Working for the first 9 years on the User side of the fence, and with no package solutions yet available, he designed, programmed, implemented and supported bespoke systems spanning Finance, Inventory, Sales, Production, Procurement, Job Costing, Plant Maintenance, and Plant Hire. As the years passed and early IT package solutions emerged, he was responsible for selection and implementation of early MRP systems, then MRPII systems, and finally ERP systems -
His journey from coding (Cobol, Basic+, Fortran, SQL, RPG2) using “flat” indexed sequential files moved through to relational databases on Informix, Oracle, SQL and O/S to UNIX, and Windows truly revolutionised the User experience.
In 1982 he co-
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In 1991 John became the first UK employee and UK General Manager for Symix, a US developer/author who were looking to bring the Symix ERP solution across the water. John was responsible for seeding the UK business, building the UK team, and early moves into Europe via Eindhoven. The Symix solution, based on the PROGRESS 4GL, was eventually acquired by INFOR, selling the product under the name Syteline, and which was the INFOR flagship product for mid-
In 1999 John joined IFS and spent the following 9 years helping develop the UK market and Customer base for IFS Applications, a Tier-
In 2008 John joined SAP UK&I and spent the next 5 years in the “SAP world”, working for both SAP UK&I themselves and also with SAP Channel Partner CSI, to secure greater mid-
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