Signum Solutions awarded CompuTec, Partner Excellence Award 2017

Signum Solutions are proud to announce today that we are the proud recipients of the CompuTec Partner Excellence Award 2017.

The Inaugural ProcessForce Special Interest Group met at the Daresbury Park Hotel last week and the day was productive and full of information.

Our hopes for the day were to bring together those customers who utilise the ProcessForce solution and to develop a support network of peers. We opened the channels of communication between our customers and the software authors, CompuTec and learned quite a bit about what CompuTec has planned for the next year. We believe that this will allow our customers to maximise ProcessForce functionality for their specific requirement and provides a platform to maximise their investment in the software.

At the conclusion of the conference, CompuTec CEO, Lukasz Chomin, presented the coveted Partner Excellence Award 2017 to Signum’s Managing Director, Lindsay Pointon, given in recognition of the long standing partnership, excellence in quality of ProcessForce implementations and exceptional customer satisfaction.

Adam Lebkowski – CompuTec Channel Manager said “During the last 5 years CompuTec have established a very strong and successful relationship with Signum Solutions. Signum are a very experienced SAP Business One partner, highly specialized in the field of CompuTec ProcessForce software. Our strong bond comes from the fact that both – CompuTec and Signum are very focused in delivering specific solutions enhancing the standard SAP products for food and chemical process manufacturing. Together with Signum Solutions, we succeeded and helped many clients to be effective in the businesses that they run. Signum is a key partner in CompuTec’s business strategy, and we are proud to be able to develop industry specific functionalities for such a strong and dedicated partner. We are continually moving forward in our common journey to build the successful products are focused on happy, referral customers.”

Signum MD, Lindsay Pointon commented, “We are proud to have been named as one of CompuTec’s top UK partners. This award is testament to the dedication of the whole Signum team to deliver the right solution for process manufacturers. We understand the challenges faced in this industry and together with CompuTec, we look forward to continuing to support manufacturers by delivering a solution that adds real business value.”

“Thank you! We appreciate the recognition and look forward to a successful 2018!”

About CompuTec

CompuTec S.A, is a growing privately owned business comprising of over 50 employees, with 4 offices located across Poland. We are recognized as one of the top SAP Business One Gold partners within the region, as well as one of the country’s leading providers of IT business solutions and related services. We have formed strategic partnerships with innovators and leaders of industry such as SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and EMC to name but a few. Our business practice comprises of  a customer focused team of certified consultants and engineers who  deliver value based solutions, addressing the needs of our customers and partners.With over a decade of experience we have the knowhow to implement end-to-end solutions ranging from network infrastructure, to desktop productivity tools, to ERP and customer specific software solutions.

About Signum Solutions

Signum are long-standing SAP Business Partners that specialize solely on the Business One solution for small to medium sized businesses. Industry sectors where the business offers a unique and proven solution are: food and beverage,chemicals, food service and wholesale. With offices based in the North of England and in the Midlands, Signum Solutions has over 50 customers and focuses on providing industry leading, affordable ERP Solutions alongside expert knowledge and implementation experience, to SMEs in all of its chosen key industry sectors.

Discover why Signum are SAP’s fastest growing partner for Business One in the UK and find out what our customers say by visiting our case studies section.

What is SAP HANA? Is it Right For Me?

We hear a lot about SAP HANA, but what is it all about? SAP HANA is an in-memory data platform that is deployable as an on-premise appliance, or in the cloud. It is a revolutionary platform that’s best suited for performing real-time analytics, and developing and deploying real-time applications.

By adopting SAP HANA you gain a single secure environment for all your mission-critical data assets, so you can manage large volumes of structured and unstructured data efficiently to improve total cost of ownership. And, at the same time, you can simplify your IT landscape and reduce administrative effort by consolidating multiple workloads onto SAP HANA.

Being able to Run Simple helps you deliver insight into ongoing transactions, so your organisation can respond in real time to market change, seizing new opportunities more quickly than your competitors.

Benefits of HANA

Accelerate Database Processing
Process transactions and analytics against a single copy of data in-memory for real-time insight

Deliver More Intelligence
Use advanced analytical processing for deeper insight into the past, present, and future

Create Next-Generation Applications
Design and deploy intuitive applications to deliver the right information at the right time to business users

Integrate All Types of Data
Access large volumes of data from a variety of sources to unlock insights never seen before

Simplify Your IT Environment
Reduce complexity with an unified, yet open, platform on premise or in the cloud

To find out more about making your business run more efficiently with SAP HANA call us on 01244 676900 or fill in the form below.

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.

Full Story: Food recall

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Start Simple with Business Simplification

As your business grows, the bolted-together systems and processes that worked when your company was smaller won’t scale sufficiently to support new customers, employees, product lines, and service offerings.

