Yearly Archives - 2014

5 Questions on Technology Selection 5 Questions on Technology Selection 5 Questions on Technology Selection

5 Questions on Technology Selection

Author: | Post Date: 11 Nov 2014

I am a great believer in moving with the times and making sure that I use the most appropriate and up to date technology when delivering solutions to my customers. So I read with interest an article that mirrored my philosophy almost exactly. I para phrase but in essence the article was warning against choosing ERP systems with ageing core technologies and modern flashy front ends. I [...]


What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry

What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry

Author: | Post Date: 06 Nov 2014

Farming corn (or maize) seems simple, but it isn’t, and it is the business of farming corn that is so instructive to anyone interested in the spread of innovation. Why should I care about the spread of innovation? Like it or not, we live in a time where every aspect of your business is impacted by innovations. Adopting innovations ahead of your competitors gives you an [...]


High Level Customization – Get it Right! High Level Customization – Get it Right! High Level Customization – Get it Right!

High Level Customization – Get it Right!

Author: | Post Date: 04 Nov 2014

I have been spending a great deal more time ‘on the road’ in recent months due to the change in my position in July at K3 Syspro. As well as crossing England’s infamous North/South divide on a weekly basis, I have also come into contact with some very high-level customizations both within and outside of the SYSPRO system – some good, some bad.  This [...]


No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions for Mining No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions for Mining No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions for Mining

No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions for Mining

Author: | Post Date: 30 Oct 2014

Most ERP vendors offer ERP solutions for Mining, but is there such a thing as a single ERP solution that solves the issues of an entire industry, especially one as complex as mining? One of the biggest mistakes that mining corporations, and businesses in general, can make in today’s technology driven climate, is to accept blanket ERP solutions. No two businesses are exactly the same, so [...]


Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two? Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two? Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two?

Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two?

Author: | Post Date: 23 Oct 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about Big Data and ERP lately. I wrote a post about why it is important to start nurturing data analysts. And I’ve been working with a new client who are already benefitting from Big Data tools in their operations. What I’ve concluded might be a little controversial, so indulge me while I drop a little disclaimer on you. (more…)


Taking our own medicine with implementing an ERP upgrade Taking our own medicine with implementing an ERP upgrade Taking our own medicine with implementing an ERP upgrade

Taking our own medicine with implementing an ERP upgrade

Author: | Post Date: 14 Oct 2014

There is something to be said for taking your own medicine. As a SYSPRO distributor, K3 Syspro uses SYSPRO internally. 18 months ago we started on a journey to update our own internal systems. We didn’t want to be “one of those builders with their own house falling down. (more…)


Build on SYSPRO, use anywhere Build on SYSPRO, use anywhere Build on SYSPRO, use anywhere

Build on SYSPRO, use anywhere

Author: | Post Date: 07 Oct 2014

Despite the best of plans, ERP implementations often go wrong because customers have unique requirements that are always evolving and vendors will haul out the sledgehammers to force their solutions to fit – even if they weren’t designed to deliver what the client wanted in the first place. It’s like trying to squeeze a watermelon into a small cup. Keep forcing it in and you’ll [...]


Better Together Better Together Better Together

Better Together

Author: | Post Date: 01 Oct 2014

For some people there is nothing more satisfying than the prospect of going it alone, making a point, doing things differently, pushing boundaries and achieving independent success. The heart often drives this, because we are after-all single entities, with limited time to make an impact or difference in the world. Some would say it’s simply our nature. (more…)


Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

Author: | Post Date: 25 Sep 2014

The Safe Food for Canadians Act comes in to effect on January 1, 2015 and it is going to have an effect on every business involved in Canada’s food chain. The Act puts all food inspection responsibilities under the umbrella of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency bringing together a number of disparate laws, like the Fish Inspection Act, The Canada Agricultural Products Act and the [...]


Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business? Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business? Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Author: | Post Date: 11 Sep 2014

In my previous blog on Technical Debt, I explained the concept of technical debt using software architecture as an example, and described the saw-tooth pattern of well-run businesses that consciously accrue technical debt for a period before investing time in paying off the worst of it. The technical debt metaphor also describes the challenges of businesses maturing from the inception stage to one can make [...]



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