two recent and completely unrelated events, both emphasized the growing impact of mobile devices in the world of computer technology. The first was a product survey that SYSPRO conducted amongst its customers across the globe. It produced an extensive number of individual responses to a wide range of questions; offering ample evidence of SYSPRO’s ability to understand and address the needs of its customers. Our intention was to listen to what our customers regarded as the key needs to be addressed in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions, to help equip them better for the future. We were also keen to get their honest comments on our existing products and services.

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Topics: mobility, Business software, Technology, Best Practice, Software as Service, cloud

Understanding ERP

Posted on 20 October 2011 by Steve Bassaw

Years ago I worked as a junior procurement officer at a medium sized Canadian manufacturing company. Within my first year, our production scheduler resigned and to my surprise, I was promoted to her position. I was terrified because I didn't have a background in operations management and I didn't understand its mysterious jargon. Acronyms like MPS, MRP, BOM, and the like were foreign to me. I also did not have a good grasp of our ERP system (SYSPRO).
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Topics: Business software, training, ERP, software, Best Practice, Industry Education, ERP system

Windows Reimagined

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Phil Duff

I was fortunate enough to attend the Microsoft BUILD conference in Los Angeles recently, along with one of my colleagues. Now, I don’t make a habit of regularly attending such conferences as I have a number of talented developers who would get great value out of these sorts of events. But I have to say that I am really pleased (no, read ‘delighted’) that I made the effort to attend this particular event, especially considering that it took me about 28 hours to get to LA (it’s a long way from Johannesburg).

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Topics: innovation, Windows 8, Technology, Microsoft, Best Practice, cloud applications

Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Posted on 16 August 2011 by Steve Bassaw

Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Recently I was watching one of those “how things are made” TV shows which featured a saw mill. I was amazed at the vast range of waste factors eating away at the profits of the hardworking lumber millers. From the felling of the tree to the final delivery of sawn timber products to their customers, their raw material is whittled down to a fraction of the original volume.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Manufacturing, optimization, ERP, software, Best Practice, Lean Manufacturing

 

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