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



Four tips for starting an ERP project Four tips for starting an ERP project Four tips for starting an ERP project

Four tips for starting an ERP project

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

We have previously discussed how an ERP system can help a business, and also provided some suggestions on how to select an ERP solution. But if you have read some of the stories about ERP project problems you might wonder if it is worth the risk. The answer to this is twofold. Read more…


The Future of Manufacturing Technology The Future of Manufacturing Technology The Future of Manufacturing Technology

The Future of Manufacturing Technology

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

It used to be that manufacturing was only considered important in emerging economies. Recently, however, analysts groups and influential business publications have started discussing the significance of a new wave of manufacturing that will pervade all economies. Read more…


Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls

Making auditors happy: Business software security and controls

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Have you heard the phrase “risk is the new black”? It refers to the fact that what people thought was safe has now changed radically. As a result, organizations are now expected to provide investors, customers and regulators verifiable assurance that there are the necessary controls to manage risk, by ensuring segregation of duties, integrity of operations and auditability. Read more…


Big data and the SMB market Big data and the SMB market Big data and the SMB market

Big data and the SMB market

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

You may have heard of the term ‘big data’ – it’s one of those technologies that some people are making a lot of noise about. It’s been written about in many publications, e.g., Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly. However, as one analyst has commented, the hype about it is reaching “the levels of SOA in the early 2000’s, [...]


Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Many organizations, regardless of industry sector or geographical location, find themselves in a comfort zone when it comes to managing their inventory. A high percentage continue to use Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and some even use spreadsheets for their planning, despite having expensive systems in place. The problem is that MRP was developed at a time when businesses could use static demand forecasts over [...]


Managing Governance and Compliance Managing Governance and Compliance Managing Governance and Compliance

Managing Governance and Compliance

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Ten years ago, in 2002, a law was passed in the US Congress that has had a lasting effect on business. The law was Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and introduced sweeping changes to financial reporting. Other countries followed suit, and now wherever you go the regulatory requirements for governance and compliance reporting have continued to grow. This includes other areas of businesses as well, including: manufacturing, [...]


Change, and the need for training Change, and the need for training Change, and the need for training

Change, and the need for training

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I recently upgraded my cell phone (or mobile phone, for some people). I used to have a feature phone, but the opportunity arose for me to change to a new phone that runs the Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) operating system. Getting used to the physical phone, from one with real keys to one with a keyboard display, wasn’t the biggest adjustment – but [...]


Selecting an ERP Solution Selecting an ERP Solution Selecting an ERP Solution

Selecting an ERP Solution

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Whether you call them RFIs, RFPs, RFQs* or some other acronym, and whether you are a vendor or a customer, those three letters conjure up the same impression in many minds – pages and pages of detailed questions about a software product’s functionality, which takes weeks to create, days to respond, and weeks again to review. (more…)



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