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What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business?

Posted on 14 August 2013 by Erin Schlee

syspro-erpLet’s face it, no matter what size manufacturer or distributor you are, every business needs a method of organization in order for it to be profitable and effective. But, even knowing this, many small- and medium-size businesses aren’t quite sure what they need or even where to start looking. At a recent event, I was surprised at how many mid-market manufacturers and distributors didn’t know ERP even existed, or that there was a more efficient method available to them beyond Excel Spreadsheets.

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Topics: Business Strategy, small-medium business, management, Business improvement, Business software, strategy, ERP, Technology, software

ERP embracing consumerization of technology

Posted on 5 June 2013 by Louise Thompson

consumerization-of-technologyOne of my favourite films from the past is Minority Report, mainly because of the technology shown in these films, and not least because of the leading actor! It amazes me to think that Minority Report is already 11 years old. It seemed so far into the future at the time and yet today we are already seeing evidence of the technology used in Minority Report. Some of the technology and futuristic user interfaces have become realized and the way they have come into use is a good example of the term 'consumerization of technology'.Wikipedia describes Consumerization as:

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Topics: mobility, consumerization, geolocation, Business software, ERP, BYOD, Technology, collaboration

 

The on-the-go worker, access to real-time data and SYSPRO Espresso: The New 3 Musketeers!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Erin Schlee

on-the-go-worker-syspro-espressoI recently spent a few days on the road visiting customers across various US states. Preparing for this trip, I felt a little stressed about how I would still be able to manage SYSPRO USA’s Social Media Accounts even though I would be spending the majority of each day away from my laptop or any sort of office setting. Thankfully, social media has vastly evolved over the past few years and mobile application developments like the Twitter and Facebook Apps allow me the freedom to still do my job even though I may not be in the office. At the end of my trip I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home and I spent some time catching up on work on my iPad. Reflecting back on my week, I started to think about how Enterprise Software has also immensely evolved to keep up with trends and what is now known as the “on-the-go” worker. Similar to my situation of needing to maintain my work while on-the-go, manufacturers and distributors need the ability to run their businesses away from the office and their biggest necessity is access to real-time data.

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Topics: mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, Business software, ERP, Technology

Whatever unit works for you

Posted on 22 May 2013 by Simon Griffiths

unit of measure use caseMany businesses have to deal with the problem of buying product in one unit and selling it in another. It’s one of those items of ERP functionality that you don’t think of – unless you are in a business where it’s a necessity.

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Topics: Inventory management, Business software, units of measure, ERP, catch weight, Technology

Innovative or Customer Centric?

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Phil Duff

innovation-or-customer-centricDeveloping ERP software is a tricky business, especially if the software is not being developed for any specific customer but rather for a range of customers, some of whom have yet to purchase your product. A software product needs to evolve, be constantly updated and advanced, if it’s not to fall into neglect and disuse, and that can happen all too often in the software market.

Henry Ford is widely, if erroneously, credited with the quote “If I had asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” While Mr. Ford was correct NOT to listen to customers when he famously started his assembly line, he should have listened a little harder to trends about the types of cars people actually wanted. The problem Mr. Ford faced was that his customers didn’t know what they didn’t know – I’m sure you all know what I mean. We continually get asked for a product change, with the customer often providing the solution. But the customer can only provide a solution in the context of his or her experience. If Mr. Ford had actually asked a customer what they wanted and then probed the reply, he might have discovered that he or she just wanted something that was faster, not necessarily a horse.

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Topics: Software development, innovation, Business software, product development, ERP, Technology

How to optimize your ERP education for the Net and Millennial Generations

Posted on 18 April 2013 by Natasha Burt

optimize your erp educationLearning how to use an ERP system is not always that easy but it can be significantly simplified with an understanding of the needs of the learner. Just like we do when developing new solutions in our ERP, when developing learning material, a critical question to ask is “Does the learning meet the target audience’s learning style and preferences?” The individually driven and theoretically based objectives of traditional teaching methods need to catch up with our modern connected world by embracing collaboration through social media technologies and adapting to the learning styles and characteristics of younger generations (Generation Y and the Millennial Generation or Generation Z).

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Topics: Education and Training, user education, Business software, training, ERP, ERP system

Time for a Spring Clean?

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Darren Edwards

Time for a Spring CleanIt's springtime again and my favourite time of year, Christmas is now a distant memory and seeing the parks and road sides awash with vibrant colour is both up-lifting and motivating. It reminds me that it’s time to review the art of the possible and strive to keep my eyes open to the opportunities that the season brings.

Springtime it synonymous with the ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth and this seasonal effect definitely produces some very similar business behaviour.

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Topics: order management, Business Strategy, application erosion, process improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP

Leveraging Your ERP System to Manage Materials, Costs and Cash Part 1

Posted on 21 February 2013 by Erin Schlee

leveraging-your-ERP-systemAlbert Einstein was one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, but few of us know that not only was he a pragmatic and astonishing theorist, but also a very spiritual and personable person, who was very much in touch with music, love and life.

SYSPRO has a very similar persona. We have been supplying manufacturers and distributors with the latest and greatest in ERP for over 30 years. The cornerstone of our success has been the ability to deliver this pragmatic visionary technology, while at the same time placing the customer relationship at the helm of everything we do.

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Topics: SYSPRO, managing costs, Business Strategy, Manufacturing, ERP, Inventory Optimization

The Art of Learning New Systems

Posted on 13 February 2013 by chris.grunwell@k3btg.com

The Art of Learning New SystemsIn my current and relatively new position, I've had to get to grips with a number of new systems – not only the 'ins and outs' of SYSPRO and K3 SYSPRO products, such as DataSwitch, but also with the internal systems required to manage my day-to-day workload. In this blog I'll share with you some of the tools, sources, and insights I have gained during my first six months within the SYSPRO community.

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Topics: SYSPRO, knowledge management, Business software, ERP, user experience

Celebrating Dynamism Within the IT Industry

Posted on 5 February 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

Celebrating Dynamism Within the IT IndustryWith the festive season just past, it got me thinking about a friend and colleague who in my opinion encapsulates the very essence of a human firecracker! I’m referring to Trudy Deuchar, Group Business Operations & Information Manager for the Jasco group of companies, who over the last two years has played a pivotal role in completely modernizing, and indeed revolutionizing Jasco’s information systems.

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Topics: projects, continuous improvement, Business software, business process modeling, ERP, seeker of value

 

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