Smart Panda Newsletter – April 2014

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5 ERP Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

Smart Panda - Newsletter PostmanThe sheer complexity of implementing an ERP system means that there are many opportunities for error; avoiding the common mistakes is key to ensuring a successful implementation. Here’s what to consider:

  • ERP Apprehension – No matter how smooth your implementation, it all comes down to your users and how comfortable they are with the system. A thorough training program goes a long way.
  • Manpower Needs – ERP systems require manpower for ongoing management, underestimating those needs can lead to frustration as well as affecting customers.
  • Unrealistic Expectations – Setting a “go-live” date is all well and good, but things happen. Ensure your project is fully (and reasonably) thought out and planned before setting the date in stone.
  • Going “Big” – Making a huge initial investment to complete an entire ERP transformation may seem like a great plan, but it’s also a huge drain on resources and comes with a significant learning curve. Small changes, over a few years, are more advisable.
  • Generic Solutions – Although a more affordable option, generic solutions are not always a good fit; customization can help make your ERP system a better fit.

Smart Panda Newsletter – March 2014

Smart Thinking Newsletter

Where Will ERP Go?

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Part of planning a successful ERP strategy is knowing (or at least, predicting) trends and changes over the short and long term. Here are a few predictions for 2014:

  • Improvements in Collaboration: In order to increase efficiency, ERP systems need to mimic social media networks by providing easy-to-use collaboration tools.
  • More Integration: Going forward, ERP systems will focus more on integrating with other emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, production robots, and inventory management software.
  • Increased Mobility: By putting ERP in the hands of workers, no matter where they are, companies can increase response times and efficiency.
  • Moving to the Cloud: Some companies will start looking at cloud management for significant cost savings.

Smart Panda Newsletter – February 2014

Smart Thinking Newsletter

UC Berkeley Employees Targeted by Phishing Attacks

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The Daily Californian has reported that several employees at UC Berkeley fell victim to a recent phishing scam that resulted in the redirection of their pay cheques. The phishing emails were sent to a variety of staff members, including retired faculty, and asked them to log into a fake website with their CalNet credentials – at which point the credentials were stolen and used to change payroll instructions.