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Bluekey launches SAP Business One in Mauritius

 

Bluekey and SAP Business One in MauritiusBluekey Software Solutions, with branches in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania – and recently Mauritius – has established itself as a major player in the provision of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to companies in Africa, enjoying exceptional growth since inception.

The largest and most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa, Bluekey implements, supports and develops ERP and accounting solutions for SME’s. The company is currently responsible for almost 40% of SAP Business One sales in SADC and COMESA and has expanded from its initial beginnings of core ERP to incorporate development, networking and cloud and mobility solutions into its portfolio.

With economic growth in Africa outperforming that of the developed world, and rapidly growing cross-border trade, local business owners continue to expand and diversify across the continent. The company is filling a void in a market hungry for qualified, on-the-ground expertise to implement and optimise integrated business management tools that enable companies to drive efficiencies, gain competitive edge and increase profits.

For many years ERP vendors have relied on old software with periodic updates to keep their customers ticking over. The paradigm shift has come with major suppliers like SAP who have found that the frequent application of technological innovation to ERP yields impressive results. Customers get to run their businesses smarter and grow faster. Terabytes of data can be processed in seconds with results displayed as dashboards – which are delivered to your mobile device, or your desktop. Technological advances have driven strategies of choice. Businesses choose how they want their software deployed; cloud, on-premise or hybrid. They choose between traditional databases such as Microsoft SQL Server or in-memory databases like SAP HANA. And they choose whether they want deep industry specific applications or application that streamline processes and reduce complexity.

“Smart technology and industry knowledge contribute significantly to success in ERP implementation”, says L. Clensy Appavoo, founder of HLB Appavoo & Associates and a Director of Bluekey in Mauritius. “We see first hand that adoption of new technologies transcends the primary accounting function by driving improvement in access to information, integration and process simplification. The ability to get full visibility of all operations in real-time promotes effective decision-making, and gives businesses the confidence to grow”.

Mauritian growth prospects at 3.6% in 2016, modernization of the sugar and textile industries, and government blue and green economy initiatives bode well for business growth. With Mauritius ranking a best in Africa 17th of 189 world economies in trading across borders in the 2015 EDB survey, the country is well positioned for trading opportunities on the continent.

“With projects implemented in 19 African countries, and 26 countries in total we are able to deliver meaningful value to our clients in support of their current business setup or as they look to grow. We are equally able to cost effectively deliver solutions for a small retailer, a midsize logistics company, or a large diversified conglomerate with operations throughout the region,” says Mala Bhatt, the Managing Director at Bluekey East Africa. “Our customer base is diverse and many of them are local and regional concerns, which show that it’s not only the big companies with international ties that are keen to leverage ERP to drive business efficiency”.

SAP Business One is becoming the preferred ERP solution because it provides such an excellent fit for the typical Africa-based business. It is easily configured for varying business needs, without having to do bespoke development as is often the case with other less flexible products. Because it can be implemented ‘vanilla’ without customisations or third party applications, the complexity of implementations is dramatically reduced and support is simplified.

SAP Business One is extremely scalable so it supports companies as they grow. There is also plug-and-play integration with larger corporate systems such as Business Suite and it also offers multi-language support.

As part of its consultative approach and focus on driving greater awareness of the value of technology for business, Bluekey regularly hosts information workshops and seminars. At an event on the 22nd of October 2015 at the Hennessy Hotel, experts from Bluekey showcased features and technologies to more than 50 executives from local businesses and illustrated the relevance and impact to the Indian Ocean Islands.

“SAP Business One addresses all the key business requirements from finance and inventory, to customer relationship management; sales, and procurement, all in a single, integrated solution. SAP Business One is extremely scalable so it supports companies as they grow. Although a product of the world’s foremost international ERP vendor, SAP Business One can be localized so that it conforms to the legislative requirements of each country in which an organization operates. It also offers multi-language support. With our strong team, our track record, and our experience, we are well-positioned to make SAP Business One the number one ERP tool in Africa,” concludes Mrs. Bhatt.

