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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

Reflections on Change Management and ERP - Part 1

Posted on 29 December 2015 by Tracey Gates

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I have friends who were forced to move out of a house that they’d occupied for 15 years as a result of a business change. Economic conditions had closed the local mine, but some key managers, my friend included, had been offered a position at Head Office. He accepted the new job with relief. That evening over supper he told his family that he had some bad news…and some good news.

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Topics: ERP Implementation

10 Reasons Why Goals Alignment is Imperative for Your ERP System

Posted on 8 December 2015 by David Waller

david_waller_goals_alignment_is_imperitive_for_erp_system.jpgMisalignment of goals is one of the common reasons why many companies fail to realize the full value of an ERP system. Goals alignment should be the starting point BEFORE any company starts the ERP selection process, and BEFORE it sets its performance and measurement targets (metrics) and objectives.  Goals should be consistent with policy, they should be clearly defined, articulated, and communicated through the company.  This is a top-down, not bottom-up approach.

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

How African Markets Leapfrog onto New Technology

Posted on 26 November 2015 by Meryl Malcomess

meryl_africas_legacy_system_leapfrog.jpgThe recent Gartner Symposium has highlighted the need to not compare apples with oranges when talking about the latest IT trends in developed versus developing markets. It appears that trends in Africa and South Africa include more of a different approach, often characterized by current ERP implementers leapfrogging over old legacy systems directly onto the latest technology.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

Applying Windows 10 principles to ERP

Posted on 15 September 2015 by Darren Edwards

On the 29th July 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10. Within 4 weeks of the release date 75 million machines across the world had been upgraded by people wanting to take full advantage of the latest, free Microsoft Operating System.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Owning or (Running) ERP

Three Tips for ERP Implementation Success

Posted on 28 July 2015 by Erin Schlee

erin_three_tips_for_erp_implementation_successAt the beginning of every year, I try to set both personal and professional goals for myself.  One of my 2015 goals was to run a long distance race and this past May, I completed my first half marathon where I happily finished within 30 seconds of my goal time.  While this was a wonderful accomplishment, I have to admit that prior to my decision to sign up for the race, I could barely run an entire mile without fatigue and ultimately, slowing to walk.  When I decided to run the 13.1 mile distance, I knew I would need a solid training plan, a coach who could help me work through the process and most important, buy-in and support from not only myself but also my family members. 

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Topics: ERP Implementation

Optimizing your ERP with Workflow

Posted on 7 July 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_optimizing_workflowA few weeks ago, myself and one of my colleagues travelled to Johannesburg to catch up with the Emerging Technologies team at SYSPRO.  Our primary goal was to get up-to-speed with the latest developments in SYSPRO Workflow in SYSPRO 7 and gain an appreciation of how SYSPRO’s implementations of Workflow in South Africa are significantly impacting their manufacturing and distribution businesses for the better.

SYSPRO’s biggest implementations of Workflow were demonstrated and discussed during our time there.  A link to the case study of one of these businesses can be found here

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Topics: Software development, ERP Implementation, ERP and Analytics

A Common ERP Misconception: Installation vs. Implementation

Posted on 2 April 2015 by Erin Schlee

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When purchasing a new ERP system, it is not only important to consider the software’s functionality and if it is a proper fit for your business, but to also take a close look at what the vendor’s implementation processes entail.  Often, we find potential customers asking us the inevitable question, “Why can’t you implement the software in under a week like your competitor offered? They make it sound so simple and cheap.”  To a buyer, a quick, low-cost implementation sounds like a winning plan but can result in astronomical errors, ERP project failures, and future major financial repercussions.  

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Topics: ERP Implementation

 

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