Author - Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths
Simon Griffiths

Frankly ERP

Simon Griffiths is a Johannesburg-based ERP veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He started work as a programmer and was one of the early users of the IBM PC. He spent several years working with decision support systems and spent time in Silicon Valley. Moving into the ERP industry, he has been in ERP project management, sales and marketing. He worked with JD Edwards, Dynamics Nav, and with SYSPRO as a reseller and then in corporate product marketing. He also spent several years with a software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendor. He now uses his technical, sales and marketing knowledge to create content for enterprise software vendors that business and other non-technical people can understand. In his spare time he is a Salesforce administrator for NPOs. He was one of the first 3000 users of Twitter and can be contacted at @simon_g, and on LinkedIn.

Blogs by Simon



Re-engineering Business Processes During the Pandemic Re-engineering Business Processes During the Pandemic Re-engineering Business Processes During the Pandemic

Re-engineering Business Processes During the Pandemic

Author: | Post Date: 30 Jun 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has provided the circumstances that have everyone thinking about business models, modes of operation, workplace practices, processes, and policies. Processes are the key to managing and changing an organization. Recent experience as a volunteer for an NPO made me not only appreciate how processes are key to managing and changing teams, but also how to process re-engineering must become [...]


Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Where to Customize your ERP – Core vs. Context

Author: | Post Date: 12 May 2015

Should an ERP system be customized? That is a question asked by many companies. Although some people say it should never be done, in almost every ERP project one of the first user requests is for customization. If you accept that customization is a fact of ERP life, then what criteria should the project owner use to select and prioritize customizations? One objective framework for [...]


Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization? Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization? Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization?

Why Should my Business use Inventory Optimization?

Author: | Post Date: 19 Mar 2015

So you reckon I should consider inventory optimization? Convince me. According to research by the Aberdeen Group, one of the top pressures is unpredictable demand , another pressure is reducing inventory carrying costs . How are business leaders addressing these pressures? By building capacity for better demand and inventory planning and forecasting. (more…)


10 things to do before taking your business mobile 10 things to do before taking your business mobile 10 things to do before taking your business mobile

10 things to do before taking your business mobile

Author: | Post Date: 26 Feb 2015

Have you ever thought how mobile devices are transforming your personal life, and those around you? Now, think about how you might change your work life as dramatically, and then ask yourself “why haven’t we gone mobile?” Many companies are still hesitating to implement mobile solutions in the warehouse or the factory floor, even though their CEOs and managers are quite comfortable using smartphones. [...]


Staying agile in an uncertain world Staying agile in an uncertain world Staying agile in an uncertain world

Staying agile in an uncertain world

Author: | Post Date: 18 Dec 2014

We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries. There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change [...]


Improving the Training Experience Improving the Training Experience Improving the Training Experience

Improving the Training Experience

Author: | Post Date: 08 Sep 2014

In the dim distant past of ERP, 10 years ago and more, the way you learnt about the software was by referring to the training manuals relating to various modules – Accounts Payable, Bill of Materials, etc. It was a very product-oriented and narrow view of learning. Times have changed, fortunately, and learning materials are turning towards how people work – their roles – [...]


Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jul 2014

As the CFO of an organization, your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective financial operations and records, and influence overall strategy. An ERP is the foundation of the operations of a business. For a CFO, it enables you to track and report on all business transactions, analyse information, ensure governance and compliance, and increasingly do this via mobile devices. Therefore, you need to [...]


15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know 15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know 15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

Author: | Post Date: 20 May 2014

What do ERP project really cost? A well-known study in 2002 by the Meta Group (since acquired by Gartner) is probably now too old to be a really useful benchmark. A slightly later study, in 2007, by Aberdeen Group made the ‘remarkable’ finding that costs go up as the number of users go up. (more…)



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