Are you having trouble understanding how Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can be utilised in your business?

In recent years the transformation of ERP has been dynamic, and now with it heavily linked to Business Intelligence (BI), it is being applied to business operations in more ways than ever before. No longer just an enabler of back-end functionality, today ERP solutions are delivering productivity gains through automation, real-time visibility into the business, assisting third party integration, increasing transparency into operations, and mobile access anywhere.

Technology and data offer great insights into business; and mining information provides us with products and services we could only dream about a few years ago.

It was never so obvious to me than having to drive in a new city in one of my recent business trips. Without Google Maps, it would have been much harder. This type of application is only possible through massive collection of data, big data.

As a small and medium business, what is the first step in your journey to leverage technology and data?

With mobile apps becoming so intrinsic and ubiquitous, we as consumers have become the greatest critics on app user experience and useability. Sparse design, no visual clutter, minimal colour palette, crisp typography and clear navigation have all become design attributes we now expect in apps designed for individuals, and from a commercial aspect, service organisations. So now in the field services sector the demand for slick, easy to use mobile apps is growing and so too is their purpose and role with regards to the collection of data.

As we move into the second half of 2014, storing information in the cloud is nothing new. Yet businesses should ensure its cloud solution is cutting edge to differentiate from their competitors.

This week saw Australia become the first country in the world to end its carbon pricing policy.

The uncertainty around the carbon tax has clouded businesses so it is good news that there is now some clarity and companies can start to formulate their plan and response.

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