The Best of Both Worlds
SAP Business One a solution for small and medium sized businesses and subsidiaries of Large Enterprises, includes all the processes you need to run your entire business. Its a powerful solution, simple to use and affordable. It provides complete business management functions covering financials, sales, customers, inventory, and operations. But, as a process manufacturer, depending on the level of your business complexity and sophistication driven by customers, product, industry and regulatory compliance, an additional solution is often required to cover your specific industry requirements.
ProcessForce a CompuTec solution, developed specifically for the process manufacturing industry and fully integrated with SAP Business One can bridge this functional gap. Therefore bringing you the best of both worlds, SAP’s strength and security and CompuTec’s process manufacturing domain expertise. This next generation manufacturing solution designed from the ground up, built 100% utilising the SAP Software Development Kit (SDK), has been developed on the latest release family 8.8x. Thus taking advantage of SAP’s business platform and latest innovations, creating a functionally rich and easy to consume industry solution, benefiting both customers and partners.
“SAP is excited to see CompuTec become a Software Solution Partner (SSP) for SAP Business One. Their solution “ProcessForce” provides a functional rich solution for the Process Industry. Our SSPs, like CompuTec, are the backbone of SAP Business One's success in helping more than 30,000 small enterprises world-wide become best run businesses. " says Patrick Carpreau, Senior SSP Manager EMEA, Software Solution Partners, SAP.
To provide value to all our customers, present and future, we have combined our manufacturing expertise, and industry knowledge, with validated business requirements from our existing customer base to build a solution focused on four key process manufacturing industry verticals:
Solutions for Business
Leveraging the proven business processes of SAP Business One, ProcessForce provides seamlessly integrated value based solutions, which support the day to day business operations and issues that are unique to the industry and enable those businesss to become a better run process manufacturer.
"As a provider of food, we have to know exactly where our inventory comes from and where it ends up so that, if there is a need to recall a given product, we can do it easily.""Thanks to ProcessForce we now have full control of our production processes, we know exactly what are the costs of production and can easily monitor batches of both finished and raw materials.” Maciej Pieprzyk Project Manager SPA Foods.
Broken down into a set of functional yet integrated components, ProcessForce covers a wide spectrum of business activities and processes:
Global but Local
With an established global footprint, SAP Business One is available in 25 different laguages, and localisations for 40 different countries.ProcessForce, has localisation built into its core, taking advantage of SAP Business One configuration and display settings, for example master data, multi-dimensional accounting and languages.
ProcessForce User Interface is available in all the languages that are supported by SAP Business One via CompuTecs’s ‘Fast Start’ translator service.
“We understand that our “Fast Start” translations are not 100% accurate, but when your looking to expand into new markets offering such an option, where the partner or customer only has to change between 10% to 20% of the field strings, significantly reduces the investment time...“says Martin Gore, Global Sales Director, CompuTec S.A.
Its all about Standards
With more than 32,000 customers globally, SAP Business One offers a set of standard tried and tested business processes and functions. ProcessForce application extensions leverage these standards to operate within the framework partners and existing customers who may wish to upgrade to ProcessForce are used to. Examples include:
SAP Business One offers item management by warehouse, hence, ProcessForce provides:
- Recipes/Bills of Materials by warehouse
- Production orders by warehouse
- Quality control by warehouse
SAP Business One offers three valuation methods:
- Moving average
ProcessForce product costing methods mirror the same valuation techniques and principles.
“The Dutch market is full of process manufacturing enterprises and for a while we had no such offering. With ProcessForce we now have a solution to strength our position within this vertical which is a competency of our business. We have deep knowledge of manufacturing and together with ProcessForce we can provide real added value to many food and beverage, and plastic molding manufacturing companies” says Hans Numan, Managing Director, PlanLogic B.V.
At the heart of the ProcessForce solution resides a bill of manufacturing. This is a concept which allows process manufacturers to define the resources that are consumed and produced as part of the production process. As a process manufacturer you need the “ease of use” to define your products as simple recipes/formulas or require the flexibility of complex recipes/formulas to define the component/ingredient
Depending on your micro-vertical industry needs and the products you produce, there are other factors which have to be taken into account for example:
- Yield and factor calculations
- Co-Product and By-Products production
- Scrap management
Variables which affect inventory levels, product costs and recipe accuracy, all of which impact the bottom line.
“Almost half of our current customer base are manufacturers and we have a deep understanding of the requirements in this sector,” said 4most Business Development Director Eugene Olivier. “However, we felt that our portfolio lacked a solution that covers the industry specifics of process manufacturers. By joining forces with CompuTec and ProcessForce we now have a solution that will underpin and strengthen our position in this vertical market.”
Like SAP Business One, ProcessForce can be adapted to meet your unique or changing business requirements without creating a heavy, ongoing IT burden. In fact to adapt ProcessForce the application uses the same tools as SAP Business One, therefore the learning and education curve is kept to a minimum, thus reducing the total cost of ownership.
“We achieved our primary goal of gaining SAP Business One Integration Certification status, next we want to be part of the“Qualified” logo program, therefore becoming a recognized premium SAP industry solution “says Martin Gore, Global Sales Director, CompuTec S.A