Posts Tagged ‘EnpriseSW’

The Road to HANA

May 9, 2013

SAP has a powerful new platform for business software called HANA. HANA stands for “High Performance Analytical Appliance” and it utilizes new “In-Memory” database technology, made possible by the new generation of computer servers that can have massive amounts of very fast Random Access Memory (RAM). The HANA database is column-based instead of row-based like conventional SQL servers, so the way it accesses data internally is completely different. HANA can handle massive workloads such as performing complex analytical queries at the same time as processing heavy transactional throughput – all on the same HANA appliance.

So what does all this mean for business customers? In short it means that business software running on HANA can run more concurrent users on larger databases more quickly than conventional database servers and at the same time produce complex real-time data warehousing-type analytics without having to run a separate server. Real time analytics is able to run at the same time as heavy transactional throughput on the same database. Wow.

At Enprise, we are excited about the new capabilities that HANA will give to our customers. Enprise Job customers on HANA will be able to run more concurrent users more quickly on larger databases and we will be able to produce more sophisticated reports and analysis of job and transaction data.

We expect that our largest Enprise Job customer – Nashua Communications of Midrand, South Africa (who run 300+ SAP Business One users and 60+ Enprise Job users) will be one of our first customers to fully switch their Business One system to HANA. At present they are running Business One HANA Analytics and are very pleased with the powerful search and analytical capabilities that is giving them. The next step for Nashua is to move all of their transactional processing on to HANA.

James Brading and I caught up with Nashua’s CIO, Darren de Vries at the SAP HANA TechSummit event in Bratislava during April this year.

Mark Loveys, Darren de Vries and James Brading

Mark Loveys, Darren de Vries (CIO of Nashua Communications) and James Brading at the SAP HANA TechSummit in Bratislava

Enprise Job now in French!

May 1, 2013

Maybe it’s because I was born in Montreal but grew up in New Zealand without learning to speak French, that makes me so excited to see Enprise Job and Enprise Rent fully translated to the French language. I may not be able to speak French myself, but at least my software can!

Our French Canadian partners have long been asking for French translations of our very popular Enprise Job and Enprise Rent solutions for SAP Business One – and we are very pleased to deliver this for them in version 8.81.201, available for general release later this month.

Enprise is serious about providing business solutions to the French language countries and regions. As for me, I intend to brush up on my own French language skills. Nous pouvons le faire!

James demonstrates Enprise Job in French
Enprise Product Manager, James Brading demonstrates the new French Translation of Enprise Job.

SAP Business One, UK & Nordic Partner Day

April 22, 2013

Enprise product manager, James Brading and I arrived in London over the weekend in order to attend the UK & Nordics SAP Business One Partner Day on Tuesday 23rd April. Over the next few days we hope to meet with most of our resellers in this region.

Our main message to the partners here is that Enprise is now better equipped in the following ways to help them grow sales;

  • We have a new Technical Account Manager, Corban Slabbert who is based in the local time zone and is the first point of contact for our SAP Business One partners based in the UK, Nordics, Africa and Continental Europe. In addition to managing our partner relationships, Corban has product and technical expertise, so is well equipped to assist partners with sales and product related issues. This is in addition to Enprise’s web-based support and support tracking systems.
  • Since we last visited the UK, we now have a new product offering in the form of Enprise Rent, which extends the functionality of Enprise Job to give it functionality for businesses which have a project rental focus.
  • We have recently produced translations of our Enprise Job and Enprise Rent products to the French language. We also have a German partner producing a German translation. Further future translations are now being considered.

We are excited about the sales potential for Enprise SAP Business One solutions in the UK and Nordic region, given the strong market here for well proven software like ours that caters for service related industries. In the past, our partners and customers here have loved our products, but found that our lack of a local contact and time zone support limited our mutual success. This has now been addressed by the addition of Corban to our team, who is based in South Africa, specifically to be of service to this region.

Corban Slabbert

Corban Slabbert – Enprise’s Technical Account Manager, EMEA Region

All eyes on SAP HANA in Bratislava

April 10, 2013

Next week, April 17-19, around 270 SAP partners and personnel from around the world will meet in Bratislava, Slovakia for the SAP Business One HANA Tech-Summit. During this event, SAP Business One consultants and developers will gain knowledge and experience on SAP Business One running on SAP HANA.

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James, Lita and I will be there from Enprise. We are in the process of adapting all of our solutions, (including Enprise Job and Enprise Rent) for SAP Business One to run on HANA.

HANA extends the reach of SAP Business One and partner solutions up-market to larger business with more users, data and analytical requirements.

We are excited to be part of this major market opportunity and are convinced that SAP Business One and solutions such as Enprise Job will benefit greatly from the industry-leading, game-changing analytical horsepower of SAP HANA.

Enprise goes to Bratislava

April 8, 2013

Next week James Brading, Lita Teng and I will travel from New Zealand to Bratislava, to attend the SAP Business One Tech-Summit. This is a global event where we will learn directly from SAP about their latest technologies, including HANA – SAP’s new High Performance Analytical Appliance.

HANA is of particular significance to Enprise, because we are presently developing the capability for all of our products to run on HANA. Similarly, SAP is also releasing all of its software to run on HANA – including SAP Business One.

HANA gives SAP Business One and solutions such as Enprise Job a lot more processing power and analytic capability, enabling the solutions to be suitable for larger customers with larger volumes of data and more sophisticated data analysis requirements.

Following the Tech-Summit, James and I will continue up to London for the SAP Business One UK & Nordics Partner Day.

We look forward to meeting many of ours and SAP’s reseller partners from around the world at both of these events.

Enprise opens in South Africa

March 29, 2013

This week I was delighted to welcome Corban Slabbert back to Enprise as our South African based Technical Account Manager for the EMEA region.

