Sage ERP X3 Version 6, which has additional modules and functionality, is simple to use, easy to implement and cost effective. It accommodates an increased number of languages and countries within its multilingual and multi-legislation applications.
Chips managing director Rob Watson took advantage of the occasion to at the same time advise clients that Sage 500 and Sage 1000, both of which have been popular products in Zimbabwe, are to be upgraded and rebranded as Sage ERP 1000 Version 3.
Some of the additional features and modules that have been incorporated into Version 6 of ERP X3 are designed to make it easy to manage operational budgets and fixed assets.
Speaking at the launch, the vice-president for sales in Africa of Sage Enterprise’s South African subsidiary, Softline Enterprise, Mr Keith Fenner, described Sage ERP X3 Version 6 as both “user-centric” and “web-centric”.
It enabled the user to choose how he or she wanted to run the system. Navigation was done through visual processes.
The user could have whatever he or she wanted on the dashboard. The system was role-based, he said. There were different opening screens for different users, so that the functions they needed were easy to see and to use.
If a user logged on as a buyer, a buyer’s portal would open. If the user logged on as an accountant, he would see different indicators. The accountant would be able to see at a glance unposted sales invoices, capital and transactions between companies. These transactions, he said, could also be auto-balanced.
An inventory manager who logged on would be able to see movement history between operating units and analyse stock history, packaging and deliveries.
Mr Fenner said that on the distribution and manufacturing side, Version 6 makes it possible to manage subcontracting and distribution costs effectively. Subcontracting and engineering modules are among those incorporated in version 6.
He demonstrated how a manufacturer can use the system to choose the components that need to be manufactured, see the components that are already available in stock, cost them, come up with a price for the manufactured items and issue instructions for the manufacture of components and use of stock items.
“The engineering module enables one to order industrial project management, which comes as a comprehensive process that has price estimation and manufacturing, and after sales service,” Mr Fenner said.