“This enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is for small businesses, and it incorporates a financial module, with accounts payable and receivable; sales module, with field automation, lead generation and pipeline management and invoicing; inventory and asset management; and human resour-ces (HR),” enthuses strategic business development director Maphum Nxumalo.
SAP Business One will be launched in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of this month and during October.
This new software solution is an easy-to-use business and operational-management solution for emerging and dynamic businesses ranging in size from ten to several hundred employees.
“The solution is simple yet powerful, allowing an immediate and complete view of business operations and customer activities,” Nxumalo explains.
He says that, to become leaders, small- and mid-size companies need to optimise their core business processes by using business-management software that is user friendly, inexpensive to implement, and easy to scale – providing a solution that is powerful enough to manage businesses through future growth.
SAP Business One features intuitive navigation, a familiar Microsoft Windows environment, and multiple customisation tools.
“It is easy to deploy and maintain, with fast implementation, high performance and scaleability, robust security, and the ability to evolve into more sophisticated solutions,” Nxumalo avers.
He states that the solution uses open standards and therefore SAP Business One easily integrates with other systems.
“Its drag-and-relate feature allows users to drag information from disparate data stores and link them on the desktop.
“This close integration opens up new dimensions to other business-management systems and also shortens the learning curve, since users do not have to study new tools to handle analysis and marketing tasks,” he expands.
SAP also released a product called mySAP All-in-One as part of its venture into small- and mid-sized businesses.
“This ERP solution, based on SAP business suite, is tailor-made for specific microvertical industries.
“It comes with an 80% to 90% fit and can be enhanced by our channel partners who have solid expertise and knowledge in those industries such as automotive, discrete manufacturing, local municipalities, HR and payroll,” Nxumalo pursues.
Regarding black economic empowerment (BEE), Nxumalo says that SAP Africa is one of the first multinationals to take steps towards fulfilling all pillars of the BEE balanced scorecard-equity ownership, management control, skills development, preferential procurement and enterprise development.
“Earlier this year, SAP approved, in principle, to sell 25% of SAP Africa to a BEE firm, which has led to the recent appointment of a transaction adviser to help us manage the partner-selection process.” “Having sold 30% of our subsidiary to Blitec in 1999, we are convinced, through experience, that this transaction will have a significant influence on our company,” he maintains.
He says that it will possibly have effects such as increasing market awareness, improving market penetration, increasing business development and eventually increasing SAP Africa’s market share.
The company is currently involved in numerous projects with some of its alliance partners, such as City of Tshwane and Absa.