Category: ERP

Taking Your First Steps On The Agile Journey

Starting something new usually takes longer than you think. Becoming Agile in your organisation is a case in point. Agile Project Management (PM) is still a new thing. In February 2001, 17 leading figures in the software signed a “Manifesto for Agile Software Development.” By laying out the key principles of Agile, the Manifesto helped launch a movement that has no signs of slowing down. Since 2001, the software industry in particular has adopted Agile. Even so, it appears that… Read more »

How Agile Project Management Will Transform Your Business

How does a business make money? That’s not a trick question… Businesses make money by giving customers what they want. How then does Agile Project Management (Agile PM) help companies make more money? Agile PM helps companies make more money by ensuring they deliver what the customer will be delighted with. Why You Need Agile Project Management When I work with organisations – both large and small – I find many are frustrated with their work processes. There is often… Read more »

Five trends that make ERP and cloud more accessible to b2b companies in 2016

More and more businesses are becoming attuned to the benefits technology and specifically integrated ERP (enterprise resource planning). Whether it is in providing greater visibility of the new business pipeline, managing operations, production and delivery or facilitating financial and human resources management, ERP is an industry that is constantly changing. In a period where we’ve seen a huge variety of new product offerings introduced and become mainstream in the SME space, we’ve also seen product innovation help integrate functionality to… Read more »

Six Top Tips for Successful ERP Upgrades

Major ERP software upgrades are often seen as a long, arduous process.  So how can companies ensure success without disrupting users’ comfort with their current system? Martin King-Turner, Director at The National B2B Centre, shares six of his top tips to help you steer clear of common project pitfalls. 1. Explain what a new system means to users before starting the project If you want to doom an upgrade project, keep the users in the dark. The one thing that… Read more »

How to Improve your next Software Purchase

One of the big areas of concern for the National B2B Centre’s clients is “How do we choose the right software and supplier for our business?” With more choices than ever in terms of different software packages, system platforms, including The Cloud and types of supplier it isn’t surprising that people find it difficult to make accurate assessments and successful selections. National B2B Centre directors, Steve Orriss and Martin King-Turner, both have many years of experience helping businesses large and… Read more »

Using People, Process and Technology to achieve a Successful ERP Implementation

Our introduction of the “People, Process and Technology” approach to planning and implementing technology investment has created plenty of interest amongst our clients, contacts and the supplier community. Because ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems are a particularly important area of technology for all of these stakeholders, we have asked Martin King-Turner, Director at The National B2B Centre and ERP expert, to reflect on how “People, Process and Technology” could maximise the chances of implementation success for your ERP project. Introduction One of The National B2B… Read more »

Three Keys to IT System Success: People, Process, Technology

In a previous post, Bridging the gap between IT suppliers and clients, we identified the need for technology suppliers to do more than simply recite jargon and provide detailed specifications. Clients are looking for an approach that builds their confidence that suppliers both understand their business and take account of the key risk factors in delivering ROI (Return On Investment). Martin King-Turner, MD of the National B2B Centre outlines an approach to technology development and investment that suppliers could… Read more »

Bridging the gap between IT suppliers and clients

The National B2B Centre is an independent provider of IT consultancy and training services. That puts us slap bang in the middle of an on-going divide between IT suppliers and their clients. This is a divide characterised by debates over costs, deadlines and deliverables. In this article by Martin King-Turner, MD of the B2B Centre, we look at some of the concerns that clients and end-users flag up about their dealings with suppliers. Introduction The B2B Centre has had a… Read more »

ERP: What are the problems areas?

The B2B Centre has been involved in helping clients choose and manage the implementation of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems for some time. We have also found ourselves sorting out problems with ERP both at the implementation phase and when systems up and running. Martin King-Turner, Director at the National B2B Centre, takes a look at some of the issues that he has encountered and provides some suggestion to help you avoid them. Introduction It is worth saying upfront that bringing ERP into your… Read more »

Getting the most out of your IT budget

“Doing more with less” seems to be the order of the day at the moment. It seemed highly appropriate, therefore, that the National B2B Centre should highlight some ways to squeeze a little more out of your IT budget. Martin King-Turner, MD of the B2B Centre, highlights some straightforward approaches to making best use of your money. Introduction For many small and medium sized businesses IT can represent a significant but somewhat hidden cost. Your hardware and software, and the… Read more »