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Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013 Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013 Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013

Taking stock and looking ahead to 2013

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Regardless of what business you happen to be in, the end of the year is a natural time to reflect on what’s happened in our lives, our organisations and around the world. Although the global manufacturing sector has shown erratic and generally slow performance this year, the economic powerhouses of the US and China managed to register slight improvements in manufacturing activity in October. [...]


Of Wedding Bells and ERP Implementation Of Wedding Bells and ERP Implementation Of Wedding Bells and ERP Implementation

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…)


No Business is Too Small for Inventory Control No Business is Too Small for Inventory Control No Business is Too Small for Inventory Control

No Business is Too Small for Inventory Control

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

A few months back, I wrote a blog entry comparing the uncanny similarities between building your own furniture and ERP selection. Reflecting back on that post, I decided to brainstorm additional daily/real-life scenarios that can also be compared to daily struggles that manufacturers and distributors face within their own businesses. What was the next issue I decided to address? Inventory management and, well…baking a [...]


The Changing Role of the CFO The Changing Role of the CFO The Changing Role of the CFO

The Changing Role of the CFO

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

In a recent article by Paul Taylor in the Financial Times, he discusses the changing dynamics of the C-suite. He looks at the strong trend towards collaboration among roles as opposed to the multiple silos that we have seen in the past. Taylor talks to how CIOs, who have in the past focused primarily on IT, now need to be well-versed across a myriad [...]


The Endless Capabilities of Windows 8 The Endless Capabilities of Windows 8 The Endless Capabilities of Windows 8

The Endless Capabilities of Windows 8

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Three syllables which currently polarize opinion wherever you look and whoever you talk to: Windows 8. I won’t bore you with yet another opinion on whether Windows 8 is going to make or break Microsoft, whether the versions on sale are going to confuse consumers or whether Apple is going to become the all-conquering tech giant off the back of this. What I will share [...]


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, [...]


The Problem Solving Mindset The Problem Solving Mindset The Problem Solving Mindset

The Problem Solving Mindset

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

The power failures caused by Hurricane Sandy in the USA made me think about all the things that can go wrong for a business, including the less obvious problems, when there is a power failure; and how important it is to be able to think and act quickly. In fact it reminded me specifically of a recent incident in SYSPRO and how some quick [...]


Delivering Value Delivering Value Delivering Value

Delivering Value

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

When I read a recent SYSPRO blog The Grace of Change, about a Seeker of Value, one customer immediately sprang to mind: Westlands Horticulture. A fast growing business, both organically and through acquisition, they always seem to be involved in one project or another with K3 SYSPRO. Finbarr McNamee, in his role as Group IT Manager is certainly the Seeker of Value within Westlands [...]


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 [...]


The journey to success requires teamwork! The journey to success requires teamwork! The journey to success requires teamwork!

The journey to success requires teamwork!

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

While performing the recent seven day challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there was time during the daily six – eight hours of walking to reflect on various subjects of life. On one of these days I was struck by the strong parallels between “Team SYSPRO” and “Team Kili” as we affectionately called it. Read more…



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