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Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Posted on 11 September 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

Bankrupting-BusinessIn my previous blog on Technical Debt, I explained the concept of technical debt using software architecture as an example, and described the saw-tooth pattern of well-run businesses that consciously accrue technical debt for a period before investing time in paying off the worst of it.

The technical debt metaphor also describes the challenges of businesses maturing from the inception stage to one can make a good business case for ERP and beyond.

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Topics: Business software, ERP software, Software management, accounting software

Managing Technical Debt - Part 1

Posted on 2 September 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

Technical-DebtTechnical debt is a term coined by Ward Cunningham in 1992 to describe the software engineering phenomena of how expedient, short-term decisions can have negative, long term consequences that make it difficult to maintain and update the software. The concept does not just apply to technology companies, any company that uses technology also has technical debt and understanding the concept will help you manage it and run your business.

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Topics: projects, Business software, Software architecture, Software management

 

Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Simon Griffiths

twenty_questions_cfo-1As the CFO of an organization, your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective financial operations and records, and influence overall strategy. An ERP is the foundation of the operations of a business. For a CFO, it enables you to track and report on all business transactions, analyse information, ensure governance and compliance, and increasingly do this via mobile devices. Therefore, you need to be very sure your ERP project will deliver what the business requires, and also what was promised.

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Topics: Business software, training, ERP Implementation, Project governance, ERP selection

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Erin Schlee

one-size-fits-allIn my first blog on de-bunking common ERP myths, I discussed the myth that “ERP is too hard to learn”. In this next blog I discuss how (despite marketing attempts to the contrary) when it comes to Enterprise Resource Planning, one size DOES NOT fit all.

Myth #2 - ERP is one-size-fits-all

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Topics: Business software, ERP, Customer service, Business Processes, customer support

Tips for Consultants Going Down-Market: Details vs. Focus

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

details-vs-focusOne thing that we are seeing a lot here in Canada is ERP consultants moving down-market and participating in smaller deals.

We think that it is great that smaller companies are getting expert advice on projects as important as ERP selection, but you can’t just take the process that works for big companies and drop it on small ones without substantial modification.

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Topics: Business software, ERP Implementation, ERP Consulting

The ERP Games

Posted on 3 June 2014 by Cathie Hall

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The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are almost upon us, and most people in the UK are thinking back to the exciting summer of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There is certainly something that inspires us all when it comes to games and competition.

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Topics: Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, Employee engagement, Gamification, employee motivation

The Scope of Change in ERP Projects: People, Technology, Business Processes

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

Scope of ERP change

ERP projects can potentially touch every part of the business, and even the ones that are limited in scope have a dramatic effect and touch virtually every part of the business in some form.

When you are early in the planning stage, and when speaking with experienced sales representatives who have seen first-hand how dozens and hundreds of ERP implementations have transformed organizations on dramatically positive ways, you will be exposed to a variety of ideas on how to improve your business.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, ERP, ERP Implementation, Business Processes

How to Get Mobile ERP Right for Your Company

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Shaun Butler

mobile ERP solution

In my previous post, I touched on why the mobile evolution plays an important role in the ERP realm and how businesses can benefit from deploying mobile ERP. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, have the vantage point to be early adopters and lead this next evolution.

Equally important is the deployment of the right solution and one that can meet the requirements of your company's salesforce team. Choose the wrong tool and your expensive implementation will end up nothing more than a paperweight.

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Topics: SYSPRO, mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, Business software, ERP, Technology, Mobile Solution, syspro appstore

Leveraging the Supply Chain

Posted on 20 May 2014 by Chris Grunwell

Leveraging-the-Supply-Chain-Argus-2014

I recently took part in a SYSPRO office challenge cycle race at the Cape Argus 2014 event. If you've read anything about the race, you'll know that the charitable fundraising by the UK team was for a cause very close to my heart. The cause in question is a special needs school near the K3 SYSPRO offices, where my mother has worked for over a decade.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Supply chain, Business software

Own ERP Best Practices, but Don’t be a Slave to Them

Posted on 16 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

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Some ERP companies like to say that the way their ERP does things is a best practice, and that businesses should therefore conform to their system.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) is an example of an authority on standards or best practices. Their members debate on standards for months, and not until two thirds vote in favour is the standard adopted as an ISO standard. The point being that best practice surrounding any process is a matter for thoughtful analysis of the particular practice.

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Topics: SYSPRO, business process, Business software, ERP, custom software, Best Practices

 

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