In our August blog we told you about Amy Mills and her team who had competed in the 2015 World Rowing U23 Championship’s in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Last week Amy competed at the Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships held at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge. The National Rowing Championships heats started with 874 athletes competing for nationals titles across 72 events. New Zealand’s Olympic hopefuls were competing for national honours and also the hope of catching the attention of Rowing New Zealand selectors, with Olympic trials in less than two weeks’ time.
Amy won Silver in the U22 Single sculls, Silver in the U22 Double sculls and Silver in the U22 Quad. She also qualified for the U23 National Selection trials to be held in April.
Happy New Year! This year has started with a roar:
We already have a great lineup of companies joining the Abel community in the first quarter. It’s so interesting to see what these businesses do. The diversity of our customer base always reminds me of Abel’s flexibility. Once these companies have gone live with Abel, I can let you know who they are!!
Our U.S. customers have kept us busy as they adopt more of Abel’s inter-database functionality. I mentioned some of Abel’s Enterprise Management functions in my December blog.
Our Research and Development Centre released Abel 188.8.131.52 in January comprising approximately 50 enhancements across many existing functions including CRM, Fixed Assets, Inventory Management and Manufacturing. If you want to know more about the latest release please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor. We are always working to keep Abel current and relevant.
In other news – have you checked out our newest case study yet? When AWTA (Australian Wool Testing Authority) wanted a flexible system that could adapt and expand with their business they chose Abel® ERP to deliver greater efficiencies across multiple departments, sites, divisions and countries. Chief Financial Officer Peter Walsh talks about AWTA’s implementation of Abel here.
Rik will be back again next month continuing his series of blogs on Abel’s features and how they can help you.
As we wrap up another year its time to share some of our achievements and celebrate having new customers join the Abel community.
This Year’s Highlights In February Callum Baird was promoted to Software Development Manager of Abel’s Research & Development Centre. Callum is responsible for our software engineers and Abel’s Technology & Functional Roadmap. This team moved into their new office space in March.
During April we attended the Abel worldwide meeting held in Salt Lake City. Alsco executives attended from seven countries. This meeting coincided with Abel’s 5.7 Release.
In August, Allan and I visited Australian Wool Testing Authority in Melbourne. We were also delighted to be among the Finalists in the American Chamber of Commerce DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards. It was the 50th anniversary of AMCHAM’s presence in New Zealand. See August’s Roundup for details.
Early in December we hosted a series of meetings for Alsco Senior Management in New Zealand. We took them sailing on an Americas Cup Yacht on the Waitemata Harbour, it was a great day. We sailed at a brisk 11 knots, with lots of boat creaking and nervous smiles all round!
From left: Larry Tomsic, Cory Nielson, Jane Mattsen, Steven Passey, Courtney Pond, Allan Baird, Paul Charlson and Callum Baird
Our Distributor and Implementation partner Abel Solutions has had a great year with Abel ERP implementations on both sides of the Tasman.
We are delighted to have Ausplastics, Fero, Destination Sinton, Hydroworks, Westervelt Company NZ, Pure Bottling NZ and Dairy Products NZ join the Abel community. I would especially like to thank David Mills and his team for all their work with the rollout of Abel into Deane Apparel, who is New Zealand’s largest marketer of uniforms, corporate work wear and farm clothing. Deane Apparel was established in the 1930’s (with sites located in Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne). Deane initially manufactured work wear and school clothing in its Christchurch factory. By the end of 1950s Deane had established itself as New Zealand’s leading work wear and farm clothing brand with its overalls and work jeans reaching iconic status. In the early 1990s the company diversified into uniforms and corporate wardrobes. Deane Apparel supplies innovative clothing solutions to many of New Zealand’s most high-profile brands.
Our Research & Development Centre released more new features and functionality this year including:
Abel Enterprise Management The Abel Enterprise Management suite provides the ability to run multiple business entities on independent databases, while still providing consolidated views of financial performance across multiple countries and currencies at all levels of your organization.
Customer Relationship Management Enhancements Abel’s CRM has been enhanced with significant new features for managing the sales cycle.
