Signum wins big at customer satisfaction at the annual SAP SMB Summit

Signum Solutions are proud to announce today that it has been named the SAP Business One partner with “Best Performance for Customer Satisfaction 2017” at the SAP SMB Summit in Barcelona.

This is the first year this award has been presented and with the winner determine by customer feedback, Signum have set the standard for customer focus and satisfaction for SAP Business One.

Signum Solutions Managing Director, Lindsay Pointon was in Barcelona to receive the award and stated, “It’s a real honour to receive this award. It was our customers who voted so it’s a huge thank you to each and every one of them for believing in us and awarding us this amazing accolade. I would also like to thank all of the Signum team, this award is a testament to their skill, vision and their dedication to our customers and the SAP Business One community”

 

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It has been a fantastic twelve months for Signum having been also presented the coveted CompuTec Partner Excellence Award 2017  given in recognition of the long standing partnership, excellence in quality of implementations and exceptional customer satisfaction.

For more information on the award or to discuss any aspect of SAP Business One, please contact one of our industry experts on 01244 676 900

Award for SAP Cloud Security

SAP have won an award for cloud security at the IT-Security Expo & Congress held in Nuremberg, Germany.

The award, by IT Security magazine, was for SAP’s Security Configuration Compliance project, which helps increase the safety of cloud infrastructure.

“We are honoured that our security teams have won this award,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “While security is a must in the digital economy, being recognised as a leader in this space re-emphasizes our measures to protect SAP customers and ourselves.”

SAP started the Security Configuration Compliance project to achieve transparency in data collection, reporting and the improvement of security parameters. The project helps ensure regular checking of defined security. The identified level of compliance is made transparent to responsible technical staff and to SAP’s cloud customers through a reporting dashboard.

To find out more about SAP and the products available for your business, call us on 01244 676 900.

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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AN INTERVIEW WITH: Darren Bevan, Commercial Director – Manufacturing and Export Sales at JDM Food Group.

JDM Food Group has seen exceptional growth over the last 3 years, which during a time of economic instability is extremely impressive.  Find out more about the business and how it has coped with its remarkable growth, from our interview with Darren Bevan:

 

Q: Tell us a bit about JDM Food Group:

A: JDM was established in 2000 and began with supplying garlic products, before expanding into the import and supply of ginger.  Today, the business supplies over 250 food manufacturing sites and is the leading supplier to Tesco for garlic, ginger, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

 

Q: What does JDM’s customer base look like?

A: We supply to an extremely diverse customer base including: small independent retailers; national and multi-national supermarket chains; food manufacturers and foodservice companies.

 

Q: What makes JDM different to similar food companies?

A: Our focus on innovation and new product development, alongside our partnership approach with customers.  It’s a combination that has helped us to grow 54.49% in just the last 3 years.  We’ve also recently been awarded 82nd place in the Sunday Times Fasttrack 100, celebrating the fastest growing privately owned companies in the UK, which is testament to the fact that whatever our customers want, we always do our best to deliver – whatever they need we will find a way!

 

Q: How has the business coped with such fast and significant growth?

A: We have invested in the right staff and the right processes, including implementing a new ERP system in 2013, to help maintain excellent service and our reputation as a leader in our industry.

 

Q: How has implementing a new ERP system been of benefit to JDM?

A: Without a doubt, SAP Business One coupled with the ProcessForce application for food businesses, delivered by Signum Solutions, has had a major impact on business efficiency and I’m certain that it will continue to do so as the business grows.

 

Q: What’s next in the plan for JDM?

A: As always we are working on more new and innovative products and will be showcasing these at trade events across the country, throughout the year.

Read the JDM Food Group SAP Business One Snapshot. 

 

Contact JDM Food Group:

Contact Darren on 01775 822389 or via email:  darren.bevan@jdmfoodgroup.co.uk or to find out more about JDM Food Group visit the website: www.jdmfoodgroup.co.uk

 

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

Are SMEs Missing Out on Mobile?

 

  • 80% of small to medium sized businesses give their employees smart mobile devices to use at work
  • 82% of tablet owners use their tablets for work

 

The worldwide mobile worker population will represent 37.2% of the total workforce by 2015, with 33% of smartphone users using mobile CRM, 25% using mobile field service management and 24% using time management and data capture.

 

What’s stopping SMEs from joining in?

  • 59% of SMEs’ number one concern is cited as lost or stolen devices
  • Only 27% of companies think that their mobile security is adequate
  • Only 35% of SMEs using mobile devices have implemented security management solutions

 

Helping SMEs to get started with mobile

You can easily transform your business by using proven mobile solutions from SAP – already used by 20,000 customers worldwide.

There are hundreds of apps from SAP and its partners, with 40% designed by SAP partners such as Signum Solutions, which have industry specific knowledge and expertise.

 

Why do SMEs choose SAP for mobility?

  • Ease and scalability: rapid deployment means SMEs are up and running quickly and smoothly
  • Backend diagnostic: ability to connect to any application and database, whether SAP or a third party
  • Deployment options: choose from hosted or on-premise options

 

For more information on how mobility can help you grow your SME business, contact Signum Solutions on 01244 676900, email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk or visit the website: http://bit.ly/1ln7qYh

 

Source: “Mobile and SAP: Not Just for Large Enterprises” (SAP AG, 2012).