What is Cloud Based ERP?

What does cloud based ERP mean and why should we consider it as an option for our business. Let’s explore what this is, and how it can benefit companies of all sizes.

ERP software helps companies to keep track of, control and register their entire inventory. This software helps companies to manage sales and purchase records, as well as automating the financial and accounting departments.

The software also integrates all necessary business operations and provides a single source of data and records. These programs help with procurement, production, distribution, and fulfilment. With the cloud ERP program businesses enjoy the benefits of remote access and can share information freely across an organisation.

What is cloud-based ERP?

Cloud ERP is like any on-premises software application that companies buy, with one key difference. A cloud ERP system allows the company to use the software over the internet.

For cloud-based ERP, the provider is responsible for the application, data storage, the underlying operating system, servers, the physical data centre infrastructure and installing security updates and feature upgrades.

Utilising the cloud enables business owners to access the full functionality of enterprise resource planning  software without having to install or upgrade any hardware or hire expensive system administrators.

This means business owners can access the same, or better, features as on-premises systems with less hassle and without incurring most of the high upfront costs of traditional ERP solutions.

Benefits of cloud

Cloud-based ERP can offer plenty of benefits to your business. From integrating your existing systems with the cloud version of the application to the option of on-demand pricing whenever you need it, Cloud ERP is something that can make your life easier.

Quick return on investment

Businesses are always looking for ways to improve their ROI. Therefore, ERP systems are an investment for them. The best part of buying cloud-based software is you can use it when you want to, without the traditional investment in hardware and software.

With the most advanced cloud-based ERP solutions available today, you don’t have to disrupt your business processes at all. They run seamlessly in the background giving you the opportunity to retain full control over your business decisions.

Let’s dive into the 4 key benefits for business growth:

No Hardware Management

Cloud technology allows organizations to focus on what is important rather than investing time, money and resources on creating, maintaining, and upgrading their servers.

Accessibility

Cloud-based ERP allows businesses to access their critical business information from anywhere and from any connected device. This provides each employee with the same up-to-date information, no matter how far they are from headquarters. In turn, employees can make decisions faster and with greater confidence, leading to improved productivity.

Scalability

Cloud-based ERP solutions allow organizations to grow their business in a way that is better suited to the needs of the business. Over the past few years, internet-based solutions have removed many of the burdens and challenges associated with traditional ERP — namely — the need and/or the technical ability to scale and add on new users and locations.

Better utilization of resources

Because it’s not hosted on your company’s computer, there is no need for staff to monitor, maintain and support the system. By enabling your IT staff to work on other projects, you can improve the value of your business.

To summarize:

Cloud ERP is a software that doesn’t require you to install it on your own server. Cloud solutions are hosted by the vendor and accessed by you over a cloud-based platform using internet browser. This makes it easier and faster for the business owners to get started with the software usage and take their business to the next level.

Cloud ERP helps businesses to gain flexibility, scalability, and control over their operations – learn more here

Want to learn more about SAP Business One? Download the solution brief here

 

How To Choose The Right SAP Business One Partner?

When selecting your SAP Business One partner, it’s important to think both short- and long-term. For example, just because one provider offers more services or a lower tag price, doesn’t mean it is the best solution for you and your business.

When the topic of SAP Business One support and maintenance gets mentioned, most folks think about maintenance plans, warranty, and renewal. While these are extremely

important topics to discuss with your SAP Business One partner, they only represent a small percentage of what should be included in your support plan.

The annual maintenance fee associated with SAP Business One includes two separate components. The first is a percentage that is remitted to SAP for on-going product development and support, and the second portion is retained by your SAP Business One Support Partner for the provision of support services.

It can be helpful to understand why different support providers have different service offerings before making a final decision.

The support offered in a particular SAP Business One Support Partner package may not suit your business’s requirements. It is prudent to consider the nature of your business and whether the support offered in your selected package will facilitate rather than hinder the growth and development of your business.

Also read – How can SAP B1 improve your business?

SAP wants you to get as much value from its Business One product as possible so it provides a range of partners that can help.

The selection of a SAP Business One partner can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to SAP and business applications. There are many factors that can weigh in when it comes to choosing the best SAP Business One partner for your company; expertise, experience, philosophy, technical capabilities and support structure being just a few.

