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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

The Transitional Period

Posted on 9 January 2014 by chris.grunwell@k3btg.com

The Transitional PeriodBorn within 2 miles of the K3 Syspro offices in Salford, Manchester, I am also proud to be a staunch Manchester United (soccer) fan (who also play 3.5miles from our offices). In the last 60 years, Man U has been extremely lucky not only to have had just a handful of managers in this time, but to have had a notable two clocking up 52 years’ service between them; with almost identical reigns of around 26 years apiece. This is unprecedented in the world of English football as it is in any other sport you can think of in the world. However, in 2012 our most recent managerial stalwart hung up his boots, so to speak, and we now have a new man in charge.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, Project management, software, Software updates

 

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

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

35 ERP years young

Posted on 26 September 2013 by Louise Thompson

SYSPRO 35 years youngAs SYSPRO celebrates 35 years of being in business today I have been reflecting on what this means on a number of levels.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software development, Business software, ERP, Technology Development, software, SYSPRO 35 years

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

Getting the skills for SYSPRO power tailoring

Posted on 7 May 2013 by Chris Grunwell

power tailoring skillsAs a cycling fan, I am excited by the start of each new season particularly spring time as the "Spring Classics" get underway and everyone starts to look towards the summer blockbuster, the Tour de France. This is also the season in which I start to seriously ramp up my training as I look forward to the Tour de France stage (Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz) I will be riding on 7th July. With this in mind, I will share what I consider similarities in learning the necessary skills to power tailor and customize SYSPRO, and training for such a gruelling endurance event.

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Topics: power tailoring, Customization, Software development, Personalize, Education and Training, Technology, software

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

Executive buy-in is critical - Part Two

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Steve Bassaw

My previous blog was about the importance of leadership and executive buy-in during Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations. Without top-down leadership, no one else in the organisation will buy-in either, and the company will not get much value from the software.

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Topics: implementation, management, Software implementation, ERP, seeker of value, software

Selecting an ERP Solution

Posted on 12 April 2012 by Simon Griffiths

Whether you call them RFIs, RFPs, RFQs* or some other acronym, and whether you are a vendor or a customer, those three letters conjure up the same impression in many minds – pages and pages of detailed questions about a software product’s functionality, which takes weeks to create, days to respond, and weeks again to review.

Frankly, no one likes these documents, but businesses evaluating ERP software keep producing them, and vendors keep responding. Isn’t there a better, more efficient, ‘leaner’ way? According to one view:

"Regardless of how many consultants a client uses to select software, many would have been far better selecting out of a hat.”

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Topics: Business Strategy, Business software, selection, ERP, software

 

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