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ROI of ERP - Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Form must follow function

Taking Ownership of Your ROI

In a previous blog I referred to the unpredictability of measuring the ROI of your ERP investment. One key issue relating to this is the understanding of the core functions of your business now and in the future - before you consider an ERP system, take ownership of your Return on Investment (ROI).

There is a lot of debate about who coined the phrase, “form must follow function” (or words to that effect). It is commonly attributed to the American architect, Louis Sullivan, for whom it was the rule that “shall permit of no exception”. Sullivan was talking about aesthetics, but he might as well have been talking about ERP projects. When considering whether to install an ERP system the same rule applies, and similarly “permits no exception.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, Business software, strategy, ERP, Business change, Benefits

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: Certification, Education and Training, Business software, ERP, software, Competency, Knowledge, Assessments

 

Putting ERP in the palm of your hand

Posted on 3 April 2014 by Shaun Butler

ERP in the palm of your hand

Fifteen years ago, it would have been tough to believe a little device no bigger than your palm would have enough computer power to not only render high-definition videos, but also be able to secure sensitive data with the swipe of a finger and provide access to your corporate network.

Oh, and you would also be able to make phone calls with it.

Today smartphones and mobile devices have evolved so quickly that they are now little offices that you can access anytime, anywhere. In fact, mobility is an area I am personally very interested in because I believe it’s changing society rapidly and offers many business benefits today and into the future.

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Topics: Business Strategy, mobility, Business software, ERP, Asia-Pacific, Mobile trends

Manufacturing market leaders in Canada

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Odete Passingham

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SYSPRO Canada has recently compiled a report covering manufacturing innovation in Atlantic Canada and in compiling this report I got to thinking about the relationships we have built over the years with our channel partners and our customers, and our continued success in retaining these customers. In this current economic environment, and more specifically in the fast-paced, constantly changing business software market there aren’t too many businesses that can proudly point to client retention rates of 98%.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Manufacturing, ERP, Technology, Business development, Canada

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Erin Schlee

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As an ERP professional, there are two questions that I am asked quite often by both prospective and current customers. I already addressed the first question, ‘How do I know my business needs ERP’, in an earlier blog and would like to focus on the second question, ‘How do I get the most out of my ERP system?’ Simply put, there are several ways to optimize your ERP solution, but these three tips can help improve the entire process:

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Education and Training, Change management, Business software, training, ERP, education, Vendor selection

Theory of Constraints ensures a successful ERP selection and Implementation

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Odete Passingham

ERP selection and Implementatio

In the book Thinking About ERP, the authors suggest ERP is no longer a competitive advantage. It is now a competitive disadvantage not to have an ERP, or to select one that doesn’t operate efficiently and effectively.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Change management, Business software, ERP, Project management, Theory of Constraints

Preparing for change

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Darren Edwards

Preparing-for-change

Since December 2013 a record breaking 200% increase in rainfall in southern areas of the UK has brought about widespread flooding. Low lying areas close to rivers have seen the worst impact, and this has been compounded by increased rainfall on already sodden ground. With temperatures now dropping below freezing (it’s the UK winter months), there is the additional danger of ice, making deadly those areas already flooded.

Seeing the news reports of flooded property and ruined farmland saddens me, but it also reminds me of similar incidents the year before... and I ask myself the question: “why don't people learn from past flooding events, and why are people not more prepared?”

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Topics: Software implementation, process improvement, Change management, Business software, Project planning, ERP, Project management

Taking the little guy into the complex supply chain

Posted on 12 December 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

complex-supply-chainIt’s encouraging to see we are entering an era in which everyone, no matter how small their business, is able to participate in the global economy. Thanks to mobile and ERP, even smallholder farmers are now being brought into the complex supply chain, allowing them to benefit from more efficient and cost effective channels to a larger market. But extending these benefits to everyone, across Africa takes development and training.

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Topics: SYSPRO, business process, small-medium business, Supply chain, Education and Training, Business software, training, ERP, education

Owning Change

Posted on 5 December 2013 by Cathie Hall

owning-changeAs an ERP practitioner I have ranted and raved about change management for longer then I care to admit, and to be honest, I considered myself something of a change junkie: happy to adapt and certainly eager to move forward with new technology and the like.

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Topics: projects, Change management, Business software, ERP, education, Brand

Three signs your business needs an ERP system

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Erin Schlee

Three-signs-your-business-needsLast week, I ordered a birthday present online for a dear friend from my favorite chocolate store. The shop’s unique and quality products have quickly made them my go-to-store for gifts over the past few years. However, over the past six months or so, they’ve become quite popular and I’ve found that the once easy ordering process I used to experience with them has now disappeared. I received a follow-up email from my last order apologizing that they didn’t realize the product wasn’t in stock, so therefore couldn’t fulfill my order, and unfortunately didn’t have a time frame for when they’d have more stock. I was instantly annoyed, asked for a refund, and ordered a different gift from another store.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP, Customer service

 

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