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.

The food & drink supply chain: the threats from food fraud

Guest Blog by Food Journalist Paul Gander

Unless yours is a vertically-integrated food & drink business which runs the entirety of its own ingredients sourcing operation from field to fork-lift, there will always be doubts and concerns about the supply chain.

Periodically, scares and scandals about upstream criminal adulteration – from melamine in milk powder to horse meat – do a particularly good job of eroding consumer and retailer confidence. Out of the 2013 horse meat debacle came the Elliott report and its key recommendation that a National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) be set up in the UK. But, given the Government’s response to that report, is this the best way to shore up downstream confidence, both among manufacturers and their customers?

Apparently in ‘listening mode’, the Government did indeed establish the NFCU under the auspices of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and last year appointed the experienced Andy Morling as its head.

Several months into his new job, Morling admitted to me that there were serious gaps in the unit’s understanding of the threat from food crime in Britain. That is to be expected, at this stage. Less easy to accept has been the suggestion by the FSA that the NFCU may never have full investigatory powers.

If there is an episode of the Keystone Cops where the cops themselves – rather than the criminals – are handcuffed, this sounds like it. Coincidentally, one insider who worked on the Elliott report did confide that he saw the whole thing as a ‘classic Whitehall farce’ designed to kick the question of food fraud into touch. Let’s hope the drama does not shift from comedy to tragedy.

On a practical note, Morling wondered whether the principles of situational crime prevention (SCP) could be applied to the food arena. For anyone not familiar with it, SCP is defined by Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology as any strategy aiming to reduce criminal opportunities rooted in everyday routines.

The institute cites CCTV as a prime example of SCP in action. But what would the equivalent be in a food fraud setting?

If we cannot literally ‘watch’ our suppliers every minute of every day, we can collect, collate and access data about them; and data, it could be argued, is the ‘CCTV’ of supply-chain security.

Manufacturers will have to judge how much testing of ingredient consignments (and what sort of testing) should be carried out. At the same time, they are likely to be extremely reliant on third-party auditing and certification at source. Diligent data collection may throw up worrying trends and anomalies among suppliers or their ingredient specifications. This in turn may allow businesses to step in early to avert more serious consequences.

Of course, neither frequent testing nor auditing is likely to produce direct evidence of wrongdoing. That is beside the point. The primary role of a speed camera, for example, and its role from an SCP perspective, is to deter speeding.

It has been said that the food industry supply chain operates on the basis of quality assurance rather than quality control. But ‘assurance’ can (and in many cases should) be improved. Going beyond the legal minimum with overt test procedures and the active use of third-party certification must help to deter fraud, while also reassuring customers.

On this last point, as with the creation of the NFCU (a cynic might say), it would be difficult to separate out the tangible and practical benefits from the ‘soft’ – and, in the case of the NFCU, political – benefit of simply being seen to be doing something.

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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?

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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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Batch Control – Anytime, Anywhere, Instantly

In any ERP system, searching through your item batch records and other related data can take time. You’ll find input from different departments, and it will take time to try and understand the cause and effect of a batch problem – time that, in real life, with BRC audit compliance in mind, you just don’t normally have!

In SAP Business One, and with the paradigm shift created by the game-changing HANA platform that powers the system, , data visualization and predictive analytics totally change the way you consume data and analyse business problems.

Our focus on Food and Beverage, along with Chemicals, have given us a great understanding of the needs of companies operating in a batch controlled environment, where traceability is a fundamental business need. Our SAP Business One – Industry Edition, delivers this next generation, 360 degree view of traceability and makes it simple for you to achieve compliance.

To find out how Signum and SAP Business One can help your business call 01244 676 900, or click the button below.

Manufacturing Today: Who Needs Process Oriented Bills of Materials?

Manufacturers are well aware that compliance is top priority when it comes to making products that are for public consumption.

However, when it comes to creating recipes and formulations, product structures can be difficult and time consuming to keep track of.  So, the question of how useful process oriented bills of materials would be to process driven manufacturing companies has arisen: is this a ‘nice to have’ or a necessity in 2014 and onwards?

If you are part of a food manufacturing company that deals with recipes or a chemicals company that creates formulations, the answer is relatively simple.

Think about how your business currently completes the following processing to create bills of materials and consider the difference it would make if there was a simple and flexible solution that could keep track of absolutely everything, alongside all of your business functions such as ordering, reporting, accounting etc.

  • Items – define materials  within the product structure
  • CoProducts – define a product that is usually manufactured together with another product
  • ByProducts – define material of value produced as a residual of the production process
  • WIPItems – define work in progress materials for reporting and visibility purposes
  • Scrap – define the scrap that is produced during production
  • Simple or Product Formulas – define simple or formula based relationships between materials and parent products
  • Scrap, Yield and Factors – define value and percentage uplifts for materials
  • Revision – define revision specific product structures
  • Phantoms – define phantom product structures
  • Multi-level – define multi-level product structures
  • Attachments – to define and link to detailed instructions, procedures, videos and other such media files
  • Warehouse – define the warehouse where the product is produced
  • Back Flush Location – define the warehouse where material is back flushed
  • Project – define the project associated with this product for reporting purposes
  • Distribution Rule – define the distribution rule for financial transactions
  • Cost Dimensions – define the dimensions for reporting purposes
  • Issue Type – modify the picking method of inventory transaction per product
  • Mass Replace – replace selected materials and bill of materials within another material

 It is not too good to be true!

The solution exists and it is part of an SAP certified industry solution called ProcessForce, which is a core part of the Signum Solutions Industry Edition for SAP Business One.  What’s more, it’s tried and tested for both food and chemicals companies.  For more information, call us on 01244 676900 or email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk

Not convinced?

If you’re still not convinced that this solution can save your business time, money and a great deal many headaches for many years to come, have a look at how this solution has worked for our customers in some of our manufacturing case studies.