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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

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

Mining the Possibilities of a Green Cloud

Posted on 27 June 2012 by Pierre Van Dalen

I recently finished watching the new television series, Grimm. The lead character in the adventure discovers that he is a descendent of the Brothers Grimm. This led me to reread the Brothers Grimm fairytales and inevitably, I came across Mother Holly again. To cut a long fairy tale short, a widow’s stepdaughter ends up working for the devilish Mother Holly. However the quality of her work is so great that Mother Holly ends up sending her back to the ‘real’ world covered in gold. When the widow discovers this treasure, she sends her biological daughter to Mother Holly hoping for more gold. Unfortunately she is not as diligent as her stepsister and ends up being sent back home covered in coal.

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Topics: Africa, strategy, ERP, Cloud computing, Sustainability

Maximizing your ERP Investment to Improve the Management of Market Volatility and Change

Posted on 9 December 2011 by Louise Thompson

The frequency and the intensity of change in the business world, strikes me as similar to how we experience change throughout our lives.

Childhood and adolescence, for example, are both important and often frenetic phases in life, where any and every change dramatically impacts our development and invariably teaches us a lesson or two.

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Topics: Business Strategy, VUCA, business, strategy, Technology, software