Author - Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter
Doug Hunter

The Malted Scot

Doug currently heads up Professional Services for SYSPRO Africa. He has been a Scotsman in Africa for 30 years. He spent 14 of them at SAP through their initial to recent SCM solution growth. His last role there was Head of Africa Pre-Sales. He has worked in SADC, East, West and Francophone Africa. At heart he’s a manufacturing/logistics business professional - rather than an IT techie. His passion is to help companies discover and implement innovation using people, processes and appropriate business IT. Doug enjoys writing, traveling, mountain bike riding and drinking Malt Whisky - but not at the same time!

Blogs by Doug



Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler

Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler

Author: | Post Date: 24 Oct 2018

I’m doing the rounds of SYSPRO Africa’s offices. It’s Monday 30 June 2031 (my birthday), and SaloME, chatbot and partner of KenDO, our latest chat releases, have everything under control. Having already arranged my trip, they just completed agreed roles and actions I set up with them via SYSPRO GOsist. (more…)


Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way

Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way

Author: | Post Date: 25 Sep 2018

I often ask myself if just-competitive mediocrity has become the service benchmark in the eyes of our customers.   I have been travelling again – this time to the most influential economy in the world – that’s right, USA. I’ve passed through before but never stopped. I’ve met US tourists abroad who abrasively ignore the “When in Rome …” process. Like you, I’ve watched enough brain-numbing [...]


The many Faces of Business Mobility The many Faces of Business Mobility The many Faces of Business Mobility

The many Faces of Business Mobility

Author: | Post Date: 07 Aug 2018

Mobility covers many facets of life. It could describe cargo transportation or people bussing to and from work. What about displacing people to other areas or countries to avoid natural/political problems? We could also talk about the propensity of people to live and work in many countries – true global citizens. (more…)


Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain? Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain? Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain?

Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain?

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jun 2018

The next Big Thing has arrived – Blockchain – a silver bullet full of promise, albeit early in the hype cycle. Will it help your business and supply chain? Is it time to Blockchain? Are you already capitalizing on your supply chain opportunities? Many of us are well down the track – alas, supply chains remain full of gaps to fill. (more…)


How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP

How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP

Author: | Post Date: 10 May 2018

Taking the food supply chain for granted these days is risky. Different rules apply when bacteria is found in your product as opposed to, for example, the odd squirt of petroleum grease that may affect the automotive industry. And, to add to the horror, it may still be growing, ripening or fermenting in its packaging. Completely unlike the problems experienced with automotive components or [...]


ERP and Africa Revisited – Africa CAN Fly ERP and Africa Revisited – Africa CAN Fly ERP and Africa Revisited – Africa CAN Fly

ERP and Africa Revisited – Africa CAN Fly

Author: | Post Date: 06 Feb 2018

The Chinese symbol for crisis uses two characters. One character depicts danger and the other opportunity, which is a perfect description of the current state of relationship development and the global climate. But there are great opportunities for those firms that develop strong strategic relationships to grow and flourish and turn apparent crisis into prosperity. (more…)


Is Your ERP Functionally Fit? – It Depends On Your Perspective Is Your ERP Functionally Fit? – It Depends On Your Perspective Is Your ERP Functionally Fit? – It Depends On Your Perspective

Is Your ERP Functionally Fit? – It Depends On Your Perspective

Author: | Post Date: 26 Oct 2017

Are you a supply chain guy or gal focusing end-to-end rather than on one area like distribution or manufacturing? Or did you start in manufacturing caring only what happens in your plant and focusing with a narrower perspective? If so how does this affect our application of Business IT like ERP? (more…)


ERP Can Help With Sustainability ERP Can Help With Sustainability ERP Can Help With Sustainability

ERP Can Help With Sustainability

Author: | Post Date: 05 Sep 2017

Many decisions involve yes or no. They appear clear-cut, simple. A head politician survives a motion of no confidence yet again. For the eighth time. This was an opportunity to give politicians the chance to regroup – restore values, their brand and deliver more than just hope to supporters. All behind closed doors. (more…)



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