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Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Us!

We understand the amount of choices available on the market today for Enterprise Business Software, but we also understand where we stand as well! You may have heard it numerous times from us…we are PROUDLY partnered with SAP. And today you are in luck, we are going to show the top 10 reasons customers continue to choose us throughout the years.

SAP Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Us

Here is a quick insight to our “Top 10” –

  1. Leadership
    • SAP has expert solutions for companies of all sizes, Zerion360 provides a solution to the Small & Midsize companies.  (Beating out Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM)
  2. Innovation
    • SAP is known to innovate without disruption, which means everyday business continues while implementation of the software system occurs in a parallel form. (Our integrated solutions ensure innovative results)
  3. Focus
    • Our customers benefit from comprehensive industry expertise with software design and the alignment of Business Processes, for all departments. (Multi-industry support on a single platform) 
  4. Analytics
    • SAP is the industry leader in business analytics, helping companies transition to becoming a Data-Driven company, no matter what industry! (Recognized by Gartner as a leader in BI Platforms, Corporate Performance Suites, Data Integration Tools, Data Quality Tools)
  5. Mobility
    • We have the best-selling mobile enterprise application platform among enterprise application providers, so business can continue no matter where you are. (Market-leading mobile solutions will unwire your enterprise)
  6. Real Time
    • We deliver the “real” real-time enterprise through the most advanced in-memory technology – meaning all departments are always on the same page, at all times. (Empowering organizations to review segmentations, merchandising, inventory management, and forecasting information at the speed of thought)
  7. Value
    • SAP’s value management program is the most advanced effort of its kind… offer[ing] advanced business solutions along with dee–domain expertise and insights. (Value management helps companies run 2x more on time, 1.9x more on budget, and 1.6x more on value)
  8. Cost
    • We help to reduce your total IT cost so you can increase spending on innovation, not allowing IT operational costs consume the majority of company resources. (We help by having a 23% lower implementation service cost than our leading competitor)
  9. Support
    • Our SAP Enterprise Support brings a peace of mind to the business by offering 24×7 Service License Agreements, Fixed-Price Commitment, and End-To-End Support. (The full range of support options is tailored to allow business to run at any time of day or night, because we understand the importance)
  10. Choice
    • Finding the best fit software for your business is our sole focus, and we are the only provider that can deliver the highly specialized solutions you need… with the build-in versatility you want. (Zerion360 delivers even more choice – helping to get the complete software and business needs taken care of)

 

Make sure to download our info-graphic PDF for some great visuals below –

 

SAP Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Us


Press Release!

Press Release!

PRESS RELEASE! 

Seminole State College Offers SAP University Alliance Program in 2016!

 

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Stephanie Foor

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SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA OFFERS SAP PROGRAM, HELPING STUDENTS RECEIVE MORE JOB OFFERS AND FUTURE ORLANDO CAREER PLACEMENT.

 

On May 10th, 2016 Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) is pleased to offer a SAP University Alliance Program, through their Business and Information Management Bachelor of Science degree program. This program will be a 12-month program designed for students who are on track to be a communication bridge between those who implement information systems technology, and the business end users of these systems.

 SAP is the world-leading provider of business software, with offerings that include enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence (BI), and related applications. SAP offers services that enable companies of all sizes, and is currently in more than 25 industries helping businesses to become best-run businesses.

 The SAP University Alliances program inspires students and faculties around the world about SAP and aims to develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st-century workforce. The program allows universities/colleges to enhance teaching, power research, build industry partnerships, launch students in the SAP ecosystem, as well as inspire Today’s Young Thinkers.

 Having Seminole State College as a member of the SAP University Alliance program, will help students grow relevant IT and business skills with SAP and related resources, while providing hands-on experience with state-of-the-art SAP software. Through the Alliance, Seminole State students are going to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem solving, case studies, and academic projects for use in several disciplines including management information systems and finance.