Here are our top factors to consider when choosing the right partner that will work with you as a team to get the most out of your SAP Business One solution.

Experience

Total experience and expertise promote greater efficiency, quicker resolution, and more rewarding project results. Years of experience can be an important selection criteria when choosing an SAP B1 partner.

Referanceability

Testimonials of current and previous clients speak volumes about a partner’s ability to deliver quality services. It is always a good idea to talk with former clients to learn more about the company’s expertise, approach, and resources.

Strength of Resource

If you want to find a good SAP partner, the developer’s team will require technical expertise or domain knowledge about your company. It’s critical that you choose a partner with enough resources to accommodate your needs.

After Sales Service

When you need an SAP Business One support partner, selecting the right one takes thought and planning. Look for partners who provide added value, knowledge and training. Partnering with a firm that is willing to work with you to improve your business will help you develop your SAP Business One solution and make sure it provides a strong return on investment for your company.

With the right SAP support partner in place, you can expect to see some of the following benefits from your SAP solution:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased visibility into your operations
  • Uplift in productivity
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased revenue
  • Improved customer relationships

 

Choosing the right software partner for your business can be a difficult one, but it’s an essential step to ensure your company’s growth. While there are countless factors to consider when selecting this important partner, Hopefully, these pointers will make the decision-making process that much easier.

Signum Solutions is an award-winning SAP Gold Partner offering comprehensive support services for SAP Business One. We bring together technology innovation and deep industry experience to help our customers implement the right solutions and realize their growth ambitions.

The team are dedicated to creating reliable solutions for customers. Whether you’re adding a new module or migrating from an SAP partner, we can provide the support services that will help you reach your goals.

Click here to download our SAP Business One Support Services brochure or alternatively, call us on 01244 676900, we are here to provide support for improving the performance of your SAP Business One.

Key Features of SAP Business One for SMEs

There are so many business software solutions out there, but we are often asked the same question, “what are the key features of SAP Business One?”

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners want to know what they can expect before they start learning. So, we decided to write a blog that explains some of the key features of SAP Business One for SMEs and how it helps SME’s focus on their end goal.

Naturally, every company pursues its own goals. However, when critical information is spread across multiple business systems and locations, it’s difficult to find and act on that data quickly.

SAP Business One is designed for small and medium-sized companies to help them manage the entire business, from manufacturing to finance. The solution streamlines processes and enables faster decision making, thus increasing business growth.

Below we have listed some of the key features of SAP Business One and the benefits to an SME business

Accounting and financial management

SAP Business One’s powerful financial management module helps you streamline accounting and integrate data from accounting, sales, and purchasing to drive more profitable decision making, while reducing errors.

Customer relationship management (CRM)

With SAP Business One, you’ll be able to track, manage, and convert more prospects into customers. You’ll provide superior customer service and keep your customers satisfied. You’ll grow your revenues through a streamlined sales process.

Warehouse and production management

SAP Business One lets you manage inventory across multiple warehouses in real-time. And if it’s available for sale, you can track and record its movement. If you keep your stock levels high, we also optimize your inventory to help you maintain cost-effective stock levels.

Reporting and analytics

With SAP Business One, you can monitor payments, sales, inventory, and staff in real time. In fact, with SAP Business One, real time visibility into all aspects of your business comes as standard so you can make faster decisions with the information at hand and achieve better business outcome.

Purchasing and procurement

SAP Business One optimizes your purchasing process to help you save time and ensure compliance in the process. By better managing the entire process, your organization will benefit from increased efficiency while reducing risk through improved vendor relationships.

SAP Business One offers many of the features that larger businesses require, but with a simplified interface that makes it ideal for SMEs. With user-friendly screens and an array of reports to make the majority of business tasks easily accessible, SAP Business One is the number one choice for businesses looking to streamline their operations and gain maximum value from their ERP.

Download our guide to see an overview of the main features and benefits of SAP Business One

SAP Business One for SMEs is the Perfect Fit

SAP Business One for SMEs is an up-to-date, comprehensive ERP solution that adheres to your availability requirements while implementing the needs and requirements of small and medium sized enterprises.

As your business grows, you may look for ways to streamline operations and boost productivity. By choosing an affordable business system designed specifically to fit your needs, you can achieve these goals and more. One solution that’s ideal; SAP Business One for SMEs.

