Johannesburg — SAP’s Business One Starter Package continues to gain popularity with prominent brands and businesses across the African continent.
Planet Electronics is among those to recently implement the solution, and the company is already seeing improvements in its business processes around the importing and distribution of automotive electronic accessories and household audio equipment.
The SAP Business One Starter Package is a pre-configured solution – for one to five users – that can be tailored further to meet business needs. “We’re delighted with our recent purchase and installation of SAP Business One,” says Planet Electronics’ director, Guyck van Heerden.
“The Starter Package option was more affordable, and the out-of-the-box application met our requirements near-perfectly – particularly in the areas of serial number management, standard report availability and overall ease of use.”
The business improvements enabled by SAP Business One’s leading-edge technology became apparent early on, according to Van Heerden: “With SAP Business One, we have been able to significantly shorten our return and re-delivery cycles.”
The SAP Business One Starter Package is a lighter version of the industry-proven application designed specifically with SMEs in mind. It retains much of SAP Business One’s feature-rich functionality, and provides accounting and financials, sales, purchasing, inventory management and customer relationship management at an affordable price. Built-in business intelligence, combined with reliable data, allows managers to make better business decisions.
The Starter Package version of SAP Business One is further geared toward rapid implementation, with Planet Electronics experiencing quick time-to-benefit results first hand. “We are pleased with GSD’s proactive and accessible implementation approach, and we’re very happy that the solution has come in on time and on budget. All completed in three weeks from start to go live – amazing.”
This fast-tracked deployment approach for the Starter Package resulted in Planet Electronics realising a reduction in implementation costs to just 20% of a typical SAP Business One project.
According to Pankaj Pema, head of Business One at SAP Africa, the rationale behind SAP’s new offering is simple. “The SAP Business One Starter Package is ideal for both new and smaller companies that need more than just regular accounting software because of the operational challenges arising from the rapid growth they are experiencing. Planet Electronics’ decision to implement SAP Business One was based on its need to improve internal business process efficiencies, while bringing about tighter stock control and management with a long-term view towards supporting business growth. To us, this is another example of how SAP solutions continue to help companies become Best Run Businesses.”
In conclusion, Planet Electronics chose SAP Business One because of its functional capability to meet business requirements, reliability of the application and technology, powerful, yet easy-to-use functionality, and because SAP is a trusted name in business applications.
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