How you can stay productive whilst remote working (Infographic)

We have been told for years “you shouldn’t bring your work home with you” – but that’s not very logical if you now work from your home.

Many people across the UK are currently following government guidelines and working remotely due to the outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe. This is a major change for businesses and employees alike.

For some, everyday life has just taken a major (unplanned) turn and it can be difficult to adjust.

Being honest, there has always been a general perception that working from home was a dream – you can get up later, no long commute to the office and you can work in your PJ’s!

Sadly, the reality is that working from home is HARD.

Yes, you get the extra few minutes in bed. Your commute is a walk to your laptop rather than a trek to the office in rush hour traffic and well, it’s personal preference in regard to your attire.

Working remotely is often no dream. In the real world, it can be very hard to stay motivated and be productive whilst it’s all too easy to feel isolated, especially if your used to working in a bustling social environment.

To aid you in your transition to remote working, we’ve put together this infographic with some handy tips to help you remain productive, motivated and connected.

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SAP Business One support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised all those that can work at home to do so. This can have a huge impact on business operations and it’s important to ensure your business has a contingency plan to minimize the disruption whilst you move to remote working.

How will this affect us at Signum Solutions?

We are in a good position at Signum as we have fully embraced cloud technology and all our key operational systems are cloud-based, including our telephone system. We have provided access to communication and collaboration tools to ensure our colleagues can continue to operate as a cohesive team whilst working remotely.

How will this affect Signum Solutions customers?

Our help desk and consultancy teams are able to operate from any location and the level of service to our customers should be minimally impacted. Other than not seeing us in person, you may experience a small delay on response times (especially if our staff become affected by the virus) but overall, we are operating as business as usual.

Our Consulting team have been advised not to have face to face meetings unless they are absolutely necessary. We appreciate consulting and implementation activities are very important, so wherever possible we will continue to work with our customers and suppliers via web meetings and conference calls. If a face to face meeting is required, we will risk asses each appointment prior to confirmation.

 

If you are a current Signum Solutions customer or an existing SAP Business One user and wish to discuss any aspect of the support we can offer, please do get in touch. You can call us directly on 01244 676 900 or alternatively, to request a callback, complete the form here.

Automating food and beverage, manufacturing and wholesale business processes

Food and beverage, manufacturing and wholesale distribution are often costly and time-sensitive industries which are reliant on effective supply chains and efficient warehouse management. Any hold up with order processing and fulfilment, purchase order approvals or payment processing, can have a significant knock-on effect for the entire running of the business.

Technology solutions that can streamline operations and make warehousing and stock management easier to oversee are therefore becoming extremely important; especially in this digital age.

Although SAP Business One is a proficient system for managing a company’s finances, customers and suppliers, many companies use additional applications or systems (warehouse management systems, eCommerce, EDI platforms etc.) to perform a specific task or manage a particular aspect of the business.

In order for companies to be efficient, these systems need to be integrated to allow the sharing of data between them, so that each part of the food and beverage, manufacturing or wholesale process can run as smoothly as possible. Technology solutions, such as BPA Platform, can improve the way that data is presented by automating numerous business processes and administration tasks, enhancing communication between departments, suppliers and customers.

Bridging the gap between SAP Business One and disparate applications makes sure that each application contains the most up-to-date information and that the organisation has full visibility into real-time data. This allows employees and management to make critical business decisions, helping to increase performance, improve efficiencies and drive revenue growth.

Integrating SAP Business One with the warehouse

Integrating SAP Business One with warehouse management systems and then automating business processes, is one area that manufacturers and distributors can benefit from. A dedicated solution can automatically transfer a wide range of data into a warehouse management system (WMS) from SAP Business One, including product, customer and supplier data, along with purchase orders, sales orders, sales returns and stock changes.

This enables the WMS to recognise products when they are scanned, understand what goods are being received, manage sales orders, enable goods to be picked and dispatched, as well as update stock levels and new stock that has been added.

Data also needs to be transferred the other way, making sure that SAP Business One is up to date, and that is has a record of purchase order receipts, sales order dispatches, sales order returns, stock additions and write offs. Once orders are shipped, job completion notifications can be imported from the warehouse management system to SAP Business One.

Automating sales orders and payments

Many companies can simply suffer from an increase in the volume of sales and daily orders, with the large amount of manual administration required to process orders becoming prohibitive and time-consuming. Automating this process can alleviate the problem.

BPA Platform can be used to integrate a wide range of third-party systems with SAP Business One, ranging from web shops and eCommerce platforms (Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce) to online payment systems (GoCardless, PayPal, Stripe, Worldpay). It can then easily automate the transfer of data held within these systems to SAP Business One, thus saving employee time, eliminating data errors, providing real-time information and improving the entire sales process.

For larger companies using an EDI Package, BPA Platform can integrate it with SAP Business One and then automate the transfer of orders. This can include placing some basic rules validation for orders received from customers, such as price checking, and ensuring that each order has a unique purchase order number.

Sales orders can then be imported from external sources into SAP Business One and order confirmations exported from SAP Business One to the EDI package. Furthermore, resulting invoices can be synchronised between systems to eradicate unnecessary data entry. For customers with complex requirements, it is also possible to generate documents, such as recurring sales orders.

