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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 Transitional Period The Transitional Period The Transitional Period

The Transitional Period

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Born within 2 miles of the K3 Syspro offices in Salford, Manchester, I am also proud to be a staunch Manchester United (soccer) fan (who also play 3.5miles from our offices). In the last 60 years, Man U has been extremely lucky not only to have had just a handful of managers in this time, but to have had a notable two clocking up [...]


What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business? What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business? What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business?

What is ERP and How Will it Help Your Business?

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Let’s face it, no matter what size manufacturer or distributor you are, every business needs a method of organization in order for it to be profitable and effective. But, even knowing this, many small- and medium-size businesses aren’t quite sure what they need or even where to start looking. Read more…


ERP Ready? ERP Ready? ERP Ready?

ERP Ready?

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

It’s May already and I am just 6 weeks away from my epic run across England, the Wall Run. 69 miles, loosely following the route of Hadrian’s Wall. Preparation for this ultra-marathon has been all consuming; 5am runs before work, full weekends spent running 20 plus miles and cross training. Tempo runs, intervals and fartlek’s have become part of my everyday vocabulary, not to [...]


In search of the perfect (ERP) fit In search of the perfect (ERP) fit In search of the perfect (ERP) fit

In search of the perfect (ERP) fit

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Recently I have been exposed to a big debate on an ERP LinkedIn forum around the use of descriptions in the industry such as customizing, personalizing, tailoring, and configuring. Is this just marketing semantics, or are there very real differences in the meaning of these phrases and the implications of using these phrases when describing, or more to the point, promoting an ERP system? [...]


Defining and Managing Project Scope Defining and Managing Project Scope Defining and Managing Project Scope

Defining and Managing Project Scope

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

When people talk about the three critical factors of projects, they refer to scope, time and cost. It is well documented that you can’t change one without impacting the other two, yet it still seems to come as a surprise when a change in scope delays a project or increases the cost. One of my early mentors in project management used to drum into me [...]


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Of Wedding Bells and ERP Implementation

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

At first glance, weddings and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Yet, as I start on my journey to marriage next year, planning the wedding with my fiancée has shown me that the two might not make such strange bedfellows after all. (more…)


How to plan an upgrade – Part 1 – to upgrade or not to upgrade? How to plan an upgrade – Part 1 – to upgrade or not to upgrade? How to plan an upgrade – Part 1 – to upgrade or not to upgrade?

How to plan an upgrade – Part 1 – to upgrade or not to upgrade?

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

A few weeks ago my ageing TV packed up and it was a sad moment when I threw my trusty appliance of many years onto the tip. I am now the proud owner of a flat screen, HD, Internet connected, “you name it my TV has got it” TV and wondering why I didn’t upgrade it a long time ago. Read more…


Creating Effective ERP Project Teams Creating Effective ERP Project Teams Creating Effective ERP Project Teams

Creating Effective ERP Project Teams

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Selecting a project team for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is all too often done on the basis of job role, rather than who is best for the project. What actually makes a good ERP team player? In my opinion there are four requirements: competency, skill, knowledge, and position – in that order. (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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