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



ERP Empowers our  Manufacturers – The Movers and Makers of the World ERP Empowers our  Manufacturers – The Movers and Makers of the World ERP Empowers our  Manufacturers – The Movers and Makers of the World

ERP Empowers our Manufacturers – The Movers and Makers of the World

Author: | Post Date: 04 Oct 2019

The most exciting part of my job is spending my days in the midst of UK manufacturing. Every time I meet a new customer I get excited about how these businesses are driving our economy and putting innovation at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. In the current political climate, it’s easy to lose sight of the potency of our industrial powerhouse. (more…)


It’s Personal – How Meeting Specific User Needs is Driving Change in ERP It’s Personal – How Meeting Specific User Needs is Driving Change in ERP It’s Personal – How Meeting Specific User Needs is Driving Change in ERP

It’s Personal – How Meeting Specific User Needs is Driving Change in ERP

Author: | Post Date: 30 Jul 2019

A productive workforce is a varied one, encompassing an array of different ages, backgrounds, and personalities. Sometimes that can lead to conflict, yet the most successful businesses we deal with are those which embrace diversity and recognize the value of different approaches. We recently launched our Resistance to Change eBook to help customers navigate different personalities and put personalization at the heart of ERP. [...]


How ERP can Promote Growth for Manufacturing SMEs How ERP can Promote Growth for Manufacturing SMEs How ERP can Promote Growth for Manufacturing SMEs

How ERP can Promote Growth for Manufacturing SMEs

Author: | Post Date: 21 May 2019

Many SMEs experience growing pains as they attempt to make the transition from a small to medium-sized business. Our team at K3 Syspro spends much of its time talking to manufacturers about the challenges they face in scaling up their operations and explaining how building digital resilience is a key part of any growth story. A comprehensive ERP system is able to equip business [...]


Overcome the Barriers and Resistance to Change with an Improved UI in ERP Overcome the Barriers and Resistance to Change with an Improved UI in ERP Overcome the Barriers and Resistance to Change with an Improved UI in ERP

Overcome the Barriers and Resistance to Change with an Improved UI in ERP

Author: | Post Date: 29 Mar 2019

When implementing an ERP system, businesses face a variety of challenges. The system brings innumerable business benefits and yet it is often used as a trigger for deep-rooted organizational change. Implementing ERP is fundamentally a people process, and for a system to work effectively, manufacturers must work with their ERP partner to bring everyone within the business on board. (more…)


How you can Improve ROI in Tough Economic Conditions How you can Improve ROI in Tough Economic Conditions How you can Improve ROI in Tough Economic Conditions

How you can Improve ROI in Tough Economic Conditions

Author: | Post Date: 22 Jan 2019

At the beginning of October last year, we held what has been widely regarded as our best customer event to date. Alongside guest speakers from within the SYSPRO community, Nick Peters, the Editorial Director at The Manufacturer magazine delivered a presentation which raised a very interesting talking point around how businesses react during hard times; such as recession or the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. (more…)


Why Forgetting the Human Element of Digitalization Obstructs Software Implementation Why Forgetting the Human Element of Digitalization Obstructs Software Implementation Why Forgetting the Human Element of Digitalization Obstructs Software Implementation

Why Forgetting the Human Element of Digitalization Obstructs Software Implementation

Author: | Post Date: 22 Nov 2018

There has never been a better time for manufacturers to embrace the powers of ERP. The benefits are compelling, be it improving efficiency, building resilience, controlling costs, or boosting productivity. Yet too many are failing to recognize that an ERP implementation is as much about people as it is technology. Ensuring that everyone within the organization is on board before embarking on an implementation [...]


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 [...]



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