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Impatience is a virtue

Posted on 24 October 2013 by Darren Edwards

user experience improvementsUnless you’ve been living on a desert island for the past 5 years, you shouldn’t have failed to notice that when Apple released the first generation iPad back in 2010 it sparked off a revolution in personal computing terms when it brought to the consumer device market an intuitive, simplistic and easy to use personal computing device. Apple succeeded because they were one of the first companies to respond to a new demand in the marketplace, a demand fuelled by the world’s technological advances…and generated by impatience.

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Topics: SYSPRO, mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, innovation, SYSPRO 7, ERP, user experience, Technology

The Future of Manufacturing Technology

Posted on 17 October 2013 by Simon Griffiths

future-of-manufacturingIt used to be that manufacturing was only considered important in emerging economies. Recently, however, analysts groups and influential business publications have started discussing the significance of a new wave of manufacturing that will pervade all economies. It’s what IDC call the Factory of the Future, and The Economist describes as the Third Industrial Revolution. It is also being advocated by an industry group – the 'Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition'.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Third Industrial Revolution, Manufacturing, innovation, Digital Industrial Economy, Business software, ERP, Technology, Factory of the Future, software

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

ERP resolving the challenges of distribution

Posted on 13 March 2013 by Cathie Hall

global distributionIn this digital age the distribution model for businesses is being transformed, bringing with it a change in both consumer and business buying practices.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Supply chain, innovation, distribution

Reminiscing on an ERP project victory

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Kevin Dherman

During my 13 years at SYSPRO I have been involved in a range of software development projects, but have never tried my hand at implementation. Over the past few months I have been fortunate enough to work with the iPlan team on the SYSPRO implementation at the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe, Zambia.

I was brought into the project about 4-5 months into the implementation, when the customer began to see the power of SYSPRO and started pushing it to and beyond its limits. They realized the value and potential of SYSPRO and wanted more and more out of the system. Everything that they needed has been achieved with the core product by utilizing the built-in customization features, power tailoring and workflow.

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Topics: business process, innovation, workflow, Business software, ERP, mining, Technology

Future trends in ERP

Posted on 27 September 2012 by Phil Duff

The rapid consumerization of technology over the past few years has led enterprises, some kicking and screaming, to incorporate elements of it for their brand strategies and internal processes.

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Topics: mobility, app store, innovation, consumerization, trends, Business software, ERP, collaboration

Lights, camera, ERP

Posted on 31 May 2012 by Phil Duff

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Topics: Business Strategy, entrepreneur, innovation, Business software, ERP, Technology, YouTube

Change for the sake of change

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Pierre Van Dalen

After a decade of driving the same brand of car, I decided to make a change at the beginning of this year and bought something different. Functionally, the new car is great. It has cut my fuel bill in half, provides more interior space than my old car did, is a doddle to park, and has enough electronic features to keep me amused for hours. As a gadget-loving geek, working in the hi-tech software industry, I pride myself on being an early adopter who just “gets” new technology as it arrives. But this car may be just too much of a good thing. Even after two months of driving it on a daily basis, I find it difficult to use. There are just too many buttons and scrolling bars; too many ways to perform the same task, and too many features hidden behind elaborate menu steps…

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Topics: user interface, Software development, innovation, ERP changes, user experience, software

Revolutionizing business in Africa with ERP solutions

Posted on 13 March 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

It’s fascinating to be living in a time where the world is not ruled by tyranny or dictatorship, socialism or capitalism, but instead by technology. The Arab Spring which began more than a year ago is a classic example of how technology (such as social media) is proving more powerful than any one government’s laws, or one society’s philosophies. The power being created here is happening through giving the man in the street access to a sophisticated mass communication mouthpiece, something that historically was the exclusive domain of the elite and powerful.

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Topics: innovation, Africa, ERP, Technology

 

ERP Product Map for the Road Ahead

Posted on 29 February 2012 by Phil Duff

Are you lost and looking for a guide…? Well then, follow me on an exciting journey as we discover what lies in wait for our customers.

I want to share with you some insights into what is being developed for our SYSPRO ERP product during 2012 and ahead.

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Topics: Business Strategy, innovation, product roadmap

 

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