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.

SAP HANA South Africa

Take Your Business to the Next Level of Performance with SAP HANA

When you run a small business, business is personal. You have to carefully think through the implications of every decision – and also know when to just go with your gut. Either way, your business software has to provide you with information you can trust and help you execute on those decisions quickly and cost-effectively.

 

SAP HANA for SAP Business One offers real-time insight and performance at an affordable price

SAP HANA South Africa for SAP Business One has the functionality to help you transform your business into a real-time enterprise. You can take advantage of high-speed analysis of all your business information to get the answers you need right away. From analyzing product categories to resource planning for batch manufacturing, business transactions are available for analysis the second they are completed. You can also deliver relevant data into SAP Business One screens using pervasive analytics.

 

SAP Business One for SAP HANA South Africa, is also priced attractively for small businesses. And it can lower your cost of ownership by enabling your IT department to be more efficient and by eliminating lengthy data preparation, pre-aggregation, or tuning tasks required by traditional reporting and analytics tools.  Best of all, the application scales as your small business grows, delivering even greater value from your initial investment.

 

Smarter business processes for greater business agility using SAP HANA for SAP Business One

SAP HANA South Africa for SAP Business One includes new and powerful functionality that can accelerate business processes and improve your bottom line. It offers an advanced available-to-promise (ATP) application that provides real-time visibility into current inventory, ordered stock, replenished stock, and stock being delivered. You can immediately reserve current stock for future delivery dates and reschedule existing orders to ensure on-time fulfillment of your best customers’ orders and to optimize product movement.

 

SAP HANA South Africa for SAP Business One also delivers an improved cash-flow forecasting application that dramatically improves your cash balance visibility. This is a critical need for small businesses where the quality of cash-flow forecasting can mean the difference between staying in business and closing for good. The advanced app takes cash-flow forecasting to the next level of performance by tracking sales orders, POs, down payments, recurrent postings, and other critical cash-related transactions in its calculations.

 

Embedded analytics support SAP Business One users every step of the way

SAP HANA South Africa for SAP Business One revolutionizes all of your critical business reporting. It quickly searches through your SAP Business One ERP solution data to give you the answers you need right now. Reports that used to take days or hours to run and compile now take only minutes, if not seconds. And even if your small business accumulates huge amounts of data, you can still run highly complex and data-intensive analyses in real time.

 

The application also includes new embedded analytics functionality that delivers critical and timely information to all those who need it, when and where they need it. You’ll benefit from highly visual and contextual dashboards that are embedded in the familiar SAP Business One screens. For example, when a customer’s name is entered into a sales order screen, a side panel on the screen opens showing the products most often purchased by that customer. This enables your reps to make informed recommendations at the point of sale. Your business transactions can be completed faster than ever before while giving your customers the personal service they deserve.

 

SAP HANA South Africa Summary

Need big business performance at a small business price? The SAP® Business One application, version for the SAP HANA® platform, can help your business increase margins and grow. With this innovative application, you can instantly analyze growing volumes of data and gain the benefits of fast application performance without complicating your IT landscape. And with new embedded analytics and high-performance apps, you can work more efficiently than ever before.

 

SAP HANA South Africa Objectives

  • Leverage the power of SAP HANA to improve performance and agility while lowering IT costs
  • Analyze growing volumes of data instantly to streamline business processes and improve decision making
  • Run your business on a single, affordable enterprise solution that will scale as your business grows Solution
  • Real-time analytics that can crunch through all of your SAP Business One data in seconds
  • New functionality enabling high-performance dashboards and reporting as well as real-time inventory, order management, and cash-flow visibility
  • Single software platform that simplifies IT administration

 

Benefits of SAP HANA South Africa

  • Dramatically improved responsiveness of planning, sales, production, and financial processes
  • Faster business insight for improved decision making
  • Unmatched performance gains as more users access the software concurrently
  • Reduced IT ownership costs

 

10 Reasons why SAP Business One needs to be on your ERP shortlist

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have been around for a while; yet there is still the understanding that ERP systems share the same features as accounting systems. Further to that understanding, many companies believe that if their books are in order there is no need for an ERP solution.

But, Warwick Hopcroft, Sales Director of Bluekey Software Solutions, the SAP Business One ERP solution specialists in Africa, says that even though accounting is core to all businesses, it is not what differentiates it from competitors or gives them a competitive edge.

“Without systems and business functions that are integrated, accounting software only offers reactive reporting and insights. But, there are so many other factors, besides what happened in the past, that influence the future and direction of your business,” he adds.

 

Here are some of the reasons why you need to add SAP Business One to your ERP shortlist:

 

1. SAP Business One is affordable for SMEs

SAP Business One gives you a highly functional ERP system that is low-cost, easy to implement, requires little training and customisation – and that fits into your existing business infrastructure.

 

2. SAP Business One is designed for small and mid-sized businesses

SAP Business One is not a restricted or ‘cut-down’ version of SAP ERP. It is designed from the ground up to meet the very specific business needs and requirements of SMEs.

 

3. SAP Business One provides fully integrated functionality across all your business functions

When you can integrate all your critical business functions into a single application, you can connect all your employees and business units giving you a 360 degree view of your entire business and increasing controls.

 

4. SAP Business One is from the world leader in business applications – SAP

SAP dominates the market for enterprise business applications world-wide. They have millions of ERP users across the globe and draw extensively on this experience to deliver the right solution for your business.

 

5. SAP Business One gives you a fast return on your investment

Once SAP Business One is installed, you should expect to see a fast return on your investment. SAP Business One has delivered quantifiable business benefits to thousands of organisations across the globe.

 

6. SAP Business One is very easy to use and learn

Central to SAP Business One’s low total cost of ownership is its ease-of-use. For companies that do not have the time or the resources to embark on an extensive training programme, SAP Business One ERP provides a very effective solution.

 

7. SAP Business One’s future development is assured

SAP spends approximately 2mil EURO’s a day on research and development. By purchasing a solution from this world-leader means stability and longevity of support and product development for your business.

 

8. It is supported by Bluekey – Africa’s largest SAP Business One Partner

Your relationship with your SAP Business One partner is vital to the overall success of your implementation and can be the difference between your ERP solution’s success or failure.

 

9. SAP Business One grows with your business

It’s common for companies to outgrow their business solutions. As your business requirements become more complex and more employees join your team you will see how the sophistication of your internal processes grows. You will find out that SAP Business One is ready to meet those challenges and grow with you as your business evolves.

 

10. SAP Business One is Global

If you are already running an international business – or you plan to cross borders in the future – you need a system that can meet the challenging needs and requirements. SAP Business One is available in 25 languages and 75 countries to ensure your system can meet your every demand.

 

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 and SAP Business One Africa Partner-of-the-Year 2005-2011. 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.

For more information contact: Craig Johnston | cj@bluekey.co.za

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 | Lavinia.browne@hiv-research.org.za |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 cj@bluekey.co.za

 

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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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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