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Enprise Software sold to ProjectLine, Canada

November 5, 2015

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This morning Enprise Group announced the conditional sale of its SAP software business, Enprise Software to Canadian SAP partner, ProjectLine.

I see this as a very positive move that will benefit the customers and partners of Enprise Software, whilst enabling Enprise Group to consolidate its focus on its two remaining businesses, Enprise Solutions and Datagate Innovation.

ProjectLine has been a very active reseller of Enprise Software products in the Canadian market and their team has a high level of expertise in Enprise products as well as the North American SAP Business One market. Their branches across Canada put them in the right time zones to give superior support to Enprise Software partners and customers right across North America and beyond. All current Enprise Software staff members will be retained within the business and Enprise Software Inc. will be a separate entity within the ProjectLine group.

Most of Enprise Software’s partners and customers reside in North America, so will be better off by having more localised support. All of Enprise Software’s partners and customers will benefit from the bigger team now backing the Enprise products.

Derin Hildebrandt (pictured) and his team at ProjectLine are high quality professionals, with a lot of experience in the SAP Business One market. They have an excellent reputation and I’m certain that Enprise Software and its team, partners and customers are in good hands. I wish them all the best!

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Elliot Cooper and Derin Hildebrandt
Derin Hildebrandt and Mark Loveys
Derin Hildebrandt and Mark Loveys
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Cathy Masters and Derin Hildebrandt

Elliot Cooper is new CEO of Enprise Group

September 15, 2015

This month, Enprise co-founder and former CFO, Elliot Cooper has taken up the CEO role at Enprise Group and I have shifted to a new role as CEO of our Cloud start-up business, Datagate Innovation Ltd.

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Elliot and I have worked together in a number of technology businesses, starting from PC Direct in the mid 1990’s, then Exonet (creating the software now known as MYOB EXO), then Datasquirt, Enprise and EMS-Cortex.

Elliot was the initial designer of our popular “Enprise Job” Job Costing module for SAP Business One. The product is often praised as having the best General Ledger integration of all the Project Costing modules available for Business One and this is thanks mainly to Elliot’s initial design.

After being the CEO for thirteen years, it makes a nice change for me to go back to running an early stage start-up business, along with another of my long-term colleagues, Steve Southon.

Enprise Group is in good hands with Elliot at the helm. Nobody knows that business better than he does and he’s been there right from the start.

Enprise America at Austin ASUG

September 3, 2015

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This week Cathy Masters and I traveled to Austin, Texas and attended the ASUG SAP Business One Summit, along with Greg Robinson and Kevin Smith of Enprise America.

This annual ASUG event is a great opportunity to catch up with Enprise’s North American reseller partners along with their customers and prospects.

This year, Cathy and Kevin demonstrated the latest versions of Enprise Job and Enprise Anywhere to our partners and their prospects.

During one of the breakout sessions, Ron Mondor of Zantek IT and Moty Moshin of coresystems demonstrated a fully integrated mobile job costing solution, comprising coresuite time, Enprise Job and SAP Business One.

Enprise adds North American presence

August 19, 2015

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Enprise Software has recently partnered with USA-based Pilot Solutions to be “Enprise North America”, offering local sales, technical and implementation support to North American Enprise channel partners.

The United States and Canada are very important, strategic markets for Enprise. Our new North American office offers local support in North American time zones. It gives our network of American and Canadian partners access to specialist resources that extend their own teams when dealing with Enprise add-ons. These include pre-sales engagements, marketing and lead development as well as implementation and consulting services.

In addition to our new local presence, we have some great new products, like “Enprise Anywhere” and “Enprise Job for SAP HANA” which we think will drive more sales for the North American channel.

Greg Robinson and Kevin Smith of Pilot Solutions (pictured above in Miami, Florida) have been friends of mine and the Enprise team for many years. They have an exceptionally good level of knowledge and experience around Enprise products and the SAP Business One channel.

I’m extremely glad to have Greg, Kevin and the Pilot team working in North America, as part of the Enprise team.

“Enprise Anywhere” hits North America

June 7, 2015

Cathy Masters demonstrates Enprise Anywhere top an SAP Business One partner

Enprise Software’s newest product, “Enprise Anywhere” has been well received by the North American SAP Business One channel, with several large orders received within days of the product’s release.

Enprise Anywhere is a mobile extension of our popular “Enprise Job” solution and allows mobile workers to look up and update job information from out in the field, using a tablet or smart phone.

Last week, Enprise Software GM Cathy Masters and I met with our North American partners at the SAP Business One Innovation Summit in Miami. Everyone there was upbeat about the many exciting new product innovations from SAP and from solution partners like Enprise.

