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6 Reasons why you should invest in SAP Business One

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The most common misconception about SAP is that it only provides solutions and software for large corporations. However, this could not be further from the truth as SAP’s product line features software for all business sizes. SAP Business One is the ideal ERP software for small to medium sized enterprises.

SAP Business One is an affordable single solution that allows you to manage your entire small businesses, from accounting and financials, purchasing, inventory, sales and customer relationships to reporting and analytics.

Here are 6 reasons that SAP Business One will leave a positive note on your company, especially if you are looking to grow your business.

  1. Affordable Price

All small business have operational requirements that more or less entail the same complexity that large companies face. However with SAP Business One you have the same Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) that large organisations use, at a much more affordable price. SAP provides the same kind of tools: business intelligence and analytics, sales forecasting and management, customer relationship management, in one integrated solution.

  • Financial Visibility

SAP Business One makes it easier by allowing you to eliminate multiple different spreadsheets that are equipped with data, by connecting your financial operations with other key processes in your business such as purchasing and sales or inventory management in real time. This way you can save time and improve your cash flow.

Security and data integrity is a concern for all businesses no matter the size and SAP Business One allows you to provide permissions to different employees so that sensitive data is kept secure.

  • Anticipation of Customer Needs

With SAP Business One your customer relationship management (CRM) and sales are brought closer together, thus you’ll be able to manage all your CRM and your sales/marketing activities on one single platform. This enables the firm to build more effective communication programs.

  • Improved Decision Making

Having all your data on one platform helps you to save time which aids in improved decision making. Therefore, SAP Business One provides you with multiple reports on the data that is available and important to you, just by configuring a couple of settings.

  • Best Practice for every industry

SAP Business One regardless of what industry you are in, provides you with best practice systems. Furthermore the solution can be customised for your manufacturing, construction, catering, wholesale business and many more. Compared to other solutions on the market SAP Business One is fairly quick to implement.

  • Easy to Access Training

SAP provides users with a lot of online training that enables to you get your team and any new employees up to speed with the SAP Business One.

So to conclude, SAP Business One gives you access to a better visibility and improved decision making at a lower business cost. If you are interested in finding out more info about how you can acquire this system you can contact us on info@mapitmalta.com or give us a call on 21359119.

Introducing ELO ECM Suite

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As of 2022 MAP IT is proud to announce our partnership with ELO Digital Office.  ELO Digital Office is a company known worldwide for its innovative products, particularly the ELO ECM Suite.

It is vital for a business’s success to have efficient & automated processes while also having information available no matter when or where. This is why an intelligent ECM system that is both flexible and versatile is needed.

This is where ELO ECM Suite comes into play, digitizing your business processes which allow you to save valuable time while minimizing your costs and amplifying the security of your company data.

The benefits of ELO ECM suite can be split into the following factors:

Finding the information needed quickly and easily

Managing the data in compliance with legal requirements

Documents can be processed in a customisable workflow

Enables collaboration amongst teams

Enables transparent business processes

A look at the ELO ECM Suite:

Finding the information needed in the blink of an eye

Within the ELO ECM Suite the intelligent ELO iSearch allows you to search for and find a specific document or a piece of information instantly. ELO iSearch searches your entire ELO software repository as well as any other integrated third-party applications you might have such as ERP, CRM, and e-mail systems.

Managing the data in compliance with legal requirements

ELO ECM Suite offers the platforms and tools required to ensure compliance with data privacy and security requirements. Thanks to advanced encryption technology, all of your business data is stored securely at all times. Access control, logging, and a sophisticated permissions system ensure additional protection.

Document Workflows

ELO ECM Suite provides a range of intelligent tools that allow fast, automated processing of paper-based and digital documents in the mailroom. With ELO Smart Input, for example, you save a lot of time from processing the documents, be it invoices, contracts etc.  The tool automatically recognizes the type of document and extracts any relevant information within seconds. This data is available for further processing right away within the system. The eliminates the manual task and saves a lot of time.

