Insights on Business Management Software and ERP


How ERP Assists Manufacturers to Become Smarter with New Technologies

We are currently experiencing a new industrial revolution. Like past revolutions, it too will have immense impact, causing ripples throughout society. Some jobs will be replaced by intelligent robots, and some people will have new electronic companions, so called cobots. Two thirds of the children in primary school will work in jobs that don’t yet exist. In the future, manufacturing processes, working life, and our relationship with technology will be quite different. (more…)

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How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 2

As promised in my previous blog, here are 5 more tips to reduce the pain of implementing an ERP system and to improve the chances of meeting all of your business expectations.   Make Scoping a Priority Scoping is key – it’s all about understanding the scale of the project you are about to undertake. Understand what is achievable in the given timeframe and manage expectations accordingly. The bigger the implementation, the more time will be required. A clear scope of [...]

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How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 1

The benefits of a new ERP system are multi-fold – simplified processes, greater visibility, improved traceability and accountability, increased efficiency and reduced costs to name but a few – but implementing ERP is a huge undertaking for any business. Whether it’s an upgrade or a completely new system, there will be challenges to overcome at each stage of the process. However, that’s not to say that a smooth implementation is impossible. I want to demonstrate how, with the right [...]

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Connecting the Dots through Cohesive Collaboration

As this year draws to a close and we look ahead to 2018 and beyond, we are rapidly moving towards a time when everything we do will be driven by technology. The ‘smart’ and ‘connected’ factories that were once just a pipe dream may soon become the norm. The pressures that manufacturers are under to prepare for and adapt to global trends such as robotisation, automation and mass customization are mounting. Automation will, without doubt, play a vital and integral [...]

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Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready?

We are undeniably an industry that loves our acronyms – SCM, IoT, CRM, AI, PSAs.  I could go on… Well, over the coming months and years you’re going to be hearing a lot more about a new acronym – DSN, or Digital Supply Networks.  While there remains a certain degree of uncertainty around the impact that developments such as robotization, automation, AI and cloud-based technologies will have on the manufacturing industry, there is no doubt that these technologies already [...]

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Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward

Times are tough for manufacturers with global trends towards automation and mass customization placing increasing pressure on them to up their game. Coupled with this is the pressure from OEMs to meet ever more challenging KPIs relating to production turnaround times, quality standards or compliance. The implications of Industry 4.0 for manufacturers cannot be underestimated.  (more…)

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What ERP has Learnt from NASA

Before setting three Apollo astronauts on top of 2,350 tons of liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen and kerosene, then counting down to launch, NASA sensibly ensured they adopted only the technologies they deemed ready to fly. They later standardised this approach and drew up a 9-point scale, against which every element of a development programme could be assessed for ‘Technology Readiness Level’ (TRL). This measurement process helped determine which nascent technologies to take forward through R&D, which ones to side-line [...]