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December 1, 2009 by SAP News 0

Makati, PhilippinesManila Ship Management & Manning Inc. (MANSHIP) has opted for SAP Business One to specifically enhance its accounting processes. MANSHIP also needed to quickly automate its business processes to cater for growth and capture business opportunities in the market.

SAP Business One, a single integrated business management application for small businesses, best fits MANSHIP’s urgent requirements, according to Dennis Canlas, IT Manager. He said, “SAP is widely acknowledged as a good tool to facilitate financial decisions involving the organization and its operations. We have evaluated other accounting software that might fit our company’s needs, and we have found that SAP suits our company best for its flexibility. It is also easy to use.”

MANSHIP’s staff used to attend to all accounting tasks manually using an outdated accounting program before implementing SAP Business One. It was particularly challenging when the team needed to access critical data and had to search through piles of books and paperwork.

“We did not have sales and purchasing reports, and our important documents were mostly typewritten,” added Canlas “It usually took more than an hour to finish a payroll for a single vessel.”

SAP Business One is currently being deployed at MANSHIP by SAP partner ABM Computech Inc. The system is scheduled to be ready for service by January. MANSHIP’s staffs are going through SAP training and they already find the solution easy to use.

Dennis Canlas said, “We must plan thoroughly during the initial setup so that we optimize on processes and gain efficiency. We are confident that ABM will be able to help us achieve our goal.”

By choosing SAP Business One, MANSHIP joins a growing number of companies that are turning to SAP to help them become best-run businesses. Jennie Ligones, country manager of SAP Philippines, said, “Besides tapping on SAP Business One to enhance their accounting processes, MANSHIP can gradually scale up and unleash the full potential in this solution. It is a single application that can integrate all core business functions across the entire organization, without the need for separate installations or complex integration of multiple modules.”

MANSHIP was established in 1988 to provide marine personnel recruitment and training services in the shipping industry. Today, its clients include notable shipping companies such as Pan-Regional Marine Transportation Corporation, Hellespont Hammonia GmbH & Co. KG and Enesel S.A. (formerly Avra Shipmanagement S.A. and Sealuck Shipping Corporation).

MANSHIP currently supplies crews for 30 vessels, including 17 oil tankers and seven oil/chemical tankers. The Company’s vision is to become a premier brand known for providing efficient and personalized ship management and manning services with the most competent and trustworthy mariners. MANSHIP plans to increase its fleet of manned ships by extending its services to more clients. It also plans to provide full ship management services in the future.

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