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Women in ERP Feature – Mathapelo Kwadi

Women in ERP Feature – Mathapelo Kwadi

As an ode to Women’s Day, we are reflecting on and highlighting the Women in ERP as well as their experiences in the workspace. Below, we chat with Mathapelo, an ERP consultant in our Acumatica division at Palladium Business Solutions. 

1. Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? 

I am an Acumatica Support Consultant. I usually start my day with a to-do plan for the specific day as well as going through the previous days’ work if anything was carried over. I’m settled by 08:00 am and start working through the to-do list according to priorities. Some work you can’t ever plan for as client requests come up, but being flexible to meet these changes is what makes my days exciting. There is never a dull moment at the office and after seeing the joy and positive feedback from clients, it makes it all worth it. 

2. Did you always know that working in ERP was what you wanted to do? or why did you decide to go into ERP?

Yes actually. I was fortunate enough to get some insights into the tech space and just how ERP was a growing sector with high demand. I studied BCom, Informatics from the University of Pretoria and it has a heavy emphasis on ERP systems, business processes and Business Process Management.

The diversity of work and an ERP consultant can work on a range of projects with a variety of clients. There is a lot of experience to gain across sectors and industries and it offers a lot of travel opportunities. 

3. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the ERP industry?

I think being a woman brings about a different perspective on concepts and challenges. Women are also naturally empathetic and by treating client’s businesses like their own, they add a different value to the client and do not rush to close a sale. Being exposed to varying client environments and challenges is also great. 

4. What woman inspires you and why?

Rihanna continues to inspire me daily. I’ve been cognizant of her journey from just being a singer to branching off into acting and becoming a successful entrepreneur owning a popular makeup company and loungewear line.

5. What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?

At the beginning of my career, I sacrificed time away from my friends and family.

6. What would you say to a girl considering getting into the ERP industry? What do you wish you had known before joining?

Build relationships and don’t chase money.

 

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – It creates a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities. 

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

Women in ERP Feature – Uyanda Tshabalala

Women in ERP Feature – Uyanda Tshabalala

As an ode to Women’s Day, we are reflecting on and highlighting the Women in ERP as well as their experiences in the workspace. Below, we chat with Uyanda, a Junior Payroll Consultant in our Payroll department at Palladium Business Solutions. 

1. Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? 

I’m in the Payroll department for Palladium Business Solutions. I recently switched from Palladium Accounting to Payroll which is equally challenging in a positive way obviously as it forces you to apply yourself. I studied Accounting so being able to learn and practice the integration of different accounting concepts is amazing. I help with the challenges related to processing payslips, tax implications, leave days, and overall human resource management. 

The typical workday starts at 8:00 am and I’m usually settled by then. We do regular stand-up meetings in the morning with my team to align on client queries, work for the day, and share feedback on the previous days’ work. 

2. Did you always know that working in ERP was what you wanted to do? or why did you decide to go into ERP?

I did a Bcom in Accounting at the University of Johannesburg and like any typical accounting student, you expect to work for a company from the end-user side of any ERP system. So I never thought I’d find myself working in the back end. 

I will confidently say it’s a blessing in disguise. I’m getting a feel of both sides because based on what I would be doing for a client, I’m exposed to the application of accounting/payroll operations while understanding the importance of an effective and efficient ERP system.

3. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the ERP industry?

The opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of a woman who not only wants to grow themselves for personal reasons but to grow the financial aspect of a company. Being able fully to understand and practice the circulation & accumulation of money. I guess, as women, we tend to be natural nurtures so by dealing with payroll matters that affect employees closely, you can add a different value to the challenges and give a balanced perspective. 

4. What woman inspires you and why?

I will describe the type of woman who inspires me. A woman who is invested in what she loves but doesn’t forget the importance of substance. Life is not one dimensioned and as a woman, you need to be aware of these dimensions and know how to navigate them or at least try. If I had to name someone it would be Olwethu Leshabane. She’s an entrepreneur, a wife, a mother of 3 beautiful boys and she manages her household in a well-organized way. She works with her husband to run both her professional and personal life. So, I think to summarise everything I would say a woman who aspires to master the art of balancing the dynamics of life. The reason why this kind of woman inspires me is that women produce based on what they’re given, so whatever life throws at you, if you’ve managed the art of balancing, almost nothing can throw you off.

