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Project management: questions to ask before buying your ERP software

As someone who works in a consultancy, a design or engineering company, or an architectural or software firm, projects management is an everyday concern for you. Your current software is hit and miss. You have management software, accounting software, an Excel file bursting with macros or even an aging ERP solution that brings them all together. In any case, you're starting to see cracks appearing. Perhaps it's time to invest in an integrated specialist management software for business management. Here are a few questions you should ask first.

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PoC and why you need them to pick the right ERP solution

When choosing an ERP solution, there comes a time to see if the software meets your requirements. And to do this you need a proof of concept, or PoC. Send your shortlisted vendors/integration specialists a test scenario and let them show you what their tools can do. You want proof, not just promises.

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Management software: what's in it for a professional services company?

Is your auditing or consulting firm thinking about rolling out management software? You're excited just thinking about it. In theory, it's a smart move: your management tools are seriously out of date and they don't work for you. However, ERP implementation involves shaking up your well-established setup, turning your schedules upside down (and inside out), investing in a long-term project and, last but not least, getting your staff on board. Work through the advantages and disadvantages to find out if your company could benefit from a specialized software.

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How to tell your staff about a new ERP solution in 5 steps

A new ERP solution is a big change for any company. It affects in-house procedures and every member of staff. No one really likes change – and rightly so. With any change, there’s a lot to learn, a lot to get used to and inevitable stress. So, when you get a new ERP solution, you have to banish any fears your staff may have. Here are 5 tips to make sure your new software package gets a warm welcome.

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My life as a developer at Akuiteo

Picture a typical developer: the bearded grump who works by the light of a computer screen. But you won't find that stereotype at many companies – and certainly not at Akuiteo. Being a “dev” is a demanding and structured job that relies on teamwork. Read on to find out about the ins and outs of a developer’s world. It's really not as strange as it seems!

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ERP specifications: 5 mistakes to avoid

Getting a new ERP solution marks the start of a new long-term relationship – and that means several years’ commitment. While you don’t have to draft specifications, this phase can be critical. Your specifications help you compare competing vendors and integration specialists as objectively as possible. How should you go about writing and sticking to your ERP specifications? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid.

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ERP solution rollout: the game as an infographic!

Once you have chosen your ERP solution and signed a contract with a software publisher/integration specialist, you have to crack on with the rollout. And it’s no mean feat! That’s why we’ve devised this little game to take you through the process. Complete the steps to set up your management software, calmly and confidently.

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Interview: the new cybersecurity threats companies have to face

Before becoming a cybersecurity consultant at Provadys, Tristan Pinceaux was a systems administrator at the ISC-PIF research institute in Paris and at Orange. He then became an analyst specialising in threat intelligence and incident response for the cybersecurity team at Airbus Defence and Space. Tristan spoke to Akuiteo about the latest cybersecurity concerns for companies.

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Support: the key to a successful ERP rollout

Founded in 1997, AREP is a subsidiary of the French national rail operator SNCF. This multidisciplinary construction and urban-planning consultancy employs nearly 900 members of staff and combines skills in architecture, engineering, urban planning and design. Damien Saillant, Tools and Methods Manager from the company’s Finance Department, looks back at the support his company received when it rolled out a new ERP solution.

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Choosing an ERP software: why agility matters

IT really came of age between the 1980s and the 2000s. Companies invested in uniform, standardised and often inflexible management software backed by vendor-integrator giants. Today, however, needs have changed. Everything is new: regulations, billing methods, types of customer relations and customer demands. From now on, your ERP software must support these ongoing developments. And that means that it must be agile.

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