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ERP Support that Counts – Part 2

Posted on 25 August 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_support_that_counts_2In my last blog I mentioned my home make-over and my feelings about it that range from jubilant to wretched, depending on which day you catch me. This process has once again reinforced my belief that solid relationships are paramount to the success of any endeavor.  I learnt that one of the most important considerations when choosing a contractor is their clear understanding of your vision and your required outcome. The ‘personal touch’ should never be underestimated. 

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Topics: Software development, SYSPRO User Tips

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 3

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_pt_3Costing methods can be a contentious issue where there is no definite right or wrong answer.  The other day, while looking at my Quora feed, I came across a user who posed a question regarding a disagreement between two people. He wanted to know if at least one person will always be wrong. 

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

 

Support that Counts

Posted on 6 August 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_support_that_counts_1Renovations can be exhausting and frustrating but oddly exhilarating at the same time. During my recent home makeover, as I bounced between building suppliers, sanitary ware outlets and roof truss manufacturers, I got to thinking about service levels that stand out. It struck me that the difficult decisions, inconveniences and stresses of any project can be minimized by excellent service.

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Topics: Software development, SYSPRO User Tips

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 2

Posted on 23 July 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part_2In my last blog I referred to how much your inventory is costing you and that both direct costs and overhead costs will have an influence on your stocking quantity.

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP

Visibility is key to business sustainability

Posted on 16 July 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_visibility_is_keyWhen asked to think about sustainable energy within a business environment, I’m sure that integrated databases, Business Intelligence dashboards, web design and cloud computing are not the first thoughts that come to mind. Instead you are probably picturing recycle bins, wind turbines and solar panels.

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Topics: Software development, ERP and Financial Management, ERP and Analytics

Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 1

Posted on 14 July 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part

Some people like cars, some have an affinity for sport, while others can discuss the sheen of their pet’s coat for hours on end. We all have our own weaknesses … or strengths depending on where you stand on dog fur. My passion is food. Sometimes healthy, occasionally cholesterol-inducing, butter soaked sheer indulgence.

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Topics: Software development, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Optimizing your ERP with Workflow

Posted on 7 July 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_optimizing_workflowA few weeks ago, myself and one of my colleagues travelled to Johannesburg to catch up with the Emerging Technologies team at SYSPRO.  Our primary goal was to get up-to-speed with the latest developments in SYSPRO Workflow in SYSPRO 7 and gain an appreciation of how SYSPRO’s implementations of Workflow in South Africa are significantly impacting their manufacturing and distribution businesses for the better.

SYSPRO’s biggest implementations of Workflow were demonstrated and discussed during our time there.  A link to the case study of one of these businesses can be found here

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Topics: Software development, ERP Implementation, ERP and Analytics

Architecting your business – Part 2 of 2

Posted on 23 June 2015 by Louise Thompson

louise_architecting_your_business_part_2In my previous blog on Architecting your business I discussed the broader benefits that can be gained from applying an architectural approach to your business, the information, the processes and technology.

But the benefits will not be realized if your architecture does not take into account the people in your business, as well as the workflows.

Architecting for people.

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Topics: Software development, Maintaining/upgrading ERP

The ERP ROI ‘Promise Game’ – Part 1

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Paulo de Matos

paulo_roi_promise_game_part_1We have all heard it before, ‘Sustainable Competitive Advantage’, ‘Return on Investment’, ‘Increase sales by x%’. Terms often bandied about by ERP vendors in a generalist manner citing studies and research in these areas. However, if we unpack these terms and how organizations view them vs. how ERP vendors use them, there is often little congruence between the two and mistrust and skepticism is often created.

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Topics: Software development

Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Simon Griffiths

simon_customizationShould an ERP system be customized? That is a question asked by many companies. Although some people say it should never be done, in almost every ERP project one of the first user requests is for customization.

If you accept that customization is a fact of ERP life, then what criteria should the project owner use to select and prioritize customizations? One objective framework for deciding on customization has been provided by consultant and author Geoffrey Moore. In his book ‘Dealing with Darwin’ Moore proposed the concept of 'core' and 'context' as a way to prioritize growth strategies, but the concept can also be extended to ERP customization.

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Topics: Software development

 

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