A medium-sized company of today needs a flexible and efficient system that processes data as quickly and accurately as possible. SAP Business One ERP offers you the right solution for your business.

Specifically designed for the SME market, it combines key business functions in one system to help you get control over your operations, reduce costs, increase profitability, and improve your service levels.

With dedicated software, built for SMEs, you can react more quickly to customer requests and make your company more profitable. It also provides the speed and efficiency needed to deliver products or services while managing costs competitively.

SAP Business One’s unique point of view makes common business processes easier and helps companies to grow profitably, develop their brands and strengthen relationships with customers.

In addition, SAP Business One supports the integration of partner networks or business partners and third parties, facilitating cross-organizational collaboration and integration opportunities for customers.

This enables your business to grow and evolve with its own level of complexity and still always use the standard software and interfaces. A wide array of add-on products is also available to enhance the core functionality of the solution.

This extensive range of functions allows you to record all company processes in accordance with current business requirements. This saves time and simplifies business procedures. You not only streamline single processes, but also link them to each other, so that you can view the results of each individual business process at any time.

Take a look at the SAP Business One Solution in detail here

SAP Business One is a global industry-leading business management software solution, used by over 70,000 small and medium-sized enterprises. It is also available in the form of the SAP Business One Starter Package, ideal for businesses who initially only require the services of up to 5 users.

SAP Business One transforms your business by enabling you to manage it in real time, from anywhere. Operationally, you can increase efficiency and reduce IT management costs.

Powerful yet simple, SAP Business One for SMEs gives you access to enhanced visibility and better decision making at a small business’s cost.

Want to know if SAP Business One is the perfect fit for your business? Contact one of our business experts today!

SAP Business One Hosting

SAP Business One hosting solutions have become the most effective and feasible way to access SAP Business One.

Gone are the days when the only viable way to run SAP Business One was to purchase a hardware system or hire an internal IT team to create, maintain and support it in your workplace. Hosting for SAP Business One can now be delivered from a cloud system, meaning that you’ll gain all of the benefits of software on demand.

When using SAP Business One in a hosted environment, businesses are able to avoid initial capital expenditures that come with in-house installation of SAP software as well as ongoing maintenance costs.

Small and midsize businesses need to grow. And never is the need for this more obvious than during economic downturns. That means that if you’re a small business owner, your number one priority should be to give your business every chance of surviving and, hopefully, thriving in these conditions. But starting out, it can seem like a steep climb.

That’s why SAP Business One software is so vital for SMBs.

Businesses run best optimally when they are able to get the most out of their time and assets. This is a simple statement, but the implications of this are far reaching.

From an IT perspective, a seamless experience for your users is a key aspect to supporting this objective. As such, SAP Business One Hosting offers a vast array of features that will help you build a secure cloud-based environment, with powerful business management software functionality in place to achieve this objective.

It is important to have a reliable SAP Business One solution running in a secure, world-class cloud environment so that your business can continue to run smoothly without worrying about downtime. SAP Business One Hosting enables you to outsource the technology piece and focus on growing your business.

Signum offers a whole range of options for your SAP Business One requirements. We can host the software solution on your own hardware, in our private cloud or in our public cloud. All three options require minimal upfront investment from you and we take care of all the management and support, so you only pay for what you use.

We take care of your SAP Business One Hosting to help you dramatically improve efficiency, optimize performance, and increase productivity.

Talk to us today to explore your options with SAP Business One Hosting

What’s new in SAP Business One v10.0

SAP Business One v10.0 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 about SAP Business One v10.0 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 Receive ‘Expertise’ Recognition From SAP

We are proud to announce that Signum Solutions has become the first Gold Partner to also obtain “SAP Recognised Expertise” status for SAP Business One in the UK.

SAP certification is a global mark of recognition for business excellence. Partners who receive certification have proven their competence in delivering SAP solutions to customers and are acknowledged for their service fulfilment, implementation expertise and business performance.

SAP Recognised Expertise is only awarded to SAP Partners with proven competencies in selected solutions or industries. This recognition is granted to SAP partners who demonstrate their solution expertise and delivery capability. Qualification criteria includes customer references as well as having a defined number of SAP certified consultants.

Lindsay Pointon, Managing Director of Signum Solutions, commented; “We’re really pleased to have received this recognition from SAP. It reinforces our position as trusted SAP Business One provider and adviser to our customers and underpins our commitment to delivering the best industry focused solutions.”

