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Namakwa Diamonds selects Sage ERP X3

Keith Fenner, vice-president - sales, Softline Accpac

Namakwa Diamonds, the integrated diamond resource group listed on the London Stock Exchange, has selected Softline Accpac's flagship ERP solution, Sage ERP X3, as its standardised system across the mining group, which operates in South Africa, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Botswana, Namibia and Israel.

Using newly appointed Softline Accpac solution provider Datacentrix and sub-contractor Cerrex, Namakwa Diamonds will go live in February 2011.

CIO of Namakwa Diamonds, Anton Jacobsz, says the decision was taken after an evaluation of three ERP systems. “We selected Sage ERP X3 not only because of its impressive functionality, but also because it is well established within the mining sector, with many impressive reference sites.”

He says Namakwa Diamonds currently operates on several disparate systems and as a result, was keen to reduce monthly and year-end reporting times. “Sage ERP X3 enables us to not only run one system across the entire mine, but we can also report via company, region and the overall group.”

According to Jacobsz, a major benefit of using Sage ERP X3 is the fact that it is a management solution centred on the Web. “We are able to access the system in real-time with a simple Internet browser internally and externally because Sage ERP X3 has a dynamic, intuitive Web 2.0 portal that provides easy access to the ERP and external application data. We are also able to integrate branches, subsidiaries and work with other business applications.”

The multi-ledger functionality also impressed Namakwa Diamonds. The mine is able to run several ledgers concurrently, which is a necessary requirement based on its global business. “We can run a group ledger, a country-specific one for government purposes as well as multi-currency ledger based on our transactions,” says Jacobsz. “We will also use the multi-language feature, which is a great benefit in DRC, for example, where we conduct business in French.”

In addition to manufacturing, distribution and accounting functions, Sage ERP X3 offers a set of core enterprise-wide workflow management software features that help transform a business into a real-time, on-demand organisation, responsive to the needs of customers.

Keith Fenner, vice-president, sales, Softline Accpac, says Sage ERP X3's workflow management software was a big draw-card for Namakwa Diamonds. “It enables customers to automate the flow of information within and outside a business based on company-specific work practices and procedures for handling important and exceptional events. Unlike traditional workflow automation software systems that come with pre-defined workflow processes, the extensive parameterisation available within Sage ERP X3 makes it possible for companies to define any business event and condition to initiate workflow messaging and/or trigger processing.”

Jacobsz says the fact that procurement is built into the workflow is a major advantage as it impacts the number of licences the mine has to purchase.

He says the support for Sage ERP X3 from Softline Accpac and its solution providers also impressed Namakwa Diamonds, and that the team working on the implementation is not only highly skilled but will also have significant local support directly from the vendor. “Datacentrix is an established ICT integrator with several years of implementation experience. I am very confident that they will work well with Softline Accpac and our Sage ERP X3 implementation will be a great success.”

Fenner says Namakwa Diamonds has made a sound decision. “According to an Ernst & Young 2009 survey, 80% of Sage customers consider Sage ERP X3 to be a significant improvement or even a competitive advantage. Namakwa Diamonds will not only benefit immediately from the implementation, but will also be well placed to compete effectively in the future.”

Softline Accpac

Softline Accpac is a provider of business management solutions, including financial, distribution, service management, retail, warehouse management, manufacturing and CRM to the mid-range market. Accpac solutions are delivered to 130 countries exclusively through a global network of solution providers, including over 150 throughout Africa. Softline Accpac's product line includes: Accpac ERP, Accpac CRM, Accpac RMS, Service Manager and Accpac Insight. Softline Accpac also distributes Sage ERP X3, a full-service enterprise management software system for mid-to-large businesses. With a choice of languages, currencies, enterprises, locations and legislations, Sage ERP X3 offers an efficient, multi-company solution.

Softline

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions to small, medium and large sized companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia. Focused on the development of accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions, Softline has a 20-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline's leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group's product offerings provides Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions. In November 2003, Softline was acquired by the Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 company. The software group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large sized business community. Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

The Sage Group

The Sage Group is a leading global supplier of business management software solutions and related products and services, principally for small to medium-sized enterprises. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage has 5.8 million customers and more than 14 500 employees worldwide. We operate in over 26 countries covering the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, India and China. For further information, please visit http://www.sage.com.

 

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