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Conquering Africa through ERP Conquering Africa through ERP Conquering Africa through ERP

Conquering Africa through ERP

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

The team that conquered Africa For centuries, adventurers, speculators and explorers have found the allure of the unknown reaches of Africa irresistible. Many have tried to conquer Africa and perished – from James Bruce’s quest for the source of the Nile to David Livingston’s traverse of Southern Africa. Had they but known that the key to winning Africa was simply teamwork – so adequately demonstrated [...]


Keeping up with the customers Keeping up with the customers Keeping up with the customers

Keeping up with the customers

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I found it interesting to note how two recent and completely unrelated events, both emphasized the growing impact of mobile devices in the world of computer technology. The first was a product survey that SYSPRO conducted amongst its customers across the globe. It produced an extensive number of individual responses to a wide range of questions; offering ample evidence of SYSPRO’s ability to understand [...]


Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 3

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Part 3: Having the right approach and attitude to an ERP implementation “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” Samuel Johnson Do you know how complex Microsoft Word and Excel are? Because Word and Excel look so easy, people under-estimate how complex other standard systems, like an ERP, can be. If business users knew how complex those two Microsoft applications really are, they [...]


Understanding ERP Understanding ERP Understanding ERP

Understanding ERP

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Years ago I worked as a junior procurement officer at a medium sized Canadian manufacturing company. Within my first year, our production scheduler resigned and to my surprise, I was promoted to her position. I was terrified because I didn’t have a background in operations management and I didn’t understand its mysterious jargon. Acronyms like MPS, MRP, BOM, and the like were foreign to [...]


Taking Ownership of ERP Implementations Taking Ownership of ERP Implementations Taking Ownership of ERP Implementations

Taking Ownership of ERP Implementations

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Despite the fact that ERP solutions are intended to improve business performance quickly and efficiently, through the provision of critical information, they generally do not have a good track record. In his research paper “Causes influencing the effectiveness of the post-implementation ERP system” (subscription required), CS Yu came to the conclusion that 40% of all ERP implementations or extensions perform below expectations and 20% [...]


Windows Reimagined Windows Reimagined Windows Reimagined

Windows Reimagined

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend the Microsoft BUILD conference in Los Angeles recently, along with one of my colleagues. Now, I don’t make a habit of regularly attending such conferences as I have a number of talented developers who would get great value out of these sorts of events. But I have to say that I am really pleased (no, read ‘delighted’) that [...]


Getting to know you Getting to know you Getting to know you

Getting to know you

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Meryling along The title that comes to mind and feels very personal is a term coined by SYSPRO’s Cape Town office: “Meryling”. I think this comes about as I can be pretty elusive and abstract but completely on the mark when I need to be. Meryling revolves around mulling, meddling, musing, and finally finding the mark, which makes SYSPRO so successful in Africa. (more…)


Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2 Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2

Implementing ERP more effectively – Part 2

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Part 2: Changing the system as business realities change Hands up all those who have started implementing an ERP system and not had to deal with changes as the project progresses. No one? I am not surprised. Has anyone gone live with an ERP project and never had any changes afterwards? The reality of any ERP project is that scope changes occur during the project, [...]


Lumbering Through Waste Reduction Lumbering Through Waste Reduction Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Lumbering Through Waste Reduction

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Recently I was watching one of those “how things are made” TV shows which featured a saw mill. I was amazed at the vast range of waste factors eating away at the profits of the hardworking lumber millers. From the felling of the tree to the final delivery of sawn timber products to their customers, their raw material is whittled down to a fraction [...]



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