Focus on the user

Focus on the use A focus on the user is actually a very basic translation of “Consumerisation of IT”. Not only is this a trendy slogan to once again herald something new in the world of IT, but a trend that started a number of years ago. Video recorder

Stock counts!

Stock counts! We've enjoyed our turkey and Dutch 'oliebollen' (typical Dutch doughnuts) and we're heading into the New Year with new or sometimes old resolutions. The period between Christmas and New Year is, for many, the ideal time to take a couple of extra days off and enjoy a

Abracadabra, Sim Sala Bim … and there’s Lean (1)

Abracadabra, Sim Sala Bim ... and there's Lean (1) It's a bit like a magic word. You still hear the magic word Lean at typical manufacturing company events. Plus, many advisors and consultancy firms use the word all too easily. In comparison to a few years ago, it isn't

What does your gut feeling tell you?

What does your gut feeling tell you? What have we done during the past year? What can we expect next year? How will the market respond? Is the crisis over? Etc.  If I were to ask you how things will be in the year ahead in terms of a

Lean & ERP, a good marriage?

Lean & ERP, a good marriage? Two opposites in one environment, two camps trying to outdo one another. ERP is based on registering data in order to manage, monitor and report. Lean was (broadly) devised on the basis of creating as little 'excess baggage' as possible, in order to

Planning is all about making choices!

Planning is all about making choices! Planning will always be a thorny issue. Questions like, how is the planning going? Am I adjusting it on time? What if this order experiences a delay? If I am sick, can my colleague take over my work? I could have created an

Applifying the world

Applifying the world Who doesn't have one .. the man in the street with a smartphone has already been contaminated with the app virus. An app can be found for everything you can possibly think of. My son has informed me that there is even an app for the

Mouse click more or less?!

Mouse click more or less?! "Mr Berends, before you start with your demonstration we would like you to bear in mind that we expect you to take account of the fact that we closely monitor the speed at which things can be recorded in the ERP system. We would

Excel … your friend or enemy?

Excel ... your friend or enemy? In most meetings I have had with future clients, the following prerequisites were often raised. First of all, minimal to no customisation. Preferably, if there is any customisation, the company wishes to modify the work processes in such a way that it is

ERP in the cloud, is that useful?

ERP in the cloud, is that useful? During many webinars, seminars and conferences, I hear "Everyone should move to the cloud". Has anyone ever asked themselves whether they actually want to move to the cloud? Is the cloud all that it's made out to be? And what actually is