 

Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey Software Solutions specialises in the implementation of SAP Business One, the market-leading business management software solution for small to medium sized companies. It offers a total solution, from networking through data take-on and system setup to management reporting.

The company is the most successful and fastest growing SAP Business One reseller in Africa. It has been awarded SAP PartnerEdge Gold status; SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award Winner in 2008; SAP Business One Africa Partner-of-the-Year 2005 – 2011 and SAP Business One Africa Retail Partner-of-the-Year 2013, 2014.

Bluekey is also the most technically proficient reseller with the largest number of SAP-certified professionals. It has regional representation in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Port Louis, Cape Town and Durban supporting 280 customers in 26 countries.

For more information, please contact:

Clensy Appavoo

+230 203 3900

lca@bluekey.mu

Choosing the right SAP Business One implementation partner is as crucial as selecting the right ERP software

Choosing the right SAP Business One implementation partner is as crucial as selecting the right ERP software

To get the best result from your SAP Business One investment you need to partner with the BEST SAP Business One Partner

No.1 SAP Business One Gold Partner

Bluekey is the No.1 SAP Business One partner in Africa

There is absolutely and unequivocally no substitute for experience when it comes to implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

That is according to Paul Marketos, Director of Bluekey Software Solutions, a local IT company which specialises in the implementation, consulting and support of SAP Business One. He says that without the right SAP Business One implementation partner, with the right skills to make it happen, even the greatest software can fail.

“Like any major technology deployment, ERP implementations can be extremely complex. Things can go terribly wrong if the implementation is not fashioned and managed by experts who know what they are doing and have the necessary skills. And, the stakes are high. A bumpy, drawn-out implementation costs money, and few companies can afford to abandon an ERP project after time, money and resources have been invested.

Companies can, and should, expect a return on their ERP investment quickly, within in two years at most. For quick success and quick ROI, excellent software must be coupled with an excellent implementation partner. Software alone does not make a solution,” says Marketos.

He Continues: “At a time where consulting fees often match the cost of the software itself, companies should regard their selection and investment in a partner as important as their investment in the software. At the end of the project, a client should feel like they have received a return on their investment in a SAP Business One partner.

“There are a number of ERP implementers in the country. SAP, like most other ERP vendors, lists its accredited partners on its website. But, it is really up to the client to do their homework early on and make sure they find a partner offering the right fit for their business and for what they want to achieve.

“Word of mouth and previous client references and case studies are excellent ways of assessing potential partners and establishing whether the right mix of skills and experience when whittling down the short list.

“Although a strong track record and experience in similar ERP implementations is the key criterion for selecting an implementation partner, it is beneficial to look beyond skills, credentials and previous successes.

“There has to be a personality match as well; a close cultural fit between that of the partner and that of the client. There is no point trying to force a square peg into a round hole. People skills, or lack thereof, can make or break a partnership.”

Marketos warns against choosing an implementation partner purely based on size.

“Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to implementation partners so companies should be wary of selecting a partner simply because they are well-known. However, a risk of choosing a small partner is that there may be a lack of manpower if someone should go on leave or fall ill.”

Unfortunately companies often find out too late that they have chosen the wrong “guy for the job”. Signs that the partner is not up to scratch include, amongst others, poor project management; milestones and deadlines are not achieved; poor communication; poor understanding of the client’s business; lack of responsiveness, manpower and expertise; lack of responsiveness and inflexibility to changes in project scope.

About Bluekey Software Solutions

As the largest and fastest growing SAP Business One Partner in Africa, Bluekey enjoys a reputation for on-time delivery of SAP Business One ERP solutions to SME’s throughout Africa. The company is founded on the value proposition that the successful implementation of ERP solutions brings real and tangible benefits to business owners by driving efficiency, profitability and growth while giving management effective control and visibility.

Bluekey is the most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa and having won the SAP Business One partner of the year 7 years in a row (2005-2011), more than 220 successful SAP Business One implementations, the most SAP-certified consultants, director experience in excess of 70 years and branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, is uniquely qualified to implement and support SAP Business One throughout Africa.