Equally important, there’s a natural tendency for companies to create more complex processes over time – for example, to accommodate new customer demands or to work around disconnected systems. And as they build up, these complex processes create inefficiencies, drive up costs, and make your business less agile.

But if barriers keep slowing down your simplification efforts, you’re not alone. As noted in a recent Knowledge@Wharton paper, “Business Simplification 2015: The Unmet Strategic Imperative,” companies battle everything from a resistant culture (often due to fear that simplification will lead to lost jobs) to managers who lack the time to implement new systems, processes, and policies.

But sometimes simplification initiatives stall because they fail to start simple. Sometimes the best way to get the ball rolling is to focus on one or two processes – for example, a decision making and an approval process – and empowering the people closest to those processes to simplify their daily work.

  • The project should have clear-cut goals and incentives tied to performance.
  • What might this look like? Consider
  • As this example illustrates, this approach to simplification changes people and culture from the bottom up, paving the way for acceptance of larger initiatives that require a more top-down, technology-driven approach.

Such projects still need to have the support of top management and be tied to strategic initiatives, of course – but the goal is to build momentum around the goals and benefits of business simplification.

People can experience first-hand that it’s really just adopting a simpler way of working that reflects proven business practices. And they can realise the benefits directly, right away.

So where do you see opportunities to start simple with simplification within your business? Contact us for more information on 01244 676 900

New Study: Small and Medium Companies Who Start Simple Grow Faster

New research  reveals the importance for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) to design their businesses to run simple from the beginning.

The announcement was made at the SAP SME Summit being held in New York City on Nov. 10, 2015.

Businesses add new software and processes as they grow in size. This introduces complexities into their business, that can create a series of dis-jointed solutions that can stiffle efficiency and growth. According to a survey conducted  of SMEs conducted by  Knowledge@Wharton and SAP, 72 percent of business leaders and team members say business complexity has effected efforts to meet their  goals. Over 30 percent said it “strongly inhibited” that ability, and 58 percent pointed directly to technology complexity as the culprit.

While  companies see the need to leverage technology in the near future, only about half (49 percent) of senior leaders believe business simplification is of significant strategic importance today. That number jumps to 65 percent when asked if they believe it will be of significant strategic importance within the next three years. Looking ahead, 47 percent of respondents believe they will be using self-service tools when they are making decisions within the next three years, yet only 19 percent are currently using this kind of support.

“Business simplification is much more important to small and medium business than ever before,” said Rodolpho Cardenuto, president, Global Partner Operations, SAP. “The interconnected global economy has opened opportunities to small businesses that never existed before, but they come with new challenges as well. If these businesses think and plan from the beginning on how to run simple in the long run, they will grow faster and perform better.”

Small and midsize businesses need secure solutions that help them to start simple and stay simple with minimal risk or disruption to services. The path towards simplification requires a strategic plan that will get them to being digital, connected and able to grow their business. Running simple in the digital economy was identified as being more important the larger a business becomes. The earlier small and midsize businesses can design systems to help them stay simple, the faster they will grow.

To find out how Signum can help your business call 01244 676 900, or fill in the form below.

Four ways to simplify and grow your business

As a business owner, you’re probably thinking about the most effective way to grow and build a profitable company. But it can be hard to focus on growth when you spend all your time working on the smaller details. And if your business is not functioning as effectively and economically as it could be, it can be even harder.

These tips can help you simplify the way you run your business, leaving you time to focus on the areas that will help you to grow it…

  • Put all your data in one place

When you use one software application that integrates all your systems, you get instant company-wide insights into all areas of your business. So you don’t have to search through multiple entries, across a number of spreadsheets and databases, to find what you’re looking for. Instead, you have all the facts at your disposal instantly, so you can make smarter decisions. And you can make them quicker.

  • Save time and money through automation

Manual entry of data across a number of systems can be very time consuming. And it takes staff away from performing other critical functions, or working towards helping you achieve greater ambitions. If you automate the key functions of your business, everyone will have more time to focus on development projects that help you drive growth.

  • Reduce simple mistakes and human error

Mistakes in your data can be costly. Experian’s Global Research Report 2014 found that 59% of data errors are caused by human error. And it can cost between £1 and £100 to rectify each mistake, depending on the time at which the error is noticed. Cut down on the potential for mistakes by streamlining your operations, reducing the number of physical entries that need to be made.

Studies also show that up to a third of data breaches are the result of human error. So not only will your systems run better when manual input is reduced, you’ll also benefit from improved security.

  • Make sure you’re working with clean data

Clean up your data by removing any outdated information, incorrect figures or poorly input customer details. Research shows this ‘bad data’ affects the bottom line of 88% of companies worldwide. And the average company could be losing 12% of its revenue due to wasted marketing spend, resources, and staff time – all due to inaccurate data.

By cleansing your data and integrating it into a single system, you can ensure against duplicate or inaccurate entries, spot errors more easily and make sure you have one single version of the truth. So you can be confident in your data, cut down on wasted resources, and focus on growth.

