Author - Kevin Dherman

Kevin Dherman

Kevin Dherman
Kevin Dherman

Chief Innovation Officer at SYSPRO
The Go-To Guy

Kevin is the Chief Innovation Officer at SYSPRO Corporate. A technology strategist at heart, Kevin is an expert on the tech trends impacting the ERP industry, the rise of robotics, and the impact of AI and IOT on manufacturing and distribution. Kevin has been with SYSPRO since 1999 and has been the driving force behind the company’s emerging technology strategy. He has been critical to the development of the Industry 4.0 capabilities in SYSPRO’s latest ERP release.

Blogs by Kevin



Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing

Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing

Author: | Post Date: 10 Dec 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining a lot of attention and the interest has accelerated like other areas of technology as a result of the pandemic. If you are a mid-size manufacturer, your attitude might be that AI is for the big boys, not guys like us. However, the world has changed significantly in 2020 and manufacturers need to adapt to new realities. I’ll discuss [...]


What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business? What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business? What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business?

What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business?

Author: | Post Date: 17 Nov 2020

  The role of the CIO is changing from performance and efficiency to include systems that give insights that can enrich the customer experience; one of these is implementing chatbots. This new technology brings not only opportunities but also challenges. Unlike previous IT projects, these new systems have not only technology and business impacts but also human and even ethical impacts.  (more…)


Why Put your ERP in the Cloud Why Put your ERP in the Cloud Why Put your ERP in the Cloud

Why Put your ERP in the Cloud

Author: | Post Date: 01 Oct 2020

In 2020, organizations have become much more aware that applications can run in the cloud. It is no longer taken for granted that all your business software has to run on a server in your offices. The argument against cloud software that goes “if it’s not on-premise then I don’t have control over it” has been invalidated by the emergence of huge companies that [...]


The Smart Factory: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing and Distribution The Smart Factory: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing and Distribution The Smart Factory: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing and Distribution

The Smart Factory: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing and Distribution

Author: | Post Date: 16 Jul 2020

It’s been around for decades but only in recent years has artificial intelligence (AI) emerged from the research labs into the real world. Interestingly, consumers are more familiar with it, in the form of Apple’s Siri, the Amazon’s Alexa, and navigation apps like Waze – so when will businesses, and especially manufacturers and distributors, get around to accepting AI as a standard part of [...]


What is Smart Manufacturing and How can it Help your Manufacturing Operations? What is Smart Manufacturing and How can it Help your Manufacturing Operations? What is Smart Manufacturing and How can it Help your Manufacturing Operations?

What is Smart Manufacturing and How can it Help your Manufacturing Operations?

Author: | Post Date: 17 Jun 2020

Answer agree or disagree to these two observations: The Coronavirus pandemic is going to change the way manufacturers operate. After the pandemic is over, we won’t be able to go back to doing things the way we used to. (more…)


How Manufacturers can Prepare for the Upturn by Embracing Technological Innovation How Manufacturers can Prepare for the Upturn by Embracing Technological Innovation How Manufacturers can Prepare for the Upturn by Embracing Technological Innovation

How Manufacturers can Prepare for the Upturn by Embracing Technological Innovation

Author: | Post Date: 02 Jun 2020

In a new survey called the “Agents of Transformation” report 2020, 95% of respondents said that their organizations had changed their technology priorities during the pandemic. Additionally, 71% could point to digital transformation projects that were implemented within weeks rather than the months or years it would have taken before the pandemic. If the pandemic has taught business leaders one thing, it is that [...]


How to Digitally Transform Your Business with ERP How to Digitally Transform Your Business with ERP How to Digitally Transform Your Business with ERP

How to Digitally Transform Your Business with ERP

Author: | Post Date: 17 Mar 2020

Digital transformation is a phrase that has been discussed, exchanged and debated for the last couple of years. In fact, Industry 4.0 — a subset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution — was publicly introduced in Germany, in 2011. It was a government-lead initiative to enhance German competitiveness in the manufacturing industry. Despite the digital call to action, many global manufacturers have been left with [...]


6 Crucial Steps to Starting your Digitalization Process 6 Crucial Steps to Starting your Digitalization Process 6 Crucial Steps to Starting your Digitalization Process

6 Crucial Steps to Starting your Digitalization Process

Author: | Post Date: 16 Jan 2020

The pace of technology change has been accelerating in recent years to the extent that it now impacts a wider range of people throughout an organization. These potentially disruptive changes have “moved from an infrequent inconvenience to a consistent stream of change that is redefining markets and entire industries” (Gartner 1). In the era of Industry 4.0, IT and business decision-makers need to start embracing [...]


Top 5 ERP Technology Predictions for the Manufacturing Sector in 2020 Top 5 ERP Technology Predictions for the Manufacturing Sector in 2020 Top 5 ERP Technology Predictions for the Manufacturing Sector in 2020

Top 5 ERP Technology Predictions for the Manufacturing Sector in 2020

Author: | Post Date: 02 Jan 2020

2019 was quite a year. China became the first nation in the world to safely and successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon and who could forget the trade war between US and China. 2019 was also the year that scientists came closer to curing diabetes by turning human stem cells into insulin-producing cells; and the year we discovered that the Galapagos tortoise isn’t extinct after all. (more…)


WiFi Turns 20, Connecting to ERP Has Never Been Easier WiFi Turns 20, Connecting to ERP Has Never Been Easier WiFi Turns 20, Connecting to ERP Has Never Been Easier

WiFi Turns 20, Connecting to ERP Has Never Been Easier

Author: | Post Date: 14 Nov 2019

Pop the bubbly and cut the cake, because of 2019 marks 20 years since the invention of WiFi connectivity. Life certainly has changed in the last two decades and today the global value of the market has reached more than $2 trillion.  Added to this milestone, the race to 5G could offer an opportunity for businesses to run several high speed and ubiquitous connections [...]



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