Yearly Archives - 2014

Getting to know you Getting to know you Getting to know you

Getting to know you

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Meryling along The title that comes to mind and feels very personal is a term coined by SYSPRO’s Cape Town office: “Meryling”. I think this comes about as I can be pretty elusive and abstract but completely on the mark when I need to be. Meryling revolves around mulling, meddling, musing, and finally finding the mark, which makes SYSPRO so successful in Africa. (more…)


Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Part 2: Changing the system as business realities change Hands up all those who have started implementing an ERP system and not had to deal with changes as the project progresses. No one? I am not surprised. Has anyone gone live with an ERP project and never had any changes afterwards? The reality of any ERP project is that scope changes occur during the project, [...]


Lumbering Through Waste Reduction Lumbering Through Waste Reduction Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Recently I was watching one of those “how things are made” TV shows which featured a saw mill. I was amazed at the vast range of waste factors eating away at the profits of the hardworking lumber millers. From the felling of the tree to the final delivery of sawn timber products to their customers, their raw material is whittled down to a fraction [...]


The tenancy issue The tenancy issue The tenancy issue

The tenancy issue

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

In 2010 there was a debate between some of the major enterprise software influencers and bloggers on whether single or multi-tenancy was an issue for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. On the one side was Josh Greenbaum who argued that the type of tenancy should not matter to SaaS users; on the other was Phil Wainewright (here and here) and Dennis Howlett whose views were that [...]


Location, location, location Location, location, location Location, location, location

Location, location, location

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Napoli, August 23 AD 79 Dear mum,   I am so excited. I have just signed the tablet with the local estate agent to purchase that villa I told you about in Pompeii. My estate agent says it’s a fantastic property with great views of the mountain and you can also see the sea. He says that I cannot go wrong with the location because the villa [...]


Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 1 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 1 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 1

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 1

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Part 1: Building a house on a solid foundation You can hardly miss it these days: questions about why Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects hit problems, or worse, fail, appear on so many websites. I have seen many ERP implementations and thought I had some answers, but it was only after I had been involved in building a house that I could see the similarities [...]


Coming out of the (book) closet Coming out of the (book) closet Coming out of the (book) closet

Coming out of the (book) closet

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I like books. You know, the kind that are made out of paper and have words typed onto a page. You may remember them. That was before we had eReaders which I really don’t like. With a real book you can feel the pages and turn them with your fingers. I cannot remember a time when the battery on my book ran out, and [...]


From getting lost to getting there From getting lost to getting there From getting lost to getting there

From getting lost to getting there

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Isn’t it interesting how people give route directions differently, each believing to get the listener to his rightful destination in his own way? So often they start off with: “You know where XYZ café is? Well, from there take ….” Others may draw a crude sketch, showing the number of traffic lights you need to cross before turning left; but always adding “I think” [...]


Maturing seamlessly Maturing seamlessly Maturing seamlessly

Maturing seamlessly

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Imagine living in a world where we humans don’t age gradually: we do so in one leap every birthday. After being fed at your mother’s breast for a year, your first birthday brings a rapid doubling in size, the ability to move around on four (perhaps even two) legs, babbling a few words, wide open eyes that see everything clearly … all in a [...]


Invasion of the Body Snatchers Invasion of the Body Snatchers Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Dear Diary, My friend David popped round for dinner the other evening, deeply troubled. He told me that when he woke up last Thursday he noticed a change in his wife’s demeanour. It wasn’t immediately obvious, he said, but he just knew something odd was going on. It wasn’t just the unblinking stare that worried him (although that normally would have been sufficient cause for [...]



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