• 17.03.2016, How to make ERP Implementation Successful for Your Company

    Data collection Ensure that you collect all the data relevant to your business and convert it. The data could be new or the old one but remember the ERP system will have to upload your data from spreadsheets to the database. After converting your data manually, you need to feed it to the ERP system database and then review it for completeness and accuracy. Training and testing Let your project team test the database by running real life scenarios to determine the accuracy and efficiency of the system. Also, during the system testing, ensure that all primary interfaces are designed and integration issues resolved. This ensures that the ERP system works well with the other systems. Have your project team conduct the in-house training. Such training will make sure that every relevant ERP system user knows how to use it well. Go live and evaluate Once you are convinced that the ERP system is working well with your company and that your employees are aware and know how to use it, then, develop a final go-live checklist. Also, you should make an evaluation plan which touches on the goals and objectives set by your project team. Also, consider having the post-implementation audit to determine how your system is fairing on. Successful ERP system implementation is no walk in the park. However, if you follow the five steps given in this article, you will succeed in implementing the system.

  • 12.03.2016, How to make ERP Implementation Successful for Your Company

      As I engage companies looking forward to either upgrading their existing Enterprise Resource Planning systems or begin using the system, one thing becomes clear. That is, most companies tend to adopt the ERP systems without using the right method, and this could ultimately bring the system into failure. Here are five steps to help you implement the ERP technology safely and successfully in your company. Strategic planning This is the initial step in implementing the ERP project. Strategic planning involves the following activities; Coming up with a project team Evaluating the current business processes and flow of information Setting goals Developing a viable project plan Come up with a project team that has professional skills in sales, purchasing, customer services accounting operations, senior management and much more. Base your selection on the employees` skills and ensure that each team member is committed to the success of the project. Then, the project team should evaluate the current business processes to determine which one needs to be improved. To perform this evaluation, they need to analyse every business critical document including invoices, batch tickets and much more. After identifying the business processes that require improvement or transformation, your team should set realistic objectives. Remember, ERP solutions are massive, and you cannot implement everything in one day. Therefore, you need to define the scope of what you want to implement within the given time and according to your business needs. Your team should also develop an implementation plan. The plan will include the set goals, training procedures, timelines and the individual team roles. Procedure review Dedicate time to review the ERP software capabilities for the project team. You should also train them to ensure that they understand every aspect of the software. Also, analyse your company`s manual processes that require automation. These are areas where you need to implement the ERP processes. After such an intensive software review, you need to develop standard operating procedures and document them. Though this is a huge task, it is crucial to your business. Next- Data Collection

  • 20.02.2016, The future of ERP Systems in Small Business/Companies

      The Enterprise Resource Planning system is relatively new but has grown very fast lately. It is evolving to fit its users` needs.  So, how will ERP look like in future? The industry`s recent developments hint answers to that question. Let`s get down and analyze the future of ERP systems in small businesses and companies. Mobility Many people continue to use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and this trend does not seem to end. The today`s workforce is increasingly becoming mobile, and this has increased the demand for greater flexibility to access information even from remote locations. The ERP system has given the business professionals in both small and larger companies access to remote information such as customer information, finance, inventory levels, sales orders and much more. In the future, we expect that the Enterprise Resource Planning mobile business intelligence solutions will grow and remain a priority. Mobility will be a key dominant in ERP systems. Right from clerks to store personnel and management to back-office employees, everyone will be accessing the ERP system via mobile devices including smartphones and tablets instead of desktops. The flexibility associated with mobile ERP system is around the corner.  Cloud-Based ERP Today, everything is moving towards “the cloud”. ERP system is not resistant to this wave. We have witnessed that the cloud-based ERP solutions are less expensive and have a smooth implementation.  Small businesses are joining the larger companies in utilizing this unique ERP system. In the future, it is forecasted that the cloud-based ERP will continue to be more efficient and more adaptable to even smaller businesses. Improved BI and reporting In the recent years, Business Intelligence has gained a decent traction, and we expect this trend to continue over the coming years. Having an accurate business intelligence reporting will result to businesses maneuvering critical operations and strategies easily and accordingly.  Conclusion The future of ERP systems will require companies to be more flexible and have the ability to adapt to the latest technology. The ERP solutions will have more e-commerce facilities and tools suitable for all businesses regardless their size. Moreover, the ERP system is sure to help businesses sail smoothly through all challenges associated with its implementation and adoption.