For more information on choosing the correct SAP Business One partner contact:

Craig Johnston | 021 685 7000 | cj@bluekey.co.za

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Bluekey takes gold at the 2011 SAP Partner Awards with SAP Business One Partner of the Year

Bluekey takes gold at the 2011 SAP Partner Awards with SAP Business One Partner of the Year

Bluekey Software Solutions, the No.1 SAP Business One Partner in South Africa specialising in the implementation, consulting, support, and extension of SAP Business One, has once again won the prestigious SAP Business One Partner of the Year Award for 2011.

SAP Business One Award

Paul Marketos, Director, collecting the SAP Businss One Partner of the year award

Bluekey, which started in 2004, has won this prestigious award every year since 2005. Adding the 2011 award to its trophy cabinet is testament to the company’s success and skills – further strengthening their position as the most successful SAP Business One Partner in Africa.

Their current African footprint extends throughout South Africa and up into Kenya and Tanzania, with further expansion into Africa expected. To date it has helped customers in 16 African countries become best-run businesses. With the greatest number of SAP-certified professionals, 100+ employees, more than 220 successful implementations, and director experience in excess of 70 years it anticipates helping many more.

According to the company’s Managing Director, Dennis Marketos, Bluekey has consistently focused on understanding business requirements and implementing the most appropriate, value-adding solutions rather than just selling and deploying software.

“Our emphasis is on delivering solutions that enable businesses to run more efficiently and more profitably. Rather than just getting systems up and running on time, we strive to ensure that our clients get a return on their investment in SAP Business One within 12 to 18 months.

“Coming up tops when being evaluated by SAP against strict criteria which include sales, financial stability, skills and expertise, and most importantly, customer references, validates that we are on the right track,” he says.

Bluekey’s Director, Paul Marketos adds: “Some vendor partner programmes serve primarily to rank resellers in terms of their contribution to sales. With this programme, the standards are set high across numerous areas, amongst which is feedback from customers.

“The number of happy customers is telling of a company’s commitment to adding meaningful value to clients’ businesses. For us, it goes beyond sales and the product. It is the combination of the product, our industry expertise and experience, local industry knowledge and people on the ground that gives us the edge.

“While we are thrilled to have received this award again, we are by no means complacent and remain as committed as ever to delivering world-class solutions and real value to our clients in Africa,” he concludes.

About Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey specialises in making SME’s best-run businesses through the sales, implementation, and support of SAP Business One throughout Africa. Bluekey is headquartered in Johannesburg and has branches in Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Bluekey is Africa’s largest SAP Business One provider, a SAP-certified Gold Partner and SAP Africa Partner of the year for SAP Business One 7 years in a row (2005 – 2011), and SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award winner.

For more information contact:

Craig Johnston | 021 685 7000 | cj@bluekey.co.za

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Industry Solutions for SAP Business One

Industry Solutions for SAP Business One

Improve Efficiency with SAP Business One Functionality to Meet Your Business Needs

Grow your business with industry-specific solutions built around the SAP Business One application. Industry solutions from the most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa, Bluekey, offer proven functionality that addresses the unique business processes of your industry. They come with tools and methodologies that enable rapid, reliable implementations to minimize time and costs.

The SAP Business One application stands out as one of the best and easiest-to-use business management solutions designed specifically for smaller businesses. Now you can deploy a single integrated solution that provides functionality supporting every process you need to run your business, including financials, sales, customer relationships, inventory, and operations. Ideal for companies that have outgrown their accounting-only solutions and are looking to streamline their operations with an integrated, on-premise solution, SAP Business One enables you to:

  • Streamline operations by automating and integrating all critical business functions
  • Respond more quickly to customer needs and make informed decisions
  • Get up and running within two to eight weeks
  • Minimize total cost of ownership with an adaptable solution that can be readily tailored
  • Better serve your customers and gain operational efficiency

The benefits of SAP Business One are magnified when you couple them with the industry-specific functionality developed by SAP Business One partner, Bluekey. SAP ’s program to provide end-to-end SAP Business One industry solutions offers you proven, tested, and preconfigured packaged solutions to address your specific industry needs and business processes. Through a methodical application and review process, SAP validates each partner offering to help ensure that each meets the highest quality standards. Because the solutions are preconfigured to address specific industry needs and come with implementation methodologies and best practices, they are cost effective to deploy and maintain. In most cases, they have already been proven among your industry peers, significantly reducing the project risk inherent in many IT projects.

