Yearly Archives - 2014

Improving the Training Experience Improving the Training Experience Improving the Training Experience

Improving the Training Experience

Author: | Post Date: 08 Sep 2014

In the dim distant past of ERP, 10 years ago and more, the way you learnt about the software was by referring to the training manuals relating to various modules – Accounts Payable, Bill of Materials, etc. It was a very product-oriented and narrow view of learning. Times have changed, fortunately, and learning materials are turning towards how people work – their roles – [...]


Managing Technical Debt – Part 1 Managing Technical Debt – Part 1 Managing Technical Debt – Part 1

Managing Technical Debt – Part 1

Author: | Post Date: 02 Sep 2014

Technical debt is a term coined by Ward Cunningham in 1992 to describe the software engineering phenomena of how expedient, short-term decisions can have negative, long term consequences that make it difficult to maintain and update the software. The concept does not just apply to technology companies, any company that uses technology also has technical debt and understanding the concept will help you manage it [...]


Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach

Six Benefits of a Competency-Based Training and Assessment Approach

Author: | Post Date: 19 Aug 2014

In my previous blog post, How to Assess for ERP Competency, I defined competencies and discussed the process of assessing for competency, as opposed to assessing for knowledge. You may also recall some of the shortfalls of assessing for knowledge, which I pointed out in the ‘Cons’ section of my blog on The Pros and Cons of ERP Certification. I think this is a [...]


Learning from repetition Learning from repetition Learning from repetition

Learning from repetition

Author: | Post Date: 12 Aug 2014

Ever noticed how quickly things come around again? No sooner than you’ve accomplished something, there it is again warranting your attention. Twelve months ago this month I completed my first charity Etape du Tour after months of preparation and planning. And now, I find myself having done my second, successfully summiting the infamous cycling climbs of the Col du Tourmalet and Hautacam on 20th July [...]


SYSPRO in the procurement chain SYSPRO in the procurement chain SYSPRO in the procurement chain

SYSPRO in the procurement chain

Author: | Post Date: 31 Jul 2014

I recently took part in a management workshop, which saw two competing teams manufacturing a particular structure.  This was a simulation exercise using Lego blocks in which we had to make as many structures in a minute as possible and deliver them successfully to the “customer.”  The customer would then quality check the output and advise each team on how much revenue had been [...]


Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jul 2014

As the CFO of an organization, your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective financial operations and records, and influence overall strategy. An ERP is the foundation of the operations of a business. For a CFO, it enables you to track and report on all business transactions, analyse information, ensure governance and compliance, and increasingly do this via mobile devices. Therefore, you need to [...]


Tips for ERP Consultants Going Down-Market: Pricing Tips for ERP Consultants Going Down-Market: Pricing Tips for ERP Consultants Going Down-Market: Pricing

Tips for ERP Consultants Going Down-Market: Pricing

Author: | Post Date: 24 Jul 2014

One of the biggest difficulties that consultants going down-market have is getting the price for their services in the right ballpark for small- and medium-sized businesses. Speaking from the perspective of an ERP vendor, we often come across prospective clients who have misleading expectations for the price of ERP set by a consultant who didn’t understand the lower end of the market. (more…)


Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #3: Selecting on functionality Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #3: Selecting on functionality Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #3: Selecting on functionality

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #3: Selecting on functionality

Author: | Post Date: 22 Jul 2014

We are told time and time again, we should not always be so quick to believe everything we hear, and this also holds true in the software industry – particularly ERP. In my first blog on de-bunking common ERP myths, I discussed the fallacy that ERP is too hard to learn. In my second blog I explained why there is no such thing as a [...]


Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all

Three Common ERP Myths De-Bunked – Myth #2: ERP is one-size-fits-all

Author: | Post Date: 14 Jul 2014

In my first blog on de-bunking common ERP myths, I discussed the myth that “ERP is too hard to learn”. In this next blog I discuss how (despite marketing attempts to the contrary) when it comes to Enterprise Resource Planning, one size DOES NOT fit all. Myth #2 – ERP is one-size-fits-all (more…)



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