Another Product Recall. Could Your Business Cope?

This week Sainsbury’s have issued a recall of one of their chicken products, due to a packaging error. Over the past year there have been numerous recalls by all the major supermarkets. Despite regulations and precautionary measures put in place, recalls continue on a regular basis.

Managing a product recall is an extremely difficult and challenging process.  However, having the right Business Systems in place will help you minimise the risk and allow you respond quickly and effectively should your business be faced with this situation.

At Signum we work closely with food companies looking to maintain a robust reliable solution to compliance and traceability. Our SAP Business One Industry Edition for Food and Beverage Manufacturing  is a powerful solution, simple to use and affordable. Moreover, over half of Signum Solutions’ customers operate within the food manufacturing industry, which means that we have a great deal of knowledge and expertise not only in food manufacturing system (MRP and ERP) implementation, but also in relation to the latest requirements of food manufacturing businesses.

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SMEs Are Reaping the Benefits of Simplification

According to a recent Knowledge@Wharton paper, the need for business simplification has never been more urgent. Even small companies are having to become more global, outsource parts of their operations, create digital businesses that serve many channels, and meet complex tax and compliance requirements.

It’s imperative that as they grow, small and midsize companies fight the natural tendency to create complex business processes that will only bog them down, limit transparency, and rob them of the agility needed to meet demands for change. Because once these processes are in place, they are difficult and costly to unravel.

The most successful high-growth companies are forging a better path – one that will allow them to stay agile, scalable, and responsive, regardless of how big they grow.

As noted in an Economist Intelligence Unit paper, “Scaling SMEs: Building a flexible platform for growth,” many are choosing to deploy business software that supports connected, automated processes and full business transparency. And they are reaping the benefits of simpler, leaner, more efficient operations, even as they grow.

For example, to work more effectively with partners, gain transparency, and support continuing growth, many small and midsize SAP customers are deploying integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. An ERP solution can enhance operations in ways that improve the quality, consistency, and on-time delivery of products and services. It can also provide greater visibility into purchase orders, resulting in better inventory management, data access, collaboration, and customer service. And as a result, these organisations can stay ahead of the competition – both now and in the future.

And other firms are combining an ERP solution designed for growing companies with the SAP HANA platform and analytics in order to accelerate core processes; make faster, more informed decisions; stay ahead of customer demand; and maintain a competitive edge.

These examples aren’t hypothetical. They are reality today for thousands of small and midsize firms who are realising huge returns on their investment in SAP software as a platform for growth. For example, customers have reported:

  • 67% faster monthly accounting and closing cycles (from 6 to 2 days)
  • 2–3 day reduction in days sales of inventory
  • 60% increase in operational efficiency
  • 10% reduction in operational costs
  • 67% improvement in on-time shipping to consumers
  • Automated data entry and credit card processing that saves 40–80 hours per week)
  • Vastly shorter timeframes to train new employees

These kinds of improvements are a direct result of running simpler on business software that centralises, automates, and streamlines information and processes.

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Why We All Want HANA

HANA is stylish and slim, with a quick and clever mind

HANA is a bit of a big deal in the world of technology, with innovators and early adopters across the world falling head over heels for the game changing solution; implementing HANA to get their businesses ahead of the herd and as a result quickly receiving the benefits of a platform that is quite literally transforming data processing forever.

Why HANA is a big deal

SAP HANA’s radically new IT architecture dramatically improves the speed of business-wide processes by integrating high speed analytical and transaction processing with sophisticated in-depth analysis, all in real-time.

What does that actually mean?

Something like your accounting or ERP system can be split back to just two processes:

  1. Recording transactional data: capturing transactions, processing transactions, classifying them, storing them and retrieving them – all quickly ideally.
  2. Analytics: whatever application program or programs you’ve used to record all of this then needs to be a source of information that will tell you about the past, present and future of your business in the form of analytics, or business intelligence, without which a business has no basis for planning or direction.

 

These processes are so different that the usual ERP systems have just always created two areas to conduct each process separately.  One’s data is then replicated and reorganised to form analysis or reports – usually by extracting, transforming or loading.  This is what takes time, causes errors and can generally be infuriating if it goes wrong or causes delays.

The difference with SAP HANA is that it supports both analytics and transactions simultaneously by keeping all of the data together, in its vast memory, all of the time.  This mean that the data can be used throughout different programs, by different people, changed, transformed and extracted in real-time – all without delays, errors or the strong urge to throw your computer out of the nearest window.

There are of course further business benefits to SAP Business One HANA, including:

  • Enhanced business process visibility and responsiveness
  • High speed data analysis at all levels of granularity, for everyone in the organisation
  • Reduction of IT ownership costs

Download the information pack: SAP HANA for SMEs

To find out more about SAP HANA and how it can benefit your SME business, contact Signum Solutions on 01244 676900, email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk or for a video overview, see the SAP HANA Video