Corban was one of our original team members, when we launched the Enprise business back in late 2002. She has extensive technical, accounting, ERP & business experience. Having her back in the Enprise team is a major gain for Enprise, our partners and our customers.

Corban Slabbert

Corban is based in Pretoria East, S.A. and will offer sales and product support to Enprise’s partners in Africa, the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe, for the full range of Enprise solutions for SAP Business One.

Having Corban now based in South Africa is demonstration of Enprise’s commitment to our partners and customers in Africa, the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe. We will now be able to give more immediate support and assistance for Enprise products to our partners in this region.

Corban is presently spending time with the Enprise Software team in Auckland, before heading back to South Africa to start her new role in mid April.

Enprise to List on Friday, February 1st

January 28, 2013

On Friday, February 1st 2013, Enprise Group Limited will list on the National Stock Exchange (NSX) of Australia under the CHESS code ENS.

This marks the completion of a series of restructuring moves at shareholder level for Enprise, where we have transitioned from being Venture Capital funded to being publicly listed, with over 350 shareholders.

Nearly all of our staff are now shareholders in the business, along with our directors, plus a number of professional investors and funds.

This year we will build on our portfolio of software products, as well as expand our local and international geographic coverage.

It’s Business, it’s Personal

December 29, 2012

You might have noticed that my photograph appears regularly on Enprise’s web sites and marketing material. A fair question would be why me and why not a better-looking member of the Enprise team (of which there are many!).

My rationale is that business is personal and as CEO I am ultimately responsible to every customer, partner, shareholder, staff member and board member for the performance and behavior of Enprise, its people, services and software products. In business, you need to know (or at least see) who you are dealing with and where the buck stops. At Enprise, it stops with me.

My resolution for the New Year and beyond, is to continue striving to make Enprise a better and bigger business; to give better quality of service and offer better value for money to our customers and partners; to offer new innovative solutions to give our customers true competitive advantage; to be a great employer and attract and retain the best staff; to be fair and honest in all business dealings; to grow the business; and to give a fair and good return to our shareholders. What’s more, I’m going to put more pictures of other Enprise team members on to our web sites and promotional material – in addition to me!

I think 2013 is shaping up to be a prosperous year for small to medium-sized businesses – and on that note, I’d like to wish all readers Compliments of the Season and Happy New Year!

DSQ – Enprise acquisition, cloud & growth strategy approved

September 24, 2012

Last week, on Friday 21st September at DSQ Holdings Ltd’s Annual General Meeting, shareholders voted to approve the acquisition of Enprise. This is the beginning of a major new chapter in the evolution of both Enprise and DSQ (formerly Datasquirt), which will now become one and the same.

The new combined business will be named Enprise Group Limited, which will be a public New Zealand company, listed in Australia with over 350 shareholders.

This is a very positive development for all stakeholders (customers, partners, staff and shareholders) of both Enprise and DSQ.

The new Enprise Group will retain its focus on all aspects of delivering high-quality business software, solutions and services to small and medium sized enterprises. It will have offices throughout New Zealand and Australia (Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Hamilton) in addition to its international channel of around 100 reseller partners throughout the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Enprise is a stable and profitable platform for growth, with three business units; Enprise Solutions NZ, Enprise Solutions AU, Enprise Software plus the joint venture, 2Cloud.biz.

Enprise Software is an SAP Gold Software Solution Partner that develops solutions for SAP Business One which is sold through an international partner channel.

Enprise Solutions is a top MYOB Platinum Partner in both New Zealand and Australia, which sells and supports the market leading MYOB EXO suite of business software.

2Cloud.biz is a joint venture, offering Cloud delivery of popular ERP solutions through established reseller channels. Presently, the business is focused exclusively on Cloud delivery of MYOB EXO and associated solutions to the Australasian market.

The new Enprise Group will exploit a range of growth-driving opportunities for its customers and for itself; including the shift to Cloud Computing, Mobile Solutions, Regional Expansion and new “Big Data” processing technologies.

I will be discussing various aspects of the new Enprise Group and its growth opportunities on this blog, over the coming weeks.

SAP Business One ASUG Summit at Nike WHQ, Beaverton Oregon.

August 15, 2010

Last week I visited Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon to attend the ASUG Business One Summit. This was probably one of the most positive and inspiring business events I’ve ever attended.

ASUG stands for “America’s SAP User Group” and it’s a group of SAP customers from throughout North America who network together to share their experiences and knowledge in order to get the most out of their SAP systems.

Nike is a leading member of ASUG and they very kindly donated the use of their impressive conference facilities for ASUG to hold this event. The Nike World Headquarters were as impressive as they were inspiring; this is what your business can do when it conquers the world! The Nike culture rules in this establishment; ties and cigarettes are forbidden from the campus – everyone’s an athlete in the Nike world.

From the SAP Business One perspective, this was a meeting of customers, resellers, solution partners and SAP. All are dedicated, committed and loyal to the Business One product, which is now used by over 30,000 small & medium sized businesses throughout the world.

In addition to the North American SAP Partners and customers, there were attendees from other countries around the world, including Denmark, Latin America, India, Switzerland, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

Among the Business One Solution Partners, was Enprise Software from New Zealand, demonstrating Enprise Job Costing for Business One. This is a successful solution, sold around the world, which enables Business One to be used by Service Companies, Project Based Companies and Make-to-Order manufacturers.

This year’s very successful ASUG Business One Summit would never have happened without the tireless commitment and dedication of Carl Lewis of Vision-33, who largely created and organised the event.

I look forward to next year’s ASUG Conference, which Carl tells me might either be at Coca Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta, or SAP’s American headquarters in Newtown Square, Philadelphia.

To match the quality of this year’s event will certainly be a “Nike Challenge”.