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Choosing an ERP Vendor

As noted in other blogs, we are of the view that when choosing an ERP vendor or solution, the product is the least important consideration in comparison to people and process. An interesting view given we specialise in Microsoft products, the most widely used ERPs on...

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What does ‘in the cloud’ mean?

The phrase cloud is used to describe a situation where programs and data are accessed over the internet. Because the physical location and who controls the programs and data can vary, and the internet makes access available to a range of devices such as smart phones...

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The Tender Process and GETS

I was perusing a blog on LinkedIn expressing frustration at the government for the tender process it insists on, and it wasn’t until I got three quarters the way through I realised it wasn’t an IT company, rather a civil engineering contractor. It seems us IT types...

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The ERP Reporting Trap

As executive teams are becoming aware of how data visualisations impact decision making, ERP vendors are using dashboard capability as a key selling point. However, a disappointingly high number of ERP implementations don’t live up to the sales hype. Every...

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Replace your accounting system with an ERP solution?

At start up, a business typically begins with a package to handle basic accounting functions, then as it grows it takes on more staff and starts systemising more aspects of the operation using spreadsheets and specialised programs for functions like price books,...

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Dealing with the Pain

Mitigating resistance to change in an ERP implementation. Organisations evolve their business processes around the strengths and weakness of business systems and employees. Because implementing an ERP solution consolidates disparate processes into an integrated...