Softline Accpac appoints Datacentrix as a solution provider

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Local business software provider, Softline Accpac, has appointed leading ICT integrator, Datacentrix, as a solution provider for Sage ERP X3, its full-service enterprise management software system for mid-market businesses.

Jeremy Waterman, managing director of Softline Accpac, says the appointment will assist in further establishing Sage ERP X3 as a dominant ERP software solution on the continent.

“Datacentrix is one of the most successful ICT companies in South Africa with an impressive footprint. Offering infrastructure, managed services and business solutions within the public and private sectors, the reseller agreement enables the company to offer a world-renowned ERP solution to new and existing customers.”

Johan Hanekom, account manager, Datacentrix, says the company evaluated a number of software vendors and their products in South Africa and identified Softline Accpac as a company Datacentrix would like to partner with. “Sage ERP X3 is a true tier two product with deep functionality that outperforms most of its opposition. It is also realistically priced and has an excellent functionality to price ratio.”

Hanekom says Datacentrix was also impressed with Softline Accpac's professional approach and high level of support offered to partners as well as the company's track record and brand awareness in the African market.

The decision to focus on the Sage ERP X3 solution was based on its ability to offer Datacentrix strong functionality in manufacturing and distribution. “These are two areas where we have traditionally played but needed deeper functionality. Sage ERP X3 has this ability and so much more. Softline Accpac also has a good vision for the product with a solid development road map,” says Hanekom.

Waterman says the partnership is a win-win situation for both companies. Datacentrix has a vision to become a leading ERP solution provider in the South African mid-market, and Softline Accpac is recognised as one of the strongest players in this sector. The launch of Sage ERP x3 has only further strengthened the company's position and potential as a market leader. “Datacentrix has a proven track record in deploying ERP solutions and will continue to do this with Sage ERP X3, but now in the native product.”

Having a good understanding of customer needs, Hanekom says Datacentrix also wanted a solution that is simple and directly addresses pain points as well as adding measurable value. “CIOs are under pressure to deliver solutions that have a positive return on investment. Another critical requirement for an ERP solution is to assist in the compliance of the organisation when it comes to legislation and standards like IFRS, ISO, and HACCP. We believe that Sage ERP X3 will more than meet the needs of our customers.”

He says addressing an increased demand for mobility was another key consideration for Datacentrix. Sage ERP X3 came out top again because it is based on flexible, open architecture oriented towards Web services, and can cater to up to 2 000 simultaneous users within an organisation.

“Datacentrix is now able to service the ERP needs of its customers. There are also several synergies which can now be created within the group using Sage ERP X3,” concludes Hanekom.

Sage ERP X3 is a top international ERP software solution, produced by the Sage Group, parent company to Softline. With over 6.1 million customers and 13 400 employees, Sage is a global market leader in the field of business management software and services.

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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 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, 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. It operates in over 26 countries covering the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, India and China. For further information, please visit

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