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The importance of having a skilled ERP Administrator

Posted on 20 June 2013 by Darren Edwards

The importance of having a skilled ERP AdministratorOver the last 2 years I’ve been involved with over 200 separate business that use SYSPRO and what I have noticed over this time, is that those businesses that have invested and understood the need for having a skilled ERP Administrator have thrived, whilst those which have carried on without considering the requirement for a dedicated Skilled ERP resource have struggled. This is because they have failed to identify the need to recruit a conduit that would allow them to embrace the beneficial process and system changes, and adapt to emerging technologies.

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Topics: ERP Administrator, continuous improvement, Business improvement, Business software, Technology, ERP Implementation, IT alignment, seeker of value

ERP embracing consumerization of technology

Posted on 5 June 2013 by Louise Thompson

consumerization-of-technologyOne of my favourite films from the past is Minority Report, mainly because of the technology shown in these films, and not least because of the leading actor! It amazes me to think that Minority Report is already 11 years old. It seemed so far into the future at the time and yet today we are already seeing evidence of the technology used in Minority Report. Some of the technology and futuristic user interfaces have become realized and the way they have come into use is a good example of the term 'consumerization of technology'.Wikipedia describes Consumerization as:

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Topics: mobility, consumerization, geolocation, Business software, ERP, BYOD, Technology, collaboration

 

The on-the-go worker, access to real-time data and SYSPRO Espresso: The New 3 Musketeers!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Erin Schlee

on-the-go-worker-syspro-espressoI recently spent a few days on the road visiting customers across various US states. Preparing for this trip, I felt a little stressed about how I would still be able to manage SYSPRO USA’s Social Media Accounts even though I would be spending the majority of each day away from my laptop or any sort of office setting. Thankfully, social media has vastly evolved over the past few years and mobile application developments like the Twitter and Facebook Apps allow me the freedom to still do my job even though I may not be in the office. At the end of my trip I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home and I spent some time catching up on work on my iPad. Reflecting back on my week, I started to think about how Enterprise Software has also immensely evolved to keep up with trends and what is now known as the “on-the-go” worker. Similar to my situation of needing to maintain my work while on-the-go, manufacturers and distributors need the ability to run their businesses away from the office and their biggest necessity is access to real-time data.

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Topics: mobility, SYSPRO Espresso, Business software, ERP, Technology

Whatever unit works for you

Posted on 22 May 2013 by Simon Griffiths

unit of measure use caseMany businesses have to deal with the problem of buying product in one unit and selling it in another. It’s one of those items of ERP functionality that you don’t think of – unless you are in a business where it’s a necessity.

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Topics: Inventory management, Business software, units of measure, ERP, catch weight, Technology

Innovative or Customer Centric?

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Phil Duff

innovation-or-customer-centricDeveloping ERP software is a tricky business, especially if the software is not being developed for any specific customer but rather for a range of customers, some of whom have yet to purchase your product. A software product needs to evolve, be constantly updated and advanced, if it’s not to fall into neglect and disuse, and that can happen all too often in the software market.

Henry Ford is widely, if erroneously, credited with the quote “If I had asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” While Mr. Ford was correct NOT to listen to customers when he famously started his assembly line, he should have listened a little harder to trends about the types of cars people actually wanted. The problem Mr. Ford faced was that his customers didn’t know what they didn’t know – I’m sure you all know what I mean. We continually get asked for a product change, with the customer often providing the solution. But the customer can only provide a solution in the context of his or her experience. If Mr. Ford had actually asked a customer what they wanted and then probed the reply, he might have discovered that he or she just wanted something that was faster, not necessarily a horse.

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Topics: Software development, innovation, Business software, product development, ERP, Technology

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

In search of the perfect (ERP) fit

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Wouter Combrinck

perfect ERP fitRecently I have been exposed to a big debate on an ERP LinkedIn forum around the use of descriptions in the industry such as customizing, personalizing, tailoring, and configuring. Is this just marketing semantics, or are there very real differences in the meaning of these phrases and the implications of using these phrases when describing, or more to the point, promoting an ERP system?

Working in SYSPRO, I know we pride ourselves on the fact that our ERP system is, and I quote: “highly flexible and customizable”, that we are known as the "go-to" solution because of this, but I think it is important to unpack what we mean by these phrases and what the consumer understands by these phrases. If we are to be responsible in ensuring that what our customers see and understand they are getting, is in actual fact exactly what they are getting, then I don’t think we can use the excuse “I can only be responsible for what I say. I cannot be responsible for what you understand”.

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Topics: Software tailoring, Customization, Personalize, Software implementation, Business software, Technology, Configuration

SYSPRO Quantum Architecture –Business Management of Material, Costs and Cash –Part 2

Posted on 3 April 2013 by Erin Schlee

Business Management of Material, Costs and CashOn my previous post, I blogged about how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity inspired the SYSPRO USA go-to-market campaign 'S=MC²'; where S = SYSPRO ERP, M = Material and C² refers to Cost and Cash. This is about using amazing technology to get back to basics. Managing your assets and material, managing costs through efficiencies and visibility and managing the most important business resource there is – your funding and cash.

Einstein also inspired us when we named SYSPRO’s latest Quantum Architecture offering. In the Theory of Quantum Mechanics, Einstein attempts to explain the behavior of matter and its interactions with energy. SYSPRO’s Quantum Architecture attempts to resolve the behavior of your business and how your business interacts with technology and organization energy - the people and processes in your business.

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Topics: enterprise architecture, Business software, business process modeling, Technology, quantum architecture

Big data and the SMB market

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Simon Griffiths

Big dataYou may have heard of the term ‘big data’ – it’s one of those technologies that some people are making a lot of noise about. It’s been written about in many publications, e.g., Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly. However, as one analyst has commented, the hype about it is reaching “the levels of SOA in the early 2000’s, cloud in the late 2000’s, and social in the past few years.”

A nice simple definition of big data is this:

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Topics: small-medium business, big data, data analysis, Business software, Technology

Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Phil Duff

Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013

Regardless of what business you happen to be in, the end of the year is a natural time to reflect on what’s happened in our lives, our organisations and around the world. Although the global manufacturing sector has shown erratic and generally slow performance this year, the economic powerhouses of the US and China managed to register slight improvements in manufacturing activity in October. However, many other economies around the world suffered further contraction or flat growth across their manufacturing industries.

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Topics: trends, Business software, Technology

 

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