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Based in Welkom, South Africa, Buildmat has been a local supplier of hardware products and solutions for over 19 years. After being in operation for so many years, Buildmat sought new ways of doing business. This meant more structured business processes with relevant and reliable change management controls to complement the new ownership, vision and future strategy for the company.
“As CEO, I need reliable data to inform our strategic business changes. A simple review of the income statement was insufficient, yielding more questions than answers. Simply put, there was a lack of quality controls within the business. Therefore, we chose to implement SAP Business One® as the innovation solution of choice after comparing it to various other technology providers. None of the other solutions came close to the rich functionality and power of SAP Business One. To date, we have also been impressed with the service received from 4most, the SAP implementation partner who assisted us,” says Lesego Tlhomelang, CEO of Buildmat.
To cope with both future and current business demands, a complete overhaul of Buildmat’s current technology infrastructure was required. The existing legacy system was presenting enormous challenges, having a negative impact on daily operational requirements including receiving and deliveries goods as well as Point of Sale (POS) and the financial controls of the business.
Buildmat began to put in place growth and expansion plans with the goal to expand from a single branch operation to multiple branches within the next few years including opening an online shopping facility.
SAP is committed to helping every customer regardless of size become a best-run business. “We are delighted to be part of Buildmat’s journey towards being the best and making a difference using our engineered solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality, improve business processes and enable growth. This is what we do best” says Jade Gungapersadh, Head of SAP Business One, SAP Africa.
According to Marius Fabian, Managing Director, 4most, the implementation partner for Buildmat, the customer had a lot of manual processes which led to a propensity for human error. “This was having a negative impact on Buildmat’s ability to accurately and efficiently manage its stock control process, resulting in a high risk of fraud and loss. SAP Business One was a perfect fit for the customer’s current requirements and could provide the technological support for its future growth plans.4most is thrilled to be part of Buildmat’s digital transformation journey to help them modernize their business processes as they get ready for growth and expansion. All manual or handwritten delivery note and invoices will now be digitally captured, including receiving and deliveries, stock control and point of sale for far more streamline operations, improved efficiencies, and an accurate and real-time view of the business.”
“The SAP® Business One application offers an affordable way to help small businesses streamline processes and gain a greater insight into day to day business operations. The solution is designed to grow with a company, providing flexibility and power through a user-friendly interface,” says Gungapersadh.