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ATLANTA and INDIANAPOLIS, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When did your company last upgrade its JD Edwards software? Why should you consider upgrading? How do you ensure your upgrade happens with minimal business disruption, on time and on budget?

GSI, Inc. ( is partnering with Oracle and C&A Technology to host a series of workshops focused on discussing the importance of upgrading and what companies can expect when they upgrade to the latest edition of JD Edwards' EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards' World software.

The series of one day, free classroom-based workshops will be held in major cities across the U.S. beginning in Indianapolis on August 2. They will provide a comprehensive "day in the life" depiction of what an Oracle customer goes through when upgrading to the latest JD Edwards release, covering each aspect of the value proposition, planning and execution of the upgrade. The workshops are an extension of Oracle's "Upgrade to the 9s in 100 days or Less" campaign.

During the workshops, GSI's expert consultants will discuss:

  • Building a business case
  • Working with custom code
  • Data management and migration
  • On-premise hardware and cloud considerations
  • Testing
  • Training and best practices
  • Project team organization
  • Go-live activities

For more details about the workshops, including workshop dates, locations and registration details, please visit:

GSI Expands Service Team and Opens First International Office in Canada in Response to Continuing Growth

ATLANTA and EDMONTON, Canada, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a stronger than expected first half year, Atlanta-based GSI, Inc. ( has opened its first international office in Canada and announced a broadening of its U.S.-based services and consulting teams.

The new Canadian office is based in Edmonton, Alberta and is led by Marcus Jarrett, principal solution architect. Mr. Jarrett has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He was the CNC team lead at Flint Energy Services and worked as a senior systems analyst at North American Construction Group and as a systems specialist at PCL Construction. The Canadian office will support GSI's clients in Canada as well as organizations in the U.S.

"Despite an unsettled domestic economy, GSI's business has grown strongly in 2012 on top of the banner year we enjoyed in 2011," said Kevin Herrig, president and CEO, GSI, Inc.  "Increasing requests for support in Canada, and our booming domestic business, have allowed us to expand our international presence and to further invest in our team by hiring some of the strongest JD Edwards software specialists in the market."

Recent additions to the GSI team include:

- a vice president of delivery who will manage the company's largest accounts and help to ensure the delivery of consistent quality service for all customers;

-two principal support consultants;

-two additional client managers committed to making sure clients obtain the value they have come to depend on GSI for; and

-one principal field consultant who will interact with clients on site in their facilities.

 GSI, Inc. Launches "Upgrade to the 9's in 100 Days or Less" at COLLABORATE 12

At COLLABORATE 12, GSI, Inc., an Oracle Gold partner specializing in upgrades, rolled out its new proposition for users upgrading to Oracle JD Edwards current releases. The upgrade program applies to a variety of software releases dating back to 2000 and will enable users to continue to receive ongoing support and regain compliance while taking advantage of the latest features and enhancements built into the 9.x software. Once a project is engaged, GSI's new program seeks "100% satisfaction guaranteed" and the completion of the upgrade within 100 days.

At the Las Vegas conference, 5 Minute Briefing had the opportunity to spend some time with Kevin R. Herrig, GSI president and CEO, and Shawn F. Scanlon, GSI executive vice president, touching base with the often under-reported JD Edwards user market. JD Edwards is a long-time, stalwart ERP system for mid-sized organizations which Herrig defined as typically featuring revenue in the $30 million to $500 million range.  JD Edwards World is built specifically for the IBM iSeries server platform while JD Edwards EnterpriseOne delivers a wide choice of underlying databases, operating systems and hardware for running the system.

Upgrades are commonly viewed with great trepidation by users fearful of the potential disruption, allocation of scarce human and economic resources to the upgrade process, and the perceived difficulty of achieving a successful, timely implementation. Over the long haul, GSI's proposition for users, according to Herrig, is that "each time the customer upgrades it should take less time than the time before."

As part of its specialization in upgrades, GSI conducts extensive presentations and workshops focused on planning ERP upgrades, defining criteria for selecting upgrade partners, shedding light on achieving "fixed bids" for the implementation work to users from upgrade partners, and looking at customization of reports to users and end user report generation from JD Edwards systems. These sessions are often conducted in concert with Oracle, with the methodology developed and presented by GSI which has honed it over many years of experience.

The newest release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne  is version 9.1. According to a GSI corporate fact sheet, the company has assisted in over 100 OneWorld/EntepriseOne upgrades and over 40 "World-to-EnterpriseOne" migrations.

13 Common ERP Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them

Implementing an ERP system is among the most expensive, time-consuming and complicated tasks an IT department can take on. The potential for delays and unexpected expenses lurk around every corner. To help you avoid costly mistakes, asked IT executives, ERP vendors and technology consultants to provide advice on how to avoid becoming an ERP horror story.

By Jennifer Lonoff Schiff Tue, March 27, 2012

CIO — Costing anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars, and requiring hundreds of man hours to implement, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are huge investments of money, resources and time. And while a successful ERP implementation can help your organization streamline workflow and cut costs, a poorly planned and implemented ERP rollout can severely cost organizations, in terms of lost productivity and delays.

To help ensure your ERP implementation is a success, or at least to minimize potential problems, surveyed dozens of ERP experts (IT executives, consultants and ERP vendors), asking them to describe the most common ERP-related mistakes organizations make and how to avoid or solve them. The 13 most commonly cited ERP mistakes—and their fixes—appear below.

ERP Mistake #7: Not investing in training and change management. "A lack of proper training is one of the most common reasons that ERP projects fail, and it can also result in employees resenting the new system because they don't understand it," explains Kaas. "Making sure employees have a chance to become comfortable with the new system before it goes live will do wonders for your chances at ERP success." Adds Kevin Herrig, president and CEO of GSI, an ERP software specialist with a primary focus on Oracle's JD Edwards products: "If you don't make training and frequent communication with users a top priority, you will end up owning a very expensive version of Excel."

ERP Mistake #11: Not having an active load testing environment . "You won't be able to see the true results of your changes based on a couple of test users," points out Herrig. "You must be able to simulate your user load in order to see the real-world effects of changes and avoid costly unplanned downtime."

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ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GSI, Inc. (, a customer service-centric ERP software integration specialist focused on JD Edwards products, has closed the books on its best year since its founding in 2004.

The privately held company, based in Atlanta, reported gross revenue growth of 67 percent compared to 2010. The company's field revenues, comprised of traditional on-site consulting services, increased by 73 percent as it added 38 new clients in 2011. Support revenues, consisting of remote outsourcing, experienced a dramatic 90 percent growth rate partially due to the almost doubling of its current support client base.

Speaking at the company's annual sales kick-off meeting held in Orlando this past weekend, Kevin Herrig, president and CEO, GSI, Inc., said the company's strong performance across every service metric was particularly rewarding given the continuing difficult business environment.

"Our entire team did a great job of keeping its focus on our clients during 2011," said Mr. Herrig. "Our growth as a company is directly related to our mission to make every customer a client by understanding their true business needs and delivering value on a daily basis. We're so passionate about delivering value and providing our clients with superior service that we continue to be the only JD Edwards provider to offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on everything we do. Our guarantee is paramount to our business because it demonstrates to our clients and business partners that they will always remain the focus of our attention."

Other achievements in 2011 included the addition of three strategic and select partnerships, the signing of its largest support deal in company history and an expansion of services to include development support, functional support, and database support for all flavors of Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and DB2/400.