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SAPICS 2016 Offers Sugar and Spice

Posted on 10 August 2016 by Doug Hunter

doug_sugar_and_spice.jpgThe second day at SAPICS 2016 started for me with a coffee or two at the SYSPRO Café networking with gurus, customers, and partners and debating the new spin on ERP. Like mobility, visibility, keeping it simple, appropriate and usable rather than treating it like a “big brother” system to be worked round. The chat was heavy and we all needed the coffee.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Supply Chain Management

Food Safety is Critical for Your ERP System

Posted on 21 July 2016 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

tom_food_safety_is_critical.jpgAligning food safety strategy and ERP implementation is critical for manufacturers who wish to gain a competitive edge in a very volatile and competitive market. World class manufacturers understand that traditional manual processes can no longer provide the real time and accurate information required to drive their businesses. Effective use of an ERP system can help push food safety compliance deep into the 21stcentury and beyond. 

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

 

Opening Impressions of SAPICS 2016

Posted on 7 July 2016 by Doug Hunter

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Back in the 1980s SAPICS delegates gathered at the trendy Elangeni Hotel on the Durban seafront while exhibitors faced kitchen-lift logistics to get stand equipment and mini-computers to the second floor.

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

Overcoming the Uncertainty of V.U.C.A.

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Louise Thompson

louise_weathering_the_storms_of_change.jpgBritain’s recent withdrawal from the European Union reminds me of the US Military acronym: V.U.C.A. Referring to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that characterize conditions and situations, particularly when influenced by significant change, V.U.C.A. has rapidly become a trendy managerial contraction. 

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP

ERP Trimming the Fat off Food Production

Posted on 19 May 2016 by Tom Grindley-Ferris

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“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.” ― E.M. Forster.

The great thing about a necessity is that, as a supplier, you are always guaranteed an eager market. Food production and distribution falls neatly into this category. We all have to eat, don’t we? However, as margins become tighter, food businesses have been forced to keep a beady eye on the bottom line and pay more attention to reducing inefficiencies.

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Topics: ERP Implementation, Selecting ERP, Supply Chain Management

How to Increase the Value of your ERP

Posted on 1 March 2016 by Gavin Verreyne

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In recent years when visiting customers, I find the number one issue is around customers who have invested in purchasing a SYSPRO ERP system, but have not continued to maintain that “asset” by investing time in continuous learning and sharing of knowledge.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

6 Top ERP Tech Trends for 2016

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Kevin Dherman

kevin_top_erp_tech_trends.jpgIn this blog, I would like to highlight some of the leading edge technology trends for both hardware and software that I think will be making a tangible impact this year in the ERP space.

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Topics: Selecting ERP, ERP for Manufacturing, Planning for ERP (or Purchasing ERP), Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

When Quantity Trumps Quality

Posted on 18 February 2016 by JP van Loggerenberg

jp_when_quantity_trumps_quality.jpgBeing an armchair sports enthusiast is even more satisfying when your team is trouncing the competition. Coming back from 2-0 down to win the latest ODI series against England, South Africa did its diehard cricket fans proud this past weekend.

As I basked in the afterglow of their victory, I got to thinking about the effort that goes into such a resounding success. There has to be an optimal combination of all of the individual personnel and processes and a pursuit of excellence that spans across the entire team and throughout its support structures.

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Topics: Selecting ERP

What is the Best Starting Point of an ERP Selection?

Posted on 10 November 2015 by David Waller

For whatever reason, your organization has decided it needs a new ERP system.  Your job is to find the best.  But where do you start?

Bing or Google will get you started.  A quick search will immediately narrow your options to not less than 5000+ best ERP systems for you, all of which claim to do everything you want.  This is good news because you now only need to write a list of requirements, send it to any of the 5000, and choose the least expensive.

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Topics: Selecting ERP

Experience or Technology? The ERP Selection Dilemma.

Posted on 5 November 2015 by Gavin Verreyne

experience vs technologyThe ERP landscape has changed quite a lot in recent years.

There is a consistent stream of new entrants into the ERP market and an ever-increasing range of products. This raises the question of whether to go with technology over experience or experience over technology. This has stirred the industry and with that has created a situation where buyers of ERP tend to pick one over the other. The question is though, who trumps who, experience or technology?

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Topics: Selecting ERP

 

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