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A taste of an Agile ERP project implementation

Have you been wondering how an Agile ERP project would run? Today we are going to explain our version of the Agile methodology and how it applies to an ERP implementation. This article forms part of my series on ERP implementation. You can check out an overview here. Before we get into it we should point out that the term Agile actually refers a set of principles not a specific methodology. There are a number of software delivery techniques that are considered "Agile". Agile methodologies focus on early and continuous delivery of valuable software. This…

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What to expect with a Waterfall ERP project

Today we are going to describe what is involved in a Waterfall ERP project. This article forms part of my series on ERP implementation. If you haven't read it already you should check the overview of ERP Implementations here. What is a "Waterfall" project? It's a traditional project management approach that is used in software projects. It is called "Waterfall" because each phase (which we will detail below) occurs one after the other like water flowing down a waterfall. The pros and cons of a Waterfall ERP project Pros Customer involvement required only at key…

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What’s involved in an ERP implementation?

So you have decided that you want to take your business to the next level and you are planning an ERP implementation? Not sure what is going to be involved? Here's our overview of the fun that you are about to get yourself into! Are you not even sure what an ERP is? Checkout our primer here. This article is the first part of a series that provides an overview of ERP implementations. ERP Implementation Size No two businesses are identical therefore no two ERP implementations are going to be the same. There will be…

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What is ERP? Our primer on Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

So what exactly is ERP? What does it stand for? Well if you read the title of this page you should already know that is stands for... Enterprise Resource Planning That's a bit of a mouthful, isn't it? So what does Enterprise Resource Planning even mean? At it's core an ERP system takes your business process and maps it into a single IT solution. This allows you to track all aspects of your business throughout the entire business life-cycle. Typical things that an ERP system would cover are: SalesAccountingManufacturingServicesInventorySupplier and Customer ManagementHuman ResourcesWarehouse management With…

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What the DNS? How the domain name system keeps your business online.

Have you every wondered how a computer figures out what computer to talk to when you type in the URL in a browser? Or maybe when you are setting up your email server?     NO??        Not even a little bit? Oh... Well what if I told you that its one of the most important parts of how the internet works and it's critical for keeping your business online?    When things go wrong it's good to know how things work and more importantly who is responsible.  Besides - I think it's really quite interesting how…

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Should I Be Using Open Source Software in My Small Business?

I won't hide it - I'm a huge fan of Open Source Software (abbreviated to OSS). One of the reasons I started my own business is to help small businesses save money on IT. One way I explore this is to take advantage of the plethora of OSS options available.   So what exactly is Open Source Software and can you use it in your small business? Let's explore! What is Open Source Software? You've probably heard about it before and may even know what it is. Open Source Software are computer programs where the…

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High Availability explained in plain English

Following on from my previous article about backups I thought I'd do a plain English explanation of High Availability (HA). Picture this scenario - You are about to launch a new product, you've sent out the marketing email to your email list and are expecting 1,000's of people to be flocking to your website to buy.  Suddenly there's a problem with the server that your website runs on and the site is now offline! If your system is not setup for High Availability then this problem may have your site offline for hours of even days.…

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What is SSL? A plain English Explanation of secure websites (HTTPS)

So what is with that Green lock icon that you see in the address bar of the browser? The green lock (check in your address bar above) indicates that the site is using a secure channel to send and receive data between your computer and that website. This is done using a technology called Secure Socket Layer (SSL). When you type in a URL that begins with "https" you are using a secure website. What that really means is that the data you are sending to and receiving from that particular website are encrypted between…

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