Bluekey launches the Toolbelt for SAP Business One

Bluekey launches the Toolbelt for SAP Business One

Bluekey Toolbelt LogoBluekey Software Solutions, a specialist provider of strategic technologies for businesses, including enterprise resource planning and business intelligence, has launched a range of productivity solutions. This Toolbelt for SAP Business One is aimed at simplifying business processes and improving employee efficiency.


The Toolbelt for SAP Business One offers a range of solutions from EDI, accounting, stock and production enhancements through to improvements in imports, distribution, budgets and supplier remittance. Keeping productivity enhancement in mind, they are geared towards businesses with an existing ERP solution that they wish to extend, and not as a replacement for ERP functionality.


Leo Dreyer, Managing Director at Bluekey Software Solutions, says: “There is a growing demand from South African companies to maximise their investment in their current ERP and business management applications through extensions that can meaningfully contribute to and streamline the workforce. Our highly specific, value-added solutions and services will enable companies to do just that.”


Bluekey firmly believe in the benefits of what its new range of solutions will provide, and they are offering a free 60-day trial for those organisations already on SAP Business One.


“We’re excited about the direction we’re taking and the new product developments that have come to fruition. It’s the next step in Bluekey’s evolution in becoming a one-stop shop for business enhancing solutions,” concludes Dreyer.


About Bluekey Software Solutions


Bluekey  is the leading SAP Business One partner in Africa. Through our branches  in South Africa (Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg), Kenya (Nairobi), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and Mauritius (Port Louis) we give expert advice and deliver turnkey SAP projects throughout SADC, EAC and the Indian Ocean Islands. Our reach is further extended through our partners companies in West Africa. SAP Business One leverages SAP’s enormous business management exerts to deliver a complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution specifically for SME’s and subsidiaries/branch offices of large enterprises. Contact us to get more information about Bluekey and SAP Business One either through clicking your nearest branch or completing the contact form below.


Bluekey Wins SAP Business One Retail Award

Bluekey Wins SAP Business One Retail Award

Bluekey wins SAP Business One Retail awardBluekey Software Solutions, an African specialist in the implementation, consulting, support, and extension of SAP Business One enterprise resource planning has been awarded SAP Business One Retail Partner-of-the-Year, held at SAP’s annual SAP Africa Partner Awards ceremony.


The SAP Africa Partner-of-the-Year Awards is the company’s premier partner recognition programme that shines the acknowledgement spotlight upon its most outstanding partners, who have excelled in developing a partnership with SAP and in helping their customers optimise their operations, boost their productivity, and increase their respective revenues on the continent.


The criteria all nominees and winners have to conform to are not for the faint hearted and all nominees have to excel in the building of revenue, customer growth, increase in joint channel activities and even the adherence to ongoing enablement events that ensure they are current in all SAP technologies.


SAP chooses the winners based upon four factors, which are co-innovation, market expansion, service delivery and sustainability. “In order to make the best decision, we consult with our own customers and industry experts and assess the key performance indicators of the nominees,” explains Desmond Nair, Director, General Business & Partner Ecosystem, at SAP Africa.


According to Bluekey’s Managing Director, Leo Dreyer, before implementing SAP software, Bluekey dedicates substantial resources to understanding business requirements so that they can be certain of delivering the most appropriate, value-adding technology rather than just selling and deploying software.  This includes assessing whether the solution calls for Cloud or On-Premise and SQL Server or HANA.


“Our solutions are fully integrated, but we also understand that our mobile apps may need to function on- or off-line, and that the POS terminal can only go down when the store closes, not when the line drops. It’s what our customers want.”


“This award validates that we are on the right track when we offer SAP Business One industry solutions that fulfil highly specific needs and requirements,” he says. “The retail market is complex, particularly in the fashion sector – and cost sensitive – and we have to make sure that our customers businesses are run more efficiently and more profitably.”


