Strategic Imperative

Glitzy new technologies can easily become expensive failures, warns Cathie Hall of K3 Syspro.

How best to start exploiting the vast amounts of data made available by new technologies such as Big Data and the Internet of Things? Or the latest advances in robotics, additive manufacturing, cloud services, and machine-to-machine communication with equipment on the factory floor?

Ask Cathie Hall, managing director of ERP provider K3 Syspro, and you might expect her to take a product-centric viewpoint. In terms of Big Data and the Internet of Things, for instance, an obvious starting point might be to recommend her company’s DataSwitch module, a vendor-agnostic system integration and data manipulation tool.

But no – far from it. DataSwitch has a role to play, to be sure, but that role, she insists, is towards the end of a series of much more fundamental activities. Likewise, she adds, with any number of other K3 Syspro products as well: Syspro Analytics, Syspro Reporting Services, or integration tool Syspro e.Net Solutions. Useful though each is, they are not starting point.

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