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Conscious Capitalism

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Ian Mann (Guest Blogger)

conscious_capitalismPopular talk about business is so negative. Business is a “rat-race,” where there is only one winner and he is a rat. Business is “dog eat dog,” where people will do anything to be successful, even if they do harm to others.

If this were necessarily true, successful business people should be ashamed for being successful. It is not true.

The term “Conscious Capitalism” refers to an alternative way of thinking about business that incorporates two elements, unsurprisingly, capitalism, and consciousness. (It differs only slightly to the UK term “conscious business.”)

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Topics: Business Strategy, Conscious capitalism, Stakeholders

ROI of ERP – Part 4 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 6 May 2014 by Louise Thompson

Managing the Change

Managing the Change

Generally the only person who enjoys a change is a wet baby. Most others want things to remain the same, but get better.

Ask the CIO what was the hardest part of implementing the ERP solution, and the response will in all likelihood be “Getting users to commit.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, Software implementation, Change management, Business software, Project planning, ERP, Project management

 

ROI of ERP - Part 3 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Selecting the right system and vendor

Selecting the Right System and Vendor

Jim Collins, author of four international bestselling business books notes: “We tend to think that decisions are very much about ‘what.’ But when I look at my research notes or at interview transcripts from the executives we’ve interviewed, one theme that comes through is that their greatest decisions were not ‘what’ but ‘who’. They were people decisions.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, Business software, selection, ERP, Evaluation, Business change

ROI of ERP – Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Selecting a ERP System

Before Selecting a System

In the early 1980s “experts” on Japanese management were isolating distinctive practices that seemed to account for Japan’s remarkable economic success. The ‘Ringiseido’ decision-making practice was one of these. It offers an opportunity for equals to participate in the decisions that the executives will have to take. The purpose was to adhere to the Japanese cultural desire of harmony among people.

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, process improvement, Business software, selection, ERP, Business change

ROI of ERP - Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Form must follow function

Taking Ownership of Your ROI

In a previous blog I referred to the unpredictability of measuring the ROI of your ERP investment. One key issue relating to this is the understanding of the core functions of your business now and in the future - before you consider an ERP system, take ownership of your Return on Investment (ROI).

There is a lot of debate about who coined the phrase, “form must follow function” (or words to that effect). It is commonly attributed to the American architect, Louis Sullivan, for whom it was the rule that “shall permit of no exception”. Sullivan was talking about aesthetics, but he might as well have been talking about ERP projects. When considering whether to install an ERP system the same rule applies, and similarly “permits no exception.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, Business software, strategy, ERP, Business change, Benefits

Putting ERP in the palm of your hand

Posted on 3 April 2014 by Shaun Butler

ERP in the palm of your hand

Fifteen years ago, it would have been tough to believe a little device no bigger than your palm would have enough computer power to not only render high-definition videos, but also be able to secure sensitive data with the swipe of a finger and provide access to your corporate network.

Oh, and you would also be able to make phone calls with it.

Today smartphones and mobile devices have evolved so quickly that they are now little offices that you can access anytime, anywhere. In fact, mobility is an area I am personally very interested in because I believe it’s changing society rapidly and offers many business benefits today and into the future.

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Topics: Business Strategy, mobility, Business software, ERP, Asia-Pacific, Mobile trends

Manufacturing market leaders in Canada

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Odete Passingham

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SYSPRO Canada has recently compiled a report covering manufacturing innovation in Atlantic Canada and in compiling this report I got to thinking about the relationships we have built over the years with our channel partners and our customers, and our continued success in retaining these customers. In this current economic environment, and more specifically in the fast-paced, constantly changing business software market there aren’t too many businesses that can proudly point to client retention rates of 98%.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Manufacturing, ERP, Technology, Business development, Canada

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Erin Schlee

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As an ERP professional, there are two questions that I am asked quite often by both prospective and current customers. I already addressed the first question, ‘How do I know my business needs ERP’, in an earlier blog and would like to focus on the second question, ‘How do I get the most out of my ERP system?’ Simply put, there are several ways to optimize your ERP solution, but these three tips can help improve the entire process:

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Education and Training, Change management, Business software, training, ERP, education, Vendor selection

Theory of Constraints ensures a successful ERP selection and Implementation

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Odete Passingham

ERP selection and Implementatio

In the book Thinking About ERP, the authors suggest ERP is no longer a competitive advantage. It is now a competitive disadvantage not to have an ERP, or to select one that doesn’t operate efficiently and effectively.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Change management, Business software, ERP, Project management, Theory of Constraints

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

 

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