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Mining the Possibilities of a Green Cloud Mining the Possibilities of a Green Cloud Mining the Possibilities of a Green Cloud

Mining the Possibilities of a Green Cloud

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I recently finished watching the new television series, Grimm. The lead character in the adventure discovers that he is a descendent of the Brothers Grimm. This led me to reread the Brothers Grimm fairytales and inevitably, I came across Mother Holly again. To cut a long fairy tale short, a widow’s stepdaughter ends up working for the devilish Mother Holly. However the quality of [...]


Conquering the Clutter Conquering the Clutter Conquering the Clutter

Conquering the Clutter

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

In my position at SYSPRO USA, I am given the opportunity to meet with Enterprise Resource Planning prospects, channel partners and customers. I have found that some have perfect experiences choosing and implementing an ERP system, while others find themselves overwhelmed and frustrated with the process. Reflecting on each company’s unique experiences reminded me of my own similar experience of furniture shopping. (more…)


How to get the most out of your support desk How to get the most out of your support desk How to get the most out of your support desk

How to get the most out of your support desk

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

The other week my family banished me to the attic with instructions to get rid of all the stuff I had put up there “that might be useful one day.” I soon found myself sitting amidst piles of cardboard boxes reminiscing about school days and my early career in the computer industry. I even found my old beer mat collection from the ’70s! As memories [...]


Lights, camera, ERP Lights, camera, ERP Lights, camera, ERP

Lights, camera, ERP

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

SYSPRO was featured on CNBC Africa last week when Chris Bishop interviewed me on the Entrepreneurial Edge Show. Besides the obligatory pre-interview application of make-up, I thought things went pretty well. I feel in a very fortunate position to love what I do and work with a team dedicated to delighting our clients and improving our products and services every day. (more…)


The Missing Link The Missing Link The Missing Link

The Missing Link

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I have always loved food with the passion it deserves. Of course this has at times resulted in an increased waistline. A little over a year ago I decided to do something about it and take back some control. I soon discovered that all the energy I once dedicated to over-eating was now directed at over-analyzing everything I consumed – in detail. One thing [...]


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…)


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…)


Top tips to stop your ERP system falling into disrepair… Top tips to stop your ERP system falling into disrepair… Top tips to stop your ERP system falling into disrepair…

Top tips to stop your ERP system falling into disrepair…

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I may be turning into a grumpy old man. Last week my family gave me this dubious honour after a week, where I apparently complained about unruly children in my favourite restaurant (why are children allowed to run riot in public). This included the use of mobile phones in the same restaurant (clearly I was not in a good mood) and the use of [...]


Change for the sake of change Change for the sake of change Change for the sake of change

Change for the sake of change

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

After a decade of driving the same brand of car, I decided to make a change at the beginning of this year and bought something different. Functionally, the new car is great. It has cut my fuel bill in half, provides more interior space than my old car did, is a doddle to park, and has enough electronic features to keep me amused for [...]



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