Author - Mariekie Coetzee

Mariekie Coetzee

Mariekie Coetzee
Mariekie Coetzee

The Courageous Geek

Mariekie’s journey at SYSPRO started in 2003 in the Marketing Department as a CRM Administrator. She later became a Product Specialist in CRM and Analytics. Her passion for new technologies and her creativity benefited the financial development department where she created numerous Xcelsius dashboards and assisted with converting SYSPRO reports to crystal reports.

Blogs by Mariekie



How to Use ERP to Converge IT Systems and Operational Technology How to Use ERP to Converge IT Systems and Operational Technology How to Use ERP to Converge IT Systems and Operational Technology

How to Use ERP to Converge IT Systems and Operational Technology

Author: | Post Date: 01 Nov 2019

Traditionally, manufacturing companies maintained a clear line between their IT systems and operational technology (OT) – that is, the tools and machinery that produced or processed what they were selling. Thanks to rapid advances in connectivity and the advent of the Internet of Things, that’s all changing. (more…)


Using Technology to Create Manufacturing-data Storytelling Using Technology to Create Manufacturing-data Storytelling Using Technology to Create Manufacturing-data Storytelling

Using Technology to Create Manufacturing-data Storytelling

Author: | Post Date: 10 Sep 2019

I have always been fascinated by User Experience (UX), which is why I was delighted to attend a recent talk on data storytelling. Storytelling is almost as old as our species, and consciously weaving it into the fabric of our technology has the potential to meld the electronic and human domains into a harmonious and productive whole. (more…)


The Importance of Developing a Simplified and Engaging UX The Importance of Developing a Simplified and Engaging UX The Importance of Developing a Simplified and Engaging UX

The Importance of Developing a Simplified and Engaging UX

Author: | Post Date: 20 Jun 2019

Nowadays engaging the end user has become a major contribution to improved performance in business. And by choosing and installing a business system like ERP that offers a rewarding and engaging user experience can: Create a satisfying work environment Empower people to work smarter rather than harder Embrace diversity and flexible working arrangements And hopefully you see that the benefits to your business will include: (more…)


Simplicity and Flexibility with SYSPRO Avanti Simplicity and Flexibility with SYSPRO Avanti Simplicity and Flexibility with SYSPRO Avanti

Simplicity and Flexibility with SYSPRO Avanti

Author: | Post Date: 31 Jan 2019

I recently immigrated to another country and I have been thinking about the similarities between immigrating and companies changing their ERP solutions. From refereeing and analyzing risks, ensuring that all important people agree on the decisions and embracing change, to remaining focused on the end result, and never forgetting the reason for making the decision. The processes have many parallels. (more…)


Why Software Upgrades are Essential Why Software Upgrades are Essential Why Software Upgrades are Essential

Why Software Upgrades are Essential

Author: | Post Date: 16 Oct 2018

Whether it’s upgrading to the latest version of your ERP, or your computer’s operating system, we often hesitate to click the ‘update’ button, especially for first iterations. Bill Gates aptly captioned this: “People always fear change”. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?” Whether that fear stems from a perceived risk, or the time needed for implementation, this resistance to change can negatively [...]


An Engaging ERP UX is as Important as its Functionality An Engaging ERP UX is as Important as its Functionality An Engaging ERP UX is as Important as its Functionality

An Engaging ERP UX is as Important as its Functionality

Author: | Post Date: 15 Aug 2018

Have you ever been lost in an application? Or frustrated because you are unable to find what is required from you within an application? How many times have you been scrutinizing the screen to find the ‘missing’ item resulting in conflicting feelings between relief and foolishness because the placement of the missing item was just not that apparent. (more…)


Developing Applications that Improve the User Experience Developing Applications that Improve the User Experience Developing Applications that Improve the User Experience

Developing Applications that Improve the User Experience

Author: | Post Date: 22 May 2018

I have always seen applications or websites as transacting tools.  An exchange is happening between myself and the application, I give it information and it returns information.  Justin Davis, a UX expert, explained that if we develop applications as if we are discussing a topic with a user, the user experience will improve.  I could not see how studying conversations will benefit a user’s [...]


Embrace Social Business Embrace Social Business Embrace Social Business

Embrace Social Business

Author: | Post Date: 22 Mar 2018

Millennials continue to enter the work force in increasing numbers. Their familiarity with social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc., is driving the demand for information at their fingertips. This is also the source of reference when they need to learn more about people, companies or events. It makes sense then that, if we adjust applications accordingly, this younger generation of workers can [...]



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