As a smaller or mid-sized business, in order to take these tips on board, you need to ensure that any new software solution you invest in isn’t going to break the bank.

With a single IT application helping your business run more simply, you’ll see increased efficiency and productivity. And with all your data stored in one place, you can be sure it’s accurate and up to date – so you can make more confident decisions more quickly. You’ll also save time and resources that would otherwise be spent simply managing your data. So, your smoother running business will give you more time to focus on the areas that really help you to grow.

Want to find out more? 

Call us on 01244 676900 or email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk

ERPs: Grow Your Business Faster by Running on a Single System

Think enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are just for big companies? Think again.

According to Aberdeen, 96% of best-in-class growing businesses – the top 20% of performers – have implemented ERP solution. That’s a huge percentage – enough to consider ERP systems mission critical to the success of high-growth small and midsize companies.

And when you think about it, ERPs geared for SMEs make perfect sense. You have the same kinds of processes to support as large firms: procurement and logistics, manufacturing, customer-facing processes like sales and support, finance, HR, and more. You can either manage all of this with systems that can’t interact with one another, can’t track business processes, that can’t generate the accurate data you need to understand business performance – or you can simplify with an ERP.

Simplify Work – and Scale Easier – with a Single Business System

ERPs act as single business systems that centralise core business data and support core operations, processes, reporting, and more. They help organisations of all sizes to face their challenges and as a single business system, they support visibility, efficiency, and decision-making. At the same time, they make work faster and easier with automation, seamlessly integrated processes, and easy access to accurate, trusted data.

Take the Business One solution from SAP, for example. The software application integrates all core business functions across your entire company, including financials, sales, customer relationship management, operations, and inventory.

And the benefits, based on surveys of executives at growing businesses with ERPs, are significant and directly related to business growth. For example, they’re seeing:

  • 11% reductions in operational costs
  • 10% increases in profitability in just two years
  • A 48% likelihood that they have real-time visibility into the status of all processes (compared to 6% without an ERP)
  • A four-fold increase in their ability to forecast and plan for demand
  • 633% greater likelihood that they can share data with suppliers, customers, resellers, and regulatory bodies
  • 77% likelihood that they can standardize back-office processes (compared to 22% without an ERP)

In addition, best-in-class growing businesses reportedly can easily find and use the data they need, no matter where they are, to make fast, agile decisions; Aberdeen research shows that ERPs reduce the time it takes to make decisions by 36%! Why? Because the processes ERPs support work from and contribute to a single source of truth to support visibility, efficiency, and decision-making.

Have you thought about running your business on an ERP? Or are you still using point or stand-alone solutions for finance, customer management, HR, and other core operational areas?

I guess the real question is, given the competitive edge that ERPs provide – and their ability to make work and life easier in a small or mid-size business – can you afford not to move to an ERP?

Want to find out more? 

Call us on 01244 676900 or email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk

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“My Business Is Small – So Why Worry About Running Simple?”

“My business is small – so why should I worry about simplifying my business?””

At Signum we hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies.

But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. They simply can’t grow anymore because their business is running on a patchwork of cobbled-together processes, organisational structures, and IT systems that can’t scale and adapt.

Sound familiar?

It’s easy to think that business simplification is something you worry about after your business gets big enough to be complicated. Big companies are notoriously bogged down with overly cumbersome processes and locked into fragmented legacy systems and inflexible network architectures.

But there’s never been a better time for leaders of SMEs to think about business simplification. Run simple, and you can avoid this costly, frustrating scenario entirely – and keep the doors of innovation and growth open now and in the future.

Chart a Better Path to Sustainable Growth by Running Simple

From an IT perspective, this means saying goodbye to deploying stand-alone apps and patching your infrastructure here and there to meet immediate needs. Because over time, it will become overly complex, rigid, and less effective. And it means building a flexible, scalable operational platform that can deliver on your corporate growth strategy.

With the right platform, you can pursue growth while remaining resilient, adapting to market changes swiftly. So as your business grows – and you need to outsource non-core operations, support new business models, sell across multiple channels, and go global (with all of the regulatory, linguistic, currency and other complications that brings) – you can do so with ease.

That’s the power of running simple.

Benefits of business simplification are huge: better customer experiences and retention, higher profits, lower costs, greater employee engagement and retention, increased operational efficiency…the list goes on. They can also react faster to market changes and customer needs, lighten employee workloads, and accelerate time-to-innovation and time-to-market.

SAP solutions for SMEs make it easy for you to run simple. Easy to install and use, they are tailored to your specific business needs so they’ll work for you now – and as you grow.

 

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SAP HANA Named a Leader Among In-Memory Database Platforms

SAP Hana has been  recognised as a leader among in-memory database platforms by Forrester Research.