Bluekey’s SAP Business One Retail solution is designed to meet the specific needs of SME retailers with anything from 2 to upwards of 300 till points, and set-up can range from a single multi-till store to a multi-branch or franchised environment. The SAP Business One retail software gives management the power at head office to have complete control over data, access and operations at stores – and provides retailers with a secure, customisable, flexible, scalable and integrated solution that helps overcome inefficiencies, assists in business process optimisation and provides enhanced, timely management information.


Retail group Soviet believes the award is well deserved; they were impressed with the systematic approach taken by Bluekey in the design and planned implementation of their end-to-end back- and front-office systems.  “It was pragmatic, professional, deliberate and timeous,” says Carel Bothma, Financial Executive of Soviet, “and the solution really provides for our needs.”

Bluekey ranks 16th in prestigious Top 100 Companies in Kenya

Bluekey Software Solutions (Bluekey) in Kenya has been ranked 16th in the prestigious KPMG Top 100 Companies Awards 2014, which serve to honour and recognize Kenya’s fastest growing medium sized companies.


As a 1st time entrant in the hotly-contested Top 100 Companies awards programme, the company considers its ranking in the top 20 as a significant accomplishment that bears testament to the strength and dedication of its team in delivering innovative, professional, and value-adding solutions and services.


“It is through the commitment of our team to our customers that Bluekey has enjoyed continuous and consistent growth, year on year.  We are a small and dedicated company with a big heart. Focused mainly on SAP, we are able to deliver meaningful value to our clients, with specialist skills and customised solutions that have shown to transform their businesses for the better,” says Mala Bhatt, the Managing Director at Bluekey in Kenya.


Bluekey has always emphasised implementing the most appropriate solutions and qualified support rather than just selling and deploying software. We are also known for innovation, specifically in cloud-based and mobile solutions that empower our clients’ mobile ambitions.


“Bluekey was the first SAP partner in the world to deploy SAP Business One HANA in the cloud and is recognised within the international SAP community as a pioneer in this field,” she continues.


The company has been in Kenya since 2002, initially implementing solutions from UK-based Access Accounting. It has subsequently grown to become the largest SAP partner in East Africa targeting SME’s, employing 16 certified SAP consultants and boasting a dedicated support centre.


The team has implemented over 80 successful SAP projects in Kenya alone. It is the combination of the SAP Business One product, industry expertise, consultant experience, local knowledge and people on the ground that differentiates Bluekey from other technology implementers in the country.


A strategic initiative in 2012 to narrow their target market has yielded bountiful returns. The decision to focus primarily on certain key industries meant that Bluekey could deliver solutions with more depth at a lower cost gaining efficiencies and economies through the repeatability of the solution.


“We call this a template approach,” says Francis Karanja, Bluekey’s Sales and Technical Director. “The solution is pre-built with upwards of 95% of the customers functional requirement catered for in advance. Instead of conducting System Design or Blueprinting workshops, we undertake solution review sessions where we note only additions to the template.”


The outcome of this process is a dramatically shortened design phase, faster implementation and a more manageable system scope.  “It’s win – win; the customer gets much more functionality for less money with an earlier ‘go-live’, and the project is more predictable, generally coming in on time and within budget,” he explains.


This initiative has enhanced Bluekey’s reputation for on-time delivery of SAP Business One ERP, SAP HANA and SAP Business One Cloud solutions to SMEs throughout Africa.


Recognised as the most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa, Bluekey has won SAP Business One partner of the year award seven years in a row (2005 to 2011); and more recently SAP Business One Retail partner of the year; and has more than 250 successful SAP Business One implementations under its belt.


Aside from Kenya, Bluekey group offices are in South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban), Tanzania and Zambia. With further expansion into Africa expected, this rapidly growing company is poised to go from strength to strength.


“We will continue to drive our growth in Kenya with the provision of innovative solutions that enable businesses to run more efficiently and more profitably. With over six years of providing SAP services to companies in Kenya, we have built a solid foundation from where we will strive to new heights,” concludes Bhatt.

