Bluekey says “hola” to global strategic partner

Bluekey Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the pan-African professional business solutions company, today announced that Spanish headquartered global SAP partner, Seidor, has taken a major stake in the business. The strategic investment boosts the Seidor group to the top three global providers of SAP Business One solutions and services, and to number one in EMEA.

 

Bluekey’s 700+ customers across Africa will benefit from access to a global company with experience in delivering communication, infrastructure and enterprise resource planning (ERP) products and services in both developed and developing countries. In addition, a broader pool of expertise, technologies and services will further help Bluekey customer companies realise additional benefits from their investment in ERP – boosting productivity and efficiencies with the latest technologies.

 

Bluekey Holdings was an attractive investment for Seidor thanks to its network of self-sufficient regional offices, extensive partner network and dedicated customer support centres. In addition, the Bluekey group has a solid financial foundation with an excellent growth record. The deal fast tracks Seidor’s expansion into the African market — it already has a presence in North Africa — where it aims to support the subsidiaries of its multi-national customers based around the world. What’s more, the Spanish company also sees the opportunity for African SMEs to become regional and global businesses.

 

“We knew we could increase our business growth in Africa with the right alliance,” said Carlos Iribarren, head of SAP Business One at Seidor. “And Bluekey is the ideal partner to help us. It has the right people, know-how, experience, relationships and technology to offer innovative and excellent service across the continent. Plus, with a customer retention rate of 99%, and healthy growth in recent years, you know they are doing things right. This deal has set us on the right track to become the go-to SAP Business One partner for global roll-outs.”

 

As well as being the largest SAP Business One provider in Africa, with 300+ active SAP Business One customers, Bluekey is an early adopter of SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory database. It is one of the top SAP Business One HANA partners in the world with more than 35 sites running HANA either in the cloud or on-site.

 

“After 10 years of steady, organic growth, we realised we needed a strategic partner with the skills, industry knowledge, and global expansion experience and ambitions to take us to the next level. This will allow us to realise the significant potential of the business and its resources in order to better serve our customers as they navigate the digital age,” said Kevin O’Brien, Bluekey co-founder. “As technology requirements become more complex, customers demand more from their suppliers. This deal ensures we can continue to help our customers scale their businesses into the future.”

 

Bluekey Holdings becomes part of the Seidor group, which will be reflected in the branding in due course. Operational management remains the same and customer relationships are unchanged.

 

About Bluekey Holdings (Pty) Ltd

 

Bluekey Holdings’ business units supply world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and related services, as well as network infrastructure services and hardware to small- and mid-size companies in Africa.

 

The group consists of the following business units:

Bluekey Software Solutions (BSS) is the leading gold status, value-added reseller of SAP Business One in Africa, with offices in six cities and four countries (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania).

Westrocon is a SAP Business Suite and SAP Business ByDesign consulting firm, as well as a SAP All-in-One software reseller with specialist expertise in SAP WM (Warehouse Management), SAP SD (Sales and Distribution) and SAP integration. Westrocon is a certified SAP Partner Centre of Expertise (PCoE).

Bluekey Network Solutions (BNS) provides end-to-end networking solutions for medium-sized companies.

Kiteview Technologies is a leading super platinum reseller of Sage Evolution, an ERP solution for SMEs.

 

About Seidor

 

Seidor is a Spanish multinational providing integral solutions in the area of software consulting and IT services with a wide portfolio of products and services covering consulting, infrastructure, implementation, development, and maintenance of applications and outsourcing services. With a turnover of 260 million euros, a staff of more than 3,000 professionals, and direct presence in Europe, Latin America, the USA, the Middle East and Africa, Seidor is one of the main service partners of SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Adobe, especially in Spain and Latin America. More than 30 years of experience in the market, cutting-edge technological knowledge and expertise in the sector make Seidor a solid and reliable partner for its customers, helping them to simplify the management of technology as a means to increase their businesses’ agility and profitability.

 

Seidor’s SAP Business One division, MSS Seidor, is in the top three of global SAP Business One providers.  Significant operations in Europe are complemented by subsidiaries and offices throughout the Americas and in the Middle East and North Africa. MSS Seidor’s 240 certified consultants have implemented and support in excess of 1,200 customers and 18,000 users around the world.

 

As a group Seidor can scale to deliver complex local, regional and global projects to any enterprise, with a value proposition of delivering projects on time and within budget, supported by high quality of service and delivery.

 

For more information:

 

Seidor MSS

Carlos Iribarren

General Manager & Head of SAP Business One

ciribarren@seidor.es

Tel: +34 902 995 374

Pujades, 350 2ª

Edificio Inbisa 22

08019, Barcelona

 

Bluekey Holdings

Kevin O’Brien

Co-founder & Director

kob@bluekey.co.za

Tel: +27 82 340 3000

 

Bluekey seeks ICT partners to boost African ERP market

Bluekey seeks ICT partners to boost African ERP market

Africa’s premier SAP Business One Partner launches partner program to extend reach of SAP Business One in Africa

 

Bluekey-Partner-logo-goldWith the estimated size of the small and medium enterprise (SME) market in Africa ranging from 80% [1] to 95% [2], companies in this space are in the spotlight as the source of the economic future of the continent. But, to scale efficiently and effectively, while simultaneously boosting productivity, SMEs need the right ICT support to cope with the challenges of a rapidly growing business.