How Industry Solutions Benefit Your Business

All of the industry solutions designed to work with SAP Business One are fully integrated with the software from a user interface and programming perspective. And many of these solutions are the result of extensive collaboration between SAP and one or more software solution partners, who jointly define the product offering, develop the software and documentation, create a go-to-market strategy, and develop a support process. Today, there are over 65 packaged industry solutions built around SAP Business One – and each one is designed to optimize company operations and drive rapid return on investment. Equally important, you can implement the solutions with confidence, as they have a proven track record across thousands of customers using SAP Business One.

Here are some of the Bluekey SAP Business One Industry Solutions currently available:

 

About Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey specialises in the implementation, consulting, support and development of SAP Business One for small to mid-sized companies throughout Africa. Bluekey has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Bluekey is also Africa’s preferred SAP Business One partner, being awarded SAP Gold status, SAP Business One Partner of the Year 2005 to 2011, and SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award winner. With more than 220 successful SAP Business One implementations, 70+ years’ director experience, and more than 100 employees, Bluekey is uniquely qualified to implement, support, maintain and develop SAP Business One solutions for SMEs in Africa.

For more information contact:

Craig Johnston

021 685 7000

cj@bluekey.co.za

 

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Bluekey and SAP Business One poised for growth in Tanzania

Bluekey and SAP Business One poised for growth in Tanzania

Bluekey extends footprint with SAP Business One in Tanzania

 

Bluekey Software Solutions, which opened an office in Dar es Salaam eight months ago, has quickly established itself as a major player in the provisioning of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to companies in Tanzania, enjoying exceptional growth since then.

 

The largest and most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa, Bluekey Software Solutions (Bluekey) implements, supports and develops ERP and accounting solutions for SME’s. The company is currently responsible for almost 50% of SAP Business One sales in South and East Africa and has expanded from its initial beginnings of core ERP to incorporate development, networking, business intelligence and mobility solutions into its portfolio.

With its established base in Tanzania, the company is filling a void in a market which is hungry for qualified, on-the-ground support in implementing and optimizing integrated business management tools that enable companies to drive efficiencies, gain competitive edge and increase profits.

“For years, ERP vendors have serviced their customers in Africa from a distance and as a result, companies sometimes battle to find the necessary technical support for implementations, maintenance and customisations.

“However, the demand for integrated business management tools is growing to the extent that this model cannot adequately support the requirements of companies in Africa. Our success in the African region, including Tanzania, is due to our approach to build a strong, locally-accessible support base for companies using SAP Business One in Tanzania. Our customer base is diverse and many of them are regional concerns, which show that it’s not only the big companies with international ties that are keen to leverage ERP to drive business efficiency.

“With Tanzania growing rapidly, and fast becoming a commercial hub in Africa, there is a definite and increasing need amongst companies here for systems that can provide the insight, control and visibility they need to effectively manage growth efficiently and profitably,” says Mala Bhatt, Managing Director: Bluekey East Africa.

Bluekey is confident that SAP Business One in Tanzania will become the preferred ERP solution for companies because it provides such an excellent fit for the typical Africa-based business. Specifically designed for small and medium sized enterprises, it is easily configured for varying business needs, without having to do bespoke development as is often the case with other less flexible products. Because it can be implemented ‘vanilla’ without customisations or third party applications, the complexity of implementations is dramatically reduced and support is simplified.

SAP Business One is extremely scalable so it supports companies as they grow. There is also plug-and-play integration with bigger SAP suites such as SAP Business Suite for African subsidiaries of multinationals running larger systems. Although a product of the world’s foremost international ERP vendors, SAP Business One in Tanzania can be localised to so that it conforms to the legislative requirements of each country in which an organisation operates. It also offers multi-language support.

