Finance Indaba 2017: ACS-Embrace offers tailored ERP solutions

"Embrace empowers Finance professionals to adapt to and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing business and systems environment, so as to remain relevant and competitive within their industry," says Ian Foster, Sales & Marketing Director of ACS-Embrace, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

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In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is.

Do you want to learn about the boundless benefits of ACS-Embrace's ERP and business solutions? Do you want to be informed about the latest and greatest in finance? Then don't miss the Finance Indaba Africa 2017.

Why will you be present at the Finance Indaba?
"The Finance Indaba offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that our software and services offering meets the needs of all small, medium and large South African businesses. Our product, Embrace, is a world class, locally developed, fully integrated, end-to-end ERP and Financial business solution that CFO's can count on!

"Catering for the requirements of corporations with multiple business units, Embrace provides the agility of structure and control required by today's diverse organisations and has been delivering best of breed business solutions to some of our continent's leading companies, across a broad, diverse spectrum of industries, covering all aspects of the business environment.

"We embrace the opportunity to demonstrate to delegates at the Finance Indaba that we have the right product, the right people, a wealth of experience and a winning implementation methodology, to ensure a solid foundation for the growth and success of their business."

What will you be talking about or showcasing?
"We will be talking about the comprehensive capabilities of our Embrace ERP business solution and how it can help businesses boost profitability, operational efficiency and growth.

"Client case studies and success stories, highlighting the boundless business benefits Embrace delivers, will be showcased and shared with visitors.

"Embrace provides true 360 degree real time visibility throughout the business as all modules are fully integrated across a single data base. With drill down from financial statements all the way through to transactional history in any area of the business, e.g. Financials, Invoicing, Procurement, Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution, Rental, Workshops, CRM, POS and E-Commerce - Embrace provides the control and access to information Finance professionals need to make accurate data-driven decisions!"

What challenges can you help finance professionals/firms with in 2017?
"Embrace empowers Finance professionals to adapt to and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing business and systems environment, so as to remain relevant and competitive within their industry.

"For large corporations, Embrace meets the challenge of providing best practice software, highly aligned to the processes of multiple and vastly different business units, ensures complete control and enables management to monitor performance, be proactive and make strategic business decisions.

"Working of a single, centralised system enables all areas of the business to be consolidated, multiple data entry points and manual points to be eliminated, ensuring reliable, real-time reporting across all functions and business units.

"Another challenge is ERP Security - an extremely important aspect of protecting your company's finances and reputation. The security in Embrace is extremely powerful and can be controlled at a highly granular level, to protect sensitive information and eliminate the potential for fraud.

"CFOs know that there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" business solutions. We can tailor a solution to fit your business exactly!"

Tell us about the Embrace Academy.
"The SETA Accredited Academy is the hub that drives Embrace ERP and financial system training for clients during and after the implementation. For you to get the most out of your Embrace ERP experience, you need to be empowered with knowledge. Well-equipped training rooms are available as well as highly skilled and experienced facilitators in all Embrace modules, to ensure comprehensive training. An efficient monitoring system keeps track of all client training records and clients are alerted of any upcoming training events that will further optimise their embrace experience and usage.

"Embrace Modules have been program aligned to a unit standard which is linked to a SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) approved qualification. A Memorandum of Understanding between ACS, MICT Seta and the Services Seta is currently being finalised.

"Clients can benefit by including accredited training under their Grant Submission for the Pivotal Grant."

How do you ensure your product development remains relevant?
"Since our inception more than 30 years ago ACS-Embrace has worked with many different companies to meet their evolving business requirements and deliver operational efficiencies. Many have grown from a handful of users to hundreds of users and over the years, as business models and processes have evolved, Embrace has grown, remained agile, undergone constant new development and released new state-of-the-art versions.

"Ongoing product development and enhancement is also influenced as new technologies provide new approaches and ways to integrate business process and software; new legislation is introduced; business opportunities evolve, new business models become the norm, new industries and entirely new businesses evolve.

The development of new releases of Embrace is driven by all of the above, ensuring we remain relevant, agile and "embrace the future!"

What sets your software and services apart from others?
"In the words of one of our clients, "Embrace is a solid, flexible end-to-end solution, delivered 'off the shelf', with all the reporting and KPI's required by financial professionals, and comes gift wrapped with affordable, reliable, local support!"

"Being a South African developed ERP and financial system offers the significant benefit of an in depth understanding of the South African market and their business requirements. Being just "down the road", we are able to provide an efficient and high level of support to clients, along with an unparalleled pool of experience that clients can draw to help address their business problems.

"Clients have access to the source-code, giving them the peace of mind of complete ownership of their business processes and information. The result is that our package is flexible enough to meet the needs of any South African business, no matter how unique!

"With minimal hardware and networking requirements, low license and implementation costs, Embrace is cost-effective to implement and run. Adequate training and support ensures that users become self-sufficient and are able to spend their time and money on running their business.

"We craft win-win partnerships with our clients that are built to last, demonstrated by a long list of blue-chip clients, many of whom have been Embrace users for more than 20 years. Our client list represents a spread of customers across diverse industries, ranging in size from 10 to 1 000 users.

"But, most importantly, it is our passion and focus that sets ACS-Embrace apart from others!"