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SAPICS 2016 Offers Sugar and Spice

Posted on 10 August 2016 by Doug Hunter

doug_sugar_and_spice.jpgThe second day at SAPICS 2016 started for me with a coffee or two at the SYSPRO Café networking with gurus, customers, and partners and debating the new spin on ERP. Like mobility, visibility, keeping it simple, appropriate and usable rather than treating it like a “big brother” system to be worked round. The chat was heavy and we all needed the coffee.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Supply Chain Management

Streamlining Your Company with ERP

Posted on 4 August 2016 by Alistair Brough

aistair_streamlining_your_company_with_erp.jpgStreamlining isn’t just for planes, trains and automobiles. It’s also a valuable concept in business. Is competition fierce? Profit margins tight? Can the difference between success and failure boil down to a few minutes of lead time? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, it’s time to look for areas where you can minimize the drag on your business.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Owning or (Running) ERP

 

ERP: From Functionality to Value in a Single Bound

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Jeff Gilbert

jeff_erp_from_functionality_to_value.jpgIn this age of Industry-four-point-whatever, the stuff of interthings, customizable screens that can make coffee and excise bunions, massive data and so on, it can be fairly easy to forget that some ERP users may not want every bell and whistle in order for their solution to work optimally for their situation.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Managing inventory with ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

Overcoming the Uncertainty of V.U.C.A.

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Louise Thompson

louise_weathering_the_storms_of_change.jpgBritain’s recent withdrawal from the European Union reminds me of the US Military acronym: V.U.C.A. Referring to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that characterize conditions and situations, particularly when influenced by significant change, V.U.C.A. has rapidly become a trendy managerial contraction. 

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP

Four Common ERP Misconceptions

Posted on 31 May 2016 by Tracey Gates

tracey_common_erp_misconceptions.jpgMisconceptions about ERP are as prevalent as the common cold, and equally as contagious. Like the cold, ERP misconceptions can have a distinctly negative effect around the office.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

How does ERP Fit into the Factory of the Future?

Posted on 26 May 2016 by Cathie Hall

cathie_erp_factory_of_the_future.jpgThere’s no doubt that the global manufacturing industry is evolving at a rapid pace. During SYSPRO’s time exhibiting at MACH 2016, the UK’s largest manufacturing and machine tool trade show, and at our SYSPRO Europe company day, we have been looking closely at the future of the sector with one question in mind – where does ERP fit into the factory of the future?

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), Owning or (Running) ERP

ERP Trimming the Fat off Food Production

Posted on 19 May 2016 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

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“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.” ― E.M. Forster.

The great thing about a necessity is that, as a supplier, you are always guaranteed an eager market. Food production and distribution falls neatly into this category. We all have to eat, don’t we? However, as margins become tighter, food businesses have been forced to keep a beady eye on the bottom line and pay more attention to reducing inefficiencies.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Supply Chain Management

Five Steps to a Successful ERP Change Management Plan

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Tracey Gates

tracey_reflections_on_change_management_part_2.jpgIn my last blog I introduced you to the “resistance-gnomes” - those very human voices that cry out in plaintive (or angry) voices at the smallest suggestion of change. Recognizing their humanity, however, does not mean giving them license to hinder your ERP implementation activities or even slow them down. As Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister of the UK, once remarked: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.”

I would like to add to that thought: “He who rejects change management is not doing his (or her) company any favours!” The last several decades have seen many ERP implementation failures due in part to a lack of employee buy-in. You might remember the commotion over the implementation-related bankruptcy of US$ 5 Billion pharma company FoxMeyer Drugs, which experienced considerable employee sabotage, including damaged inventory and unfilled orders.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

Enhancing Performance and Productivity with Business Process Innovation

Posted on 12 January 2016 by Louise Thompson

enhancing_performance_and_productivity.jpgFormula One automobile racing has been around for many decades. I find it particularly interesting to track the performance of the F1 cars over the years and compare today’s top speeds with those of bygone vehicles.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

Preventing and/or Reversing Application Erosion

Posted on 7 January 2016 by Alistair Brough

alistair_reversing_application_erosion.jpgAs discussed in part 1 of this series, application erosion eats away at the value of your company’s ERP investment – right from go-live. Over time, it can also eat away at your employee’s perception of the technology. The idea may spread that the system isn’t working properly, that it doesn’t fit well with the company anymore, or that it simply doesn’t have all the necessary functions. There might even be talk of a new solution – one that will really get the job done.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Maintaining/Upgrading ERP

 

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