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Four software tools your ERP system needs

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Darren Edwards

erp_software_toolsAs we all know (or should know), SYSPRO ticks more functionality boxes than a Swiss army knife and part of the reason for SYSPRO’s ongoing product success is that it focuses on getting this core functionality right - whilst exposing this same functionality via business objects to allow easy software integration to other systems. 

When a business implements SYSPRO, they often choose to implement other software tools available in the market too, with the aim of enhancing the solution and maximising the business’s return on its investment. 

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Topics: SYSPRO, ERP, collaboration, Mobile Solution, Third party software, CRM, software integration

How to Get Mobile ERP Right for Your Company

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Shaun Butler

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In my previous post, I touched on why the mobile evolution plays an important role in the ERP realm and how businesses can benefit from deploying mobile ERP. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, have the vantage point to be early adopters and lead this next evolution.

Equally important is the deployment of the right solution and one that can meet the requirements of your company's salesforce team. Choose the wrong tool and your expensive implementation will end up nothing more than a paperweight.

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Topics: SYSPRO, mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, Business software, ERP, Technology, Mobile Solution, syspro appstore

Business Objects for Non-Programmers

Posted on 22 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

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If you have come across any SYSPRO resource for technical users, you have probably encountered the phrase ‘business object’, and related phrase, ‘service oriented architecture (SOA)’.

While you don’t need to be an expert on business objects, it is worthwhile to have a basic understanding of what they are and what they do, so that you can understand why they make SYSPRO a flexible product.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software development, Business objectives, Service oriented architecture, Application integration

Leveraging the Supply Chain

Posted on 20 May 2014 by Chris Grunwell

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I recently took part in a SYSPRO office challenge cycle race at the Cape Argus 2014 event. If you've read anything about the race, you'll know that the charitable fundraising by the UK team was for a cause very close to my heart. The cause in question is a special needs school near the K3 SYSPRO offices, where my mother has worked for over a decade.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Supply chain, Business software

Own ERP Best Practices, but Don’t be a Slave to Them

Posted on 16 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

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Some ERP companies like to say that the way their ERP does things is a best practice, and that businesses should therefore conform to their system.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) is an example of an authority on standards or best practices. Their members debate on standards for months, and not until two thirds vote in favour is the standard adopted as an ISO standard. The point being that best practice surrounding any process is a matter for thoughtful analysis of the particular practice.

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Topics: SYSPRO, business process, Business software, ERP, custom software, Best Practices

Africa, ERP and the Key to Global Food Security

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

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As population numbers continue to rise and pressure continues to mount for global food production, the world is looking to Africa to step up to the challenge.

While many may simply assume that a shift to industrial farming methods is the answer for increasing production, the inevitable resulting environmental degradation where such methods are used suggests that this is not the best way forward for a sustainable future.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Supply chain, SYSPRO Corporate, Business software, Food production, Industrial Farming, Food processing ERP software, ERP for food and beverage industry, Farming in Africa, Agriculture

An Element of Passion

Posted on 13 December 2013 by Odete Passingham

Seeker of ValueMost of our daily interactions are guided by what we expect from different types of relationships. With family we hope for reliability, security and protection. From friends we ask for loyalty and support. With lovers we demand excitement and intimacy. But it's the social commitment we form with our colleagues that interests me here, our collective expectation that everyone will “Get the Job Done.”

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, seeker of value, Competitiveness, Culture, Employee engagement, Brand, Business change

Taking the little guy into the complex supply chain

Posted on 12 December 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

complex-supply-chainIt’s encouraging to see we are entering an era in which everyone, no matter how small their business, is able to participate in the global economy. Thanks to mobile and ERP, even smallholder farmers are now being brought into the complex supply chain, allowing them to benefit from more efficient and cost effective channels to a larger market. But extending these benefits to everyone, across Africa takes development and training.

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Topics: SYSPRO, business process, small-medium business, Supply chain, Education and Training, Business software, training, ERP, education

Three signs your business needs an ERP system

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Erin Schlee

Three-signs-your-business-needsLast week, I ordered a birthday present online for a dear friend from my favorite chocolate store. The shop’s unique and quality products have quickly made them my go-to-store for gifts over the past few years. However, over the past six months or so, they’ve become quite popular and I’ve found that the once easy ordering process I used to experience with them has now disappeared. I received a follow-up email from my last order apologizing that they didn’t realize the product wasn’t in stock, so therefore couldn’t fulfill my order, and unfortunately didn’t have a time frame for when they’d have more stock. I was instantly annoyed, asked for a refund, and ordered a different gift from another store.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP, Customer service

Simplify or die

Posted on 22 November 2013 by Meryl Malcomess

simplify-or-dieAre you paying too much, relative to what you are getting? Are you paying for things you did not order because the account is too complex to understand?

The cost of complexity is not only to the account of the consumer; producers and sellers suffer too.

If we look back fifty years and make a comparison to current times, our access to technology and knowledge is a hundred fold more, yet our lives have never been more complicated. In business, there are few parts where complexity exerts a more painful grip than in the IT arena. The more pervasive and fundamental the IT system, the higher the system complexity, and the more money required to feed the beast. One must ask why we have accepted this state of affairs? Why have we not rebelled? The most obvious answer is that we are overwhelmed by the complexity.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business software, ERP, Technology, Simplify, Complexity, Best Practice, ERP solution