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

Executive buy-in is critical – Part One

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

While on vacation recently, I visited an interesting restaurant with a large group of relatives. At the table a few clearly marked buttons were provided to request waiters to bring more water, clear used utensils, bring the bill, etc. I had never seen this back home in Vancouver. What a great idea to improve efficiency! Read more…


Make your ERP software work for you: Don’t blame the tools if you haven’t read the manual Make your ERP software work for you: Don’t blame the tools if you haven’t read the manual Make your ERP software work for you: Don’t blame the tools if you haven’t read the manual

Make your ERP software work for you: Don’t blame the tools if you haven’t read the manual

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I have a friend who works at a large home improvement retailer. He often tells me stories about customers who buy expensive and sophisticated tools, yet have no DIY experience or knowledge on how best to use them. (more…)


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 [...]


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 [...]


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…)


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 [...]


Coming out of the (book) closet Coming out of the (book) closet Coming out of the (book) closet

Coming out of the (book) closet

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

I like books. You know, the kind that are made out of paper and have words typed onto a page. You may remember them. That was before we had eReaders which I really don’t like. With a real book you can feel the pages and turn them with your fingers. I cannot remember a time when the battery on my book ran out, and [...]


From getting lost to getting there From getting lost to getting there From getting lost to getting there

From getting lost to getting there

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Isn’t it interesting how people give route directions differently, each believing to get the listener to his rightful destination in his own way? So often they start off with: “You know where XYZ café is? Well, from there take ….” Others may draw a crude sketch, showing the number of traffic lights you need to cross before turning left; but always adding “I think” [...]


Maturing seamlessly Maturing seamlessly Maturing seamlessly

Maturing seamlessly

Author: | Post Date: 13 Feb 2014

Imagine living in a world where we humans don’t age gradually: we do so in one leap every birthday. After being fed at your mother’s breast for a year, your first birthday brings a rapid doubling in size, the ability to move around on four (perhaps even two) legs, babbling a few words, wide open eyes that see everything clearly … all in a [...]



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