Author - Roger Landman

Roger Landman

Roger Landman
Roger Landman

The Engineering Operative

Roger Landman is a Product Management Business Analyst at SYSPRO. He is a registered professional engineer and holds an MBA focussing on Operations and Strategy. Roger is a specialist in the operations field after having worked in a number of industries all around the globe. With his skill in operations, he became a corporate trouble-shooter for underperforming businesses, and eventually began his own consultancy specialising in this. His passion remains Lean Manufacturing. In his off time, Roger keeps himself busy running a farm and taking care of his horses and beagles.

Blogs by Roger



Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey

Lean Manufacturing Implementation and the Change Management Journey

Author: | Post Date: 22 Mar 2019

In the first blog on this topic, I described the origins and background to lean manufacturing. In the second blog – lean manufacturing journey, the key activities of the model described in the book entitled “Lean Thinking” were introduced. While this is seen as the most popular model, there are a few reservations about it. These will be covered as we progress. (more…)


How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey

How to Start the Lean Manufacturing Journey

Author: | Post Date: 21 Feb 2019

In my previous blog, on this topic, I referred to “The Machine that Changed the World” and took some insights from the book by the same name which was based upon the first “study” of Lean. Unfortunately, automation can result in massive waste built into the factory if it is not removed up front. (more…)


How to Reduce Production Costs and Increase your Profits with ERP How to Reduce Production Costs and Increase your Profits with ERP How to Reduce Production Costs and Increase your Profits with ERP

How to Reduce Production Costs and Increase your Profits with ERP

Author: | Post Date: 27 Nov 2018

Manufacturing is undergoing a fourth revolution (Industry 4.0). Technology and the Internet is transforming the way we make things. Software and manufacturers need to evolve to compete. For many years manufacturers relied on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to provide the “edge”. As competition increased, more and more manufacturers realized that they needed specialist solutions that focused more on the factory floor and supported the [...]


Why the Factory Review – Part 1 Why the Factory Review – Part 1 Why the Factory Review – Part 1

Why the Factory Review – Part 1

Author: | Post Date: 08 Nov 2018

When an organization takes a decision to purchase and implement an MES (Manufacturing Execution System) like SYSPRO M.O.M. (Manufacturing and Operations Management), it is because they have realised that they have problems in their manufacturing processes that are affecting the bottom line. (more…)


The Machine that Changed the World, or an Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and ERP The Machine that Changed the World, or an Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and ERP The Machine that Changed the World, or an Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and ERP

The Machine that Changed the World, or an Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and ERP

Author: | Post Date: 09 Oct 2018

The Industrial Machinery and Equipment market is all about machines – designing, making, modifying, selling, and using machines.  But behind these machines, like the automobiles we see on the road, are the machines that made the parts that became the automobile…and behind those machines sits an even bigger machine. (more…)


Finding Workable Solutions for Governance, Risk, and Compliance Part 2 Finding Workable Solutions for Governance, Risk, and Compliance Part 2 Finding Workable Solutions for Governance, Risk, and Compliance Part 2

Finding Workable Solutions for Governance, Risk, and Compliance Part 2

Author: | Post Date: 03 Aug 2018

Hard to believe that there are over 100 000 information security breaches at listed companies every day. South Africa has the benefit of the King Commission into Corporate Governance (or as it is described – Responsible Corporate Citizenship). This commission has progressed all of the way to King IV, or the 4th commission into Corporate Governance. (more…)


ERP is Key to Improving Productivity and Profitability for Food Manufacturers ERP is Key to Improving Productivity and Profitability for Food Manufacturers ERP is Key to Improving Productivity and Profitability for Food Manufacturers

ERP is Key to Improving Productivity and Profitability for Food Manufacturers

Author: | Post Date: 05 Jun 2018

The incidence of serious food poisoning outbreaks is increasing globally, with more and more significant cases occurring more frequently around the globe. Most recently, South Africa experienced the world’s worst Listeria outbreak, killing over 70 people. The regulators’ immediate response was to target “suspect” businesses, and this led to the entire food and beverage supply chain having to review their processes. (more…)


Industry-built ERP: Tackling Industrial Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Challenges Industry-built ERP: Tackling Industrial Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Challenges Industry-built ERP: Tackling Industrial Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Challenges

Industry-built ERP: Tackling Industrial Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Challenges

Author: | Post Date: 24 May 2018

The Industrial Machinery and Equipment (IM&E) manufacturing industry faces some unique challenges, many of which have been around for some time. While generic ERP systems may be adequate for simpler manufacturing situations, IM&E requires a solution with strong capabilities for complex equipment specification and production, comprehensive quoting and estimating, integrated quality management, and meticulous traceability. (more…)



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