9 Reasons Why Your ERP System Should Be In The Cloud

9 Reasons Why Your ERP System Should Be In The Cloud

The reality is that most enterprise applications are well on their way to being cloud based. We’ve seen it with simple workloads such as HR and payroll, travel and expense management, and in the last decade we’ve seen the cloud as the new normal for customer relationship management (CRM) deployments.

According to Gartner, “Spending on public-cloud-based, vertical-specific applications is expected to significantly increase through 2017, further highlighting the growing confidence in their use for mission-critical systems.”

Upgrading your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to the cloud means retiring your old approach to business management applications and no longer having to procure, install, maintain, and manage the infrastructure. And perhaps most compelling is to leverage the cloud to redefine your business processes and take advantage of a new era of service delivery and flexibility to enable your organization to grow.

So what are the benefits of cloud based ERP solutions? Below are nine reasons why moving your ERP system to the cloud will benefit your business and support business growth.

  1. Freedom of Choice

Put quite simply, not all cloud ERP systems are created equal. Specifically, very few ERP vendors respect your right to choose the deployment model that is most appropriate for you, and revise that decision down the road as your business grows or technical needs change.

Your right to transition between on-premises, multi-tenant, and single tenant is an important one. It recognizes that the “best” deployment model for you today might not be the best model in a few years, or even a few months. By providing the choice of Multi-Tenant (with its compelling economics and seamless upgrades) or Single Tenant (allowing more administrative control and administrative ownership), you can choose the model that works best for you.

  1. Compelling Cloud Economics

Despite the cloud having proven its value beyond just good financial sense, there is no doubt that for companies of all sizes the economics of cloud deployment are undeniably compelling, moving from capital to operational expenditure. Some of the more hidden economic benefits of the cloud include:

  • Not being as capital intensive as an on-premises deployment because of the subscription-based pricing model.
  • Better and more instant scalability, allowing clients to add (and sometimes remove) users to their system on demand and saving them from having to invest in hardware and software at the “high water mark”.
  • The direct and indirect costs of your infrastructure, from server to database systems to the actual hardware and replacement cycle cost.
  • The hidden costs of maintaining the servers yourself.
  • The benefit of the reduced deployment times (and corresponding improved ROI) that are typical for cloud deployments, as the necessary infrastructure is in place already.
  1. Better IT Resource Utilization

Moving to the cloud means that your IT department will be able to deliver higher-value activities that are better aligned with your mission, and they will be able to spend less time “patching the servers and keeping the lights blinking.” At the end of the day, most IT departments are stretched pretty thin, and find themselves spending too much time on low-value (but admittedly critical) activities such as verifying backups, applying security updates, and upgrading the infrastructure upon which your critical systems run.

There is tremendous business benefit to assigning those tasks back to your ERP vendor as part of a cloud deployment, freeing up your IT department’s time to work on more strategic business projects such as creating executive dashboards, deploying mobile devices, and crafting helpful management reports.

  1. The Cloud is More Secure

Today, it’s hard to imagine a client who could possibly create a more secure operating environment than leading cloud providers. Indeed, Gartner reports that “Multi-tenant services are not only highly resistant to attack, but are also a more secure starting point than most traditional in-house implementations.”

Where security once implied a locking the server room door and forcing people to use long passwords, today it means hardened electronic operating environments. You can’t claim to be secure unless you have systems and people protecting your infrastructure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and verifying that security updates from all vendors are thoughtfully tested, then applied.

Security today is a comprehensive, end-to-end mind set that has to be built across every layer of the ERP environment, from the physical network interface cards to the user passwords. It means a holistic approach to anticipating and minimizing possible natural, human, and technical disruptions to your system to ensure uptime and peace of mind.

  1. Upgrades

Cloud deployment redefines the experience by designing upgrades – big and small – to be deployed by the ERP cloud operations staff as part of standard support services, without imposing software installations on your staff. Minor updates are transparently deployed in a non-disruptive fashion, and major upgrades are announced well in advance, and include a sandbox training environment and end-user training.