Of particular interest was SAP’s demonstration of the new HTML5 version of SAP Business One, which looks just like the Windows version, has similar capabilities and runs in a web browser. This will be an ideal companion to Enprise Anywhere, where the emphasis of the Business One suite is moving towards the browser.

Enprise Job & SAP B1 for DCAA compliance

April 14, 2014

DCAA Compliance

Contractors that supply goods and services to the United States Department of Defense must adhere to regulations governing the way they configure and operate their accounting systems. The DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) is the government agency that audits and assesses their compliance with these regulations based on the type of contract they have with the government.

A contractor is said to be “DCAA Compliant” when their accounting systems and processes comply with the regulations set out in the web site www.dcaa.mil

The following capabilities of SAP Business One and Enprise Job provide an ideal and powerful platform for configuring a DCAA compliant accounting and project costing solution;

  • Proper segregation of direct costs from indirect costs
  • The ability to identify and accumulate direct costs by contract
  • A logical and consistent method for the allocation of indirect costs to intermediate and final cost objectives
  • Accumulation of costs under general ledger control
  • A timekeeping system that identifies employee’s labor by intermediate or final cost objectives
  • A labor distribution system that charges direct and indirect labor to the appropriate cost objectives
  • Interim determination of costs charged to a contract through routine posting to books of account.
  • Exclusion from costs charged to Government contracts of amounts that are not allowable pursuant to FAR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures, or other contract provisions
  • Identification of costs by contract line item and units (as if each unit or lines was a separate contract) if required by the proposed contract
  • Segregation of pre-production costs from production costs

For more specific information on Enprise Job, SAP Business One and DCAA compliance, please refer to our white paper, Enprise Job and DCAA Compliance.

New Enprise Products and Services for 2014

February 28, 2014

Last year was a hard working year for Enprise Software. Most of that work was in preparation for this year, when we are releasing a string of new products and services to our channel partners.

Firstly, we’ve taken notice of the overwhelming demand for consulting services for the more advanced and challenging Enprise implementations. Enprise partners can now hire expert consultants from Enprise Consulting Services to work in conjunction with their teams on some of the more demanding projects. Our charge-out rates are set competitively so that partners can on-sell this service work to their clients. We can even be virtual members of our partners’ teams when required.

We also have a number of exciting product releases scheduled for the first half of 2014, including;

  • An integration between Enprise Job and coresuite mobile.
  • Major new releases of Enprise Job and Enprise Rent
  • APP Management Dashboards for Enprise Job
  • Enprise Anywhere – an all new tablet-oriented HTML5 client for Enprise Job
  • Enprise Job and Enprise Rent versions for SAP HANA

So this year will be just as busy for the Enprise Software team as last year was, only now our work will be a lot more visible to our partner community and clients.

Grayling Chooses AccountAbility Cloud Job Management and Accounting Solution

November 22, 2013

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Grayling, the world’s second largest independent PR consultancy, presently uses AccountAbility in ten countries and plans to roll it out to a further 18 countries over the next 12 months. Prior to using AccountAbility, the Grayling group of companies used several disparate systems that were not able to meet their needs.

AccountAbility delivers the functionality that Grayling requires as a global agency. The fully integrated solution facilitates the management of global business structures and includes an outstanding multi-currency capability. Eliminating the need for different systems, AccountAbility allows the company to consolidate information and report across their entire network with full reporting capabilities including job, production time, resourcing, financials and in particular profitability. The all important revenue tracker, has for the first time, given the Global CFO the ability to track global client revenues in real-time, giving him a single source of the truth.

Grayling selected AccountAbility on its strength as a vertical solution, built specifically for the marketing communications sector, as well as it being Cloud technology that meets the complex needs of a modern agency. The ease and speed of implementation was a key factor, as was the total cost of ownership. The solution offers full functionality with an intuitive interface, allowing ease of use to any level of user across the business.

I am very excited about Enprise’s investment in Accountability, as it is now a globally-proven, high-growth solution with first-mover advantage in its huge vertical market. Enprise will be working closely with Accountability in the coming years in order to help achieve the significant potential of this innovative solution.

ASUG SAP Business One Summit 2013

September 24, 2013
ASUG 2013 was held at the Anaheim Convention Center

ASUG Business One Summit 2013 was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, near Disneyland.

Each year Enprise attends the ASUG Business One Summit in the United States, where we meet with our reseller partners, customers, sales prospects, SAP executives and other SAP Solution Partners. This year the event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California. The event has grown in numbers significantly each year and this time was no exception.