Enables collaboration amongst teams

This ECM Suite provides an array of tools for optimized & efficient collaboration. The ELO feed provides a platform for teams to communicate with each other as well as exchange information regarding different documents. Group topics can even use hashtags to group-specific information as well as carrying out polls among colleagues.

 

Download the ELO ECM Suite product brochure for more information

The benefits of a Documentation Management System (DMS)

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Just about any enterprise can admit that documentation is an essential factor for their business. However, many are faced with challenges that could impact various factors, such as the efficiency of the business.

So, one might ask, how can a company successfully maintain documentation within the company and eliminate these challenges?

The implementation of a Document Management system allows businesses to capture, save and retrieve documentation both physical and electronic within one system.

  • Reduction of storage space

A software based DMS will allow a business to save time, money and space. The reduction in the use of file cabinets, boxes, archiving rooms etc. will allow freeing up office space for a more useful utilisation. This apart from saving the company money also saves valuable time when searching for a specific document. Rather than going through multiple files/ boxes etc. one can search for it through the digital system.

  • Data Security

Such a platform will provide security to business data and eliminate any issues with sensitive data or other confidential information. By setting permissions for different users, using encryption keys and other security features that the system provides, the business’ data is much more secure.

  • Integration

Companies around the world mostly make use of the Microsoft Office suite and many DMS offer integration with the Office Suite as well as other systems. This allows the employees to continue working within their comfort zone while utilizing the DMS.

  • Search Functions

Most of the time, we spend a lot of time trying to look for a document that was attached to an email, or we forget where this was saved. With the DMS many sophisticated search functions are offered, enabling the user to filter and skim through the documentation easily.

  • Improved Collaboration

With a DMS the ability to access content and collaborate is greatly simplified as it provides greater visibility to business processes and can allow for better workflow monitoring. Also, the ability for users to communicate amongst each other within the document itself reduces communication time.

  • Increased productivity

Time is very valuable and with a DMS saving time is almost guaranteed which is greatly reflected into increased productivity. This also improves staff morale by efficient documentation retrieval which ultimately results in increased client satisfaction.  

MAP IT Ltd. obtains ISO 9001 certification.

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From the start, our main goal at MAP IT has always been to provide optimal quality and service to our clients on a daily basis. Thus, throughout the last 10 years of operations, we have invested in the latest technology and the best personnel to help achieve our goal.

In 2019 we embarked on a process to streamline and organise our business operations in order to achieve the ISO 9001 certification to ensure that our competitive service level is maintained and also improved over the coming years.

During the process of certification, we worked closely with STEP to document the various development and support processes that were already being implemented in the day-to-day activities of our business. STEP also provided us with essential recommendations on how these could be improved and also gave assistance on how to focus on the essential goals and priorities of the company. 

We are proud to announce that MAP IT Ltd. obtained the ISO 9001 certification by achieving excellent results in the external audit & was certified by SGS Italia S.p.A in November of 2019.  

Why ERP Systems are important for SME’s.

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Technology is becoming more accessible every day,  allowing small and medium-sized companies to acquire tools that a few years ago were unfeasible for an enterprise of their size. This gives them room to grow and expand their business while facing fierce competition from other companies that are already well established within the industry.

However, it is difficult for a small business to expand and grow without the ability to clearly understand the performance of their business. This is where an ERP system comes in.

What is ERP?

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is made up of applications that integrate the essential parts of a business. This includes planning, purchasing, inventory, sales, marketing, finance, human resources within one single system. Such systems are becoming increasingly popular with SME’s as well as large corporations due to the numerous benefits that they offer –

96% of the top-performing businesses rely on ERP“The Aberdeen Group”

1. Integrate the Flow of Information

One of the main features & benefit of an ERP system is that it integrates the information from different departments on one platform. The result of this is that the flow of information between different processes and procedures of a business is available in real-time. For example, the integration of all transactions within the financial system in real-time allows the management to make informed strategic decisions promptly.