Fulfilment and courier integration

BPA Platform has also been used to great effect at the despatch end of the order process, by integrating SAP Business One with the systems and web services of courier organisations. Automating this process means that delivery details no longer have to be manually entered. The delivery labels can be automatically generated and printed after the ‘pick and pack’ process is complete. This can eliminate data errors and result in significant time savings.

Using BPA Platform for integration and automation

Codeless Platforms’ BPA Platform , which is SAP-certified for SAP HANA, SQL and SAP Cloud, provides organisations using SAP Business One and other solutions with an affordable data integration platform to connect systems, departments and people.

The dedicated SAP Business One Connector enables organisations to integrate SAP Business One with practically any on-premises or cloud-based application at a fraction of the cost of bespoke development. More importantly, its drag and drop integration tools ensure that you can rapidly automate business processes to reduce operational costs and improve company performance.

Combined with Signum’s knowledge and experience in implementing BPA Platform to suit your exact requirements, your next SAP Business One integration and business process automation projects couldn’t be simpler.

If you wish to discuss the benefits of SAP Business One and the BPA platform in more detail, call one of our industry experts on 01244 676 900 or alternatively, complete the form here to arrange a personalised demonstration.

 

Signum attends SAP SMB Summit 2020

The Signum Solutions team recently attended the SAP SMB Summit in Majorca.  For SAP Business One partners this is the event of the year – the place to share best practice, network with our peers and to hear from SAP themselves about the plan ahead.  A once a year opportunity to learn, explore, connect and network with the product experts of different industries.

 

Signum are fortunate to work with some high calibre strategic partners and we were happy to meet them at the SMB Summit. We spent some time with Dan from Boyum IT, you can view the livestream on Twitter here.

We also spoke to our partners at Codeless Platforms and CompuTec. Keep an eye out for some content coming from us in the next few weeks where we take a closer look at the products they offer and how they compliment SAP Business One.

The theme of the event was about ensuring ‘Intelligent Enterprise for SMB’s’ with a focus on digital transformation and machine learning. Many topics were covered during the 3 days including industry insights, technology innovations and information about the newest features in Version 10.0.

What’s New in Version 10.0

 

  • Usability enhancement; New skin (new look) and enhanced user interface
  • Interactive Gantt chart
  • Drill down in financial reports
  • Further enhancements in electronic approval
  • Full integration with Office 365
  • Enhancements to Electronic File Manager – integration with Crystal Report

 

You can learn about the functions of in SAP Business One 10.0 by downloading the What’s New Brochure

If you haven’t already, take a look at the event highlight reel above so you can get a small glimpse of what we got up to at the Summit or alternatively, if you are looking for ways to innovate your business and are wishing to work with a Next Generation SAP Business One partner, give us a call on 01244 676900.

What’s new in SAP Business One v10.0

SAP Business One version 10 is currently in early adopter phase with the announcement of general release being imminent.

Version 10 focuses on ease of use and operation in the cloud. With its new or enhanced features and further ways to extend and integrate, it will bring unprecedented value to customers.

This makes companies truly intelligent enterprises. The new technologies and processes allow for completely new and improved business models.

The release will add value by functions, such as completed and new localizations and refined features with focus on CRM and retail/wholesale as well as by supporting cutting-edge technology such as SAP HANA 2.0, machine learning, the IoT and new analytics capabilities.

The user experience will be boosted by a new web client, by intuitive SAPU15 design, and by using a chatbot.

The unique selling proposition of a powerful and intuitive integration is also significantly enhanced by drastic improvements in the integration framework 2.0 and by additional predefined integration scenarios.

Here are some (but not all) of the new features and improvements that you can look forward to;

  • Usability enhancement; New skin (new look) and enhanced user interface.
  • Interactive Gantt chart.
  • Drill down in financial reports.
  • Further enhancements in electronic approval.
  • Full integration with Office 365.
  • Enhancements to Electronic File Manager – integration with Crystal Report.

You can learn more by downloading the latest What’s New guides from our Resources area or visit our YouTube channel to watch the full usability series playlist.

If you wish to discuss the benefits of SAP Business One in more detail, call one of our industry experts on 01244 676 900 or alternatively, complete the form here to arrange a personalised demonstration.

Signum Solutions attended the #FDMBLive event!

As the strategic software partner for Food and Drink Means Business, Signum joined many other exhibitors, delegates and very special guests at the second FDMB Live event on Friday 27th September at the J36 conference centre in Cumbria.

Our exhibition stand was bustling with familiar and new faces, all eager to learn about ways ERP can help SMEs in the Food & Beverage industry grow. We were joined by an amazing group of exhibitors like Ellison Printing, Smoothie PR and Nowt Poncy, who not only had amazing stands but were on hand to offer delegates business tips and advice based around real life experiences. The day provided plenty of helpful information for delegates to get tucked into.

Alongside the exhibition, there were some amazing guest speakers who were on hand to not only share knowledge but to inspire the passion for growth amongst the delegates. We heard from the event organizer; Food and Drink Means Business’s Paul Caunce, Bidfood, Claire Brumby, Sugarwise’s Rend Plantings and many more.

As FDMB’s software partner, we were also invited to host an interactive workshop delving into The Software Conundrum. We discussed, debated and explored the costly mistakes that food & beverage companies can make and how you can avoid them.

The event was a sold-out success and all the attendees left inspired and excited for the future.

This event really did prove that Food and Drink companies in the North West really do Mean Business!

Watch our highlight reel here