Author - Steve Bassaw

Steve Bassaw

Steve Bassaw
Steve Bassaw

The Eagle Eye

Steve Bassaw has been with SYSPRO for over 17 years, starting as a Support Analyst where he learned the SYSPRO product in depth. Before joining SYSPRO, Steve was a SYSPRO software user at a manufacturing company in the role of production planner and materials manager. To paraphrase a well-known TV commercial, Steve says “he liked the software so much he joined the company." One of Steve’s core talents is the ability to translate software jargon and concepts into layman’s terms. This makes Steve a natural at training SYSPRO partners and customers on fitting SYSPRO manufacturing modules to their business processes. Steve has been a member of APICS for 15 years - APICS is the global leader and premier source of knowledge in supply chain, operations management, production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. He has also achieved the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation. Steve also works closely with one of Canada’s leading technology schools, BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology). Steve helped develop curriculum to train students on ERP/manufacturing concepts for the Operations Management program. Steve is also Chair of the Advisory Committee for BCIT’s Business/IT program, contributing his knowledge on how Information Technology is actually used to support real world business requirements

Blogs by Steve



Converging Robots and ERP to Improve Decision-Making Converging Robots and ERP to Improve Decision-Making Converging Robots and ERP to Improve Decision-Making

Converging Robots and ERP to Improve Decision-Making

Author: | Post Date: 21 Jun 2018

The FIFA World Cup is well underway and, even if you aren’t the biggest soccer fan, soccer fever seems to have gripped the globe. While we are furiously debating the attributes of the teams, the competency of the referees and the quality of the stadiums, let’s also give a thought to a sign-of-the-times marketing campaign that depicts delivery drones delivering beverages to a stadium [...]


Managing your Supply Chain with ERP – Part 2 Managing your Supply Chain with ERP – Part 2 Managing your Supply Chain with ERP – Part 2

Managing your Supply Chain with ERP – Part 2

Author: | Post Date: 05 May 2015

In Part 1 of this blog I discussed how ERP software helps you better manage the “demand” side of the supply chain.  Now let’s look at the “supply” side. One of your most important “supply” functions is purchasing, and using an ERP system helps purchasing become more systematic and efficient: You can track all of the details against purchase orders, such as pricing, quantities ordered and [...]


Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP

Knowing when to Pull the Trigger on ERP

Author: | Post Date: 17 Feb 2015

For more than 20 years I have seen manufacturers and distributors struggle with the decision of selecting an ERP system. And I understand why. ERP is like a marriage, there will be ups and downs, and it will involve a lot of hard work and commitment to make it work, so you need to trust that you make the right decision the first time. (more…)


How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

Author: | Post Date: 11 Dec 2014

ERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection. Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems [...]


Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Author: | Post Date: 13 Nov 2014

The disconnect between Sales and Operations in manufacturing companies is so common that it is almost a cliché. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve met plenty of people at other companies going through the same struggles.  Maybe you see some of this in your own company. Sales perceives Operations as incompetent, unable to deliver the right products at the right time. Operations perceives Sales as [...]


Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

Catering for the Safe Food for Canadians Act

Author: | Post Date: 25 Sep 2014

The Safe Food for Canadians Act comes in to effect on January 1, 2015 and it is going to have an effect on every business involved in Canada’s food chain. The Act puts all food inspection responsibilities under the umbrella of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency bringing together a number of disparate laws, like the Fish Inspection Act, The Canada Agricultural Products Act and the [...]


ERP Systems Can Help Small Companies, Too ERP Systems Can Help Small Companies, Too ERP Systems Can Help Small Companies, Too

ERP Systems Can Help Small Companies, Too

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

People often assume that ERP systems are only for larger companies. But, consider this – if you run a small or medium sized business, do you lie awake at night worrying about the following things: Is there a way to improve our inefficient processes? Can we grow without growing pains? Will the business remain viable or successful in the long term? (more…)


Overcoming Learned Human Behavior Overcoming Learned Human Behavior Overcoming Learned Human Behavior

Overcoming Learned Human Behavior

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Last week I was at the supermarket in the very long queue at the “12 items or less” checkout station, when I glanced over at the adjacent self-checkout station. The store had installed it a few months ago but I (and most other shoppers) had never tried it – thinking it looked a bit confusing and not worth the hassle of learning how it [...]


Vendor relationships in ERP – the magic potion Vendor relationships in ERP – the magic potion Vendor relationships in ERP – the magic potion

Vendor relationships in ERP – the magic potion

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Recently I had several very ordinary (and seemingly unrelated) personal experiences that, in hindsight, had a common theme related to using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) business software system. Can you spot the theme? Read more…


Executive buy-in is critical – Part Two Executive buy-in is critical – Part Two Executive buy-in is critical – Part Two

Executive buy-in is critical – Part Two

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

My previous blog was about the importance of leadership and executive buy-in during Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations. Without top-down leadership, no one else in the organisation will buy-in either, and the company will not get much value from the software. (more…)



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