Out of the 11  vendors selected by  Forrester to participate in the independent report  SAP HANA was positioned highest in Current Offering and Strategy categories, and among the highest in the third core category, Market Presence.

“SAP’s razor-sharp focus on in-memory technology is paying off,” wrote Noel Yuhanna, Forrester’s principal analyst serving enterprise architecture professionals, in the report. Additional highlights of SAP’s ranking include:

  • SAP is the only company to earn a 5/5 score for vision
  • SAP is the only company to receive a 5/5 score for data management features and transaction capabilities
  • SAP also earned a 5/5 score for execution, market presence, customers, partners, revenue, performance and scale and analytics support

“We believe that our latest position as a leader in the Forrester Wave™ further validates the strategic path we are pioneering for in-memory computing across the industry,” said Greg McStravick, global head of Database and Technology, SAP. “We are helping customers move away from point database solutions to a much more powerful in-memory platform, capable of running any analytical and transactional application in a single environment. Our commitment to delivering continuous innovation around the SAP HANA platform ensures we are helping customers succeed in today’s digital economy.”

The number of customers transforming their business with SAP HANA is dramatically increasing. SAP HANA currently has more than 7,200 customers, doubling from only one year ago. SAP HANA Cloud Platform has quickly built momentum with more than 1,500 customers. Adoption of SAP HANA by start-ups has soared, with more than 2,100 using the SAP HANA platform today. In addition, there are more than 850,000 active users of SAP HANA.

A complimentary copy of “The Forrester Wave™: In-Memory Database Platforms, Q3 2015” is available for download here.

To find out how Signum can help your business call 01244 676 900, or fill in the form below.

Apico International: Racing ahead through speed of processing

Since its inception in 1984, Apico has gone from strength to strength, earning a loyal customer base of UK and European business partners, who come to Apico first because of its excellent customer service, reliability and flexibility.  Moreover, despite the recent recession, Apico has managed to continue its impressive growth throughout both tough economic times and most recently, months where flooding and bad weather has periodically prevented motor racing in parts of the UK altogether.

Founded 30 years ago by three times world trials champion Yrjo Vesterinen, Apico is a family run business that has a reputation for quality of product and service, aligned with a strong dedication to motor racing.

Five years ago, Apico was using a different business system, which albeit well known in the motor racing industry, was bespoke and difficult to develop, as Apico’s Purchasing Manager Anna Lena Eriksson explains: “We always felt like the guinea pigs with the old system.  We were at a point where we had all had enough of not being able to link different processes together and decided to look for something that was Windows-based, more globally accessible and most importantly, something that was already tried and tested by other wholesale and distribution businesses.”

Why SAP Business One?

Anna’s initial thoughts on SAP Business One were that it looked smart and easy to use.  Adamant to have a Windows-based system that integrated with Microsoft applications such as Excel, the team at Apico were really impressed with the functionality SAP Business One offered as standard: “The first meeting with Signum blew us away,” says Anna, “We were amazed by what was possible – from statistics to reports; being able to drill down into orders, invoicing and business partner information was pretty amazing for us.”

Benefits

Speaking about the difference in the level of customer service that Apico is now able to offer, Anna says: “The old system couldn’t keep track of stock or process orders at any speed, so we could become cornered and wouldn’t be able to answer questions about specific part numbers or if something had been back ordered.  Now, we can confidently rely on the new system for this information and use it to assist our customers with running their businesses.”  Elaborating on how the ordering process works to Apico customers’ benefit, Anna expands: “Since the recession, our customers can’t afford to hold as much stock in their shops.  To make things easier for them, if a customer calls us at 5pm to make an order for delivery the next morning, we can do this ready for our pick-up at 5.30pm, because the system is able to process orders quickly enough for us to make it happen.  Before, we had a cut-off of 3pm for next day delivery, but since implementing SAP Business One we’ve become a well-oiled machine and can be far more flexible.”

Previously, everything was manually input and nothing was integrated, so stock figures were never reliable.  The difference with having business processes  integrated in one system means that Apico is now able to run sales and purchasing reports and easily compare figures from previous periods.  “It’s a huge benefit,” Anna describes, “From a seasonality perspective we can now plan and see what’s in stock.  We are always easily able to see where we are, where we should be and plan where we want to go.

“Using a reliable system makes our customers see us as more reliable too.  Being able to plan and keep things in stock means that we can offer a better service.  This, alongside being able to take orders up until 5pm has certainly helped with our profitability.  After all, if we couldn’t do it, our customers would go to our competition.

Why Signum Solutions?

“Choosing SAP Business One from Signum Solutions is a decision that Apico has never regretted: “I would definitely recommend SAP and Signum to other wholesale businesses,” says Anna, “Our partnership with Signum is great and the system works extremely well for wholesale, in particular the stock holding   functionality is brilliant.”

 

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