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Conquering the Clutter

Posted on 13 June 2012 by Erin Schlee

In my position at SYSPRO USA, I am given the opportunity to meet with Enterprise Resource Planning prospects, channel partners and customers. I have found that some have perfect experiences choosing and implementing an ERP system, while others find themselves overwhelmed and frustrated with the process. Reflecting on each company’s unique experiences reminded me of my own similar experience of furniture shopping.

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Topics: Business Strategy, implementation, business process, Business software, selection, ERP

Lights, camera, ERP

Posted on 31 May 2012 by Phil Duff

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Topics: Business Strategy, entrepreneur, innovation, Business software, ERP, Technology, YouTube

Creating Effective ERP Project Teams

Posted on 3 May 2012 by Cathie Hall

Selecting a project team for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is all too often done on the basis of job role, rather than who is best for the project. What actually makes a good ERP team player? In my opinion there are four requirements: competency, skill, knowledge, and position – in that order.

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Topics: Business Strategy, projects, teams, Software implementation, ERP, ERP Implementation

Selecting an ERP Solution

Posted on 12 April 2012 by Simon Griffiths

Whether you call them RFIs, RFPs, RFQs* or some other acronym, and whether you are a vendor or a customer, those three letters conjure up the same impression in many minds – pages and pages of detailed questions about a software product’s functionality, which takes weeks to create, days to respond, and weeks again to review.

Frankly, no one likes these documents, but businesses evaluating ERP software keep producing them, and vendors keep responding. Isn’t there a better, more efficient, ‘leaner’ way? According to one view:

"Regardless of how many consultants a client uses to select software, many would have been far better selecting out of a hat.”

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Topics: Business Strategy, Business software, selection, ERP, software

The Ownership Conundrum

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Cathie Hall

Ownership of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is much more than the signing of a contract at the time of purchase. In order to deliver value it must be the consequence of a long term strategy of ownership, and that means a long term commitment to data integrity, solution design and education.

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Topics: Business Strategy, data integrity, Software implementation, project ownership, user education, solution design, ERP Implementation

ERP Product Map for the Road Ahead

Posted on 29 February 2012 by Phil Duff

Are you lost and looking for a guide…? Well then, follow me on an exciting journey as we discover what lies in wait for our customers.

I want to share with you some insights into what is being developed for our SYSPRO ERP product during 2012 and ahead.

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Topics: Business Strategy, innovation, product roadmap

Delivering specialized solutions for any business need

Posted on 24 February 2012 by Louise Thompson

“I know your requirements Mr Customer - I specialize in your industry”

Imagine walking into an Architect’s office; he asks you two questions:

  1. How big is your family?
  2. What type of family are you?

You answer and he says: “Yes, I specialize in your type of family and fully understand your requirements. In fact, I have the perfect house for you.”

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Topics: Business Strategy, implementation, Business software, industry solutions, stakeholder communication, ERP, quantum architecture

ERP – The Extra Responsive Pedestal

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

When I first saw Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, ET – The Extra-Terrestrial, I was fascinated by its simple yet profound storyline. ET, an alien of sorts, ends up alone on Planet Earth when his fellow aliens accidentally leave him behind after a visit in their space ship. Unlike the children in the story, the adults are obsessed with the order, structures and habits they perceive as ‘normal’ and become his worst enemies, hell-bent on destroying him. Meanwhile, all ET wants to do is “phone home” for his friends to come and fetch him from the inhospitable planet.

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Topics: Business Strategy, customer relationships, Manufacturing, product development, stakeholder communication, ERP

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

 

Make your ERP software work for you: Don’t blame the tools if you haven’t read the manual

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Steve Bassaw

I have a friend who works at a large home improvement retailer. He often tells me stories about customers who buy expensive and sophisticated tools, yet have no DIY experience or knowledge on how best to use them.

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Topics: Business Strategy, implementation, ERP, software, Erp training

 

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