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The Future of Manufacturing Technology

Posted on 17 October 2013 by Simon Griffiths

future-of-manufacturingIt used to be that manufacturing was only considered important in emerging economies. Recently, however, analysts groups and influential business publications have started discussing the significance of a new wave of manufacturing that will pervade all economies. It’s what IDC call the Factory of the Future, and The Economist describes as the Third Industrial Revolution. It is also being advocated by an industry group – the 'Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition'.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Third Industrial Revolution, Manufacturing, innovation, Digital Industrial Economy, Business software, ERP, Technology, Factory of the Future, software

The Pros and Cons of ERP Certification

Posted on 10 October 2013 by Natasha Burt

Certification ERPJust last week, my Dad and I were discussing and debating the value of certifications in the real world – a contentious topic that is widely debated across different professions. Being a civil engineer, my Dad shudders at the idea of hiring a newbie engineer who has achieved a professional qualification without any exposure to applying this knowledge practically. In his industry, practical experience is a requirement. However, only gaining hands-on experience and not having the necessary professional qualification also excludes applicants. The candidates he would consider hiring have the necessary professional qualification and have completed a practical internship of sorts with an engineering firm – the best of both worlds.

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Topics: learning, Certification, Education and Training, Business software, training, ERP, education

 

Measuring the ROI of your ERP

Posted on 3 October 2013 by Louise Thompson

ERP ROI measurementWe are regularly asked to provide a tool to demonstrate ROI (Return on Investment) on the purchase and implementation of an ERP system. Personally I don’t believe in today’s uncertain, unpredictable, fast moving world there is value in such a tool.

Remember a number of years back when you were sold insurance and investment policies – the salesperson would reveal graphs on the 5, 10, 15, 20 year predictions of how your investment would perform. You also had the choice of high, medium and low risk and each of these had different graph predictions. All of which was both mind-boggling and very convincing. I have to ask you – how have those investments actually performed against the Sales graphs? None of them factored in Enron and the economic crash we are recovering from, not to mention over $100 per barrel oil price and other hits that the economy has had to bear.

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Topics: return on investment, projects, Software implementation, Business software, ERP, software

35 ERP years young

Posted on 26 September 2013 by Louise Thompson

SYSPRO 35 years youngAs SYSPRO celebrates 35 years of being in business today I have been reflecting on what this means on a number of levels.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software development, Business software, ERP, Technology Development, software, SYSPRO 35 years

Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls

Posted on 19 September 2013 by Simon Griffiths

auditing-security-governance-controlsHave you heard the phrase “risk is the new black”? It refers to the fact that what people thought was safe has now changed radically. As a result, organizations are now expected to provide investors, customers and regulators verifiable assurance that there are the necessary controls to manage risk, by ensuring segregation of duties, integrity of operations and auditability.

It is becoming increasingly common to hear auditors ask about:

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Topics: data security, security, Governance and Compliance, Business software, Access control

5 Tips for ERP Health

Posted on 4 September 2013 by Cathie Hall

Keeping ERP HealthySo your ERP project is live, the champagne is gone and the cake is well and truly eaten. Now what? How do you keep your ERP healthy? Implement these top 5 tips for post ERP Go Live Success.

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Topics: Business Strategy, application erosion, Software implementation, project ownership, Business software, ERP, Project management, ERP Implementation, IT alignment

What to look for in a software support system

Posted on 20 August 2013 by chris.grunwell@k3btg.com

business software support systemAs I begin an 8-month project to setup, test and implement a new internal system for our helpdesk, I have started thinking about the bigger picture of what we do on support at SYSPRO’s European office, and what exactly determines the quality of service that we provide on a daily basis. It's all too easy to get 'bogged down' with day-to-day office life, without giving thought to how entire teams, departments and systems interlink to perform valuable functions. In terms of the Helpdesk team, we rely heavily on a number of systems that enable us to provide what is widely regarded as a highly competent and helpful application support function. So exactly what determines good customer service?

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Topics: Software support, Business software, Application support, User support, SYSPRO support, Customer service

What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business?

Posted on 14 August 2013 by Erin Schlee

syspro-erpLet’s face it, no matter what size manufacturer or distributor you are, every business needs a method of organization in order for it to be profitable and effective. But, even knowing this, many small- and medium-size businesses aren’t quite sure what they need or even where to start looking. At a recent event, I was surprised at how many mid-market manufacturers and distributors didn’t know ERP even existed, or that there was a more efficient method available to them beyond Excel Spreadsheets.

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Topics: Business Strategy, small-medium business, management, Business improvement, Business software, strategy, ERP, Technology, software

SYSPRO’s Supply Chain

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Steve Bassaw

syspro_supply_chainA recent conversation with an instructor at a local post-secondary school made me think about the many ways that ERP software can help a business manage the entire breadth of its supply chain. The world has become a smaller place, and supply chains have become longer. Managing your supply chain effectively gives you a competitive advantage (ask Walmart and Apple).

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Topics: Supply chain, Forecasting, Inventory management, Business software, Sales, Returns management

The importance of having a skilled ERP Administrator

Posted on 20 June 2013 by Darren Edwards

The importance of having a skilled ERP AdministratorOver the last 2 years I’ve been involved with over 200 separate business that use SYSPRO and what I have noticed over this time, is that those businesses that have invested and understood the need for having a skilled ERP Administrator have thrived, whilst those which have carried on without considering the requirement for a dedicated Skilled ERP resource have struggled. This is because they have failed to identify the need to recruit a conduit that would allow them to embrace the beneficial process and system changes, and adapt to emerging technologies.

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Topics: ERP Administrator, continuous improvement, Business improvement, Business software, Technology, ERP Implementation, IT alignment, seeker of value

 

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