As part of its consultative approach and focus on driving greater awareness of the value of SAP Business One in Tanzania, Bluekey regularly hosts information workshops and seminars. At an event on the 17th of May 2012, experts  from Bluekey showcased the latest features and enhancements of SAP Business One  to more than 70 executives from local businesses and illustrated the relevance and impact to the East African business market.

“SAP Business One addresses all the key business requirements from finance and inventory, to customer relationship management; human resources; sales, and procurement, all in a single, integrated solution. SAP Business One is extremely scalable so it supports companies as they grow. Although a product of the world’s foremost international ERP vendors, SAP Business One can be localized to so that it conforms to the legislative requirements of each country in which an organization operates. It also offers multi-language support. With our strong team, our track record, and our experience, we are well-positioned to make SAP Business One the number one BI tool in Africa,” concludes Santone Lange, Branch Manager: Bluekey Tanzania.

About Bluekey

Bluekey Software Solutions utilise the latest technology to unify accounting, finance, logistics, production, CRM and other key business processes. The value proposition is that successful implementation of SAP Business One gives owners of SME’s better control and visibility, and drives efficiency, profitability and growth. Bluekey is the largest and most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa with more than 200 successfully implemented sites and SAP Business One Partner of the Year awards in 2005, 06, 07, 08, & 10. With offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, and director experience of more than 70 years, we are uniquely qualified to implement, support, develop and maintain SAP Business One throughout Africa.

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Bluekey wins multiple awards at SAP 2010 Channel Partner Awards

Bluekey wins multiple awards at SAP 2010 Channel Partner Awards

Bluekey Directors Accepting the SAP Business One Partner of the Year 2010 AwardBluekey Software Solutions, the leading Gold SAP Business One partner, has received multiple awards from SAP at the SAP 2010 Channel Partner Awards ceremony at the Sandton Sun on November 16, 2011.

Bluekey, which has grown its African SAP Business One footprint beyond South Africa and Kenya, and into Tanzania; has once again shown its dominance in the SME Channel Partner category (SAP Business One).

The rapidly expanding company, now with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), had previously won the SAP Business One Partner of the year award in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as the SAP Pinnacle Award in 2008.

For the year 2010, SAP recognised Bluekey with the following channel partner awards:

  • Bluekey South Africa and Bluekey Kenya collectively won the SAP Business One Partner of the year for Africa
  • Martin Robinson (Bluekey Business Development Manager) won the SAP Business One Most Successful Salesperson in Africa award.

“SAP awards are granted to leading SAP partners that have excelled in enhancing the customer experience by teaming with SAP to help them address critical issues such as accelerating innovation and improving return on investment”, says Dennis Marketos, Managing Director of Bluekey Software Solutions.

“Amongst all channel partners in Africa, this is the Partner that has delivered overall consistency and predictability measured by revenue, customer satisfaction and demand generation. This is a great all-round performance,” says Pankaj Pema, Head of SAP Business One Africa.

Bluekey said it was very proud to receive recognition for its efforts, which could not be achieved without the commitment and perseverance of its dedicated team, and support from its loyal customers.

“Bluekey is always looking for new and innovative offerings to help drive efficiencies for its customers. We knew when we picked SAP Business One as our product of choice that we were backing a winner. SAP Business One is a great platform for driving innovation and developing efficiencies in the SME market”, concludes Marketos.

ABOUT SAP BUSINESS ONE

SAP Business One is an affordable and easy-to-use business management software solution designed specifically for small and midsize businesses (SME’s). It enables you to manage your critical business functions in a single integrated business management system. With SAP Business One, you can instantly access complete and up-to-the-minute business information, so you can respond to customers faster and grow your business more profitably.

SAP Business One helps you bring sales, financial management, banking, purchasing, manufacturing, inventory management, and customer relationship management all under one flexible, responsive system.

ABOUT BLUEKEY

Bluekey Software Solutions utilise the latest SAP Business One technology to unify accounting, finance, logistics, production, CRM and other key business processes. The value proposition is that successful implementation of SAP Business One gives owners of SME’s better control and visibility, and drives efficiency, profitability and growth.