Join the Winning Side: World AIDS Day, celebrating successes in HIV & TB

Bluekey Software Solutions supports the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation on World AIDS Day with an art exhibition at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town

Date: Friday, 30 November
Time: 16h30 for 17h00
Venue: Baxter Theatre Mezzanine Level
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro)


The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) will be celebrating the many successes of HIV prevention, treatment and training in the Western Cape at an event in the Baxter Theatre foyer on Friday 30 November 2012 where South Africa’s leading cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, will be the guest speaker. He will be giving an illustrated talk on the journey of HIV in South Africa. A brief promotional video will also be launched, and photographs by Clive Gray taken at the DTHF Youth Centre and other DTHF sites will be on display in the foyer throughout the week.


Jonathan will be introduced by Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the DTHF.


The event is sponsored by Bluekey Software Solutions, a South African IT company. Bluekey recently helped DTHF upgrade their business management systems, embedding best-practice, transparency, control, accountability and reporting to make the Foundation more efficient and more attractive to potential donors.


Bluekey’s NGO and Grant Management solution extension is based on SAP Business One, the world-class solution for SME’s from SAP – the world leader in business management software.


The DTHF is a non-profit company that had its beginnings in the late 1980’s at Somerset Hospital. The Foundation is now affiliated to the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town – where its head office is located. The focus of our work is research into the prevention, treatment, training and management of HIV, TB and related infectious diseases with the goal to find solutions to improve the health of communities that are ravaged by these illnesses in the Western Cape and throughout South Africa.


The Foundation has sites in Gugulethu, Crossroads, Observatory, and Masiphumelele, as well as the DTHF Youth Centre. The DTHF mobile vehicle, the Tutu Tester, has become a familiar site in the townships, and streets of Cape Town.


For more information contact:
Lavinia Crawford-Browne | |021 633 6599


About Bluekey Software Solutions

Bluekey Software Solutions enjoys a reputation for partnering with SME’s 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. Our 100+ staff service more than 220 SME’s in SADC and East Africa through full service branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Bluekey’s NGO and Grant Management solution extends SAP Business One, the world-class business management solution for SME’s from SAP, by optimising the business processes specific to the not-for-profit sector. For more information contact Craig Johnson on +27 21 780700 or


The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s aims to lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on individuals, families and communities in Southern Africa through innovation and excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV related diseases.

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) developed from the HIV Research Unit at New Somerset Hospital in the early 1990’s. The Unit was acclaimed as one of the first public clinics to offer antiretroviral therapy to those living with HIV.

In January 2004 Professor Robin Wood and Associate Professor Linda-Gail Bekker registered the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation as a Section 21 non profit organisation and established the head office at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Supported by Emeritus Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, the Foundation’s activities include HIV prevention, treatment, and training as well as tuberculosis screening and management among some of the most vulnerable communities of the Western Cape. Pairing community-driven development and internationally acclaimed research, the DTHF envisions a brighter future where HIV is manageable and its presence diminished in South Africa’s communities.


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SAP gives you a competitive advantage

SAP gives you a competitive advantage

SAP Software Solutions That Best Fit Your Needs

Historically, finding the right business software has been a challenge for SMEs. Often, painful compromises result – from changing the way they do business to fit how the software works, to picking a solution far beyond their means to buy, implement and maintain. Worse yet, many solutions quickly run out of headroom as business expands.

SAP brings a portfolio of powerful, integrated business software solutions designed specifically for SMEs like yours, so you can get the solution that best fits your unique business needs, now and in the future, without compromising your needs and priorities.


“SAP is a great step forward for us. The system will enhance our grant administration and management reporting. In addition, the controls integral to the SAP system decrease risk and this should improve our system audits. We operate a wide variety of projects from six sites; our previous accounting system was inadequate. The change to SAP has been long overdue”


A Powerful Combination

To help you manage your entire business more efficiently and with complete transparency, SAP offers two categories of solutions.