5. What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?

I’ve had to sacrifice a lot like my social life. In the same breath, I believe I’m finding and still growing my career life so I’ve had to adjust to not being in full control of my time. But what that has taught me is being able to weigh what matters, to prioritise. With sacrifice comes fruit, and that’s how I choose to see it. 

6. What would you say to a girl considering getting into the ERP industry? What do you wish you had known before joining?

Go for it, no industry is for certain genders. Sometimes, to get to where you want, you must go through uncomfortable situations. Keep your eye on the prize, no matter what. You know the prize, so don’t let anything or anyone distract you from that. It’s okay to not know certain things but granted the opportunity to learn, grab it by the horns. School only teaches us so much, push yourself to Grow and bloom where you are planted.

 

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – It creates a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities. 

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

Women in ERP Feature – Yolanda Van Der Heever

Women in ERP Feature – Yolanda Van Der Heever

As an ode to Women’s Day, we are reflecting on and highlighting the Women in ERP and their experiences in the workspace. Below, we chat with Yolanda, an ERP consultant for our Acumatica division at Palladium Business Solutions. 

1. Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? 

Building good relationships with customers through providing them with the needed support and training.  A typical day needs structure, I try to ensure that my cases, emails, and priority tasks are up to date as you never know what queries you might get during the day.  I am a big believer in knowledge share and having a training reference, anything from a “how-to” document, video or quick teams call to ensure everyone in the team can learn.

2. Did you always know that working in ERP was what you wanted to do? or why did you decide to go into ERP?

Different from most people, I did not have a career in mind when I finished school.  I started my first job and found that I really enjoyed working on various applications (Payroll, HR and Finance) and I seemed to learn my way around the systems fairly quick. 

I realized that support and training were big parts of what I really enjoyed in my work and moving to an ERP role was just a great fit for me. 

I love being able to help our clients and have a passion for training.  ERP, especially Acumatica, is so big the learning opportunities are endless.

3. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the ERP industry?

Women normally excel in soft skills like communication and empathy, I think this makes it easier for us to build stronger, more lasting relationships with our clients.

Add the technical skills and product knowledge to the mix and you have a very strong individual that would be an asset to any team.

4. What woman inspires you and why?

I would say, my mom.  She has shown me that with hard work and determination anything is possible.  And yes, you will have setbacks in life, don’t give up and don’t settle. 

To really excel in your job, you need to love what you do.

5. What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?

Over the years I have worked in some roles that I did not enjoy, but in the end taught me necessary skills for where I am now and, in some cases, made me aware of what I did not want to do, which I think is just as important.

The balance between work and personal life is always a challenge and reaching your goals is never easy.  It is important to know you need your family’s support and your family needs you to be the best wife, mother, sister, or daughter just as much as you need to be the best version of yourself in your work environment.

6. What would you say to a girl considering getting into the ERP industry? What do you wish you had known before joining?

Women can do anything they put their minds to.  If you want it go for it.

I wish I knew earlier in my career that this is where I was meant to be.

 

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – It creates a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities. 

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

Women in ERP Feature – Junita Kandasamy

Women in ERP Feature – Junita Kandasamy

As an ode to Women’s Day, we are reflecting on and highlighting the Women in ERP as well as their experiences in the workspace. Below, we chat with Junita, a Technical Sales Consultant. 

1. Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? 

I am a channel-centric technical sales consultant for Palladium Business Solutions and I deal with end-users as well as business partners around the world daily, offering core Palladium solutions and providing marketing, and competitive data insights. Since the ERP sale is solution-based, I work hard to identify business requirements and end-user requirements to be able to offer the best solution to meet those business needs. This is through multiple daily conversations with prospective clients via Teams, Email and Calls. 

Most days start with a great cup of coffee. We typically have a sales catchup meeting in the morning to align on work in the pipeline as well as give feedback on the previous days’ work. After that it is a mix of addressing calls to and from clients, facilitating product demos and sharing insights with the other team members. 

2. Did you always know that working in ERP was what you wanted to do? or why did you decide to go into ERP?

Not at first, but it was an industry that I had a lot of interest in. I had seen a member of my family working for an ERP company and quickly learnt that people and businesses have a lot of joy seeing the ERP solution dramatically change the way their business runs and produces its goods, for the better. The remuneration in that industry was great and the demand for ERP was increasing daily so i slowly gravitated to it. There are also a lot of diverse roles that you simply don’t see in other industries which have allowed me to gain experience in different areas within the business.

3. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the ERP industry?

