Yearly Archives - 2019

Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey

Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey

Author: | Post Date: 22 Mar 2019

In the first blog on this topic, I described the origins and background to lean manufacturing. In the second blog – lean manufacturing journey, the key activities of the model described in the book entitled “Lean Thinking” were introduced. While this is seen as the most popular model, there are a few reservations about it. These will be covered as we progress. (more…)


How can Digital Transformation (DX) Solve my Manufacturing Challenges? How can Digital Transformation (DX) Solve my Manufacturing Challenges? How can Digital Transformation (DX) Solve my Manufacturing Challenges?

How can Digital Transformation (DX) Solve my Manufacturing Challenges?

Author: | Post Date: 19 Mar 2019

A question on many lips these days is: how can Digital Transformation (DX) solve my manufacturing challenges? Manufacturers are under competitive pressure to deliver better goods at lower costs. They want to reduce costs and streamline processes in their supply chains and factories. At the same time, customers are asking for more unique features in the products they buy. Customization versus standard products are often [...]


Why Businesses Should Implement Measurable Training Programmes Why Businesses Should Implement Measurable Training Programmes Why Businesses Should Implement Measurable Training Programmes

Why Businesses Should Implement Measurable Training Programmes

Author: | Post Date: 14 Mar 2019

The rapid pace of today’s business means that relevant skills are becoming outdated more quickly than ever before. This naturally creates challenges for companies that are trying to innovate and achieve growth. In fact, a PwC report shows that 98 percent of South African CEOs are worried about the availability of key skills within their organizations. And this growing skills gap extends beyond highly sought-after [...]


Why Industry 4.0 is the New Financial Paradigm Why Industry 4.0 is the New Financial Paradigm Why Industry 4.0 is the New Financial Paradigm

Why Industry 4.0 is the New Financial Paradigm

Author: | Post Date: 12 Mar 2019

It’s a fascinating time to be in finance, especially for those of us who enjoy a challenge, change, and personal growth. For those who don’t, the way ahead could be tough. Industry 4.0 becomes the prevailing paradigm for manufacturing, finance, new technologies, collaborations and new ways of thinking need to be embraced. (more…)


ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business

ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business

Author: | Post Date: 07 Mar 2019

ERP or rather MRP systems for many years (in SYSPRO’s case, for 40 years!) have enabled Purchasing via requisitions through approval – then purchase orders with more approval – receiving via a GRN process – and finally payment of supplier invoices. This system still works fine and is best loved by administration and micro-managing Procurement Managers. (more…)


Let’s Get Engaged! The Marriage of UX and Industry 4.0 Let’s Get Engaged! The Marriage of UX and Industry 4.0 Let’s Get Engaged! The Marriage of UX and Industry 4.0

Let’s Get Engaged! The Marriage of UX and Industry 4.0

Author: | Post Date: 26 Feb 2019

The phrase ’employee engagement’ – is something I hear a lot in my job. Everyone knows that employee engagement is essential for the successful implementation and utilization of ERP. Deloitte agrees and goes so far as to say that “Poor user engagement with enterprise applications is a leading reason enterprise software fails to deliver the desired business results for organizations”. (more…)


How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey

How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey

Author: | Post Date: 21 Feb 2019

In my previous blog, on this topic, I referred to “The Machine that Changed the World” and took some insights from the book by the same name which was based upon the first “study” of Lean. Unfortunately, automation can result in massive waste built into the factory if it is not removed up front. (more…)


Why an ERP Upgrade Shouldn’t Fill You with Fear Why an ERP Upgrade Shouldn’t Fill You with Fear Why an ERP Upgrade Shouldn’t Fill You with Fear

Why an ERP Upgrade Shouldn’t Fill You with Fear

Author: | Post Date: 19 Feb 2019

I was recently approached by my cell provider to upgrade to the latest and greatest plan that will support the latest and greatest smartphone. As I was conversing with the person on the other side of the line it dawned on me that in our ERP world it is not much different. (more…)


ERP and the Connected Digital World ERP and the Connected Digital World ERP and the Connected Digital World

ERP and the Connected Digital World

Author: | Post Date: 14 Feb 2019

I recently had the experience of upgrading my Samsung phone to the S9+. Now for all the iPhone fans out there, this is not your cue to stop reading, this story has relevance to you too. Upgrading a phone is always a contradictory emotional experience, on the one hand, you are excited to experience all the new features and capabilities, but on the other, you’re [...]


How Industry 4.0, AI, Bots in ERP can Benefit Finance (Part 2) How Industry 4.0, AI, Bots in ERP can Benefit Finance (Part 2) How Industry 4.0, AI, Bots in ERP can Benefit Finance (Part 2)

How Industry 4.0, AI, Bots in ERP can Benefit Finance (Part 2)

Author: | Post Date: 07 Feb 2019

As I noted in Part 1 of this blog, financial workers have always been at the forefront of data collection, structure and management. That doesn’t mean, however, that our careers are impervious to obsolescence. Industry 4.0 is a technological revolution, and this is no time to rest on our pre-transformation laurels. Everyone in the finance ecosystem needs to be on top of incoming technologies, [...]



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