A new suite of screens for entering leads, converting leads to opportunities (which in turn automatically create the Client and Contact records), managing and maintaining opportunities and recording outcomes.
Executive Dashboards Our new dashboard screens help senior staff track their Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and manage by exception, especially highlighting work that is late.
Enhancements to Tracking We have made some enhancements to the Barcodes architecture used for Abel’s Batch, Serial and Unique Tracking capabilities.
Tracks (Batches, Serials and Uniques) have a number of new options available for validating document lines dealing with tracked stock.
We have extended Abel’s Bins and Batches functionality by adding Tanks and Grades. Abel’s new Tank functionality represents actual equipment in a factory e.g. tanks, vats, wine barrels, silos etc. Tank functionality is intended for those installations that need to trace the factory equipment (tanks) that a product was processed through, and also which batches of product have been through a particular tank.
Grades help installations that deal with both new and used items, enabling them to classify items as new or used (with various grades of used condition).
Improvements to Traceability Abel now provides a new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) data structure to capture radio frequency identification chips and also enables RFID to be attached to serial number tracking.
Tax Enhancements For indirect taxes (GST, VAT, Sales Tax)
We have introduced new tax features that make it easier to access data and generate reports.
The following areas have been enhanced:
Generating tax journals / tax returns.
Reporting adjustments to prior month’s data.
Identifying the tax transactions that make up the tax totals for each tax code (making the tax data easier to audit).
We have also added support for Malaysian GST.
The new tax structure is also useful for those Abel installations that report to multiple tax jurisdictions, helping them to more easily produce returns / reports for different tax sub-codes.
As always, we continue to work alongside our customers to make sure Abel meets their evolving business needs.
A big thank-you to our fabulous software engineers and support staff who come to work each day empowered to create the best ERP solution for growing businesses. The photo below shows our team on a recent outing.
To all our customers around the world, thank you for your business. We wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season, and we look forward to working with you again next year.
Gidday, This is the latest in a series of blogs I am writing on Abel’s features and what they can do for you.
One of Abel’s strengths is the flexibility of its manufacturing processes. Abel offers a variety of manufacturing processes and also offers the ability to combine them into sub-processes. Some of Abel’s customers use a simple, flat structure for their manufacturing processes and others use a multi-level structure to handle more complex requirements. Abel handles both ends of the spectrum with ease.
Let’s say you are manufacturing swimming pool fences and one of the steps in that process is an “external” manufacture whereby another company does the powder coating for you. Within Abel you can create your main manufacturing process and have the external manufacture as a sub-process within it. Abel gives you full visibility of your entire manufacturing process – including any steps that are completed externally.
This diagram shows one way that you can structure the pool fence example:
Abel’s Manufacturing Processes
Abel offers six manufacturing processes that you can mix and match to suit different requirements:
Manufacturing Order Manufacturing Orders are Abel’s “standard” manufacturing process. They are used to produce one or more items for a “make to order” or “make for stock” process. Manufacturing Orders enable you to track costs, work centers, machine time etc. They may have a Bill of Materials or they can be built manually.
Jobs Order Jobs Orders are designed to track costs for maintenance and repair work or any other job where the parts and labor costs cannot be predicted in advance. For example engine re-conditioning or equipment repairs. Abel’s Jobs Orders also provide for sophisticated pre-quoting and flexible invoicing.
External Manufacturing Order External Manufacturing Orders are used when an external company performs a step in your manufacturing process e.g. specialist coating or cutting. External Manufactures can consume your own stock at your premises or stock at the external company’s premises. They can track service charges and materials to be sent and they can also be scheduled.
Production Order Production Orders are often used in processes like food manufacturing to make a batch of something and then package it to produce one or more end products. e.g. Make a batch of marmalade and then package it in different sized containers with different labels for different countries. Production Orders can handle two bills of materials (e.g. one BOM for making the food item and another BOM for filling the containers, packaging and labelling). They also have full batch tracking of inputs (raw materials and stock items used e.g. ingredients, jars, lids) and outputs (finished batches produced).