The best part about being a woman in the ERP industry is fully maximising my talents and quirks that come to me naturally. It’s no secret that we can multi-task better and be focused with fewer distractions than men. I also enjoy chatting and partnering up with my female co-workers and encouraging them to take new opportunities, upskill and watch them be confident in their stride.  

Another fun, though it can be double-sided, is the fact that most men and women tend to initially dismiss you or your input on the basis that you are a woman. The advantage is that when someone forms this opinion, wrongly, you are given an opportunity to both make them question and hopefully improve their preconceived notions about women in ERP, and to surprise them in a way our male counterparts are unable to, often giving you an edge and immediate credibility.  

The industry is moving fast especially for women and it is amazing that we have so many young women interested in being mentored to join the ERP industry.

4. What woman inspires you and why?

My mom! She is the most inspiring person because she sacrificed and dealt with a lot of obstacles to provide us with the best upbringing possible. She never focuses on the negatives and is constantly encouraging us to excel and push harder in all we do. Her passion and drive have pushed me to continuously try new things and give 100% to what I am working on – there is nothing I cannot do and achieve without having my mum by my side. Making sure my mom is stress fee happy and enjoys everything in life is the goal for me and motivates me to be the best I can be. 

5. What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?

Being a young woman I have not had to sacrifice a lot, I have to juggle a very demanding work-life balance between learning, working and maintaining a healthy mental state especially with the Covid 19 Pandemic. I’ve had to cut down on my social life as well to focus, excel and get further in life. I believe it’s a necessary and short-term sacrifice that will be beneficial in the future for myself and my family. 

6. What would you say to a girl considering getting into the ERP industry? What do you wish you had known before joining?

If more women chose tech-centric occupations, I believe they would kill the game as a group. My advice to women is to first, research female leaders and trendsetters in your business and industry as it’s important to get a good sense of all the possibilities that could unfold in your career and create factual frames of references that replace all the myths around our industry.

Working in the ERP industry has improved my confidence and has inspired my growth and I can stand toe to toe with the males in the industry and hold my ground. It has allowed me to see that any young woman can go into any industry of work in any position and excel as well as offer a different perspective that may lead to the next best Tech-driven idea!

Growing up, I wish I had better insights into the industry. Schools didn’t give any insights on Erp as an industry at all, let alone show the prevalence of females in that space. I do believe this is changing rapidly. In the future, I hope to have a more influential and powerful role and mentoring other young women looking into joining the ERP Industry.

 

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – It creates a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities. 

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

Women in ERP Feature – Lerato Lebogo

Women in ERP Feature – Lerato Lebogo

As an ode to Women’s Day, we are reflecting on and highlighting the Women in ERP as well as their experiences in the workspace. Below, we chat with Lerato,  a Senior Payroll Consultant. 

1. Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like? 

I am a Senior Payroll Consultant at Palladium Business Solutions and I oversee the execution of payroll solutions for our clients. A typical day involves using my extensive knowledge in payroll and tax to ensure efficient processing of payroll transactions for our clients. I work closely with customers to comprehend their business prerequisites and help in testing and configuring the organization’s payroll solution plan. In addition, I facilitate technical and end-user training online for clients and potential clients. It’s a responsibility not only am I capable of, but I thrive on.

2. Did you always know that working in ERP was what you wanted to do? or why did you decide to go into ERP?

I kind of fell into ERP, but I’m glad I did. After graduating in Business Administration at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, it took about a year to get a full-time job in that specific field. At that time, I was upskilling myself with short courses and just learning about future company trends and technology. I eventually got a post at Palladium in 2018 for a Junior Payroll Consultant role. I received training, worked hard, and never looked back. I have a passion for my job and want to continue honing my skills and making an impact in this industry.

3. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the ERP industry?

I think the stereotypes that women cannot run the tech world are slowly being deconstructed. Although slightly under-represented, women working in supportive workplaces thrive in leadership positions. We are confident and boast more integral skills and talents to drive the ERP workforce forward. I think women in the current ERP industry are ‘showing off,’ they are impactful as leaders, and with professional qualities that will one day run this industry.

4. What woman inspires you and why?

A woman that inspires me is a woman who speaks to me about anything self-development. I recently developed an interest in personal development to have a better understanding of my personal and professional struggles, goals, and achievements. So, I listen to a lot of podcasts that motivate me through scriptures, readings, and conversations about being the best version of oneself. If I could choose one woman in this phase of my life, is Iyanla Vanzant. An inspirational speaker, lawyer, author, and life coach.

