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Lorge Consulting Services brings ray of sunshine to SA economy amid COVID-19 pandemic


Johannesburg, 02 Sep 2020
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In a seemingly apocalyptic time when many lives have been lost, when industries have faced near death, unemployment rates have soared, and entire economies have been severely battered to say the least, it naturally follows that people all over are seeking solace. The hope of a better tomorrow.

Responding to the COVID-19 impact

While many stakeholders, including government, have relentlessly attempted to navigate and preserve the country through these dark and uncharted waters, the cataclysmic effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic have nonetheless remained. Furthermore, the resultant and indelible social and economic impact is likely to persist well into the distant future. This has, however, created space for the private sector to innovate and introduce creative solutions in South Africa – and beyond.

“Measures such as nationwide lockdown, curfews, wide-scale cessation of local and international flights, among others, were generally unavoidable. Unfortunately, while curbing the infection rate, the economy and countless businesses have inevitably suffered, much to the detriment of the average employee, hoping to make ends meet. Those entities that have managed to survive have either responded timeously in evolving their systems, or will be compelled to do so imminently to ensure continuity. Therefore, finding the most appropriate solutions is critical,” said Lorge CFO Carlien Thomson.

Commenting on evolving solutions, she added: “This becomes a necessity more than a precautionary measure if businesses are to thrive and not merely survive in a post-lockdown economy. Each role-player needs to do their part towards rebuilding a brighter tomorrow. Our mission at Lorge remains unchanged. We are poised and committed to deliver world-class, intuitive, adaptable, truly cloud-based and relevant business management and business intelligence solutions that precisely meet the most current and evolving needs of progressive enterprises. By delivering innovative solutions, we seek to better the marketplace, foster employment, enable management to function optimally, save time and propel profits.”

Leveraging a new cloud-based solution: Introducing Sage Intacct

The above statements, alluding to innovative solutions, come at a most apt time given that Lorge, as a Sage Platinum Partner and delivering a full-scale suite of Sage products for over 30 years, now adds to its offering the Sage Intacct Solution, award-winning cloud software that empowers businesses to improve performance and make finance teams more productive.

Scalable from start-ups to multinationals, the software is now available in South Africa as part of Sage Business Cloud, with support for local statutory and legislative requirements as standard. Lorge Consulting Services is one of the few certified Sage Intacct providers, licensed to resell and implement the solution in South Africa.

This coincides not only with the demands of operating in a COVID-impacted society, but also with the growing responsibilities that fall on the finance department and the chief financial officer (CFO). The release of Sage Intacct comes at a time that the CFO is playing a more significant role in leading the digitalisation of businesses and supporting business strategy.

Sage Intacct is a solution developed by finance professionals for finance professionals, featuring the flexibility, ease of integration, world-class security and user-friendliness the market has come to expect from Sage. The software provides deep multidimensional accounting, automation for efficient financial operations and sophisticated visibility for real-time decision-making.

The product is a market leader that has earned many awards and high rankings from independent analysts. This includes yielding the highest comparative score in core financials for lower midsize enterprises use case (Gartner’s 2020 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites), topping Oracle in second position and Microsoft in third.

Closing remarks: Adding Sage Intacct to Lorge’s product suite

“Sage Intacct is one of the very few true cloud solutions. This means that Sage Intacct users throughout the world access a universal platform and everyone has access to the latest features at the same time. Sage Intacct also offers state-of-the-art features at a fraction of the price that until now was only available in first tier products,” said Lorge Mid-Market Solutions Director, Riekie Roux.

Added Lorge Director, Jurgens Snyman: “At Lorge, we have been extremely productive during the lockdown period, and can boast that we have nine consultants who have successfully completed the Sage Intacct Implementation course. This means we are in a position today to showcase, implement and support this amazing product.”

Gerhard Hartman, Vice-President, Medium Business, Sage Africa & Middle East, said: “We are excited to bring Sage Intacct to South Africa because we believe this solution will help CFOs and senior financial decision-makers to accelerate their strategies for process automation and digital transformation. Partners like Lorge have an invaluable role to play in helping customers unlock the power and value of this financial management platform through their consulting and implementation expertise.”

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