Make Order Make Orders are Abel’s simplest manufacturing process. They suit simple assemblies and simple manufactures that have no Bills of Materials. e.g. making tablecloths. Make Orders do not use scheduling and they do not track machine time.
Shop Order Shop Orders are an “umbrella” process used to track a complex manufacture or assembly process and bring all the sub-manufactures together. Shop Orders can also split large manufactures into multiple manufactures or “lots” according to the lot size that your plant or equipment can handle.
Shop Orders, Manufacturing Orders, Jobs Orders and Production Orders can all contain other sub-orders to any depth that suits your manufacturing processes like the following example.
This example shows a “Shop” process for making Vitamin Capsules:
Well that’s a quick overview of Abel’s manufacturing processes, check out these case studies to see what some of our customers say:
GTech Bellmor – Precision as well as speed “Exporting centrifuge equipment to every corner of the world, GTech Bellmor chose Abel ahead of major ERP rivals to ensure it retained a leading edge…”
Myriad Engineering – Seeing the sum of its parts “When Myriad Engineering wanted better control of its pricing and production process, the precision small-parts machining company chose Abel ERP…”
Guala Closures – Because wine should always taste good “Abel gives us control of the business because everything is controlled with just one tool from supply through manufacturing, sales and finally to accounting…”
Manuka Health – Seeing into the hive “…Manuka Health has grown rapidly to serve in excess of 40 export markets. Implementing Abel has dramatically slashed time needed for quality control processes, significantly improved efficiency and helped much more effectively deliver on a central customer promise of clarity and transparency…”
Fairfax Industries – Keep on trucking “When Fairfax Industries needed a system to manage complex heavy truck and trailer manufacturing, they wanted something that was simple to run, but still had real grunt and could easily track every component of every job…”
Whether your business is small, mid-sized or large and has simple or complex manufacturing processes, Abel can help.
If you want to know more about Abel’s manufacturing capabilities, please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor.
August saw two more companies join the Abel community:
Another dairy product manufacturer – this one is based in Auckland.
A company that designs and manufactures large turbines and equipment for the hydro-generation industry.
American Chamber of Commerce Awards
In mid-August, we were delighted to be among the finalists in the American Chamber of Commerce DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards. It was the 50th anniversary of AMCHAM’s presence in New Zealand.
The awards were attended by US Ambassador Mark Gilbert, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and a number of past Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Past Presidents and others who have played a significant role in AMCHAM’s success over the last 50 years.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key presented the three Exporter Awards as well as the Supreme Award.
Prime Minister, The Rt Hon. John Key
A big thank you to our customers Mastip Technology, Australian Wool Testing Authority, G-Tech Bellmor, Alsco Inc, GMP Dairy and Manuka Health who were chosen to showcase Abel at the awards. Their success in exporting around the world is a vital part of our success.
Although we didn’t win our awards category, it was great for the Abel team to attend the evening’s celebrations and to meet other companies that are also doing business in the USA. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Aranz Medical Limited, the winner in our awards category.
On a visit to Melbourne last week, Allan and I visited the Australian Wool Testing Authority. The Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) is the world’s largest Wool Testing Authority, and uses Abel to run their financial, operational and analysis functions.
AWTA has three Raw Wool Testing laboratories in Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. Each laboratory operates 24 hours a day 5 days per week. Together they serve all of Australia. AWTA provides a bridge between the research and commercial applications of testing technology. They do this by :
Facilitating further research and development
Sponsoring and participating in practical trials
Developing and implementing national and international standards, procedures, methods and technologies.
AWTA’s operation provides major benefits to all segments of the wool industry in Australia and overseas.
AWTA’s Carl Carter took Allan and I on a tour of the Wool Testing Laboratory. It was truly fascinating to see all the tests and measurements that the wool samples go through including Yield Measurement, Vegetable Matter types in Australian Wool, Fibre Diameter Measurement, Staple Length and Strength Measurement, Colour Measurement and Fleece Measurement.