5. What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?

Honestly, nothing! I balance my work, family, and social life well. Previously, I was not able to do it, and it hurt my mental health. Now I choose to focus on one thing at a time and prioritise accordingly.

6. What would you say to a girl considering getting into the ERP industry? What do you wish you had known before joining?

I wish I had been more decisive about which career I wanted to enter, particularly in varsity. I didn’t get to study what I wanted to initially, which was accounting, but destiny took its course I guess as I am now working for one of South Africa’s largest Accounting software companies and I have found my passion in an industry I knew nothing of. To the next woman considering the ERP industry, it’s possible! Even with no previous experience or knowledge, it is an industry that is fast-growing and satisfying. If you can manage and prioritise your time and workload, are a fast learner and are efficient then you can do exceptionally well. My dad always says, “as long as you work hard…” in every conversation we have about my career. So, put in the work, and success will follow.

To learn more about Palladium Payroll solution, head to www.palladium.co.za/palladium-payroll

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – It creates a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities. 

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

Women in ERP

Women in ERP

It is crucial to realize the importance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in small businesses and start-ups as a function that allows for efficiency, scalability and growth. It is equally important to realize the significance of the teams that work hard behind the scenes to drive positive results in ERP. As an ode to Women’s Day, we will in this article, reflect on and highlight the Women in ERP as well as their experiences in the workspace.

What is ERP?

ERP is an acronym that stands for “Enterprise Resource Management” and refers to the consolidated processes of gathering and organizing business data through an integrated approach. ERP standardizes, streamlines, and integrates business processes across finance, human resources, procurement, distribution, and other departments. ERP solutions improve how you handle business resources, whether it’s raw materials for manufacturing or staffing hours for human resources.

The first traces of ERP were found in manufacturing, with the economic order quantity (EOQ) model, a paper-based scheduling system. This was replaced by material resource planning (MRP) tools developed in the late 1960s which eventually became manufacturing resource planning. In the early 1990s, this developed into Enterprise Resource Planning as the function served more and more departments and not just production and manufacturing. Nowadays, resource planning and allocation are done using robust ERP software.

The best ERP software is the one you’ll get the most use out of, and the one that can help make your employees more productive, your operations more efficient, and your reporting more accurate.

Behind these best ERP software is usually a team of proficient female consultants, operatives, and executives that ensure the business’s end to end efficiency, which we will highlight in our Women in ERP series.

 

Women in ERP Statistics

Women are unfortunately still underrepresented in the IT, Tech, and Engineering communities, whether in management, project, consultancy, infrastructure, technical or development roles.

“Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering.” Source

 

At Palladium Business Solutions, we are committed to inclusion, diversity and empowerment of women and thus we have a 35% female representation in the workplace and 29% representation in senior and management roles compared to women currently holding only 19% of tech-related jobs at the top 10 global tech companies globally.

– The majority (72%) of women in tech are regularly outnumbered by men in business meetings by at least a 2:1 ratio. 26% of women report being outnumbered by 5:1 or more.

According to WISE, women make up only 16% of IT professionals, a trend that has remained the same for 10 years in a row, the campaign for gender balance in science and engineering.

– 78% of women in tech feel they must work harder than their co-workers to prove their worth.

– Women in tech are 4X more likely than men to see gender bias as an obstacle to promotion. 39% of women see gender bias as a barrier to promotion in 2021.

Women make 85% of all consumer purchases, yet represent just 25% of the computing workforce.

– Women of colour are less confident than white women about their promotion prospects—and that gap has increased by 3X over the past year.

Read more from the 2021 Women in Tech report here.

 

As a firm believer in diversity and equality, Palladium Business Solutions advocates for the continued investment in women.

Below are links to some of the Women we have featured who spearhead our ERP functions in our business:

Lerato Lebogo – Senior Payroll Consultant

Junita Kandasamy- Technical Sales Consultant

Yolanda Van Der Heever –ERP Consultant

Mathapelo Kwadi – ERP Consultant

Uyanda Tshabalala – Junior Payroll Consultant

 

Conclusion

It is high time that businesses understand the importance of ERP and the Women that drive various functions. Skills don’t have any gender and women have proved it several times. They are true inspirations to ladies all across the world.

 

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium Business Solutions is a Gold Microsoft partner as well as a Gold Acumatica Cloud ERP partner and is the longest standing Acumatica partner in Africa.

