Friday, December 18, 2009

Green Green Grass of home.

Every industry is going green and ICT is no exception. From green bulbs, green servers, notebooks and routers. Green the hottest colors in business marketing these days. Increasingly, customers prefer brands that use resources wisely and respect the environment.Corporation large and small are taking note and in their PR drive - pushing the “GREEN” image. They want to be associated with this cause. Even big MAC has its color change to green  But SAGE has its original color in green, an environmental friendly color image..

What about ERP and Accounting Software provider?
Going “Paperless" is what it’s recommended in order to save trees. But, we all know that ERP/Accounting is very form based, so the publicist slogan “toward a paperless office” remains a myth. In fact with the implementation of ERP the usage of paper has increase for some as automation and computers make it easy to churn out documents. So is it a lost cause?

Can Sage 300 ERP (formerly Sage Accpac) promote Green?
I believe so, as one goal is to reduce the use of paper. A paper “LESS” office is what we should be striving for. And for good reason Sage 300 ERP built-in functionalities help reduce the use of paper. By converting forms, like PO, DO, Statements, reminder letters & others into PDF format within it application and to be electronically mail out to its target recipients. This is one way to promote a paper “less” office and also reduce mailing cost.
Another way to eliminate paper is by automating paper-based processes that rely on forms, purchase requisition and approval and quotations can be electronically approval online via a automated workflows based purchasing and approval functions. So we reduce paper by automating these processes.

Transforming Paper-Based Documents

Another aspect is the use of technology to convert paper based documents, pictures, engineering plan into to digital documents. Document managements system working in tandem with a high speed scanner is the key to achieve this. Software Sage 300 3rd party solutions provided such functionalities to quickly transform these into digital documents that integrated with your Sage 300 ERP.
Business Intelligence and Analytics
Sage 300 ERP 6.0 brings Business Intelligent and Management dashboard to the desktop. Executives no longer have to print rolls of reports and sieved through them. But will know at their finger tips what’s happening to sales, collections, profitability and so on. I believe this too contribute toward a paper “less” office.

“Although a completely paperless office is not a realistic goal for us, we believe that Sage 300 ERP functionalities and together with its 3rd party application, like works flows & electronic document management and access is helping to reduce our reliance on paper and manual processes."
In Short Sage 300 ERP GREEN friendly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sage Asia Top Premier Partner Award - Malaysia

The news is out; Careware Systems Sdn Bhd has been awarded the Top Malaysia Sage Premier Partner 2009. In fact she is the only Premier Partner in Malaysia. Careware is also the Asia Sage Premier Partner 2009.

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU to all our value customers for your continued support without which we will not be achieve this in the challenging market situation brought about by market downturn. Also big thanks to our dedicated team of staffs who work hand in glove to minimize cost and provide the same level of support to our valued customers.

Another year is coming to end, and a new year is on the verge of beginning, we look forward to another fruitful year ahead. “Together we can Excel”

 Robert Tan receiving the Award from Mr. Low Gee Sing MD of Sage Asia

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ERP - History

ERP is a Business solution that addresses all the needs of an enterprise with the process view of an organization to meet the organizational goals and integrate all the functions of the Enterprise.

Traditionally an MRP system runs on minis and mainframe computers in the early 60s and 70s. Initially corporate mainly runs the inventory control, sales and financial accounting systems. Some of us are old enough to remember fondly the IBM 3090 mainframe which need water chillers to cool the CPU and hard disk the size of our desk. Then came the Minis Systems IBM Systems 36, 38 and then the AS400 in the 70s where MRP1 was introduced to the corporation, mainly the manufacturing companies.

That was the big question for corporate America in the 80s and rightly so. Can I have complete confidence that the system will perform reliably, that it will be up to the task, that I will get support and that I will keep my job.

Aside from the quality of the available application software, die-hard supporters of big-iron system argue that LAN-based servers don't have the storage capacity or ability to handle multiple simultaneous input /output request present in mainframe - systems

Not until the launched of the Intel 80386 CPU in 1985 that reportedly eclipse the procession power of mini system like IBM Systems 36, 38 and network operating systems as Novel Netware 3x with the support of 32 bit and the introduction of Netware 3 SFT-III (System Fault Tolerance) which allowed a logical server to be completely mirrored to a separate physical machine that we see the drive to move the “Big Iron Systems” software to the LAN and client/server mode. The buzzword in those days were Downsizing & Rightsizing.

More and more MRP/ERP systems was being re-engineer to take advantage of these “tiny” servers on the LAN with capacity of carrying many hundreds gigabytes of hard disk storage. The beginning of the 1990s new software systems known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have surfaced in the market, targeting mainly larger complex business organizations.

Today Intel Xeon based servers should coast along as they support hundreds of active concurrent users running on Windows, Linux with SQL databases.

Corporate America's growing dissatisfaction with the results achieved for the money spent on corporate information systems is becoming mere apparent in recent years. What defines a traditional Mini is not simply its size and capacity. Its proprietary architecture, proprietary operating system, proprietary networking protocols, and proprietary application software lead inevitably to the semi-monopoly pricing that is an inescapable part of its operation.

Information executive are open-minded on the alternative solution provided by less costly client server and Internet ready system. Anyone who is dumb enough to insist on solving problems with a Million Dollars Mini System when they could solve it with a system when they could solve it with a System Costing a Hundred Thousand is just begging for a new career, perhaps in consulting.

Depending on your particular requirement and budget you will select the combination of equipment and software that will achieve what you want.

With the unprecedented growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) driven by microelectronics, computer hardware and software systems has influenced all facets of computing applications across organizations.

In this context, management of organizations needs efficient information systems to improve competitiveness by cost reduction and better logistics. It is universally recognized small-to-medium-size enterprises (SME) that the capability of providing the right information at the right time brings tremendous rewards to organizations in a global competitive world of complex business practices. This is serve today by the many ERP solutions that is affordable to the SME.

Because there are a lot of younger team members that weren't around for the first few decades of ERP, the ERP Timeline was created by Mr. Houston Neal that will help the new IT workforce to have a macro view the ERP history and development on the time- line basis. It's a quick way to understand the context of current enterprise software sequences and events. It has also brought me down the memory lane as I reflect upon its contents with nostalgia. Maybe things weren’t that fast in those days.

Thanks to Mr. Houston Neal for providing me this informative website.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


During the Sage Vision 2008 conference held in Kota Kinabalu, which was attended by business partners from all over Asia, Careware was awarded the Asia Top No. 1 Sage Business Partner. So we are not only Malaysia Top Business Partner but are now Asia no. 1 as well. Now we can truly say Malaysia Boleh!!

This is certainly a resounding testimony to our team capability and expertise in the sales and support in the Sage software solution that we carry. Truly we want to say a big thank you for the support of our loyal customers and friends over the years.

We take this opportunity to seek your forgiveness for any shortfalls that we may have and look forward to work with you together to face the coming challenging year ahead.

Together We Can Excel!!!!!!