Author - Nick McGrane

Nick McGrane

Nick McGrane
Nick McGrane

Technical Strategist

Nick joined SYSPRO reseller, McGuffie Brunton in 1993. Since then, McGuffie has become K3 Syspro and Nick has held numerous operational roles within the business while working his way up to the position of MD. As Managing Director, Nick oversees all aspects of the business using his wealth of experience to guide and support the whole K3 SYSPRO team. Nick likes to run and snowboard and is an avid Manchester City fan.

Blogs by Nick



Why People Participation is Crucial for Technological Change Why People Participation is Crucial for Technological Change Why People Participation is Crucial for Technological Change

Why People Participation is Crucial for Technological Change

Author: | Post Date: 12 Sep 2018

Time and again we have seen the same story play out in sci-fi movies: the robots rise up, and then the humans defeat them. But it’s not just on the silver screen that people combat technology. It’s happening, albeit on a more subtle scale, up and down the country in businesses right now. People are fiercely resisting new technologies that will shake them out [...]


How ERP Assists Manufacturers to Become Smarter with New Technologies How ERP Assists Manufacturers to Become Smarter with New Technologies How ERP Assists Manufacturers to Become Smarter with New Technologies

How ERP Assists Manufacturers to Become Smarter with New Technologies

Author: | Post Date: 03 Jul 2018

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 [...]


How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 2 How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 2 How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 2

How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 2

Author: | Post Date: 14 Mar 2018

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 [...]


How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 1 How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 1 How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 1

How to Ensure a Successful ERP Implementation – Part 1

Author: | Post Date: 07 Mar 2018

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 [...]


Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready? Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready? Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready?

Digital Supply Networks – Are You Ready?

Author: | Post Date: 20 Sep 2017

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 [...]


Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward

Why Going Back to Basics is Crucial to Moving Forward

Author: | Post Date: 18 Jul 2017

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…)


What ERP has Learnt from NASA What ERP has Learnt from NASA What ERP has Learnt from NASA

What ERP has Learnt from NASA

Author: | Post Date: 03 Mar 2017

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 [...]



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