2. An increase in productivity & improved decision making.

Having all the information within one system means that numerous excel sheets and countless documents stored in different locations can usually be eliminated. The elimination of these allows employees and management to view the bigger picture and be aware of what is going on within the company. This can also save time from having to search for the specified documents while also eliminating the need to seek out various people from different departments to get the information needed. Apart from productivity, ERP helps to maintain consistency within the work processes.

3. Reduced Error and Cost Saving

An automated system decreases the chances for human errors such as missed orders, inventory mistakes or even miscommunications. This should, in turn, increase customer satisfaction as you are ensuring consistency. Positive experiences with the system should also boost your employees’ confidence and satisfaction.

Furthermore, costs could be reduced through increased productivity and the reduction in errors. The reduction in time taken for certain tasks to be completed as well as better managing of problems that arise would further contribute to better decision-making processes due to a clearer and better insight to what exactly is going on globally within the company.

4. Reporting

Every ERP system regardless of the brand offers numerous types of reporting tools, providing better reporting and increased business intelligence. This makes the jobs of management much easier aiding for improved productivity, efficiency, and reduction of costs through improved decision making. Such reports usually include invoice reports, stock reports, summary / detailed profit reports and many other options for custom reports according to the needs of the client.

How can MAP IT help?

Here at MAP IT, we can help you make the right choice for your business and implement with you the ERP system. If you are interested in such service please contact us on info@mapitmalta.com and we will be able to provide you with all the details necessary.

5 facts that indicate it’s time for a website redesign

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Companies sometimes have trouble identifying when it’s time to update and redesign their website. What website owners can at times fail to understand is that within 50 milliseconds (that is 0.05 seconds) a user will already have formed an opinion about your brand. This post will take you through a number of warning signs that indicate the need for a website update & redesign. It’s important to know that studies show that 94% of negative website feedback is design-related

1. You don’t have a website

You don’t have a website as you are a brick and mortar shop so customers find you offline. You don’t think you need a website – WRONG!

The shift to online is no longer considered a trend but it’s an important need with the rise of international competition. Sooner or later your business will slowly decrease as customers will opt for companies that provide them with information online which can be accessed on the go.

2. If your website is not mobile-friendly

Today’s hectic lifestyle brings about the use of mobile devices more, in, 63% of websites visits are through a smartphone which means that having a website which is not compatible for mobile devices is not acceptable as you’ll be losing major website traffic.

63% of website visits are through a smartphone - redesign your website to become mobile friendly

Apart from losing website traffic, your reputation will suffer as well. 57% of internet users state that they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed website on a mobile device as it does not provide an optimal user experience.

57% of website users won't recommned a business with a poorly designed website on a mobile device.

3. Outdated design

By comparing your website with others it should be immediately obvious if your design is outdated. The differences will be highly evident, such as; your website does not adjust to the size of the desktop screen, it is not mobile-friendly, using outdated fonts, it is difficult for users to go through the website and various other aspects.

An outdated design impacts the reputation and credibility of your brand as 75% of customers admit that they make judgements on the company’s credibility based on the design of their website. One should know that your company websites give an insight to the user on how you operate as a company. Therefore having an unprofessional website leads to the belief that your company is not professional.

75% of customers admit they judge the brand's credibility based on the design on their website - redesign your website if its current look is outdated

4. Takes longer than 3 seconds to load

Does your website take more than 3 seconds to load? If yes, then you need to update your website ASAP. Remember that you only have a couple of seconds to make an impression on your visitor. So if these seconds are being spent to load your website then you are in trouble as more than 38% of people will simply stop engaging with a website if it takes too long to load. This has cost companies major losses each and every year.

