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Productive ERP development…only a cup away from taking over the world

Posted on 20 August 2015 by Kevin Dherman

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We have a philosophy at SYSPRO that precludes innovation simply for the sake of innovation. There is an organizational commitment around here to productive development that doesn’t really leave much wriggle room for frivolity. ERP software is a serious business after all… isn’t it?

However, for most rules there is an exception, and in this blog I’m going to let you in on a secret project that we are running alongside our earnest income generating pursuits. It’s not a money spinner and it certainly doesn’t have mass appeal outside our staff kitchen but it’s a great illustration of how predictive analytics continues to percolate its way into every layer of modern day life.

You may be asking yourself why I use the word ‘percolate’, so let me explain.

Coffee is an essential part of software development. Its availability is critical to the process.  So our development team have been putting some thought and technology into ensuring a steady, uninterrupted supply.

Since predictive analytics is all about the gathering of data we are careful to take note of all of the details every time we make a trip to the coffee machine. How many of us are going for a cup together, the time, the date, the level of water in the coffee canister, etc. This information is stored in a database and then fed into Azure Machine Learning. And … voila … we are able to more accurately predict when we should go for coffee without the time consuming task of having to refill the coffee machine.

It may sound like an awful lot of work to avoid a small amount of inconvenience but there’s a business application here that bears further investigation.

It’s all about the competitive advantage.

Much like adequate hydration and caffienation (I’m sure there is such a word) of our development team keeps us one step ahead of thirstier developers, businesses that are able to predict trends and outcomes will most certainly maintain a lead on their less-informed competition.

The availability of data necessary for analysis makes the ERP environment the perfect arena for the expansion of knowledge and expertise through access to information. The ability to measure a business in today’s highly competitive environment, through an analytical framework that builds and supports the key performance indicators of the business, is critical for better business performance.

Today it may be a simple cup of coffee, tomorrow it could be world domination. We are developers after all!




Topics: ERP for Manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology), ERP and Analytics

Kevin Dherman

Kevin Dherman is Chief Innovation Officer at SYSPRO, and has been at the company since 1999. Along with his team, he spends most of his time doing research and development – where he is responsible for investigating new technologies, integration strategies and development.

Before joining SYSPRO he worked at a SYSPRO customer, where he developed add-on programs, reports, including the Kan-Ban system. Kevin was involved with the architecture and development of Solutions, SYSPRO Reporting Services, SYSPRO Office Integration and SYSPRO Workflow Services

Kevin has always believed in choosing the right technology at the right time and the success of the modules that he has developed are testament to this. Kevin often works closely with the Microsoft development team in Redmond, whilst in the RND stages of a new module. He is regularly invited to lecture at Microsoft Tech-Ed and Microsoft Developer Days too.


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