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ROI of ERP - Part 3 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Selecting the right system and vendor

Selecting the Right System and Vendor

Jim Collins, author of four international bestselling business books notes: “We tend to think that decisions are very much about ‘what.’ But when I look at my research notes or at interview transcripts from the executives we’ve interviewed, one theme that comes through is that their greatest decisions were not ‘what’ but ‘who’. They were people decisions.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, Business software, selection, ERP, Evaluation, Business change

ROI of ERP – Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Louise Thompson

Selecting a ERP System

Before Selecting a System

In the early 1980s “experts” on Japanese management were isolating distinctive practices that seemed to account for Japan’s remarkable economic success. The ‘Ringiseido’ decision-making practice was one of these. It offers an opportunity for equals to participate in the decisions that the executives will have to take. The purpose was to adhere to the Japanese cultural desire of harmony among people.

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, projects, process improvement, Business software, selection, ERP, Business change

 

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

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

Measuring the ROI of your ERP

Posted on 3 October 2013 by Louise Thompson

ERP ROI measurementWe are regularly asked to provide a tool to demonstrate ROI (Return on Investment) on the purchase and implementation of an ERP system. Personally I don’t believe in today’s uncertain, unpredictable, fast moving world there is value in such a tool.

Remember a number of years back when you were sold insurance and investment policies – the salesperson would reveal graphs on the 5, 10, 15, 20 year predictions of how your investment would perform. You also had the choice of high, medium and low risk and each of these had different graph predictions. All of which was both mind-boggling and very convincing. I have to ask you – how have those investments actually performed against the Sales graphs? None of them factored in Enron and the economic crash we are recovering from, not to mention over $100 per barrel oil price and other hits that the economy has had to bear.

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Topics: return on investment, projects, Software implementation, Business software, ERP, software

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

Lessons from an ERP Project Success in Africa

Posted on 20 June 2012 by Meryl Malcomess

Technology by its very nature is revolutionary. It grows, morphs and progresses our society whether we intend it to or not.

The recent SYSPRO ERP implementation at Mopani Copper Mine in Kitwe, Zambia has been a sterling example of this revolution – from the scale of the implementation and required user training, to the uniqueness of the environment and the additional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) requirements and resulting controls.

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Topics: implementation, projects, Software implementation, Africa, Business software, enterprise resource planning, ERP, software

Creating Effective ERP Project Teams

Posted on 3 May 2012 by Cathie Hall

Selecting a project team for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is all too often done on the basis of job role, rather than who is best for the project. What actually makes a good ERP team player? In my opinion there are four requirements: competency, skill, knowledge, and position – in that order.

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Topics: Business Strategy, projects, teams, Software implementation, ERP, ERP Implementation

Conquering Africa through ERP

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Meryl Malcomess

The team that conquered Africa

For centuries, adventurers, speculators and explorers have found the allure of the unknown reaches of Africa irresistible. Many have tried to conquer Africa and perished - from James Bruce’s quest for the source of the Nile to David Livingston’s traverse of Southern Africa. Had they but known that the key to winning Africa was simply teamwork - so adequately demonstrated by Team SYSPRO over the past few years.

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Topics: Business Strategy, implementation, projects, ERP, seeker of value

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3

Posted on 3 November 2011 by Simon Griffiths

Implementing ERP more effectively

Part 3: Having the right approach and attitude to an ERP implementation

“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” Samuel Johnson

Do you know how complex Microsoft Word and Excel are?

Because Word and Excel look so easy, people under-estimate how complex other standard systems, like an ERP, can be. If business users knew how complex those two Microsoft applications really are, they would be more thoughtful and careful when embarking on a complex software project.

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Topics: implementation, projects, approach, Software implementation, ERP

 

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