IT investments, Five tips to future proof yours

With the pace of change in the technology, it can be tricky talking about the concept of future-proofing your IT investment. However, considering a few key areas can help companies protect and maximise the value of their IT investment, particularly in the climate of tight budgets and scarce resources.

1. Getting more value out of your IT system

IT investment - valueAs a starting point, businesses need to know how they currently execute operations and where specific efficiency gains can be made.

For example, most mid-sized businesses invest in ERP systems because of their ability to centralise information and standardise and streamline business processes. ERP systems provide many critical business capabilities, chief of which is the ability to manage financial information, products and inventory processes, human resources planning, and other transactional data all within one environment.

Increasingly, companies that have invested in ERP are realising that the value of their systems can be improved considerably by analysing the data captured within ERP applications. Business intelligence (BI) tools are a key business and IT resource for companies wanting to derive value from that data.

Most companies find it difficult to explore – or ‘mine’ – the data they have, and present it in a way that is meaningful for business planning. A good BI solution provides a clearer view of data, and in turn, a clearer view of the business. Underperforming products can be discontinued, resources can be shifted to more profitable areas of the business and reporting can be accelerated.

As powerful as BI is for delivering immediate insight into business performance, it relies on the level of integration of the BI and ERP systems. Some systems like Pronto Xi come with the ERP data dictionary fully mapped for BI usage, out-of-the-box.

This means that you can start building your reports, dashboards and analytics instantly without having to understand the ERP database structure. This is an enormous time and money saver as the highest cost in a BI implementation is the mapping of the data –usually done by consultants- and the ongoing cost of interfacing two systems with different upgrade cycles.

2. Functionality and flexibility of your IT investment

IT investment - flexibilityA good system must be able to tackle your specific and immediate business needs, as well as any foreseeable future requirements, helping you maximise your competitive advantage and operate your business more efficiently and profitably.

Your IT system should have the flexibility to adapt to your needs. However, on the same vein, try to avoid excessive customisation. Customisation can add complexity and cost, which makes the system more difficult to upgrade.

3. Back up support

IT investment - backupThe vendor’s professional services team should be keen and proactive in providing hands-on support. The IT consultants should work with your team so you are clear about how to get the most out of the system. The vendor should also provide training and help fix the system if things go wrong.

4. Upgrade path – is it really necessary?

IT investment - upgradeBefore you pay for software maintenance, talk to other customers about their experiences in upgrading the product. It’s important to find out whether the vendor provides value for the maintenance charge. Does the new functionality add value to your business? Do you need to enlist an expensive team of consultants to handle the upgrade? Does the vendor have your best interests at heart, or is it just chasing the extra sale regardless of your business requirements?

5. Managed infrastructure

IT investment - managedAn IT system needs to be properly managed and maintained. Some vendors offer hosted or managed services to look after your software and maximise its effectiveness, leaving you to focus on building your business and maintaining a competitive edge.

A hosted solution requires less in-house technical expertise, reduces the cost of managing infrastructure and provides guaranteed levels of security, availability and resilience. It also offers a single point of contact, so you can rest assured any issues can be quickly and easily resolved.

So when thinking future proofing through IT software, find an IT partner that is willing to listen and understand your business.  Most importantly, the vendor should offer an adaptable and flexible solution to help you facilitate the only constant in business and life – change.

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PT Asia Mangan Grup Implementasi ERP Pronto Xi

PT Asia Mangan Grup, anak perusahaan dari Asia Mineral Corporation (AMC), yang mengantongi ijin untuk penambangan dan ekspor mangan dan bijih besi, telah mengimplementasikan Pronto Xi—sebuah solusi enterprise resource planning (ERP) dari Pronto Software, Australia—untuk mengelola proses bisnisnya.

Pada 2014, AMC akan memiliki dan memproduksi penuh, serta mengoperasikan seluruh fasilitas pengolahannya. Untuk mendukung pengelolaan bisnis yang semakin kompleks, manajemen PT Asia Mangan Grup membutuhkan dukungan solusi ERP yang handal. Dan, pilihan jatuh pada solusi ERP Pronto Xi.

“Pemilihan Pronto Xi adalah keputusan yang mudah, karena saya telah menggunakannya di masa lalu ketika masih di Consolidated Minerals dan proyek-proyek lainnya. Pronto Xi adalah solusi yang handal, mudah digunakan dan cepat dalam pemasangannya. Proyek kami hanya akan membutuhkan waktu 4 minggu,” ujar Michael Kiernan, Presiden Direktur PT Asia Mangan.

Pada tahap awal, implementasi Pronto Xi ini dilakukan pada bidang keuangan. Tetapi, selanjutnya akan diperluas ke bagian produksi dan perawatan aset, sejalan dengan bisnis yang ke dalam produksi penuh.

Selama ini, Pronto Xi telah terbukti sebagai solusi ERP untuk pertambangan (mining), yang diimplementasikan di sejumlah perusahaan di negara-negara Australia dan Selandia Baru, Asia Tenggara dan Afrika, dengan sejarah panjang dan track record yang sukses di semua proyeknya.

Kini, solusi Pronto Xi mining telah dilokalisasi agar sesuai dengan pasar Indonesia, dan bekerja dengan dukungan provider lokal, yakni PT Pratesis, untuk memberikan penawaran solusi turn-key secara total. “Melalui solusi PRONTO-Xi ini juga klien bisa memastikan koordinasi dan integrasi dari produknya, arus informasi dan keuangannya. Termasuk mengintegrasikan beberapa modul untuk pengelolaan inventori, order penjualan, order pembelian, perkiraan, dan penyesuaian data produk pada transaksi secara online,” ujar Singgih Tjahjono, Presiden Direktur Pratesis.

