26 February 2013

Africa: IT Company Starts Cloud-Based Business Solutions

Kigali — Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS), a Pan African business solutions provider last week introduced its 'cloud based' business management solutions to Rwanda a development that has been applauded as 'good news' for the country's SMEs.

TTCS is a partner of SAP, a German multinational software corporation that develops enterprise solutions to manage business operations and customer relations.

One of those solutions is the Cumulus, a business IT solution that enables business people to follow up on all aspects of their enterprise, from inventory and stock management to supply chain, human resource management and customer relations.While launching their operations in Rwanda, Ellman Chanakira, the TTCS global chief executive officer said his company provides solutions to stimulate SME growth as they are the engines of economic growth.Chanakira believes that through using innovative and user free ICT solutions that his company provides, the informal sector entrepreneurs can be helped to transform into formal business operations that help government increase domestic revenue base as well as creating employment.

"In Africa, many choose to operate informally as the costs of going formal outweigh the benefits," remarked Chanakira.

TTCS's Cumulus solution is for instance a cloud-based application developed by SAP to be a ' Business One package' which doesn't require heavy investment in soft and hardware systems for data control as it's accessible through the web so as long as there's internet connection."Cumulus provides SMEs with a single business management solution to manage critical business processes in a cloud-based offering. Customers pay a subscription fee per user, and TTCS takes care of the rest," explained Fred Masuku from Devoted Business Solutions (DBS) a subsidiary of TTCS as well as SAP partner.TTCS solutions are hailed as new age applications that are affordable enabling SMEs to pay with their operating expenditure (OPEX) as opposed to Capital expenditure (CAPEX). Subscription for TTCS solutions per month start from as low as $75 per user. This is because the solutions ensure cost optimisation and shifts in spending from traditional computing models to modern cloud based computing solutions suitable for times when tighter capital budgets demand leaner alternatives with businesses and organisations looking for ways to shift from upfront capital expenditure to operating expenditure (pay as you go).Patrick Nyirishema, the head of ICT at the Rwanda Development board observed that Cloud based solutions such as cumulus will help Rwandan firms have an edge over their competitors at a time when regional integration requires business people to be at their best to remain relevant.

Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Director General of ICT in the Ministry of Youth and ICT remarked that TTCS business solutions will be a hit among Rwandan SMEs considering government has invested in internet infrastructure countrywide which enables easy access to interested users even those based up-country. Stuart Mugabe, the CEO of TTCS Rwanda emphasized that their solutions target low level businesses (SME's) and have noticeable and clearly defined outcomes to the business owners.

TTCS has over 16 years experience implementing and supporting SAP across Africa with a local presence in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.

Besides Cumulus which targets small SMEs, TTCS also offers Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) which is designed for bigger organizations and public institutions.

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