38& of people will stop engaging with a website if it takes too long to load - make a redesign to ensure the pages efficiency

5. Does not show up on search engines

If your website is not optimised for search engines, then it’s not going to show up when people search from your company or something related to your business. So, unless the visitor knows your URL – they do not have a way to get to your website. This clearly means its time to update your website and invest in SEO.

If you are still contemplating whether you should redesign your website, think of it as if it was your shop floor, as it is the platform that potential customers base their purchasing decision. If you have a dull, messy store in a remote location you wouldn’t have any visitors let alone purchases. That is what websites are – being reachable and can be found easily with an eye-catching design, which MAP IT can do.

If you are looking to redesign your website – do not hesitate to contact us.

Why use a custom website for your business?

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Having a website in the digital age is vital for any business. A social media page is important but is definitely not enough to compete within such highly competitive markets, both with local and international competitors. Therefore, having a combination of a well-designed and functional web and a social media page will reap many benefits.

Some might argue that they do not need an online presence as they do not provide e-commerce however potential customers are expecting to see your brand online so that they can gather information prior to making their purchasing decision. If you’re not found online the probability is that your customer base will decrease and you’ll be losing out on numerous potential customers.

How to stand out in the crowd!?

Having said that, simply having a website is not enough. You must use various tools to ensure that your clients are directed easily to your website. If this is not done it will be lost with thousands of other websites. That is why SEO (search engine optimisation) is key to ensure that your website is one of the top links on search engines.

Constantly updating content on your website is very important for a couple of reasons, mainly:

Keeping your customers updated with that is going on with your company
Maintaining and improving your search engine ranking

Website services at MAP IT??

At MAP IT we focus on proving our clients with the whole package; a well designed and functional website that will make your business stand out in the crowd of numerous competitors.

With the use of WordPress sites, we can design your beautiful new website and apply our skill set & experience to incorporate SEO best practises to help your website rank well on search engines and improve your presence on the internet.

Finally, apart from WordPress websites, at MAP IT we also offer custom software development to cater for your business requirements such as – Online Bookings, E-commerce, Timesheets, CRM, Job Scheduling and much more. Contact us here to get to know more!

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Choosing the Right Software for your Business

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In today’s competitive world, whether the size of your business is small or large, the need for choosing the most adequate software is vital for survival. Most businesses find it difficult when deciding whether to opt for custom-built or off-the-self software. There are numerous attributes you need to consider when making strategic decisions around business software. Given their distinct features, it is suggested to analyse, in advance, which software best assists you in measuring business development, improve performance and increase productivity.

Custom-built Software

Custom-built software is the type of software particularly built to fit a business process. It features and accommodates your businesses’ preferences and requirements.

Building bespoke software is frequently considered as expensive when compared to buying off-the-self software. The design and development of a custom software requires the effort of  several professionals, each bringing particular skills such as analysts, programmers and hardware and software specialists, which incur the cost of a bespoke software. Despite the price discrepancy, custom software is tailored to help in your product development. As your business grows you might have to include additional features or departments to the software. Thus, custom-build software is ideal as it is built in a scalable way as it evolves with your company to provide an ongoing perfect fit.  It is more flexible and can be altered and modified based on your business changes.

Off-the-shelf Software

Off-the-shelf software is an open-source solution produced to cater for perceived needs of a particular market or sector. Off-the-shelf software are usually bought against a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

This type of software is often available to implement straight away and is easy to install and use. This facilitates employees to acquaint quicker with the new software. Moreover, frequent updates of off-the-shelf software are usually intended to target new technological advances, incorporating new features and benefits. In addition to that, a trail version is available for most of the off-the-shelf software. This helps you determine whether the software is valuable for your business process.

At MAP IT

We understand that no business is the same. For this reason we acknowledge the requisite of both custom-build and off-the-self software for any type of business. Therefore, apart from providing our MAP.SUITE software, we also offer information technology consultancy, web design and custom software development services to guarantee a software solution which fits your business requirements. Our main objective is to augment our clients’ businesses by accomplishing to their requests.

