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April 29, 2019
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SynergERP is one of ZAP’s premier reseller partners, covering South Africa and specializing in Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3). They work very successfully with EMDA (Enterprise Management Data & Analytics). That’s Sage’s OEM’d version of ZAP Data Hub for Sage Enterprise Management (formerly known Sage X3). Here’s a very useful and informative article – originally published on SynergERP’s blog.
Total worldwide data will swell to 10 times the amount it is today by 2025. Most of this will be created and managed by enterprises, which affords them the opportunity to capture and use this data to their benefit. But this will only happen if data is used correctly.
Global companies that want to keep pace with the growing power of technology need to find a better way to manage it. Self-service Business Intelligence (BI) reporting is growing in popularity, but businesses do not want to be faced with the underlying complexities of data structures and inter-relationships between data sources. This is an issue often found in businesses that rely on siloed systems for each department in the company. This issue is compounded when you run a global business because silos will now exist between departments and between countries.
An end-to-end ERP is the solution if you want to move past this, but you can take it a step further by adding a layer of Business Intelligence.
We are entering the fourth industrial revolution and companies with outdated technologies will not be able to handle the data explosion it will bring. Updating a few departments will not be sufficient because a company-wide paradigm shift needs to take place. This is why so many people are putting their trust in ERP software.
Sage Enterprise Management is a dynamic ERP solution that can integrate all companies, sites and departments in the business and respond proactively to changes. This is fundamental to companies today. Employees need a way to quickly gain insight into important aspects of the business and business owners must ensure that their businesses can meet the demands of the market as it changes. If businesses fall behind in the fourth industrial revolution, then change will demand too many resources from the business. The change we are talking about needs to happen now. But not to worry, our ERP software is easy to deploy and keeps up with ever-evolving technology.
Facts and figures are readily available to companies, but it’s of no use to have a reporting engine that simply spits out facts without providing actionable insights. A system that offers a meaningful return on investment is what is needed.
You need a platform that will show you more than financial data. Traditionally, ERP systems delivered financially oriented data that did not correlate to the operations of the business. A good ERP system must provide insight and data across the business operations: human resources, inventory, maintenance, sales and finance. This is important so you can see how one aspect affects another.
Businesses are becoming more complex as data streams in from several different sources and systems. Everything comes in at once, leaving employees with very little time to analyse the data and take action. Instead of more data, employees are begging for a way to consolidate and then analyze the data.
Sage Enterprise Management is a role-based solution meaning you can put the right information in front of the right employee at the right time. The system accurately represents the business at each segment. This doesn’t mean that employees are restricted. They can also see the bigger picture because all information is available to all authorized personnel. In the real world, having access to data outside your department allows a production manager to analyze sales data and see a peak in sales during a specific month, which they can cater for in the future. Dynamic systems that are built like this allow insights to be drawn from anyone in the organization.
This consolidation provides a single repository that develops trust throughout a business to produce accurate reporting. Business users can now do more value-added work. Without a centralized data model, group reporting becomes a lengthy and manual task and will make businesses more reactive than proactive in behavior. By the time all the data is gathered, you will have missed your window of opportunity.
This consolidation must take place across different companies under a single, blanketed corporation. In other words, ERP systems must be able to support the complex dynamics of multiple companies, sites, legislation, languages, and currencies.
For example, take a manufacturing group of companies. The companies will transfer stock between the various entities and warehouse locations, which will result in multiple manual entries into different systems. Once Sage Enterprise Management is introduced to this company, it can work off a single database where all the group companies are set up. If someone in China sends a purchase order to the South African branch, and it’s sent to the manufacturer in Germany, this entire process is automated by the initial trigger of the purchase order in China. The system makes it easier to share common data and processes among different subsidiaries all while accommodating each one’s business rules including different legislations, currencies, and languages. Users can access the system in their own language and country-specific parameters, such as legal and market requirements, can be standardized across the enterprise.
Generally, other ERP solutions require difficult customization or re-implementations to adapt to expansion, but not with Sage Enterprise Management. Sage Enterprise Management has been designed in such a way that its modular approach allows you to grow and shrink with the system, it can successfully meet the needs of changing business operations. The system allows your company to quickly set up a new company or site with ease.
The key to ERP software is an integrated approach. It links all departments and business processes across the company to streamline workflows and to give business leaders a true sense of how the company is performing, so they can make improvements accordingly.
When departments and business processes work in isolation, it takes longer for collaboration and consolidation to take place. This will affect the time in which you can take advantage of opportunities and respond to threat, and ultimately affect your customer service.
Now that you know why ERP software is so important for your business, let’s take a closer look at a BI & Analytics tool available for Sage Enterprise Management:
EMDA (Enterprise Management Data & Analytics) is Sage’s OEM’d version of ZAP Data Hub for Sage Enterprise Management (formerly known Sage X3).
It is the aim of this tool to simplify the process of collecting, organizing and analyzing data from Sage Enterprise Management and combining it with other data sources. This reduces the technical effort of managing data and extracting insights from it. This reporting tool is quick to deploy and simple to maintain. The system produces highly governed data modules which require less maintenance than manually built modules. This significantly reduces your total cost of ownership.
It is a powerful reporting engine that can be customized to meet specific reporting demands. Calculations span all functional areas in the business from finance and distribution to manufacturing and sales. Visualizations are also responsive to mobile devices, so you can analyze data on the go.
In short, EMDA offers your business:
Click here for a personalized demo of either ZAP Data Hub or EMDA (Enterprise Management Data & Analytics)
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