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Find the Educational Fit

Posted on 15 March 2016 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_find_the_educational_fit.jpgTOMS is a company that sells apparel. What they do differently, however, is based on your purchase they give either the same product you purchased or another product to assist those in need. For example, when you buy a pair of shoes they provide a pair of shoes to someone who does not own shoes. This company is not thinking let’s brand the planet with our shoes, but rather let’s enable people to do more by putting shoes on their feet. With a comfortable pair of shoes, people can walk further, perhaps to school or to the hospital or to a job interview.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Get Connected

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_get_connected.jpgYou know how you have lived all your life never having heard a word or phrase and then one day it pops up, and then it’s everywhere you look? I am never sure if it’s down to not noticing because you’re not aware of its existence or if it just becomes a more popular term.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

 

Building Up Scarce IT Skills

Posted on 10 December 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_building_up_scarce_IT_skills.jpgAccessing scarce and much needed developing and testing IT skills in the market has always been a challenge. For this reason we launched our mentoring and intern program over ten years ago.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

How to influence ERP learners - just what the doctor ordered

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_erp_learning_just_what_the_dr_orderedIt’s October, my birthday month. For some strange reason, I feel some sort of comradery with people born in October; a feeling that we all have something special about us. So I was pleased to see that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5th, close to my birth date. This man definitely has something special about him.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Empowerment in IT Through Education

Posted on 13 August 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_empowerment_through_educationWhen asked what I do for a living, I always answer, “I’m in IT” and I find it is quite the conversation stopper. Perhaps the person upon hearing my answer is picturing me hunched over a smoking keyboard furiously coding in some odd-ball language, and is afraid to push any further. In reality, I am in education and this just happens to be in an IT company. And education plays a key role. 

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Topics: Education, training, certification

ERP at Your Service

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_erp_at_your_serviceIf you haven’t heard about Uber, I am going to make the assumption that you have been living under a rock, or less dramatically, live and work on the outskirts of the city. So, for those of you who might fall under these two categories, Uber provides an app that allows you to find a taxi nearest you, request a driver, enter the address and you and the driver can see the route, cost and ETA. The app displays the driver’s name, a picture of the driver and provides his car details. Up front, you know what you’re getting into.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

The App Games

Posted on 5 February 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_the_app_gamesI admit I am a Hunger Games fan. I read all three books in a week and vowed to take archery lessons. And I am not the only one, judging by the number of books sold. In 2012, Suzanne Collins’s trilogy sold 27.7 million copies (print and eBooks combined).

So what makes the story so compelling? Well, unlike the ho-hum of Survivor-like programs, in The Hunger Games it’s not just a torch that gets snuffed. People fight to the death. Twenty-four Tributes (or contestants) are placed in a hostile environment and need to use tools, talent and strategy to stay alive. The last Tribute standing gets rewarded with wealth and lots of food (hence the Hunger Games).

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Staying agile in an uncertain world

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths

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We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries.

There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change - VUCA - which was discussed in a previous blog post. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Another acronym (also originating from the military) provides guidance on how to deal with a VUCA world. 

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Topics: Mobile ERP, Education, training, certification

Gamification and ERP training

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Natasha Burt

natasha_b_gamification_erp_trainingI have never been a ‘gamer’ – in my definition that’s someone who spends a significant amount of their leisure time playing video games. My husband, on the other hand, is an avid gamer – so much so that one of his groomsmen got us an X-Box One as a wedding gift! This got me wondering if I am missing something – why do people escape to these virtual worlds and how do the games keep them interested and coming back for more?

In her TED talk ‘Gaming can make a better world’, Jane McGonigal provides some valuable insight into my contemplations – online video games engage and motivate gamers by providing:

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Topics: Education, training, certification

Improving the Training Experience

Posted on 9 September 2014 by Simon Griffiths

The-training-experienceIn the dim distant past of ERP, 10 years ago and more, the way you learnt about the software was by referring to the training manuals relating to various modules – Accounts Payable, Bill of Materials, etc. It was a very product-oriented and narrow view of learning. Times have changed, fortunately, and learning materials are turning towards how people work – their roles – and the business processes involved.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

 

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