Gain Actionable Insights From Overwhelming Data With Our ERP’s Integrated Business Intelligence (BI) & Analytics

Integrated IBM Cognos Analytics

Pronto ERP makes it easy for you to turn your data into insights that bring clarity and certainty to your decision-making.

  • Investigate with accurate, timely snapshots of the market
  • Understand emerging trends and needs, insights into your organization’s performance and new opportunities for growth
  • Forecast answers to ‘What if?’ scenarios
  • Compete where you have the edge

New user interface with powerful dashboards.

All the key Cognos Analytics features can be accessed from the welcome screen. Dashboards allow you to access and interact with high-level data in the form of visualizations.

With a completely new, more intuitive user interface and powerful functionality, it really does make it easier to gain insights that drive business improvements.

Financials

GL transaction tagging
Tags provide a new way to capture and categorize transactions, making it easier to track expenses at a more granular level without the need to create new GL accounts.

Easier General Ledger budgeting
Profit and Loss (P&L) and Balance Sheet budgeting can now be done at any level directly in Pronto Xi.

Manufacturing

Multi-factory planning
A highly enhanced planning engine enables multi-factory sourcing and production visibility across a network of factories.
Further, production planning outcomes are significantly enhanced with up to date demand quantities as Materials Requirements Planning, Distribution Requirements Planning and Master Production Schedule run sequentially in a single routine.

Supply Chain

Profit and Loss (P&L) and Balance Sheet budgeting can now be done at any level directly in Pronto Xi.

Distribution Requirements Planning for complex networks
Sourcing abilities have been expanded with the flexibility to acquire any item from any source, such as a Supplier, Factory, Branch or a Central Warehouse within the network.

Mobile Sales & CRM

Enhanced sales visibility
A visual sales pipeline encourages sales teams to take prompt actions, remain organised and stay in control of the sales process.

Pronto Xi 750 delivers sales optimization and improved planning capabilities through the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into CRM for mobile devices.

Retail

Store allocations
Allocation of merchandise to stores has now been made quick and easy. It can be done based on historic performance of like items without the need to extract data and feed it back into Pronto Xi.

Pronto POS App

The Pronto POS App delivers secure and consistent functionality, even in the absence of network connectivity or power and supports flexible payment options from a mobile device such as cash, card and multiple payment partners.

Pronto Avenue

Flexible payments
Avenue offers a flexible range of payment options to help organisations transact globally, increase mobile conversion, integrate easily and grow average order value – all at the industry’s best rates.

Integrated Connectors & add-on’s
Shopify and Amazon connectors. Facebook ads add-on.

Service Management

Google Maps integration
The introduction of Google Maps integration will enhance service delivery. Service Managers can stay up to date on the location of each member of the service team and allocate calls based on real-time information like traffic, route directions and location.

Mobile Service

Enhanced sales visibility
A visual sales pipeline encourages sales teams to take prompt actions, remain organised and stay in control of the sales process.

Pronto Xi 750 delivers sales optimization and improved planning capabilities through the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into CRM for mobile devices.

Technology

Pronto Xi 750 has been developed using the latest web and mobile technologies to allow for easy consumption on any device.

Cipherise Security

Cipherise is an innovative and user-friendly authentication method that enhances Pronto Xi’s enterprise grade security by enabling multi-factor authentication through a smartphone. This creates a highly secure way of storing credentials on a device that a user owns instead of using a central server.

How Technology Supports The Way You Do Business

Applying technology to an inefficient process will give you a net gain of zero. Throwing technology at a problem without first looking at the process will rarely ever fix it. In fact, it may likely exacerbate the problem by adding another layer of complexity to existing process challenges.

A great misconception about technology is that it is a quick fix for everything – a Band Aid of sorts. Often, leaders uncover a problem in their company and immediately seek to solve it with technology rather than examining their process first.

For example, leaders frequently realize their firms are missing billing opportunities. As a solution, many opt for more sophisticated software only to discover that the cause of the problem is process-related. There is a break in the process by which staff captures billable time and events. In this case, the most effective solution would have been to refine the process.

Leaders invest money in technology to improve their business. Yet, if they don’t begin by addressing the root of their problems, the result is no different than throwing good money after bad. They must begin by addressing their process challenges. Then, they must look to their technology to play a supporting role.

