22 June 2006 – BEE investment company, Calulo, selects Sage ERP Accpac

Issued by: AccTech Systems

[Johannesburg, 22 June 2006] – Softline Sage ERP Accpac and 2005 premier business partner AccTech Systems will implement Sage ERP Accpac’s managed services solution in energy and minerals investment company, Calulo Investments.

The company selected Sage ERP Accpac 500 in a move to centralise its IT function. Gabby Sequeira, financial director at Calulo Investments, says Sage ERP Accpac 500 provides the integration needed, as well as constant access to relevant business applications. AccTech Systems will manage the project in conjunction with outsource service centre partner, Exordia.

Keith Fenner, strategic sales, Softline Sage ERP Accpac, says Calulo Investments will benefit greatly from the managed service solution.

“Continuous reliable access to the latest technology without the risks, costs and administrative responsibilities associated with developing and maintaining the required IT infrastructure, will be one of the main benefits.”

Richard Halton, managing director of Exordia, agrees: “Several studies indicate that hosted solution providers can lower the cost of technology for small to medium businesses. Since providing computer services is one of the core competences of Exordia, we can focus on those and enable a business to concentrate on its core competencies.”

Sequeira says Calulo Investments was established in 1999 as a black-owned and managed investment company. “We provided meaningful participation of black South Africans in the energy and minerals sectors and needed to create a central IT infrastructure to provide first class IT support to the companies we invest in.”

It opted for Accpac’s financial back office solution for the head office. In addition, Tertius Zitzke, managing director of AccTech Systems, says Calulo Investments also selected the Accpac for Mining module. “This includes Assetware Fixed Assets and AccTech eWorkflow BPM solution, as well as Accpac Insight for Business Intelligence at the Virginia Diamond Mine.”

Recognising that services are of crucial importance to the energy and resource sector, Sequeira says the company has established a new division called Calulo Services.

Fenner is delighted: “Managed services make sense for geographically spread operations that wish to centralise the IT function such as Calulo Investments.”

He says Accpac managed services provides a dedicated environment typically consisting of two servers and access to a shared data store (SQL-based SAN). This environment, delivered with a Citrix client front-end, will cater for up to 100 users easily and scale simply by addition of hardware on a per month basis. This infrastructure is operated by Exordia, which provides the data centre and data lines for Accpac’s clients.

Sequeira says the head office finance and Virginia Mine is only the first phase of the Accpac implementation. “Similar implementations will follow in other group companies within various industries.”

AccTech Systems

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd is an Sage ERP Accpac accounting software solution provider. Accredited as a Premier Solution Provider by Sage ERP Accpac International, AccTech specialises in Sage ERP Accpac’s entire range of award-winning product lines and third-party software products. Recently awarded with a ‘Top International Producer for Sage ERP Accpac -Star Award’ by Best Software, the leading provider of business management products and services, and its UK-based parent company, The Sage Group plc, AccTech offers in-depth customer needs analysis, product configuration, and custom designed workflow solutions and backs that up with world-class training and support. AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd, the Revolution in End-to-End Business Management.

Softline Sage ERP Accpac

Softline Sage ERP Accpac is a global provider of business management applications including accounting, CRM, warehouse management and HR to the mid-range market. Its solutions are delivered to 130 countries exclusively through its network of over 5 500 solution providers worldwide and 130 throughout Africa.

Softline Sage ERP Accpac’s product line includes: Sage CRM, Sage ERP Accpac, Sage ERP Accpac Business Analysis Suite, Sage ERP Accpac eTransact, Sage ERP Accpac Warehouse Management System, Sage ERP Accpac ePOS, Sage ERP Accpac Insight and Simply Accounting.

Softline

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia.

Focused on the development of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions, Softline has a 16-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline’s leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings, provide Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions.

In November 2003, Softline was acquired by Sage Group plc, an established FTSE 100 company. The group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community.

Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

Sage

The Sage Group plc is a leading supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related services for small, medium and large enterprises. It comprises market-leading businesses throughout Europe, United Kingdom, North America, South Africa and Australia. The Sage group plc has over five million small and mid-sized customers in 55 countries and 10 500 staff.

Editorial contacts

AccTech Systems
Nick Botha
0861 11 1680
nb@acctech.biz

Softline Accpac
Keith Fenner
(011) 803 7327
keith@accpac.co.za