These major upgrades are designed to require little to no project management on your part, short of double checking that everything is working the way you expect it to and ensuring that your internal users are prepared to take advantage of the new version.

Always being on the most current version of the software provides peace of mind that you’re no longer having to make the “upgrade or not?” decision, and provides you with the newest and most powerful version of your ERP solution at all times.

  1. Mobile and Collaborative

The modern ERP deployment landscape is full of mobile professionals, including sales and service staff operating outside the four walls of your office, who expect access to the ERP system from their handheld devices. You may also have mobile onsite staff such as shop floor operators and logistics staff that need to access your ERP from tablets and similar devices. Moving to a cloud-based system gives everyone the real-time system access they require as a routine part of their jobs while driving out the inefficiency of paper-based processes and the burden and security risk of figuring out how to deliver this yourself.

Opening up your ERP system by virtue of cloud deployment allows you to retire the poorly defined ad-hoc “integration by Excel file” workflows that might have cropped up across your organization. In their place, you can deploy real-time integration processes that link your employees, suppliers, partners, and customers.

Cloud deployment brings the opportunity to redefine many of your legacy business processes and workflows in a way that leverages these more open, connected, instantaneous integration paths.

  1. Business Consistency and Process Alignment Globally

Increasingly, companies have staff working across multiple locations and they aspire to provide the efficiency of a single unified ERP system across the enterprise to support them. For many organizations, moving to the cloud provides the immediate opportunity to shed multiple operating ERP systems across the company, achieve instant visibility across every location, and standardize a single set of operational and administrative processes.

Deploying a single cloud ERP globally (where the only infrastructure requirement is Internet access) removes many operational obstacles, and gives you the confidence that your continued expansion efforts can be accommodated without a significant IT effort by simply enabling that new location in your existing cloud-based ERP system. With consistency comes improved transparency and increased efficiency.

  1. Reduced Risk, Greater Visibility, Better Value

Many clients choose a cloud-based system (ERP and other workflows) because it allows them to deploy a much more complete solution than they could otherwise manage or financially justify under legacy deployment models. Not having to make a massive upfront investment in the ERP system and its supporting infrastructure is critical in allowing smaller companies to perform beyond same-sized competitors from an enterprise application quality and completeness perspective.

  1. Social Responsibility

We’re all very well aware of the resources that go into on-premises deployment. Multiple new computers and servers may have to be purchased and manufactured, with their well-documented environmental impact. Those computers need to be transported from their place of production to a wholesaler, who needs to warehouse them until they are later transported to you, likely crossing tens of thousands of miles in the process. Electricity is generated to power them, and ultimately those physical machines are scrapped. The impact of that waste can’t be ignored if your company is looking to make decisions that balance your corporate needs and social responsibilities.

That’s why cloud deployment is now widely cited as one of the most environmentally responsible IT decisions. Perhaps reducing your carbon footprint isn’t your primary decision making criterion, but it’s certainly a benefit that aligns with the values of many of your employees, customers, and communities.

ERP solutions aren’t just software. They are tools that can be used to help grow your business profitably, offering flexible solutions that provide more accurate information in real-time, driving smarter, faster decision-making, and enabling customers to quickly meet changing market demands to stay ahead of their competition.

 

In conclusion, the cloud increases the business benefits that ERP offers and can accompany your business on the road to successful growth.

 

 


How The Internet of Things (IoT) Promotes Business Model Innovation

How The Internet of Things (IoT) Promotes Business Model Innovation

Over the last few years, the discussion of the Internet of Things (IoT) has become an increasing topic in the business world. The Internet of Things is a concept in which all electronic devices are given a network signal to seamlessly connect and communicate with each other to simultaneously perform tasks. For example, when you wake up for work, your alarm clock buzzer could set off your coffee maker to begin your morning brew before you even make it out of bed.