Business Management Software

Integrated business management solutions from SAP, such as SAP Business One and SAP Business All-in-One, can automate and streamline your core business processes, such as order to cash, with support from end to end. By unifying your business on a single platform, you can drive higher operational efficiencies across your entire enterprise while gaining the control and transparency you need to move forward.


Business Intelligence Software

The SAP BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence (BI) solutions optimize your company’s business performance and effectiveness by allowing you to instantly see and analyze the situations with  complete hard facts – from entry-level reporting and ad hoc query and analysis to executive planning and dashboards. By tapping into any data source anywhere inside your company, SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions transform data into crystal-clear, actionable insights, so you can instantly understand what’s happening in your business and why – and most important, how to respond and plan ahead.


When Used Together . . .

With the unique combination of business management and business intelligence solutions from SAP, you gain a powerful advantage: you can become the most efficient at running your operations while being the most effective at managing your business. This is an essential foundation for making yours a best-run business.


SAP Business Management and Business Intelligence Solutions

The Bluekey Group offers companies a variety of business solutions that can cover their every business need – from mobile applications, ERP and Business Intelligence to infrastructure development. Some of the business management and business intelligence solutions provided by the Bluekey Group are described below.


SAP Business One

Designed specifically for small businesses, and offered by 7 times SAP Business One partner of the year winner Bluekey, the SAP Business One application integrates the entire business across financials, sales, customer relationships, e-commerce, inventory, and operations.

Thanks to SAP’s extensive partner ecosystem, you can extend the software’s core functionality with over 550 add-on solutions to meet your unique business and industry-specific needs. SAP Business One is the best fit for small businesses that have outgrown accounting-only solutions and are looking to streamline business operations with a single, integrated and affordable business management solution.


SAP Business All-in-One

The SAP Business All-in-One solution is comprehensive and flexible business management software with support for industry-specific best practices built in. It helps you manage everything from financials, human resources, inventory, manufacturing, logistics, and product development to customer service, sales, and marketing in one configurable solution.

Available from Westrocon, a member of the Bluekey Group, SAP Business All-in-One solutions can be readily configured to meet the business requirements of midsize companies in many different industries. SAP Business All-in-One is a best fit for midsize companies looking for the most integrated and comprehensive industry solution to support their business end to end.


Crystal Reports

The most widely used reporting solutions in the world, the Crystal Reports® offerings allow you to design, create, manage, and deliver personalized reports either over the Web or embedded in other applications. Because you can connect to virtually any data source, interactivity empowers your business users to make actionable business decisions with minimal IT overhead.

Crystal Reports software is a best fit for SMEs that have outgrown internally developed or spreadsheet-based reporting. Crystal Reports integrates fully with SAP Business One.


SAP BusinessObjects

Asyst Intelligence offers SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence (BI) software which comprises comprehensive, versatile BI applications that provide unparalleled insight to manage your business. The software offers flexible reporting, ad hoc analysis, dashboards, and visualization tools. Because it is built on a proven platform with open architecture, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI software lets you leverage all of the data sources and applications you already use to run your business. This software is best for midsize companies that need scalable BI capabilities and the ability to “start anywhere” – from enterprise reporting to dashboards to data mart implementation – and to grow along with expanding needs.


Why an SAP Solution?

  • Fits the Way You Do Business – You can choose from over 1,000 industry-specific solutions
  • Fits Your Budget and Time – SAP solutions are available with affordable licensing options, from subscription to financing
  • Fits Your Level of IT Expertise – SAP solutions offer a wide range of deployment options
  • Fits the Way Your Employees Work – SAP solutions are intuitive and user friendly
  • Fits Your Future Plans – Built on 35 years of experience, SAP solutions are both modular and scalable


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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 |


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