How to Tackle Process Challenges

To quote William Deming, “85% of a worker’s effectiveness is determined by the system he works within, only 15% by his own skill”. Hence, in addressing operational challenges, leaders should first seek to determine if their process is effective and efficient.

Process improvement can seem like a scary notion. The secret to success is to keep it simple and methodical. We’ve examined complex, yet popular, business management philosophies and have found that by extracting basic methodologies, and applying them, a straightforward formula for improving a business process can be established.

Define the Problem.

The first step to solving any problem is awareness. It is identifying what the problem is. Leaders can’t fix what they are unaware of. Talking to staff raises awareness. They are the ones doing the work. Getting a team together and including everyone who plays a role in the process is crucial to success of any process improvement initiative.

Often times, during an improvement initiative, a leader discovers that his perception of the problem differs from reality; that his understanding of the problem is not aligned with the challenges faced by his staff. He may believe, for example, that the process used by his office for matter intake is efficient. He may uncover that, in reality, by making the process paperless and supporting it with the right technology, he can reduce the costs associated with that process by 50%.

Measure the Problem.

Once the problem is defined, it must be measured. This involves observing what staff does and documenting it. It involves understanding the “why” behind everything they do. It is not uncommon for leaders to discover that staff does things simply because that’s the way they’ve always done it. In improving the process, changing that entrenched mentality is half the battle. Creating a cultural shift that embraces change is integral to process refinement.

A fundamental component of measuring the problem is identifying wasted resources. Signs of waste include mistakes that cause re-work, piles of files sitting on the floor or on desks, and long processing times. Waste leads to unnecessary costs and decreased profitability. Leaders can leverage their technology to eliminate waste. Paperless solutions are a perfect example of how technology can support a good process. Having sound process drives the work, while using the right technology allows leaders to do that work within a paperless environment.

Analyze the Problem.

The next step is to analyze what has been measured or observed. Flowcharts are an ideal analytical tool for this. The process should be mapped out so that waste can be identified and eliminated. Sometimes, simple changes that lead to a quick return on investment can be made. For example, emailing rather than mailing or faxing is a simple but effective way to cut costs.

Perhaps, the changes may be greater. There may be cases where frequent mistakes are made causing the need for re-work. Re-work is a form of waste. A client does not pay for a re-do work. The cost of re-work comes out of firm’s pocket, and thus diminishes the profit margin. Technology can be leveraged to help avoid mistakes in a process. The use of pop-up windows is a perfect example of how technology can support your process by alerting staff to possible mistakes.

Implement the Solution.

Once the best solution has been identified, it must be implemented. One of the most important points to remember about implementation is training. Staff must be trained on any changes made to the process and to the technology. In order to properly train staff, the new changes must be documented in the form of Standard Operating Procedures. Not only will this serve as a method of standardizing practices within the firm, it serves as a reference for existing and future staff.

Measure the Improvements.

Now that the best solution has been implemented, process improvements must be measured. The key to measuring the new process is to implement metrics. For example, if changes were made to the billing process to capture more billing opportunities, metrics should be implemented that track the new billable amounts. How much is being billed now in comparison with last month? The only way to confirm that improvements are working is to quantify the change. Metrics are fundamental to tracking return on investment.

Good Technology vs. Right Technology

When leaders consider which technology they should invest in, one of the most important questions they should ask themselves is “Does this technology support the way I do business? Does it support my process?” Just because technology is good does not make it the right technology for the way a particular leader do business. Leaders should choose the technology that best supports their process.

In reality, not every leader is in the market for new technology. Frequently, the solution lies in the existing system. Sometimes, it can be as simple as making changes to existing technology so that it begins to support the firm’s process. It is about turning existing technology into the right technology.

Conclusion

Each company has its own individual formula for achieving success. They hire the best leaders and the best staff; they buy the best equipment and the best technology. In order for leaders to take their practices to the next level, they must also remember to include good process and the right technology in their formula, and leverage the relationship between the two. By addressing their process challenges and making the right changes in their technology so that it supports the way they do business, leaders can achieve greater efficiency and accuracy, which ultimately means a healthier bottom line.

http://www.affinityconsulting.com/strategic-management-and-consulting/114-when-technology
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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.