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Is Technology Enabling or Enslaving your Food and Beverage Business?

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Tom Grindley-Ferris


If you are a food manufacturer, you have probably pondered this critical question more than once: “Do I have the necessary infrastructure in place to ensure I am able to seize new opportunities and grow at a successful rate?”

These days, food and beverage companies are facing tougher challenges than ever before. The food industry has become increasingly complex for manufacturers to navigate and remain compliant. In the highly competitive food marketplace, the demands can soon start to outgrow your business and suddenly you’re slapping on Band-Aids without a passing thought for the implications on long-term growth.

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Topics: ERP for Food and Beverage Industry, ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), ERP for Distribution

Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready?

Posted on 20 September 2017 by Nick McGrane


We are undeniably an industry that loves our acronyms – SCM, IoT, CRM, AI, PSAs.  I could go on… Well, over the coming months and years you’re going to be hearing a lot more about a new acronym – DSN, or Digital Supply Networks.  While there remains a certain degree of uncertainty around the impact that developments such as robotization, automation, AI and cloud-based technologies will have on the manufacturing industry, there is no doubt that these technologies already have – and will continue – to transform the way digital supply chains function. 

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Topics: ERP Implementation, ERP for Manufacturing, Owning or (Running) ERP


ERP Can Help With Sustainability

Posted on 5 September 2017 by Doug Hunter


Many decisions involve yes or no. They appear clear-cut, simple. A head politician survives a motion of no confidence yet again. For the eighth time. This was an opportunity to give politicians the chance to regroup - restore values, their brand and deliver more than just hope to supporters. All behind closed doors. This was the optimal time to deeply reflect and use the many signs of discontent to act! But again, short term vested interests rather than long term sustainability won the day at the expense of a nation.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Owning or (Running) ERP

CPM Gives ERP Financial Visibility Across the Business

Posted on 24 August 2017 by JP van Loggerenberg

jp_cpo_high_performing.jpgYou could argue that ERP is a not a sexy, new subject. It’s not a cool 3D printer, or a technologically advanced ‘hybrid car’. In fact, I could probably say that ERP is more the sedate station wagon than the sleek supercar. Does this mean ERP companies do not constantly innovate? Or continually seek out partnerships that enhance their product offering? Absolutely not. SYSPRO ERP may not be new, but it is a system built around listening to market trends and innovating accordingly.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Owning or (Running) ERP

Adopting SQL Adds Value to Our Customers ERP and Business

Posted on 25 July 2017 by Russell Hollick

russell_sql_adds_value.jpgWhilst the majority of SYSPRO systems already use Microsoft SQL Server as their database of choice we still have some sites which have yet to make the change from our heritage ISAM based system.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing

Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward

Posted on 18 July 2017 by Nick McGrane

nick_mcgrane_moving_forward.jpgTimes are tough for manufacturers with global trends towards automation and mass customization placing increasing pressure on them to up their game. Coupled with this is the pressure from OEMs to meet ever more challenging KPIs relating to production turnaround times, quality standards or compliance. The implications of Industry 4.0 for manufacturers cannot be underestimated. 

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing

Customer Service Bot a Big Hit at ERP Conference

Posted on 4 July 2017 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_customer_service_bot.jpgCustomer Service Bot a Big Hit at ERP Conference

At our Africa customer conference this year I showed off a new member of the SYSPRO stack, a Bot christened Ken. I highlighted how intuitive the Bot is, using the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to have an intelligent, and even anticipatory conversation with the customer.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

ERP Technology the Death of the Barcode?

Posted on 29 June 2017 by Rob Hurry

rob_death_of_the_barcode.jpgBarcodes have been around since the mid-‘70s, when they were first introduced into the retail environment. Today, it’s hard to imagine a supply chain or stock control system without them. But newer technology is fast threatening the continued existence of the faithful numerical striped mark. 

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Episode 2: Join the Dots Conference –The ERP Digital Pivot

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Doug Hunter

doug_connect_the_dots_with_syspro_p2.jpgRound two. Minds now expanded and caffeine onboard, a series of SYSPRO executives took the crowd through the SYSPRO Product Road Map including, SYSPRO 8, HTML5, plus the route to Cloud.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP)

Factories of the Future

Posted on 13 June 2017 by Don Stimson (Guest Blogger)

don_factories_of_the_future.jpgIf there’s one thing global competition has taught us, it’s that our attitudes towards technology can mean the difference between success and failure. Industry 4.0, the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, is still in the early days of adoption, but the changes it promises are profound. Over the next decade, forward-thinking businesses will embrace change and transform themselves, through connectivity, data, automation, and an increasingly sophisticated workforce.

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Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)


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