Yearly Archives - 2014

Santa’s ERP System Santa’s ERP System Santa’s ERP System

Santa’s ERP System

Author: | Post Date: 23 Dec 2014

I’ve been in the ERP business for a while now and have helped all sorts of organizations with their systems from non-profit, to government, to businesses small and large. One of the most interesting and complex ERP deployments that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in was for Santa (and Santa generously gave me permission to share what we did for him so that other businesses [...]


Staying agile in an uncertain world Staying agile in an uncertain world Staying agile in an uncertain world

Staying agile in an uncertain world

Author: | Post Date: 18 Dec 2014

We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries. There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change [...]


How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

Author: | Post Date: 11 Dec 2014

ERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection. Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems [...]


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Favorite SYSPRO Espresso apps

Author: | Post Date: 01 Dec 2014

Those that know me well, know my reputation for being “the lady with the laptop.”  There are numerous photographs of me with the laptop seemingly surgically attached: the middle of a field on Scout Camp, whilst washing clothes on the Serbian Scout Jamboree, even in my Wedding Dress.  When K3 Syspro took part in the UK National 3 Peaks Challenge, my laptop came too; [...]


Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment

Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment

Author: | Post Date: 27 Nov 2014

Having been in the IT industry long enough to remember when the idea of “ERP” first started making the rounds, I have watched with some fascination the struggle that organizations go through to decide how to justify an enterprise solution strategy.  At the same time as a business owner or manager decides they must acquire the latest automated machinery with the  belief that it will improve the business; often a decision about [...]


Measuring Process Performance Measuring Process Performance Measuring Process Performance

Measuring Process Performance

Author: | Post Date: 25 Nov 2014

As we head towards a new year, I have been having a number of conversations with work colleagues and ERP consultants on the subject of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and their effectiveness. Out of these discussions it can be concluded that there are good and there are poor KPIs.   Wearing my ERP hat a good example of this is looking at the role of a Purchase Order clerk. A [...]


Gamification and ERP training Gamification and ERP training Gamification and ERP training

Gamification and ERP training

Author: | Post Date: 20 Nov 2014

I have never been a ‘gamer’ – in my definition that’s someone who spends a significant amount of their leisure time playing video games. My husband, on the other hand, is an avid gamer – so much so that one of his groomsmen got us an X-Box One as a wedding gift! This got me wondering if I am missing something – why do [...]


ERP and the Evolution of Packaging ERP and the Evolution of Packaging ERP and the Evolution of Packaging

ERP and the Evolution of Packaging

Author: | Post Date: 18 Nov 2014

Optimizing supply chain processes is essential for managing a business in the midst of a changing industry. A dynamic industry dictates that companies must re-evaluate their processes with a focus on operational efficiencies and strategic use of technology.   This is where it is imperative for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to step in.  The packing industry in particular is characterized by constantly changing market conditions, technological advancements, relentless competitive [...]


Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Author: | Post Date: 13 Nov 2014

The disconnect between Sales and Operations in manufacturing companies is so common that it is almost a cliché. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve met plenty of people at other companies going through the same struggles.  Maybe you see some of this in your own company. Sales perceives Operations as incompetent, unable to deliver the right products at the right time. Operations perceives Sales as [...]



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