SAP Powers Leading Florida Small Businesses

May 16, 2006 by admin

Working with SAP’s local channel partner Netsirk Technologies, based in Sunrise, Florida, the three companies are deploying SAP Business One to power their businesses as they expand into international operations, meet increasing customer and supplier demands and experience exceptional growth. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE ’06, SAP’s international customer conference, being held in Orlando, Florida, May 16-18. Gary Player, XtremeMac and Ron Jon are taking advantage of the integrated business management capabilities of SAP Business One to gain better visibility and insight across their entire operations, including financials, manufacturing and customer relationship management. The three customers are among nearly 10,000 small and midsize enterprises worldwide that have selected SAP Business One in the three years since its introduction to market.
“Small and midsize businesses are widely recognized growth engines for the local and national economy, and SAP is pleased to count three of Florida’s most well-known and respected companies among the ever-growing list of customers that are becoming best-run businesses with SAP,” said Bill McDermott, president & CEO, SAP Americas. “Together with our partners, we are delivering tools and expertises so that companies of all sizes can compete effectively, expand their business and realize their goals for profitability and growth.”

Gary Player Groups: A hole in one with SAP Business One

Founded by Gary Player, a living legend of golf who has won nine PGA Grand Slams and nine major Senior PGA Championships, Gary Player Group is company with global operations yet a small number of employees. Unable to get a single view of its financial information across multiple markets with the ACCPAC application it was running, the company selected SAP Business One to achieve a consolidated financial world view, leverage multi-currency and multi-language capabilities and gain greater control over its operations.
“SAP Business One supports our mission to be a dynamic and competitive multi-national force within the leisure industry,” said Marc Player, CEO, Gary Player Group. “SAP and NetSirk have delivered an application with a consistent format for use in markets across the world and an easy-to-use alert system that zeroes in on the most important aspects of our business and allows us to make critical decisions while we can still influence the outcomes.”

XtremeMac manages phenomenal growth with SAP Business One

One of the first manufacturers of iPod accessories, Weston, Florida-based XtremeMac has grown tremendously since starting out in a residential garage as its original office in 2002. With annual revenues increasing more than tenfold in three short years and ever rising demand for its products, executives at the company quickly realized the inadequacy of accounting software for providing an overview of the entire business across financial, inventory, order and customer relationship management activities. Deploying SAP Business One to replace QuickBooks in 2005, the company quickly increased its use of the SAP software from an initial 10 users to 35 users to meet the growth in its employee base. XtremeMac is now poised to implement seamlessly integrated solution extensions for warehouse management, electronic data interchange (EDI) and e-commerce as it serves the nation’s leading retailers including The Apple Store, Target, Best Buy and Radio Shack.
“Before SAP Business One, we were working from spreadsheets, and although we managed to keep up with increasing demand, our order process was disjointed and it was difficult to determine if we had inventory to meet an order,” said Gary Bart, CEO, XtremeMac. “We expect SAP to be able to accommodate our growth and allow us to track orders against inventory as well as introduce new capabilities as we add retailers to our distribution network.”

Surf’s up for Ron Jon

Throughout its forty-plus years of operation, the legendary Ron Jon Surf Shop has redefined surfing culture through an evolving variety of surfboards, surf wear and other beach-related merchandise. With the scope of operations reaching six retail stores nationwide and several related business ventures, the Cocoa Beach, Florida-based company has selected SAP Business One to consolidate warehouse management, e-commerce, inventory and pricing processes for improved operational control and enhanced business decision-making. Using the SAP application, Ron Jon aims to refine its tracking and reporting of inventory while streamlining the product cycle from the warehouse to the point of sale. Ron Jon further plans to refine internal reporting, employing analytics and reporting capabilities from SAP to better manage purchasing and merchandise pricing levels.
“As a well-recognized brand in a lifestyle industry, we require a business management application to streamline our sales and merchandising processes and fully capitalize on our long-term growth prospects,” said Ed Moriarty, president, Ron Jon Surf Shop. “As we look to open several new stores and expand our online presence over the next few years, SAP and Netsirk will deliver newfound flexibility and operational visibility by uniting our systems with our sales floor through a single, integrated application.”

Source: SAP AG

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