We then headed off to the Product Testing Division, an independent materials testing facility available to government instrumentalities, industry and the general public. The Product Testing Division is accredited by NATA to ISO/IEC standards. The laboratory provides a comprehensive range of testing services on a wide variety of products including: fibres, yarns, textiles, plastics, flammability, automotive, building products, glass, carpets/flooring materials, retail products, health care, insulation, clothing, accelerated weathering and laminates. It has specialised capabilities in thermal conductivity, spectrophotometry, measurement of static electricity and retro reflective performance.
From left: Carl Carter, Management Account, AWTA, Jane Mattsen, Business & Channels Manager Abel Software and Allan Baird, Managing Director, Abel Software
It’s always pleasing to meet up with our customers and see how Abel helps them with their businesses.
After the tour it was time for a well-deserved lunch at an all-time AWTA favourite Italian restaurant in North Melbourne. We met with Peter Walsh, AWTA Chief Financial Officer, and Denice Bennet-Rae, General Manager, Abel Solutions Australia.
From left: Denice Bennet-Rae, Abel Solutions Australia General Manager, Allan Baird, Managing Director Abel Software and Peter Walsh, Chief Financial Officer, AWTA
Supporting N.Z. Sport
We wish to congratulate Amy Mills and her team who recently returned from the 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. As part of supporting our community, we at Abel helped Amy fund her trip to the World Championships.
Amy’s team won the B final of the U23 Women’s Quadruple Sculls finishing 7th overall, having narrowly missed out on the A final by 0.18s to the eventual winner and 3rd place getter. As a young crew, they showed great courage in overcoming their disappointment of not making the final, to perform so well in the B final.
We look forward to seeing them on the world stage in the future.
Amy (right) and a teammate at the 2015 World Rowing Championships Photo courtesy of Steve McArthur, Rowing Celebrations
When Myriad Engineering wanted better control of its pricing and production process, the small-parts machining company chose Abel® ERP to integrate all the critical information it needed to stay competitive. Read about how Abel provides Myriad staff with real-time visibility and traceability over their entire operation. Check out the case study here.
Our Distributor, Abel Solutions has been busy installing three new Abel sites:
AUS Plastics, based in Perth, manufacture PVC injection moulded plumbing fittings. Their products are used throughout Australasia in the housing and construction industry.
An Auckland based pie manufacturer that produces and supplies a large range of speciality pies to café’s, supermarkets and service stations.
And finally Fero, an Auckland based company that specializes in contract manufacturing, assembly and processing of wire related products. Fero’s wiring looms are used in: Monitoring & Safety, Medical, Signage, Power Management, Lighting, Broadcasting, Appliances, Agriculture, Military, Marine and many more. Basically anywhere there is a requirement for wiring solutions. Fero runs a truly sophisticated manufacturing operation that competes worldwide. Check out the video of their operation.
As always, it’s pleasing to see how Abel helps our customers achieve their goals.
The month of April has been busy to say the least with new Abel implementations and the fit-out of new premises for our software development team.
Then it was off to the US for an Abel worldwide meeting with Alsco executives from seven countries. Abel’s latest release (5.7) was very well received and we had some very productive discussions. It was good to catch up with everyone again, and to finally meet in person the team from Brazil!
The Abel team with Alsco executives
While in the US we also met with students from San Diego State University who, as part of their Executive MBA program, conducted a research project to inform our US expansion. Although Abel already has a large number of sites in the US, our plan is to further ramp up our US presence.
Abel Software was one of only five New Zealand companies selected to take part in the program with San Diego State, a collaboration with Wellington’s Victoria University. Our involvement was facilitated by ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development), an organization that connects resources to opportunities for companies like ours who are exporting.
The work undertaken by the students from San Diego State was greatly appreciated and it was nice to meet up with Caleb, Junko, Rochelle and Shantanu and thank them for their good work.
From left: Allan Baird, Jane Mattsen (Abel Software), Caleb Queern (MBA Student, San Diego State)
From left: Junko Kuga, Rochelle Padilla, Shantanu Bose (MBA Students, San Diego State)
Rik will be back shortly to talk about new features in Abel Release 5.7 including our new International Generic Tax Journal, External Ledgers for Corporate Systems and significant enhancements to CRM around managing the sales cycle.
Gidday, This is the latest in a series of blogs I am writing on Abel’s features and what they can do for you.
