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



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…)


Use the Recession to Your ERP Advantage and Come Out Winning Use the Recession to Your ERP Advantage and Come Out Winning Use the Recession to Your ERP Advantage and Come Out Winning

Use the Recession to Your ERP Advantage and Come Out Winning

Author: | Post Date: 10 Aug 2017

South Africans we’re in recession, technically, for the first time in eight years! Why? Q1 2017 contracted 0.7%, negative growth for two quarters, trade, catering and accommodation contracted 5.9% with manufacturing, SYSPRO’s target, down 3.7% – the World Bank reduced SA growth for 2017 to 0.6% . (more…)


Episode 1: Joining the Dots with SYSPRO’s Africa Customer ERP Conference Episode 1: Joining the Dots with SYSPRO’s Africa Customer ERP Conference Episode 1: Joining the Dots with SYSPRO’s Africa Customer ERP Conference

Episode 1: Joining the Dots with SYSPRO’s Africa Customer ERP Conference

Author: | Post Date: 06 Jun 2017

Attending our customer conferences across the country reminded me of how important technology innovation is to optimize and future proof our customers business. Speaking to delegates over coffee also grounded me regarding how important getting the basics of ERP, the support we offer, and the way we deal with customers, right as well today. (more…)


To Boldly Go in ERP Where Few Men Have Gone Before To Boldly Go in ERP Where Few Men Have Gone Before To Boldly Go in ERP Where Few Men Have Gone Before

To Boldly Go in ERP Where Few Men Have Gone Before

Author: | Post Date: 20 Apr 2017

I’m a supply chain guy but I started with a narrower focus, in manufacturing, in Glasgow. Glasgow – famous for many manufacturing and engineering innovators including Scottie of The Starship Enterprise fame. You know the guy that always complained “ah canna do it Captain Kirk, the warp drives just won’t take it …”. (more…)



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