As a SAP Gold Certified Partner and expert in business applications and software, Signum Solutions delivers proven expertise in all areas of SAP Business One solutions.

At Signum, we remove complexity and improve efficiency. Through a combination of deep SAP expertise, keen insight, and smart technology, we deliver innovative solutions that help you meet and exceed expectations.

 

To discover how your business can benefit from an experienced SAP Business One partner, call us on 01244 676 900.

Food Manufacturers are Missing Out

Last week, Food Manufacture magazine reported on how food and drinks manufacturers may be missing out on innovation in product development, by choosing instead to tweak and adapt existing products.

Matthew Incles, Senior Consultant at Promar International is reported to have advised that food manufacturers need to focus on what’s going on in the market place as well as on refreshing existing products.

Simply put, by sticking with the same product, are you missing out on getting ahead of the game and putting your business at risk of falling behind your competitors?

The same theory should be applied to food manufacturers’ use of technology.  “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” won’t cut it in a modern technological world and whilst the system that you already have but need to keep making changes to may well keep you afloat, your competitors are speeding ahead by centralising their business processes in order to gain the efficiency needed to compete with larger enterprises.

Are you paying for bespoke ERP system changes? Or for separate manufacturing, CRM, accounts and sales systems?  If so, then it’s definitely time to try something new! Give us a call and let us show you the benefits of SAP Business One for your business, 01244 676 900

Why We All Want SAP HANA

SAP 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 [email protected] or for a video overview, see the SAP HANA Video

Signum Solutions Awarded ‘Most Net New Names’ in CompuTec ProcessForce 2013 Partner Awards

“2013 was a very exciting year with ProcessForce entering new markets, winning Large Enterprise subsidiary rollouts and significantly increasing the number of customers in key markets. From our growing partner ecosystem we awarded “Most Net New Names” to our partner Signum Solutions, in recognition of their 2013 sales achievements. This award is testament to the value ProcessForce can provide to both customers and partners”, says Martin Gore, Global Sales Director, CompuTec.

Commenting on how Signum Solutions advocates the benefits of ProcessForce to customers, Martin Linch, Sales and Marketing Director says: “Our strategy at Signum has been to focus on food and beverage, chemicals, food service and wholesale vertical markets.  Focusing on the food and beverage sector, where we already have a good base of foodservice customers, meant that we started to see an increasing number of enquiries in the food manufacturing sector.  As we started to explore the available solutions, it became apparent that ProcessForce was, and still is, the only solution in the market that offers the detailed industry required functionality whilst being both a solution that is native to SAP Business One and easy to implement and use.”

Summarising, Martin says: “Well over fifty percent of our new customers in 2013 have included the ProcessForce solution and achieving Gold Partner status with SAP is testimony to the success of our vertical focus and the ProcessForce solution.”

“Signum is a great example of how vertical industry focus can create business growth and attaining a higher status level with SAP”, concludes Martin Gore.

 

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 40 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 the Signum Solutions website: www.signum-solutions.co.uk/about/case-studies

Contact Signum Solutions on 01244 676900 or email [email protected]. 

Signum Solutions has another 2 projects go-live

Signum Solutions has yet another 2  projects go-live:- Dell Factor Ltd one of the Midlands’ leading plumbing goods wholesalers and ELC (UK) Ltd a delivered food wholesaler specialising in frozen and ambient products.

Since the project went live, Signum have been able to successfully monitor both companies’ Key Performance indicators on a real-time basis and respond immediately as necessary. This has led to significant improvements in both business’s performance.

At Signum Solutions we’re a passionate team of experienced SAP Business One consultants. Our entire focus is on delivering world-class SAP Business One services and support into growing SMEs.

Our expertise in Business Consulting, Implementation and Maintenance will help you improve all aspects of your business from the finance, sales & marketing to operations & production management.

With our experience in small business processes, we have a proven track record in delivering the right solutions to the right people at the right price. Your satisfaction is our passion.

We’re here to help you turn your big idea into a plan. Our team can work with you in person or virtually, designing and creating an application that fits in with the way you do things now and will help you thrive in the future.

We’ll take the time to get to know your business and industry, so we can help define your goals and create an ERP strategy for your business.