This new idea could drastically change the way modern businesses operate, market, track metrics, manufacture products, and more. Globalization is another trend that, with the combination of IoT, could innovate business processes. Globalization is the unity of business, government, and populations across the world’s nations.

 

IoT Promotes Business Model Innovation

If you want to succeed in this new digital age, it’s crucial to start plans for implementing the IoT concept in your organization for the future. You’ll need an entirely different mindset on business model innovation, as products are no longer one and done. Value creation plays an important role in business model innovation.

 Traditionally, a company launches a product, shows its value, and customers purchase the product depending on their need. With the rise of a more connected world and IoT, businesses need to constantly evolve to keep the product value in line with market desires. For example, Apple releases iPhones almost every year to its millions of customers. To stay relevant and connected, the company offers free software updates with new features on a regular basis to the same phone.

 

Leveraging Networks

Leveraging networks is important to achieve operational effectiveness, which is mandatory for having an edge over the competition. To successfully leverage networks, you’ll need to stay up to date with the latest technologies, machinery, and IT solutions. Smart, connected products are taking over the market and defining new standards for leveraging networks and operational effectiveness.


How Do You Know When It Is Time For Supply Chain Management Software?

This is a big decision in any business, but especially when it is YOUR business! It is important to understand the benefits of software, as well as the future of your company. Ask yourself some questions:

  1. Is my current system scalable, as my business grows? Does it allow for growth for the next 10 – 20 years?
  2. Can I easily outsource for other supply chain functions?Maybe for scanning or RFID functions in the future?
  3. Can I quickly & accurately forecast or predict volume, sales or production levels? Am I prepared?
  4. Do I need real-time alerts? If there are problems with delivery, do I need to know?
  5. Do I want transparency with my company, do I just trust or would I rather know?

Allowing Supply Chain Software into any company will be the best decision the business has ever made, besides making the decision to go into business. With the ability to see every department, to understand all processes, and access at any time to the software, Business Intelligence is dramatically improved.

     Watch the sales increase by running simple and letting the business owners focus on growing, rather then fixing. 

 


How to grow by leaps and bounds. Without jumping through hoops.

USA, Washington, man on mountaintop at dusk, side viewYour business is doing better than you ever imagined. So why are you more stressed than you thought possible? The problem could be your business management solution —or lack thereof.

Many businesses find that the more and faster they expand, the less able they are to do to the things that made them successful in the first place.

Take EvoShield, for example. They were experiencing exceptional growth, but their issues were pretty typical of any business: They wanted to communicate more effectively, make better decisions, and continue to grow.

EvoShield is a sporting apparel company. Its protective sporting apparel is designed to be high performance but still comfortable, lightweight and flexible. They chose SAP Business One, which, come to think of it, is much like the company’s product: Robust Nimble. Effective. Fast.

Spoiler alert: After a year working with the solution, the company has seen dramatic results. Specifically, more visibility into its processes and faster decision making. If you’re interested in reading the entire story —and if you like the idea of growing without the growing pains, you should —you can download it here. 


Sophistication Meets Practicality in One Solution

blackheelDear SAP,

I want to give my business every advantage it can possibly get. Unfortunately, my CFO won’t give me a blank check to do it with. So in addition to sophistication, I’m looking for practicality. Does this option even exist?

– Stuck

 

Dear Stuck,

“Sophisticated” and “practical” don’t have to clash. Take SAP Business One Cloud, version for SAP HANA, for example.

This game changing in-memory computing platform is thousands of times faster than anything you’ve ever experienced before. With real-time visibility into your operations, you can better anticipate your needs and make better decisions. There’s simply no better way to drive innovation and get to market faster.

And it’s practical. This cloud-based solution delivers a lower TCO by eliminating the time, cost, and resources needed to host and maintain the software.

Best of all, you can be up and running in just two to eight weeks.* So even if you don’t get a blank check from your CFO, you’ll probably notice a blank stare when he or she sees how well this solution performs.

