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Synergy boosts HR and payroll performance with Sage HRM


Johannesburg, 29 May 2015
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Fact sheet
Solution: Sage HR Management
Industry: Business solutions
Provider: Synergy Group
User: Synergy Group

Complete business solutions provider, Synergy Group, is rolling out Sage HR Management to drive efficiencies in the management of its human resources and payroll functions.

Sage HR Management is a new, powerful and flexible HR solution that integrates tightly with the Sage ERP X3 business solution.

Synergy has been a Sage ERP Africa business partner for over 20 years and uses the Sage ERP X3 platform to drive its own business. The company has decided to implement Sage HR Management to better manage its mobile workforce as well as improve efficiencies in its business.

Says Synergy Group CEO Ashley Regenass: "Because we're a consulting firm, our people are right at the heart of our business. A modern payroll and HR platform is essential to engaging with our workforce and providing them with excellent service; understanding and optimising business performance and gaining better visibility into our costs, profitability and productivity.

"We were in the first group of Sage ERP X3 partners in South Africa, and as such, we were eager to join the early adopter programme for Sage HR Management.

"In addition to the benefits we'll derive from an HR solution that integrates with our ERP backbone, the project is an opportunity for us to skill up in a product that we plan to implement for our own customers. We believe it's the perfect solution for local mid-market enterprises - a point we're happy to prove by drinking our own champagne."

Regenass says that Sage HR Management is fully localised for the needs of the South African market and complies with all tax regulations and labour laws. The package will streamline compliance and help Synergy stay on top of a dynamic and changing HR landscape. What's more, it will help the company to better plan skills development and training across its workforce.

"Due to the integration between Sage HR Management and Sage ERP X3, processes such as expense claims and resource costing will be vastly streamlined," he adds.

Another benefit lies in the fact that Synergy will be able to engage employees using Employee Self-Service.

Employees will be able to apply for leave, pull up current or historical payslips, and manage expense claims from any device that has a modern Web browser. The data and transactions from the employee self-service system will automatically be updated in the payroll and HR system, cutting down on paperwork.

Synergy has already converted to the Payroll module of Sage HR Management. It plans to implement the Employee Self-Service and Skills Management modules next.

Regenass reports that data migration and the printing of February payslips on the new system ran smoothly. "Our implementation methodology follows a plus-one formula," he says. "We seek to add one major benefit for the client in the first phase, which we achieved by going live with Payroll and Employee Self-Service. Now, we have the framework in place on which we'll be able to quickly add new benefits and features."

Sage VIP, a division of Sage HR & Payroll and a part of Sage South Africa, is working closely with Sage ERP Africa and its business partners to implement Sage HR Management at South African sites. "Sage HR Management helps companies to boost performance and efficiency in their HR environments by automating processes such as payroll, hiring, on-boarding and retaining talent, and statutory reporting," says Anton van Heerden, Managing Director for Sage HR & Payroll. "This frees the HR team to focus on developing the workforce rather than doing paperwork. We are delighted that Synergy will be exploring these benefits in its own business before helping us take this solution to other South African clients."

Synergy

Synergy Group (Synergy) is a complete business solutions provider with specific focus on implementing Sage ERP software solutions as well as providing turnkey IT managed services.

Established in 1993, Synergy, which is a Sage Premier Partner, has been implementing the Sage ERP range of enterprise resource planning software for more than two decades. From manufacturing to mining, two users to 1 000 users, it has established itself as one of Sage's leading partners with vast experience in rolling out successful projects for various industries. For more information, visit: www.synergygroup.co.za.

Sage VIP

Sage VIP, a division of Sage HR and Payroll, and a part of Sage South Africa, is a leading supplier of cloud-based and on-premises payroll and human resource management solutions in South Africa and Africa. Sage VIP's comprehensive range of products and services offer you ease of use, stability and reliability. Whether your business is an SME or a multinational corporation, it caters to your unique company and legislative needs, giving you the rock-solid support you need to grow your business with confidence.

Sage VIP is statutorily compliant in 14 African countries, with an extensive business partner network supporting all its software, which includes Sage Pastel Payroll & HR and Sage VIP.

The Sage Group

The Sage Group provides small- and medium-sized organisations, and mid-market companies with a range of easy-to-use, secure and efficient business management software and services - from accounting, HR and payroll, to payments, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management. Its customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has millions of customers and circa 13 000 employees in 23 countries covering the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil. For further information, please visit www.sage.com.

Editorial contacts
icomm Del-Mari Roberts (+27) 011 803 0030 delmari@ideaengineers.co.za
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