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Cathy Masters of Enprise demonstrates Enprise Job to customers and partners at ASUG Business One Summit 2013

The hottest topic of interest with our partners and customers this year, was our new integration between Enprise Job and coresuite time. This enables users to remotely enter time and materials information against jobs in Enprise Job, in a an on-line or off-line mode, using an iPhone or iPad.

Also popular with visitors to the Enprise table were the exclusive-to-New Zealand lemon flavoured L&P chocolates

Empowering the Customer – so many choices

May 10, 2013

As time moves forward in the world of business and commerce, we as consumers increasingly get offered more and more choices and options. “Empowering the customer” is what it’s all about.

A case in point is the financial and business management software industry where I work through my role at Enprise Group. Today there are exponentially more options than ever before in all aspects of designing, configuring, consuming, delivering, accessing and paying for software and related services. In addition, there are significantly varied choices of software vendor and choices in the type of expert services to help and guide you in the use of your selected system. I think this abundance of choice is great and the different options work well for different types of businesses in different situations.

Let’s look at the different choices and I’ll offer you my opinion of the relative pros and cons;

    1. Choice of Financial Software

Your choice of financial software is critical because you want to know that the software will be around for the long-term to grow along with your business. My advice is to stick with strong market-leading vendors who have modern technology platforms & development roadmaps, decent market share and are profitable growing businesses themselves. My recommendations for Australasian businesses are vendors like MYOB, SAP and Microsoft. These are sound and proven long-term operators that have innovative, future-proof offerings. The heart of your financial system is not something to take undue risks with in my opinion. Your choice of software vendor has long-term implications. Strong, established vendors will also tend to have a strong and established channel of service and solution partners that can ensure that you get the best performance and add-on solutions for your system.

    2. Cloud versus On-Premise

Financial software in “The Cloud” is a valid software outsourcing/management, delivery and financing option for many businesses, but it is being over-hyped at this time in my opinion. It is the right option for some businesses, just as on-premise is the right option for other businesses. A clear and logical view is required to see through all the smoke and mirrors to make the right decision for your business.

“The Cloud” for financial software refers to a combination of options, including; multi-tenanting, outsourcing, hosting and subscription pricing or “software as a service” or “pay as you go”. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the individual options and remember that each of these can be selected individually or collectively when buying financial software solutions these days.

    • Multi-Tenanting:

    This is where many different businesses share the same instance of an on-line software package. It is a very good way of getting a large number of customers to share and thereby reduce costs, but that in turn comes at a cost in terms of a loss in flexibility. It’s a bit like riding in a bus instead of your own car. It costs a lot less but you have no control over a lot of things, such as when upgrades, fixes and changes will happen to your system and the ability to pilot-test for workflow issues in a new version on your data before you commit to an upgrade. There is also the limiting of options with regard to connecting to other software or devices. This is potentially scary stuff to medium or large businesses with more complex workflows, but of little concern to smaller simpler businesses.

    • Remote Hosting:

    Having your software and server hosted and managed in a professional-grade data centre with lots of redundancy, by professional, qualified engineers is without doubt the most safe and secure option if you’re serious about safety and security for your system. This is a good option if you have business-grade Internet connectivity which is subject to minimal outages and speed problems. If your local Internet connections are not up to scratch then hosting your software and/or server outside your building will be painful. There are other benefits, such as being able to access your software using a range of platforms and devices but then again there can be added complexities when you want to do simple things like integrate with software on your local computer or do fancy stuff with printers and scanners etc.
    Remote hosting can be more expensive or less expensive than on-premise hosting, depending on the expertise level of your staff, Internet and other costs and what grade of server you already own.
    All in all a mixture of pros and cons depending on your situation. Remember that any software can be remotely hosted – not only the multi-tenanted browser-based variety. As an example, check out 2Cloud.biz

    • Subscription Pricing:

    Often referred to as SaaS Pricing (Software as a Service) – this is where you pay as you use the software. It’s a bit like leasing a car and there is usually a minimum term, such as two or three years that you sign up for. It’s a Profit & Loss expense instead of buying a software license asset on the Balance Sheet of your business. An advantage of subscription pricing is that for full Cloud solutions, it’s clean & simple and includes all costs including software upgrades, hosting and support. A disadvantage is that you’re often locked into a payment plan and in the long run it can be more expensive than buying the software license outright in the first place.

At Enprise, we like to empower our customers with choices when it comes to their financial software solutions and our consultants are well equipped to help them in making the right choices for their businesses. Cloud or on-premise, local or hosted, up-front or subscription pricing – the choices are all there.