Palladium is a Subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2002.

Palladium Business Solutions’ strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses. We enable clients to enhance their business processes by improving automation and enhancing efficiency without the need to increase the staff complement.

Our products include:

1. Palladium Accounting – Palladium Accounting Software is our own South African product catering for small to large businesses. The product itself boasts features that set us apart from our competitors. Palladium supports wireless networks alleviating the need for clients to be tied down to desks or be required to use network cables and UPS’s.

2. Palladium Payroll – A cloud-based solution offering the most affordable, user-friendly and compliant cloud payroll on the market with a free Employee Self-Service Portal.

3. Palladium Mobile Sales and Warehousing App – An Android, Windows UWP and iOS-based app that enables sales teams to connect to live data on the road to generate Sales Orders and Sales Quotes or check inventory availability.

4. Acumatica Cloud ERP – The Acumatica ERP system delivers cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real-time view of your business.

5. Business Alerts – Business Alerts create a centralised communication hub through monitoring data fields in your Palladium or ERP database for specified activities when a Business Alert is triggered it automatically sends updates connected to those activities to customers or employees via email.

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

3 Reasons to choose a Microsoft Gold Partner

3 Reasons to choose a Microsoft Gold Partner

 

When shopping for a comprehensive ERP, Tech and/ or Accounting solution, you are likely to spend time evaluating online reviews, assessments, and certifications before committing to a product. It is crucial to find a service provider who knows what they are doing to realise the best return on your investment. But how does a prospective client know that the service provider is knowledgeable and will add invaluable input to the company? Well, in this post, we share the meaning behind Microsoft’s gold partner certifications and the 3 reasons to choose a Microsoft Gold Partner.

It is common nowadays to see a mix of “certifications” and “reseller” logos and badges next to brand names which oftentimes do not mean anything. These can also be acquired by just having the respective vendor pay to use the badge in question. Microsoft certifications, however, are quite stringent and difficult to obtain. When a service provider has a Microsoft certification, you can be sure that they attest to the highest standards and deliver high service levels and input to your company.

What Does it Mean to be Microsoft Gold-Certified?

A Microsoft Gold-Certified partner is a company that has agreed to collaborate and establish a close working relationship with Microsoft. Having this title means the company has earned the highest standards of Microsoft’s widely-recognized partnership program. 

“Microsoft Certified Partner (MCP) certification validates IT professional and developer technical expertise through rigorous, industry-proven, and industry-recognized exams. MCP exams cover a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions.”

(Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft offers three reliable certifications, formally called “Competencies”, that can tell you a lot about the partner you are considering. The Microsoft Partner, Silver Partner, and Gold Partner assignments demonstrate fluctuating degrees of ability, and they can help you settle on the best choice with regards to picking a tech partner.

Levels of Competency

Microsoft performs an extensive compliance verification of its partners before they can achieve the elite status of being a Gold Certified Partner, or Silver. A partner can be just a partner, or they can be Silver, or Gold certified. According to Microsoft, these Competencies demonstrate “a specific, proven skill set to customers. Because Microsoft competencies are aligned with how customers buy, customers can easily identify a company’s capabilities and expertise” by looking at their competencies. By demonstrating its core capabilities, expertise and skills in a specific area, a company can be eligible to earn either Gold or Silver or in fewer cases a combination of both if the company in question provides solutions across several areas.

 

Area

Competency

Applications and Infrastructure

– Application Development
– App Integration
– Cloud Platform
– DevOps
– Datacentre

Business Applications

– Cloud Business Applications
– Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
– Project and Portfolio

Data and AI

– Data Analytics
– Data Platform

Modern Workplace and Security

– Collaboration and Content
– Communications
– Cloud Productivity
– Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
– Messaging
– Security
– Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions
– Windows and Devices

  1. Silver Competency indicates that a partner has made a special commitment to a particular business solution and that the partner undergoes a very thorough process for their certification. Those with Silver Competency are amongst the top 5% of Microsoft Partners worldwide.
  2. Gold Competency represents the highest certification available for Microsoft Partners. A Partner with Gold Competency has a specialized skill set when it comes to implementing a particular tech solution or providing clients with service in a specific area. Only the top 1% of Microsoft Partners worldwide are Gold Certified.

A Microsoft Partner with Silver or Gold Competency must undergo regular audits to demonstrate their proficiency, skillset, and experience. While a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner can be a good decision, the contrast between Silver and Gold is critical. Palladium Accounting’s Gold Partner status is a testament to our level of workmanship and dedication.

