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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: Gamification, 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

Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Natasha Burt

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In my previous blog post, How to Assess for ERP Competency, I defined competencies and discussed the process of assessing for competency, as opposed to assessing for knowledge. You may also recall some of the shortfalls of assessing for knowledge, which I pointed out in the ‘Cons’ section of my blog on The Pros and Cons of ERP Certification. I think this is a good time to explore the benefits of a competency-based approach to training and assessment. Here are six benefits – both for the employer and the employee.

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Topics: Education, training, certification

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, ERP Implementation, Education, training, certification

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked (Part 1 of 3) – Myth #1: ERP is too hard to learn

Posted on 9 July 2014 by Erin Schlee

3_erp_myths_1As humans, we are often quick to believe speculation and establish opinion based on what often happens to be myth. As we are told time and time again, we should not always be so quick to believe everything we hear, and this also holds true in the software industry - particularly ERP.

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Topics: SYSPRO support, ERP systems, Education, training, certification

How to Assess for ERP Competency

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Natasha Burt

Assessing competency

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that having an ERP certification does not necessarily mean that someone has the required experience or soft skills to be able to perform a job effectively. In addition, I mentioned that the purpose of the certification exam is most often to assess an individual’s ability to answer knowledge-based questions, and does not extend to assessing their ability to use the ERP system to solve real world problems. This brings me to the difference between assessing for knowledge and assessing for competency.

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Topics: Business software, ERP systems, Education, training, certification

 

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