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The profound impact of technology on today’s workplace

We’ve been living in the digital age for quite some time now so we cannot deny that the workplace has dramatically evolved. The presence of technology has made racial changes in workplace dynamics – from the way we communicate to the automation of certain processes. Robert Half Technology suggests that CIOs believe that factors such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and automation are having a profound impact on staffing, as well as on the scope of the roles and skills required for workplace efficiency. Additionally, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are automating manual tasks in operations which require learning and help to eliminate human error. While many may see the role of AI as a threat to human talent, it is not. In fact, AI can automate time-consuming, repetitive tasks like mass data input and retrieval, and minimize errors. This allows employees to utilize their skills in other tasks. Technology not only changed the day-to-day operations in the workplace, but has reshaped the skills required for the workforce to succeed in certain areas of business. Notably, understanding of the use of such technologies is the most important skillset. But this doesn’t mean that “soft skills” are irrelevant. Consequently, soft skills are more important than ever. According to research done by Matt Weston, MD and Robert Half UK, a significant proportion of CIOs cited strategic planning (50%), problem-solving (40%) and interpersonal and communication skills (35%) as crucial for success. Technology will keep influencing businesses and continue to shape the workplace, But human intelligence will remain a very desirable skill for successful organizational management.

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5 Ways to Avert an ERP Disaster

There are many benefits to implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system at your business. However, there are valid reasons as to why one would be hesitant to do so as it can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. There are certain steps that businesses both large and small can take in order to make the time less stressful and prevent an ERP disaster.

  1. Get Everyone on board – Explain to your team all of the benefits of implementing the new system and how it is going to improve the daily workflow.
  2. Take Advantage of Implementation Services – These implementation services were created to help ease with the transition process.
  3. Choose the right software for your company – What works for one company may not work for another. Research the system and discuss it with your team before making an overall  decision.
  4. Customization isn’t Always Better – Sometimes going overboard with customization can have disastrous consequences and even more difficult to fix the problem.
  5. Create a Realistic and Flexible Timeframe – Most ERPs take at least two weeks to set-up, so plan ahead and don’t rush through it.

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How to Avoid the 7 Most Common Pitfalls of ERP Software Selection

It’s not a simple decision to choose to invest your company in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Unfortunately, many companies try to get through this decision quickly and end-up making costly mistakes. Here are a few steps to follow to prevent from making those mistakes.

  1. Analyze specification requirements
  2. Get realistic with deadlines and resources
  3. Invest in training and change maintenance
  4. Decommission legacy applications
  5. Have an active load testing environment
  6. Conduct through vendor browsing
  7. Compare long-term benefits against initial costs

It can be quite time-consuming to select the software that is best for your company needs, but if done well the outcomes can greatly benefit the company and outweigh the expensive use of budget and time.

 

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10 Tips for when shopping for an ERP System

For most businesses today Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is likely the most important piece of technology that’ll make a part of how one runs their business. However, choosing the right ERP isn’t a simple task. Here’s a few questions to ask about your business to help you pick the right one.

  1. Does the software appeal to today’s workers?
  2. Is the software easy and efficient to modify and maintain?
  3. Does the software enable modular implementation?
  4. Can the software be implemented as a global, single-instance application?
  5. Is there a non-disruptive upgrade capability available?
  6. Can the software be extended as business demands change?
  7. Does the software provide different deployment options?
  8. Can you, as the customer, influence product development?
  9. Does the vendor’s R&D organisation include a workspace to drive disruptive innovation?
  10. Are you offered references to customers using the evaluated software package?

Being able to answer these questions in regards to how it will greatly effect your business will lead you to better deciding which ERP is best for your company.

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Lawson Reporting

Getting the most out of your Lawson Data

In this webinar we discuss some of the reporting and BI options available to use with your Lawson data. The main options covered are:

  • Infor Business Intelligence for Lawson (aka LBI)
  • Microsoft Addins
  • Crystal Reports
  • SSRS
  • Tableau

Below you’ll find the video recording of the actual webinar along with a powerpoint deck which has been updated to include the Gartner report links mentioned on this webinar.

You can also see several of the interactive examples we used on the webinar by going to this link on our page:

8 Enterprise Software Predictions for 2015

No one really knows what trends will dominate the technological space each year. IT decision-makers must rely on vendors, marketers, analysts and consumers to show what the future has in store. IT experts look ahead and predict which enterprise software trends are worth the attention.

  1. Hybrid cloud goes mainstream.
  2. Subscription pricing for enterprise software.
  3. Mobile CRM – and other enterprise mobile apps – will take off.
  4. In-memory computing will become a leading differentiator in ERP.
  5. Deeper ERP integration.
  6. Open source will continue to gain ground.
  7. Business Intelligence software will become more visual – and easier to use.
  8. Social intelligence gets even smarter.

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, Business and Technology expert, states that this ‘social intelligence’ will allow companies to be more nimble and responsive to customer needs, desires and issues – and get a leg up on the competition.

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