 

To fill this gap by expanding access to SAP Business One, enterprise software built from the ground up to support SMEs, Bluekey Software Solutions launched an African partner program to enable service providers to offer the ERP software to their customers. Launched at the beginning of 2016, the program initially the targets service providers in East Africa. A series of roadshows is underway to launch the partner network in this region, with further roadshows in SADC set for April.

 

Bluekey is the leading reseller of SAP Business One in Africa, providing the software to 4,600 licence holders, spanning 300 sites in 19 countries. It has six offices in Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania, as well as customer support centres in Johannesburg and Nairobi.

 

The Bluekey partner program is ideal for companies already providing services to the SME market, including: business consultants, accountants, IT businesses, hosted service providers and ICT influencers. The program is an opportunity for these companies to extend their revenue streams, better support their existing client base, and attract new customers.

 

There is zero financial investment to join, and partners can choose their level of involvement, from earning a simple referral fee, to becoming a fully-fledged software reseller and systems implementer.

 

Bluekey assists its partners from sales and marketing through to the technical skills needed for pre-sales, implementation and customer training. Partners and their customers also have direct access to ongoing dedicated technical support from Bluekey’s support centres.

 

SAP Business One has been built from the get-go for the SME market, making it nimble and affordable. The design gives SMEs the ability to implement what they need today, and to grow with the software as their business expands. SAP Business One can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. Industry solution extensions customise the software for the specific requirements of the retail, production, projects, fashion, transport and logistics, oil and gas, and agri-business verticals. For instance, retailers get access to the system via online shopping, smartphones and point-of-sale devices, and the service supports M-Pesa integration.

 

“There is no doubt that SMEs are the future of the African economy,” said Santone Lange, Bluekey partner manager. “No business can thrive in the digital future without the right IT services giving it the ability to have real-time access to meaningful, accurate data. With the right partners we can join the dots between African SMEs and SAP Business One, empowering economic growth across the continent.”

 

To register for the partner program, companies can go to the Bluekey Partner Page.

 

About Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey enjoys a reputation for partnering with SME’s across Africa to deliver comprehensive business management solutions on-time and within budget.

 

The company is founded on the value proposition that successful implementation of effective processes and controls brings real and tangible benefits to business stakeholders by providing full visibility and driving efficiency, service, profitability and growth.

 

Bluekey is Africa’s most awarded SAP Business One partner; SAP PartnerEdge Gold status; SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award Winner, SAP Business One Africa Partner-of-the-Year 2005-2011, SAP Business One Africa Retail Partner award 2013-2014 and SAP Business One VAR of the year 2105.

 

Our 100+ staff service more than 280 customers across the continent through full service branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Port Louis, and our extensive business and technology partner network enhances our reach and capacity.

 

Used by more that 47,000 customers around the world, SAP Business One brings sales, financial management, banking, purchasing, manufacturing, inventory management, service and customer relationship management together in one flexible, responsive system.

 

For more information:

 

Ruanne Byles

Email: rb@bluekeyseidor.com

 

[1] Why SMEs are key to growth in Africa

[2] SMEs and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Bluekey wins milestone SAP award

Bluekey wins milestone SAP award

Recognised as SAP Business One VAR of the year 2015

bluekey sap business one var of the year 2015Bluekey Software Solutions (Bluekey), Africa’s premier SAP Business One partner, has been awarded the coveted SAP Business One VAR of the year for 2015 at the SAP Africa Awards ceremony.

The annual SAP Africa awards recognise channel partners who have shown outstanding performance over the past year. Award conditions are rigorous and not easily achieved. Partners need to excel in growing their revenue, expand their customer base, provide a high level of service excellence and maintain the highest level of customer retention and satisfaction.

Leo Dreyer, Managing Director of Bluekey says, “It’s a matter of teamwork. We focused on ensuring that our key business divisions were firing on all cylinders. The company managed to meet its new business target; we provided innovative new technologies and increased services to our existing customers; and we also rolled out a new help-desk system that dramatically improved our support capability.”

According to Dreyer, understanding customer requirements and fulfilling their needs is key to providing the most appropriate, value adding and performance improving solutions. “This award affirms our strategy of providing quality industry specific solutions that promote growth and add substantial value. Our SAP Business One solutions for Distribution, Retail, Fashion, Production, Manufacturing and Projects have all seen significant uptake.”

To further the reach of the SAP Business One in their key industries, Bluekey is busy establishing an extensive technology partner network. The Bluekey partner program is ideal for companies already providing services to the SME market, such as business consultants, accountants, IT businesses and ICT influencers. The program is an opportunity for these kinds of companies to extend revenue streams, better service their existing base, and attract new customers. “We continue to see expansion into Africa as a key priority,” says Dreyer.

“Bluekey are true brand ambassadors for SAP Business One,” say’s Jade Gungapersadh, Head of SAP Business One in SADC. “This award consolidates their position as the leading SAP Business One VAR on the continent, with over 300 sites implemented across 16 countries”.

 

About Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey enjoys a reputation for partnering with SME’s across Africa to deliver comprehensive business management solutions on time and within budget.

The company is founded on the value proposition that successful implementation of effective processes and controls brings real and tangible benefits to business stakeholders by providing full visibility and driving efficiency, service, profitability and growth.

Bluekey is Africa’s most awarded SAP Business One partner; SAP PartnerEdge Gold status; SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award Winner, SAP Business One Africa Partner-of-the-Year 2005-2011, SAP Business One Africa Retail Partner award 2013-2014 and SAP Business One VAR of year 2015.

Our 100+ staff service more than 280 customers across the continent through full service branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Port Louis. Our extensive business and technology partner network enhances our reach and capacity.