Tentang Pronto Software
Pronto Software merupakan provider global sistem ERP terkemuka dari Australia, yang mempunyai pengalaman lebih dari 30 tahun. Saat ini, Pronto Software telah memiliki lebih dari 1200 pelanggan di seluruh dunia. Pronto Software telah dimanfaatkan di 26 negara. Bahkan, Pronto Software telah mempunyai mitra lokal di sejumlah negara. Antara lain, di Singapura, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, dan sejak Juli 2010 di Indonesia dengan Pratesis.

Pronto Xi at Ozmine 2013, Robust IT for Mining Industry

Over 100 Australian mining-related organizations will participate in Ozmine 2013, Austrade’s largest international mining exhibition and conference in Asia, which will be held in Jakarta, 16-17 April .

Kym Hewett, the regional senior trade commissioner of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) Jakarta, said on Thursday that the exhibition and conference, which would take place at the Shangri La hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, would be officially opened by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Kelvin Thomson, who will underline this year’s conference theme “Australia and ASEAN: Partnering for Performance”.

ozmine

The exhibition will showcase the latest in mining equipment, technology, services (METS) and consumables from Australia’s world-class mining sector

“Ozmine is one of Australia’s premier conference and exhibition events in Southeast Asia and is the largest mining event organized by the Australian government worldwide,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty said. “The event continues to be hosted in Indonesia, which reflects this country’s strength in the mining industry, and is such an important contributor to this country’s economy.”

“The mining sector is an economic mainstay for both Indonesia and Australia and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, attracts foreign direct investment and contributes billions of dollars to our economies through export of minerals, mining services and technologies,” Moriarty said. “Australian companies have made long-term investments in Indonesia, are committed to sustainable and responsible mining practices, and provide training, technology transfer, and education programs.”

Pronto Xi at Ozmine 2013

According to survey reports, a 6.2% annual growth will be experienced in Indonesian mining industry, and in 2015, will reach the real value of 147 billion US$. Fully aware of these facts of rapid growth in Indonesian mining industry, Pronto Xi, the Australian award winning ERP software, in conjunction with their local partner PT. Pratesis will be participating in this event.

Pronto Xi is the right fit for mining business. A business reality for the mining industry today is one of mergers and acquisitions. A successful mining company will reach a point when they must make hard decisions if they want to continue growing and maintain a competitive edge. As the business expands and develops, a mining company can no longer rely on small-scale information technology (IT) platforms to handle the increasingly complex business processes. Pronto Software is an established player in meeting the needs of Junior Independent and JV mining companies, and mining suppliers, helping them meet practical challenges of reducing operating costs and improving production efficiencies to achieve profitability.

A fully integrated solution from Pronto Software including Maintenance Management, Purchasing, Inventory, Equipment Register, Production Costing and the General Ledger, keeps all operational information accurate and up-to-date.

Using Pronto’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, the company’s entire operation becomes more visible and its decision making more streamlined. This in turn reduces costs and returns the business a healthier bottom line.

“Pronto Xi delivers ERP functionality comparable to tier one ERP solutions but at a lower price point… Junior and JV mining companies looking for a full-spectrum ERP solution, particularly in Asia, should evaluate Pronto…(Pronto) references in the mining industry gave it very high satisfaction scores.” ERP for Mining is not the Sole Domain of Big Providers Report, November 2008, Gartner Inc.

Pronto Software Reveals Strong Business Growth and International Expansion

Melbourne, 20 November 2012: Australian enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) software provider, Pronto Software, has today announced strong financial year results and business growth.

  • Achieves double digit revenue growth
  • Opens new offices in Perth, Adelaide and Dallas, Texas
  • Launches new Sri Lanka Development Group

The company has expanded its footprint in local and international markets with the opening of new branches in Perth, Adelaide and Dallas, USA. This is an important part of the strategy to expand Pronto’s distribution network to effectively reach more customers, and together with business partners, provide them with high quality service and support.

Fueling this move is increasing interest from companies who are keen to optimise efficiencies and acquire software that provides them with insights into their own operations.

Pronto is also heavily investing in research and development, doubling the floor space of the Melbourne Development Centre and establishing a new Sri Lanka Development Group based in Colombo. The Australian Development Centre will focus on innovating the core Pronto product suite and infrastructure, while the international division will be the hub for an expanding portfolio of web, mobile and integrated technologies with global reach.

Strong recruitment in both locations will strengthen Pronto’s capability to expand the product portfolio and create the best business management software for its growing global customers.

“We have enjoyed 12 months of exciting growth and change. This has been a year of strong performance as we once again experienced double digit growth. Our revenue is up 15 per cent on the prior year and net profit after tax is up 13 per cent,” said David Jackman, Managing Director, Pronto Software.

“While the lack of certainty in the marketplace today often means conservative management decisions, we at Pronto prefer to invest where the opportunities lie. We continue to invest heavily in research, technology and our staff, with the aim of developing software solutions that are innovative, flexible to suit unique customer requirements and deliver business results for users,” Jackman said.

Pronto Software’s positive financial performance for FY 2012 follows a year of strong investment in research and development, as well as senior leadership appointments and staff at all levels across the business. In early-2012, the company also undertook a major re-brand.

Jackman also said the latest announcements from Pronto Software represent an exciting time for the company and the recent financial results are a sign the company will continue to grow in local and international markets into 2013 and beyond.

“Pronto Software is in a great position going into FY 2013. We have been growing steadily for the last 10 plus years and expect our growth to continue,” Jackman concluded.

About Pronto Software

prontoPronto Software is an award winning Australian software developer of next generation Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that integrates with advanced Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. With in-built intelligence, flexibility and an easy-to-use interface, its flagship product, Pronto Xi enables users to discover rich business insights.

Pronto Software prides itself on actively listening to customers and adapting its services to meet their needs to reveal the best solution.