Thought leadership articles on ERP and business software


The Benefits and Burdens of Industry 4.0 and ERP for Manufacturing

By Admin | January 7, 2022

When it comes to Industry 4.0 and manufacturing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) is well-positioned to streamline the successful implementation and adoption of these new technologies. Manufacturers who are forward-thinking and who don’t want to be left in the dust of progress, understand the need to harness the potential of ERP in order to better utilise the benefits of…

How ERP Benefits Industry 4.0 in the Manufacturing Industry

By Admin | January 7, 2022

The influx of new technology in the workplace is transforming the way we work; automation, digitisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence all promise greater benefits to organisations. This is called Industry 4.0. But while business leaders are trying to keep up with the flood of new technologies, there is one application that has been a…

Business survival tips for Covid-19 and Eskom

By Admin | January 7, 2022

The financial effects of Eskom’s unrelenting rolling blackouts, combined with the knock that Covid-19 has brought to the global economy, have left South African businesses reeling.  Running a business for over 20 years in South African means that we’ve seen the impact that recessions and economic downturns bring to SMEs, corporates, and households alike. What we’ve seen…

Why Modern ERP is the Right Fit for Engineering Companies

By Admin | January 7, 2022

In recent decades, software has become ubiquitous. Almost all engineering firms – be they in the business, military, mining, or transportation sectors –  rely significantly on software systems like modern ERP. However, most of these firms are still operating out of one of two possible software strategies that are ill-equipped to deal with the rising…

Why businesses need ERP right now

By Admin | January 7, 2022

As globalisation puts pressure on the market for many industries, and the economy struggles to stand under the weight of a global pandemic, it is essential to identify every tool that could give your business a competitive edge. For many companies, business need ERP (enterprise resource planning ERP), or as some companies call it, BOS…

3 Ways ERP Helps Manufacturers Do More With Less

By Admin | January 7, 2022

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has a long and rich history in the manufacturing sector and can be used successfully for lean manufacturing. A far cry from the niched, rigid manufacturing software of the ’80s, today’s cloud-based, highly flexible integrated solution is able to meet the evolving requirements of most manufacturing operations at speed. Subsequently, ERP has…

Set Yourself Up for Success in 2021 with These Changes

By Admin | January 7, 2022

By Anton Oosthuizen. As 2020 begins to grind to a halt, many business owners and decision-makers are gearing up for what lies ahead to prepare for success in 2021. As a business owner and strategist with over 20 years in the software industry, I have had the opportunity to study other successful business owners in…

Why Local ERP is (Still) Better for Local Businesses

By Admin | January 7, 2022

The saying goes, “Think globally, act locally.” This is not a new thought for South African audiences, particularly in the aftermath of Covid-19 and lockdown. Local business owners are campaigning all over social media and with the shared phone, messages to ‘Support local industries’ during this time, and more consumers are opting for locally-sourced products. …

How SMEs Can Run Leaner and More Profitably in 2021

By Admin | January 7, 2022

As 2021 gets into full swing, business owners are doing whatever they can to make this year’s profit line tracks upwards. SMEs want to run leaner and be more profitable. As an entrepreneur and business owner myself, I understand the full meaning of the statement, “minding your own business.” For your business to grow, you need…


By Admin | January 6, 2022

CRM vs ERP – What is the difference, and which one do you need? What is CRM? Essentially, Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) provides a platform for businesses to track and manage all the ways a customer interacts with them. Not only is CRM software used in call centres and support teams, but they are also used…

7 Reasons Why ERP Implementations Fail, and 11 Steps to Ensure they Succeed

By Admin | January 6, 2022

In the current economic climate, fear is a very real emotion felt by many business owners. Particularly when that fear is based on a bad experience in the past or even just hearsay. This is true for enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation projects. Every CIO, CFO, and business owner has read horror stories of stalled deployments, ERP implementations that…

How ERP and the Future of Work in South Africa’s Digital Economy are Intrinsically Linked

By Admin | January 6, 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently said that harnessing the job-creating potential of the digital economy is how he envisions forging a new post-covid economy. With good reason, as it is estimated that digitisation and automation could bring up to 1.2 million jobs in South Africa by 2030. According to McKinsey’s paper The future of work in South Africa:…

Why Cloud ERP is Your Business’s Vaccine Against Future Disruptions

By Admin | January 6, 2022

The last year has been a tremendously strenuous year for manufacturers, supply chain and distribution organisations. The global pandemic – amongst other external factors – meant that disruption was the name of the game. Companies with on-premise legacy ERP systems struggled to make changes quickly and employees who suddenly needed to work remotely were hamstrung…

Warehousing Post-Pandemic Goes Digital in 2021

By Admin | January 6, 2022

The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered how manufacturers view warehousing and distribution. Global lockdown caused demand and supply shock waves to ripple around the globe and shift at lightning speed as consumers were forced to swap in-store purchases to online shopping, changing warehousing post pandemic.  In spite of the enduring crisis, a silver lining seems…

The Lingering Effects of Covid-19 on Business and How to Survive and Thrive in 2022

By Admin | January 6, 2022

By Anton Oosthuizen. It has been nearly two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world’s economy is ready for some good news. According to the World Bank, a rebound is possible but is likely to be uneven across countries. With the US and China, both expected to be major contributors to global growth…

How to be well-prepared for plant shutdown this festive season with ERP

By Admin | January 6, 2022

By Anton Oosthuizen. Planning is already well underway for those industries that close over the Christmas and New year period for any end-of-year plant shutdown maintenance that might be required. Over the last few months of the year, where most plants and manufacturers are ramping up production to stay ahead of the festive season, many may…

How Manufacturers Use ERP to Recover Post-Pandemic

By Admin | January 6, 2022

“We must rebuild now!” By Quickeasy Software The world’s economy hinges on the manufacturing and engineering sectors. According to Accenture, these industries account for more than $3 trillion in revenues, a staggering 25 percent of the manufacturing GDP (21.2 percent of GDP in US manufacturing, 25.4 percent in Europe and 32.9 percent for Japan) and up to…

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