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Why is a Job Scheduling Solution necessary in your company?

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Keeping your goals and targets as your main priority during a day full of meetings and last minute tasks can be difficult. For this reason we recommend incorporating a job scheduling solution within your company. In fact, proper job planning and scheduling enhances your company’s flow and performance.

Why Job Scheduling?

Apart from making it easy to handle requests from your customers and schedule jobs for your employees, job scheduling gives you the power to combine time tracking and scheduling.

With the job scheduling solution integrated in your company systems you should be able to optimise the job flow and ensure that everything is running in the correct order.

Various companies don’t recognise the need of a job scheduler until they realize that job scheduling is taking up a substantial amount of time in the day-to-day operations of their company.

What are the benefits of Job Scheduling?

A good job scheduling solution aims to reduce operation costs, increase productivity and reduces the burden of inputting repetitive jobs. Also, one of the aim objectives of a job scheduling software is to make better use of personnel and resources.

Cost reduction:

Job scheduling software decreases your company’s costs by reducing the number of personnel required to perform particular tasks. Whilst over-staffing increases costs, under-staffing leads to a decrease in income and unsatisfied customers. Therefore, job scheduling software assists your company in finding the right number of personnel to meet the demand.

Productivity:

Job scheduling increases the company’s productivity as it relies on the hours required to complete a particular task and the job duties.

Repetitive Tasks:

Automated scheduling guarantees that repetitive jobs are not disregarded or run out of sequence, that specific tasks are completed successfully and that the data inputted is correct.

What does MapIT offer?

MAP IT has created a module in our MAP.SUITE system especially dedicated to Job Scheduling; with the name MAP.JOB. Effectively, we have created a module which allows you to use information entered by your employees to generate the proper rosters timesheets and most importantly invoices.

Want to find out more about our tailor made Job Scheduling software? Check out the MAP.SUITE portal where you can sign up for a trial version of all our modules which form part of the Map.SUITE systems, including the Job Scheduling or contact us for further details at info@mapitmalta.com.

Why should you use a WordPress Website?

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Modern day society is being dominated by a company’s online presence through web and social media. A great tool in the arsenal of a good business is the use of a WordPress website to improve their online presence. A business needs to take certain things into consideration for users on the internet if they wish to stay afloat in a sea of competition.

Wordpress Website Malta

What can you do to have a better online presence?

Firstly you need to cater for the bulk of internet traffic. Having a well designed and stylish website is all well and good, however there is more to a website than just a fancy design. This is done by having a responsive website, meaning that the website re-adjusts the content layout according to the screen size of the user. The WordPress Websites that MAP IT build cater for this.

What’s the benefit for this?

Roughly 55% of Web Traffic in Europe is now being generated through mobile devices. This means that if your website isn’t up to scratch for a mobile device you could very easily lose your audiences attention.
Moreover, if your website caters for features which are specialized for your business it’s important that this works on desktop as well as mobile devices.

 

Why Change Your Functioning Site For A New WordPress Website?

We believe in return on investment. A new website could mean the difference between capturing your next client’s attention or not. We’ve carried out research as to what entices people to use a company when carrying out research on who to choose. Clients, most often, chose a company to work with based on their presence online and price.
The websites we can provide are fully customisable so the possibilities for your next website are endless. There are plugins for all functionalities these days which means the limits of your websites are your needs and beyond.

 

What do we have to offer?

MAP IT focus on providing well designed and functional websites. We base these on templates which are readily available to the open market, but work out the best business logic to implement features on the site by using off the shelf plugins.
Our Websites are built with digital marketing tactics in mind which will help your site rank well on search engines. The WordPress platform which we utilise allows for SEO tactics to be implemented and digital marketing efforts to improve a websites presence on the web.
We offer websites which cater for taking online bookings, purchasing of products, booking courses, reservations for restaurants apart from the normal basic websites.

 

 

What’s the next step?

Contact us and see what we can do for you and how it could benefit you.