Abel’s Enterprise Management helps both small and large organizations manage their many and varied organization structures and financial reporting requirements. With Abel, you can run multiple business entities in one database or in multiple databases, consolidating financial data to produce reports and financial results for different business entities, locations, countries or currencies. This same flexibility allows smaller businesses to grow easily with Abel, expanding their database from one location to multiple locations.
Abel uses “Reporting Branches” to group companies and departments for consolidated reporting purposes. You can define any number of reporting branches each containing the company / department groupings (trading branches) required. This enables you to slice and dice your data in many different ways giving you quality information to truly manage your organization.
Abel’s consolidation works across multiple databases so you can consolidate financial and operational information from your trading branches, no matter where they are geographically. In reports and enquiry screens, use your reporting branches to extract consolidated data for multiple trading branches. If you need to report in multiple currencies, simply specify a reporting branch for each currency.
Abel Enterprise has some pretty unique features. Each database can run independently while providing a consolidated financial view supported by automatic inter-database transfers. Each database location synchronizes its general ledger account balances with an equivalent account structure in a head office database, giving you an automatically-generated organization-wide, consolidated view of the financial accounts. Abel handles all this across different countries and currencies.
Users in head office or in branch databases can easily see a combined view of each branches’ financials comprising both local transactions and head office transactions for each branch. Abel’s security ensures that users can only see branch data that they are authorized to access. Users have automatic, transparent access to any Abel database that they have security credentials for. If they are viewing a summary figure in the head office database, they can double-click that summary figure to drill down into the actual data within the external database that it came from. Abel transparently logs them in to the remote database. Security in the remote location database is controlled as though the user had directly signed on.
Separate locations or business units often have many transactions in common. These include buying goods for each other, transferring stock, manufacturing goods, paying creditors, receiving debtor payments or paying for goods on behalf of each other. All these transactions require inter-company or inter-branch accounting processes. Abel provides inter-company documents (branch invoices) that are automatically produced in the host location and subsequently transferred to the remote location (branch transfers). Each document performs the correct accounting necessary to balance the inter-company accounts on consolidation. This includes providing for foreign currencies and different local taxation regimes. Abel will auto-generate the reciprocal document at the remote location.
So that was a very quick summary of how Abel Enterprise can help you manage and report across multiple business entities and / or locations.
Now here are a few tips and tricks for existing Abel customers. Did you know about these handy features?
You can manage your suppliers centrally. Simply enter a supplier’s details into your head office database and then replicate them to the branch databases. Managing your suppliers centrally offers potential cost savings and benefits.
Have you tried our newer inter company documents? Customer Dispatch to Supplier Delivery: A Customer Dispatch can create a Supplier Delivery in another database. Customer Invoice to Supplier Invoice: A customer invoice can create a supplier invoice in another database.
You can co-ordinate your monthly close off across all the databases. This is especially useful for installations running external ledgers that allow both branches and head office to create transactions for the branch. Users initiate the period close from the Head Office database and Abel automatically closes the same period in the branch databases.
If you want to know more about Abel’s Enterprise Management please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor.
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.
Abel gives us control of the business because everything is controlled with just one tool… If I’m going to a meeting in the South Island or I’m in Europe I can log-on and see a full, most recent report instantly; it doesn’t matter where I am.
Tomasz Malarczyk, General Manager Guala Closures, Auckland
Abel gives us absolute visibility from go to whoa … They are always prepared to absorb and work through the detail and go the extra mile.
Chris Bowman, Operations Manager Manuka Health, Te Awamutu
Serving a key New Zealand export industry, Guala Closures uses Abel ERP software to provide a complete picture of the business, maintain its leadership in a highly competitive sector and make sure every bottle of wine continues to taste as good as it should. Read more »
Whether or not you know the name, you are unlikely to drive too far on any New Zealand road without seeing a truck fitted with a Fairfax canopy. Started over 35 years ago and named after the avenue in the Auckland suburb of Penrose where it began, Fairfax has built several thousand trucks and more than 500 ambulances, putting a new unit on the road every 3.7 days. Read more »