The future of ERP – from ‘Built to Last’ to ‘Built to Change’

Niels Bohr, the Nobel laureate in Physics and father of the atomic model, is quoted as saying “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. But if you are doing business, you need to be able to estimate the future. You don’t just make it up on a daily basis. Forecasting gives companies a better … Read more

The Executive guide to ERP: Part 1

When it comes to an ERP project, many business executives, even some CIOs, delegate their responsibilities for running an ERP project to the ERP solution implementer. They do this because this is an area they have little or no experience of, and no education about. What they need is an executive guide to ERP, and … Read more

A Service Your Customers Expect: Traceability in Consumer Electronics

The consumer electronics and semi-conductor companies are in an industry with a high level of product returns and recalls – 15% of all recalls in the EU in Q1 2019, and 29% in the US . Sometimes the returns are not due to a fault. According to a 2011 report by Accenture, Reducing the Quantity … Read more

How SYSPRO Independent Software Vendors can Help you Sharpen Your ERP Systems

What do manufacturers and distributors want from their ERP system? The answers, according to a recent survey to our customers, include warehouse management, automation, and business intelligence. Warehouse management The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken and challenged many parts of the business, including supply chains. Many manufacturing organizations are shortening their supply chain to make them simpler … Read more

The Cloud for Manufacturers and Distributors

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As a decision-maker in a manufacturing or distribution-oriented company, you no doubt have seen or heard discussions about cloud computing. You may have been considering it but don’t have enough information to feel confident to move ahead with the idea. Your IT systems and infrastructure are working, although changes were made to accommodate remote work. And yet people are saying they need to be changed.

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SEA as a Central Component in the Global Supply Chain

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One of the world’s largest container ships recently made headlines after it became wedged across the Suez canal and blocked normal cargo flows. The daily losses due to the supply chain disruption was estimated at between $12 million to $15 million. This example is just the tip of the iceberg for many manufacturers and distributors, as disruptions, operational efficiencies and disparate systems became the reality over the past year due to the pandemic.

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How the Food and Beverage Industry can Transform Itself for the 21st Century

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Since the first quarter of 2020, there have been more black swan events than could ever have been expected. First, of course, was the Coronavirus pandemic, then the Texas winter storm, and finally, a ship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days. For the food industry, these have all created major disruptions.

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What is ERP – Before the Project Starts

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You are a senior executive in a company that is going to implement an ERP for the first time. You don’t have experience with this kind of project. So what should you be planning and doing, when, and who will be involved?

In our series on What is ERP, in Part 1 I explained what ERP is and why it has become such a significant part of most organizations. Here in Part 2, I will be looking at what company executives should be considering Before they start implementing an ERP system.

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Leave Nothing to Chance: Reducing Risks Within Your Organisation

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Today’s business environment brings challenges beyond the traditional line of simple operational, financial and IT risks. Product recalls, compliance violations and missed deliveries have the potential to cause long-term damage to the reputations of manufacturers and distributors.

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