The true cost of returns

Wholesalers have seen margins declining in recent years, leaving little room for error and a renewed focus on operational efficiency. Dealing with rising production costs on one side, and retailers reluctant to accept higher prices on the other, means wholesalers are getting squeezed. To succeed, wholesalers need to run agile, scalable businesses and keep their … Read moreThe true cost of returns

What you need to know about data protection

Data has increasingly become the lifeblood for understanding customers, optimising business processes and identifying growth opportunities. This is particularly true for those businesses with a strong online presence. For them, data is the business. Consequently, the power of a data breach or outage can be detrimental, both to business finances and customer confidence. According to … Read moreWhat you need to know about data protection

Here’s why your ERP may not be living up to expectations and what you can do about it

Modern Enterprise Resource Planning software or ERP are the jack of all trades of business IT. Starting with procurement and manufacturing functionality in the 70’s, they now encompass a wide range of features from financials, operations, HR and analytics. The primary value of an ERP is the integration and optimisation of the various business processes … Read moreHere’s why your ERP may not be living up to expectations and what you can do about it

So the project has gone belly-up, what now? – An ERP insights post

Back in May of 2015, I published “When ERP projects go wrong” which was the 3rd in my ERP insights series. This was by far the most read of my posts, suggesting that it struck a chord with the Owners, Directors and CEO’s in the Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) space I write for. Having … Read moreSo the project has gone belly-up, what now? – An ERP insights post

Real-time Analytics or History based, which is most suitable?

Traditionally data warehouses do not contain today’s data. They are usually loaded with data via an Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) process from operational systems on a periodic basis, often nightly, but sometimes even weekly. In any case, they are a window on the past. With the ever-growing pace of business today, are these history-based … Read moreReal-time Analytics or History based, which is most suitable?

ERP Productivity

Success or failure of a business is determined by its people and in most businesses, staff use software such as ERP to execute the various tasks, processes and other required activities more efficiently. So what are the factors that determine if your ERP promotes or hinders employee productivity? There are many vendors out there fighting … Read moreERP Productivity

Technologies transforming the Manufacturing sector

Technology is transforming the manufacturing sector. According to GE Capital’s latest Mid-Market Report, technology is a $78.8 billion industry in Australia. Manufacturing makes up roughly 40 per cent, or $31.2 billion of that figure. What this indicates is that manufacturers are increasingly embracing technology. With this in mind, let’s take a look at five of … Read moreTechnologies transforming the Manufacturing sector

When ERP projects go wrong

Last year I published The big 5 ERP selection errors a CEO should avoid and when Bob, a colleague in the USA saw it on LinkedIn, he was quick to confirm from his experience the veracity of my observations and in subsequent conversations gave me great material for this article from a recent project which I happily … Read moreWhen ERP projects go wrong