3 Reasons to choose a Microsoft Gold Partner

1. Gold Partners Meet High Standards

Gold Certified partners must meet rigorous standards set by Microsoft. One such requirement is to have at least 15 individuals within an organization pass various core value exams before that organization can receive Gold Certification. Plus, five of those 15 must pass additional speciality exams. This process is repeated annually. 

There is a stark difference between an organization having a large staff and maintaining a sizeable Microsoft Certified team. If the Partner you choose is a Gold Partner, they will have a “deep bench” of deeply qualified team members.

2. Gold Partners are always up to date.

Microsoft’s solutions are always evolving just as technology is, and so are the competency requirements associated with them. Gold Partners stay on top of these changes. It is highly advisable to choose and work with a Microsoft Partner who is abreast of the latest technologies and innovations to give your business that competitive edge.

3. Gold Partners offer proof of concept.

Microsoft Gold Partners have access to various product licenses, they can test and develop client-specific demos that offer proof of concept. This means that a Gold Partner can offer a client a test drive before going all-in on a solution.

In Conclusion

What does all this mean for your business? You can be certain that a Gold Certified Partner understands what they are doing. A Gold Partner will have various exceptionally qualified staff individuals in-house that can assist you. This means that in the event of staff turnover, your project will not be adversely affected.  We trust that you have found some value in our post about the 3 reasons to choose a Microsoft Gold Partner. 

Palladium Business Solutions is proud to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner.

About Palladium Business Solutions

Palladium is a subsidiary of Rectron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mustek Ltd, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Palladium Business Solutions has been offering highly affordable Software and Services to businesses throughout Africa since 2001.

Palladium develops and supports solutions that are made with real business needs in mind. This means that our products don’t just record business data they help build and grow your business.

As a Gold Microsoft Partner, our products are all developed using the latest Microsoft technologies in the .Net environment and optimise the MS SQL Server database. Our strength lies in our diversity and ability to adapt systems and processes to suit the precise requirements of our customers’ businesses.

Our comprehensive range of ERP products focus on Increasing Turnover, Improving Margins and Enhancing operational Efficiency. Palladium is MORE than just Accounting Software.

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900

Contact Palladium Business Solutions Here

 

Microsoft Partners With Acumatica For Power Fx

Microsoft partners with Acumatica for Power Fx

Microsoft has announced the partnership with Acumatica to evaluate how Power Fx can be leveraged with the low code/no code experience they offer to their customers. With businesses investing in automation, development is also moving towards a no/low code environment of interconnecting systems and performing tasks. This is what makes the partnership between Acumatica and Microsoft even more valuable.

What is Microsoft Power Fx?

Microsoft Power Fx is the low code language for expressing logic across the Microsoft Power Platform.  It is the same language that is at the heart of Microsoft Power Apps canvas apps today inspired by Microsoft Excel.  It enables the full spectrum of development from no code to pro code with no cliffs in between, enabling diverse teams to work together and saving everyone time and money.

By enabling an entirely new level of “being ready to code in plain English.” Previously, Microsoft’s Power Platform users still needed to know the essential logic of writing formulas. But now they will type commands like “Show 10 orders of product A in alphabetical order” and obtain the desired result.

Acumatica Cloud

Acumatica Cloud ERP provides a business management solution so mid-sized companies can transform their business to thrive in the digital economy. It is extremely powerful and provides flexibility, agility, and connectivity and can connect to almost any system and perform any task requested by clients.

In this demo, a number of calculated fields have been added to the form with Power Fx.  They use the same Excel language that so many users already know.  Note that the Sum and Average function are used to aggregate information in related tables. The result you can see at the end of the animation when the discount is updated for one of the records and the field automatically recalculates.

Demo: Acumatica on Power Fx

AcumaticaDemo

About Acumatica

Acumatica ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is an Award-Winning Cloud ERP. It delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model. This enables a complete, real-time view of your business anytime, anywhere. Acumatica ERP provides the full suite of integrated business management applications, including Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, Project Accounting and CRM. The one true Cloud ERP platform designed for mid-sized customers is Acumatica.

Acumatica’s expertise lies in

  • Increased Productivity
  • Inventory Control
  • Remote Connection From Anywhere

Contact Acumatica here

Tel: +27 (0)11 568 2900.

Contact Palladium Business Solutions here