Happy New Year! We are already back into it.
While the rest of the world is conducting “business as usual” we, in Australasia, call December and January the “silly season” because we take advantage of the warm weather and go on holiday. This makes it a quieter period for some businesses and an ideal time for systems maintenance and new implementations. Our distributor Abel Solutions has been kept on their toes with new customer implementations over the period. To be honest life cannot stop around here.
In other news, we have been receiving fantastic feedback from customers taking advantage of Abel’s Enterprise Management functionality.
Our customers can easily view consolidated data for any combination of companies and branches within their organization at any time. They can also synchronize their period close across the whole group. At the end of the period, staff initiate the period close from the Head Office system and Abel automatically closes the periods in all of the Branch systems. Head Office staff can then produce their final consolidated reports.
Another Enterprise Management feature receiving rave reviews is the ability to manage and pay suppliers centrally. This suits organizations or groups with a Head Office / Branch structure:
- At the Branches, staff enter their supplier invoices and authorize them for payment. Upon authorization, the supplier invoices are automatically transferred to the Head Office system ready for payment.
- Head Office makes one supplier payment to each supplier on behalf of all the Branches.
- All Supplier codes are kept consistent across the group. At any time Head Office staff can create or amend any supplier’s details. With a push of a button the change will immediately take effect, and be pushed out to all Branch systems.
Tracking supplier expenditure across the whole organization is a powerful tool, especially when negotiating contracts and price discounts with suppliers. Also, Abel’s centralized supplier management significantly reduces overhead costs in the Branches.
If your business has multiple locations, or you are considering expanding to multiple locations or you just want to understand how Abel’s Enterprise Management functionality can benefit you, then please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor to find out how we can help you.
Also, I recently updated the technology section of our website. This explains the benefits of Abel’s Architecture, its multi-layered model and why Abel’s Application Engine is so powerful. We are often asked how we are able to configure and implement Abel in a shorter timeframe than other ERP vendors. The Technology section explains why.
And finally, congratulations to Abel customers Manuka Health and GMP Dairy, and also to our good friends at Wynyard Group who have all been nominated as finalists in the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards.
We have plenty lined up for the year ahead. We are looking forward to working with our current customers and our new customers who are currently preparing for their Abel implementations.
Rik will be back again next month continuing his series of blogs on Abel’s features and how they can help you.