– SAP

 

*All implementation results are for informational purposes only and the examples provided while based on actual SAP customers’ experiences do not represent commitments or guarantees by SAP and/or its partners. Actual pricing, costs, and implementation results may vary, based on customer-specific requirements and needs. The only warranties for SAP products and services are those that are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services, if any. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.

 


Dear SAP – Combing Through Data is Dragging Us Down

DVP0111811Dear SAP,

My teams are cautious.They don’t want to make a decision unless they’ve combed through every last piece of data. I appreciate their attention to detail, but I don’t want to miss opportunities either. Is there a way to get the answers I need faster, without sacrificing precision?

– Dragging

Dear Dragging,

If you’re looking to shave time from your processes, consider looking at ramping up the speed of your business management software.

SAP Business One is designed to support all your critical business functions – from sales and customers to accounting and finance. It also has add-ons built for your industry-specific needs.

And when powered by SAP HANA, SAP Business One can process and analyze vast quantities of data up to 100,000 times faster than traditional relational data base systems.

As a result, your teams can base their decisions on real-time data – not stale spreadsheets. Plus they can quickly generate all the reports they need without IT support. Which means you can spend more time benefitting from your insights – and less time waiting for them.

– SAP

 


Sensible Solutions for SME’s that Won’t Go Out of Style

blue jean blogDear SAP,

Is it just me, or does technology get flashier every five minutes? My retail company doesn’t need ultra trendy functionality – just a business management solution with basic functionality. I think we’d look silly in anything else. Besides, I have no idea how fast we’ll outgrow our solution. Any ideas?

– Sensible

Dear Sensible,

Like blue jeans, some technology never goes out of style. Choose wisely, and your business management solution will continue to work for you no matter how quickly your business grows.

SAP Business One has a solution that’s designed to focus on your critical business functions – like accounting, finance, and sales. Yes, I said SAP. Despite the fact that most people think of SAP for enterprise solutions, more than 77% of SAP customers are small-to-midsize businesses like yours. At last count, that’s 80,000 companies in [38 countries in 25 industries.

Plus, you can be up and running in just two to eight weeks with SAP Business One Cloud. This cloud-based solution delivers a lower TCO by eliminating the time, cost, and resources needed to host and maintain the software. Best of all, it gives you a sleek, no nonsense look that you’ll still feel great about years from now.

– SAP

 

*All implementation results are for informational purposes only and the examples provided while based on actual SAP customers’ experiences do not represent commitments or guarantees by SAP and/or its partners. Actual pricing, costs, and implementation results may vary, based on customer-specific requirements and needs. The only warranties for SAP products and services are those that are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services, if any. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.


Doing Business on the Cloud

People working at casual officeChances are – you’re already doing business on the cloud. From accessing productivity apps such as Evernote, or using cloud video conferencing platforms such as Google Hangouts. But what are the benefits to choosing an ERP system in the cloud? There’s quite a few actually:
No Need For an IT Team
For a lot of small and medium businesses, there’s not enough need to justify having an IT team on staff. Just because you don’t have someone on staff to integrate and manage an ERP system, doesn’t mean you have to go without. That’s one of the benefits to the cloud. You get the software, without the maintenance. Hosted solutions allow for full use of the product, just remotely accessed. So there’s no need to hire an IT team, the software company does it for you.
Quick Go-Live
If you’re a company that is integrating an on site solution into their business, than your timeline for having the new software go live is substantially longer than those who access it from the cloud. The cloud is a great option for those that want to get up and running fast.
Lower Costs
A cloud ERP solution is also generally cheaper than an on-premise hosted solution. This means access to the cost reducing and efficiency boosting benefits of ERP – without the big price tag. Of course, depending on your business and your needs, having a solution that’s hosted on-site might make more sense. But, if you’re looking for a way to incorporate proven ERP technology to boost your business performance and better manage your day to day quickly and at a lower cost – than a cloud option might just be the perfect fit.


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