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Keith Fenner

One of the major challenges facing ERP solution providers today is the implementation of an ERP solution in a predefined timeframe and within the initial budget expectations, says Keith Fenner, Vice President of Sales for Africa, Softline Accpac and Sage MMD Africa. 

 “In order to meet this challenge, Sage has launched Sage ERP X3 Standard Edition that offers the same fully functional ERP suite but includes a predefined implementation framework that is designed for the African business,” says Fenner.  With Standard Edition, Sage ERP X3 delivers a feature-packed solution that is easier to use and faster to implement, thus reducing the overall cost of ownership.  The aim is to help accelerate the deployment of the ERP solution in smaller businesses with less than 50 concurrent users. 

Sage ERP X3 Standard Edition provides a predefined, yet adaptable, implementation framework to customers interested in deploying the solution in a reduced timeframe, with standard business requirements and processes.  These processes are mapped to a set of questionnaires that enable projects to be implemented within 50 days.  Governed by the Project Quality Plan (PQP), it ensures all the right steps are taken to monitor and manage the project from start to finish.

“Standard Edition benefits from pre-set parameters, as well as predefined user roles and process flows, designed to help accelerate the deployment of the solution in smaller businesses that have standard distribution or manufacturing processes,” explains Fenner.

Benoit Gruber, VP Product Marketing at Sage ERP X3 commented, “With this launch of Sage ERP X3 Standard Edition in South Africa we see the further expansion of the product worldwide, helping growing businesses boost efficiency and productivity as they scale up. Standard Edition is easy to implement and can deliver significant customer benefits in a very short timeframe. It is also a highly cost-effective solution and flexible for today’s market.”

Sage ERP X3 Standard Edition is aimed at the growing business that requires a cost effective ERP solution at present.  “Standard Edition has nothing removed from it.  The full core functionality of Sage ERP X3 is available, but is implemented using only the predefined methodology.  It does however offer a client the option to expand and enhance their ERP solution as the company grows by simply tapping into the existing features of Sage ERP X3, using minimal IT resources,” says Fenner.

 “The main goals of Standard Edition are to reduce implementation costs and timeframes, ease the learning curve, increase efficiency, provide project visibility and ensure commitments are met by our ERP solution providers,” concludes Fenner.


Standard edition at a glance:

·         Choose from Finance, distribution or manufacturing editions

·         Preliminary configuration and parameters adaptable to customer specific requirements.

·         Full web and Windows client

·         Role-based user portal (16 predefined roles)

·         Visual process flow templates (library of more than 140 templates)

·         Multi-language

·         Multi-currency

·         Optimised for single server environments using Windows and MS SQL Server database

·         Guided implementation methodology

·         Project quality plan

·         Seamless upgrade to Sage ERP X3 premium configuration

·         Ideally suited for businesses with fewer than 50 concurrent users and standard industry processes and best practice


About Softline Accpac

Softline Accpac is a provider of business management solutions including financial, distribution, service management, retail, warehouse management, manufacturing and CRM to the mid-range market. Accpac solutions are delivered to 130 countries exclusively through a global network of solution providers, including over 150 throughout Africa. Softline Accpac's product line includes: Accpac ERP, Accpac CRM, Accpac RMS, Service Manager and Accpac Insight. Softline Accpac also distributes Sage SalesLogix, Sage Geode and Sage ERP X3, a full-service enterprise management software system for mid-to-large businesses. With a choice of languages, currencies, enterprises, locations and legislations, Sage ERP X3 offers an efficient, multi-company solution.

About Softline

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions to small, medium and large sized 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, CRM and ERP software solutions, Softline has a 20 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 Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings provide Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions. In November 2003, Softline was acquired by the Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 company. The software 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 sized business community. Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

About The Sage Group plc

The Sage Group plc is a leading global supplier of business management software and related products and services, principally for small to medium-sized enterprises. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage has 6.3 million customers and 13,400 employees worldwide. We operate in over 24 countries covering the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, India and China. For further information please visit

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