OPINION: Business software remains essential for modern manufacturers and distributions


The globalisation of business and the rise of the digital economy are two factors that continue to shape and disrupt modern manufacturers and distributers. The old ways of doing business have become obsolete, with a new data and user-driven ecosystem emerging based on modern computing.

Accelerating technology adoption is essential to unlocking productivity growth and bottom-line returns and to keeping up with the pace of technological developments. As the competitive landscape is shaped and redefined by several trends, how do businesses and organisations leverage them to capture new opportunities that arise?

At SYSPRO, we understand the challenges that South African manufacturers and distributors are facing. We create software solutions that solve challenges and unlock untapped efficiencies for businesses of all sizes and industries, helping them leverage our solutions to gain a competitive advantage. SYSPRO 8 marks a new era for ERP development, designed specifically to meet the demands of modern manufacturers and distributors.

Why choose an ERP system and SYSPRO 8

Whether an organisation is implementing its first ERP system or choosing to upgrade to the latest release, SYSPRO 8 brings an impressive set of innovative technologies into the SYSPRO ERP platform. These technologies include IoT connectivity and management, an interactive and intelligent bot and refinements to Harmony that will provide numerous benefits for businesses within several industries.

  • For manufacturers

Manufacturers who recognise that they need technology to help them accelerate the delivery of current or new products by optimising operations, without compromising quality, are turning to ERP systems to achieve this.

The World Economic Forum says ongoing transformations within manufacturing are driven by rising demand for customised products, digitalisation, localisation and shortened supply chains. Increased connectivity via the Internet has shortened the expected product delivery cycle and allowed new competitors to enter the market.

With solutions like SYSPRO 8, manufacturers can eliminate the necessity for dual capture and reduce errors typically caused by manual data capture by transacting directly on the shop floor. SYSPRO’s Manufacturing Operations Management solution within the system helps manufacturers optimise operational efficiencies through the better workflow of core manufacturing activities, such as scheduling, collecting, tracking and analyse.

  • For distributors

To ensure a seamless flow of information and prompt delivery of goods and services across the value chain, distribution companies must understand and incorporate the emerging trends. A significant trend is that distribution and logistics service providers are using technology at a previously unseen scale, to automate their processes and get ahead. The adoption of process automation in place of manual processing provides real-time visibility, streamlines process, and material flow, and drives customer satisfaction while preparing the industry for robotics.

Adopting an ERP solution, such as SYSPRO 8, offers full traceability features helps maintain precise data records of processes so areas of uncertainty exist. With automated systems, barcode readers and sensors, companies can improve inventory management, enhancing their ability to monitor warehouses, logistics, and retail points.

As organisations continue to operate in a highly regulated environment, manufacturers need to recall a product on short notice. As a result, product recall has been expanded to allow any traceable parent item that has been receipted into stock by any means, to be easily identified. The traceability of products from their origins through to their final destination is a key system requirement for distributors, especially when things go wrong.

  • For finance

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, you probably have been using an accounting system for a while, to keep a record of financial transactions and to monitor the financial well-being of your company. But how does your sales department keep track of quotations and sales orders? What does your warehouse manager use to record inventory, what is stored and what goes out?

SYSPRO 8 offers greater visibility into your company’s financial health, improving profitability and minimising risk. With Prophix Corporate Performance Management (CPM), organisations can automate the management of their budget cycle, providing financial consolidation and reporting, financial analysis, modelling, and planning

  • Enabling remote workforce

It is clear that the pandemic has been a catalyst for change and one notable shift has been the rise of the remote workforce. No matter what industry you are working in, transitioning to remote work requires the right set of tools. The software you plan to use should allow employees to participate in online meetings, access relevant documents, and indulge in collaborative activities.

Through a web-based user interface, allows you to access the same SYSPRO through a web browser on any device, on any platform, from anywhere, at any time. It is available to anyone who has installed SYSPRO 8, whether on-premises, in the cloud or both.

SYSPRO’s ERP solution is built to provide industry-specific functionalities for manufacturers and distributors. It provides organisations with the choice and flexibility to access and deploy their ERP their way and on their own terms.

When embracing emerging technology, it is important to work with an ERP provider who can ensure your business is geared up for that transition. SYSPRO 8 reduces the complexities of implementing and operating an ERP system, as it provides users with a familiar environment that encourages user uptake, making it easier and faster for them to get the job done.

By Deirdre Fryer, Head of Solutions Engineering SYSPRO Africa

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