  • 31.01.2016, Antipodes participated in the informal meeting of the EU Council on Competitiveness, held on 27 and 28 January 2016 in Amsterdam

    Antipodes participated in the informal meeting of the EU Council on Competitiveness, held on 27 and 28 January 2016 in Amsterdam. Informal Meeting of Ministers of the Council on Competitiveness and Growth in Amsterdam provided a unique opportunity for ministers and leading developers to explore the role that the European Commission should play in order to accelerate the "digitization of the industry." Businesses across all industries need to adopt different digital developments, such as the Internet of Things and Big Data analytics within their business operations and business models to compete and thrive in the digital age. The European Commission, working in close cooperation with the Member States develop implementation program with which to support the digitization of European industry. Because of this, active participation of leading entrepreneurs in the field of digitization and digitization is essential. In this respect, the Dutch Presidency invite any minister to lead with him leading developers of his country - those who have extensive experience and contribution to the development of digital products, optimize the business processes, creation / transformation of digital services and / or new digital business models. The participants were given the opportunity to cut their positions on how to design future competitive European digital economy. The results will impact directly on the agenda for implementation, which the European Commission intends to publish in the spring of 2016. The participation of entrepreneurs held a round table on January 27, hosted by VNONCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), where they discussed key opportunities and obstacles to the development of the European industry. The discussion includes topics such as key enabling technologies and digitization, regulation of innovation, defining industry standards. According to information published by the Council of Ministers "Our country supports the view of the European Commission on the implementation of a sectoral approach in promoting the development of key EU sectors such as business services and construction, and the initiative to create and introduce a" passport service. "Bulgaria supports the Commission's initiatives to overcome different treatment of customers based on their nationality or geographical location, implementing the objectives of the Strategy for digital single market. in the "research" we will exchange views on prospects for investment in research and innovation. " http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/2016/01/28/informal-competitiveness-council Press release  file:///D:/Downloads/press-release-rvc.pdf

  • 20.01.2016, What`s Coming up for ERP Systems in 2016

      Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is business management software that can allow organizations employ a system of integrated applications to automate much technology-related office functions, human resources, and services. The ERP system has continuously evolved in the recent years.  Here is a quick look at what`s coming up for ERP systems in 2016. Mobile This may not surprise you, right? Everything is going mobile. Any software, website or provider that isn’t embracing the shift to mobile devices, will be left way behind, in fact so far behind in the dust! Surprisingly, many professionals today in both large and small organizations use mobile devices to get and enter work information. It is beyond doubt that ERP systems have jumped on the mobile bandwagon, making small screens appropriate, launching apps and coming up with mobile-friendly Unemployment Insurance (UI). Many ERP system features like dashboards and reporting perform well in mobile devices and therefore, ERP providers take mobile-friendliness as a regulation rather than an exception. Social media integration As of 2016, ERP systems are jumping on the bandwagon of social media as a way of the future. Social media is very helpful in the ERP systems as customer relations managers can access the customers` media data. This way, a company can design strategies aimed at selling more, develop better products and plan their marketing campaigns based on concrete information. Cloud A recent Garter study argues that by 2018, more than 30%of service-centric companies will upload much of the ERP applications to the cloud. This forecasting has been floating around for a long time, but 2016 will experience a hybrid model in which most of the applications will be hosted on-site and in the cloud to keep pace with the evolving market demand. Not for only big guys anymore With the ERP system vendors offering greater customization, more mobility and more cloud based options which are cost effective, even small start-ups are hopping on board. They are throwing away spreadsheets and adopting options such as ERP systems that allow them to take into account their future business growth. The ERP field is no longer rigid to change. Watch out for the above trends and much more in 2016.