Bli med Software 2018

14. – 15. februar går Software 2018 av stabelen på Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotell i Oslo. Fokuset vil blant annet være på hvilket samfunn vi er i ferd med å skape når programvare blir et sentral verktøy for så mange.

Programvare inngår i stadig flere løsninger, og favner om alt fra kulturell og sosial utvikling til infrastruktur. De teknologiske endringene bidrar til å øke digitaliseringen, noe som igjen vil påvirke alle våre kunder. Hvordan kan vi best forholde oss til endringene og bygge en infrastruktur i takt med de nye og moderne digitale løsningene?

Konferansen går over to dager, og vil være fylt av spennende caser og ulike foredragsholdere.

Kom, lytt, lær – og bli mer intelligent.

Les mer om arrangementet og meld deg på her. 

 

 

Jakten på tidstyvene

Det er noen lavthengende frukter i samordning av flere systemer, konkluderer brønnekspertene i TCO etter å ha blitt introdusert for et komplett økonomi- og forretningssystem av Mazeppa.

Brønnselskapet TCO bygger på en kreativ innovasjon i olje- og gassektoren. Ingeniørene har spart oljeselskapene for betydelige mengder av både tid og penger. Nå er selskapet på jakt etter tidstyvene i egne arbeidsprosesser. Løsningen er en bredere ERP-plattform fra RamBase tilpasset mellomstore industribedrifter.

– Vi skal nå inkludere mye mer av arbeidsprosessen i systemet som i dag håndterer innkjøp og lagerstyring. Med det håper vi å oppnå flere gevinster. Én er å få bedre oversikt over kostander på tid og materiell, en annen er å kunne spore- og lære mer av avvik, sier Johan Møller Warmedal, produksjonsdirektør i TCO.

I dag overføres opplysningene i et system manuelt til et annet, og finans er i et annet system enn innkjøp.

– Jo flere ganger du må duplisere, desto større risiko for feil. Og når opplysningene er i ulike systemer blir det mange informasjonsflater, blir det vanskeligere å se helheten, sier han.

Når man kan se trender i feil og avvik, vil man også kunne iverksette mer målrettede tiltak for å minimere feilene.

– Det er også et potensial for effektivisering og bedre bruk av ressurser, både på time- og materiellsiden når man får logget forbruket på en tydeligere måte. Vi håper det vil bidra til en bedre arbeidsflyt.

TCO har utviklet seg fra et selskap som fisket uønskede gjenstander opp fra borehull før produksjon kunne settes i gang – derav det opprinnelige navnet «Total Catcher Offshore». Gjenstandene havnet delvis i brønnen ved uhell, delvis som et resultat av datidens teknologi og arbeidsprosesser.

Vendepunktet kom på et oppdrag offshore. En kunde lurte på om man kunne utvikle teknologi som bidro til å redusere alt søppelet. Vel vitende om at man ville redusere grunnlaget for den opprinnelige forretningsideen, utviklet TCO «disappearing plugs». Ved å lage plugger av glass som både tålte høyt differensialtrykk og kunne «forsvinne» i mange bittesmå biter, var det moderne TCO født. Pluggene har inntil nylig blitt knust ved bruk av eksplosiver, nå tilbys plugger som knuses uten.

– Nå har det blitt pressede marginer i bransjen, og det er virkelig et poeng få gjort tingene riktig på første forsøk. Nå tar markedet seg opp igjen i en industri som har slanket seg betydelig og da er det enda viktigere å jobbe effektiv for å henge med.

I dag produserer TCO en del produkter selv, og kjøper en del fra andre produsenter. Delene skal settes sammen og produkter leveres.

– I fabrikasjons- og leveranseprosessene er det essensielt å ha full kontroll på verdikjeden. Tiden går fort om man må gjøre ting om igjen eller lete etter ting man burde visst hvor var. Det skal vi unngå med systemer som gir oss bedre oversikt over de ulike delene av prosessen.

TCO har kontorer i Bergen, Stavanger, Houston, Aberdeen og Abu Dhabi, og selger plugger til alle steder i verden der det produseres olje og gass. ERP-systemet RamBase er spesielt tilpasset internasjonalt innkjøp og salg.

– Erfaringen min fra tidligere arbeidssteder er at det må investeres litt i å lære seg systemene når man tar dem i bruk. Det er ofte muligheter i systemer ikke blir utnyttet.

For ham er det godt å ha en support som kjenner RamBase ut og inn, og er erfarne nettopp på å veilede ansatte i industribedrifter.

– Mazeppa er portåpner mellom oss og Hatteland, og de fungerer også som support nå i implementeringsfasen og i det daglige. Det er helt tydelig at de er erfarne, sier Warmedal.

Nå starter Mazeppa, RamBase og TCO jakten på tidstyvene.

  • Author: Anne Lindeberg
  • Source: Medialounge
  • First published: 29.11.2017

Norxe valgte Rambase

Med RamBase ERP fikk oppstartsbedriften Norxe raskt kontroll på de forretningskritiske arbeidsprosessene, uten å måtte gjøre store investeringer.

– Vi begynte å se på dette for første gang for seks måneder siden, og vi bruker allerede hele systemet. Vi trengte noe som var lett å komme i gang med, sier Kjell Olsen, daglig leder i Norxe.

Bedriften er nystartet og produserer en ny type spesial-prosjektor. For å ha kontroll på økonomi, kundekommunikasjon og vareflyt bruker de RamBase fra Hatteland.

– Vi utvikler et produkt som vi skal serieprodusere, og selge under eget navn i hele verden. Vi trenger et erp-system for å få flyt gjennom produksjonen, sier han.

Vokser med bedriften

Samtidig er det ikke it-systemer man vil investere i som gründer av et nytt produkt.

– Muligheten til å skalere opp etterhvert har vært viktig for oss. Det at det er skybasert gjør også at man har tilgang fra alle steder det er en nettleser. Sikkerheten er ivaretatt, og all driftsproblematikk som backup, adgangskontroll, dublering av servere blir håndtert profesjonelt. Dessuten er serverne trygt plassert i en fjellhall i Norge, noe som er betryggende. Systemet alltid være oppdatert, og vi unngår å bygge opp teknisk gjeld over tid, sier Olsen.

– At vi slipper å tenke på slike ting var en viktig faktor for oss når vi skulle velge system, sier Olsen.

Support hos forhandler

For å velge system kontaktet Olsen Mazeppa Consulting, en bedriftsrådgiver som er spesialist på erp-systemer. Mazeppa har solgt tradisjonelle ERP-systemer som installeres hos kundene i over 20 år, og er nå blitt forhandler for Hatteland’s skybaserte RamBase.

– Vi ser at det er skybaserte systemer som kommer til å gjelde fremover, og har snudd om på hele vår egen forretningsmodell. Nå driver vi mest med rådgivning som handler om hvordan man bruker disse systemene best mulig, for å få best mulig resultater for kjernevirksomheten, sier Aage Ramstad, administrerende direktør i Mazeppa Consulting.

Nå ser han at erp-markedet er i rask endring. Utviklingen mot skybaserte systemer går enda raskere enn han hadde trodd. Inntil nylig har folks oppfatning av sikkerheten talt mot skyen, til tross for at rapporter fra blant andre Gartner og Panorama Consulting konkluderer med at sikkerheten er bedre i skyen enn i den jevne bedrift.

– Vi har kunder som leverer til forsvarsindustrien, og derfor har strenge krav til sikkerhet. Nå vurderer de også skybaserte løsninger, sier han.

Grunnmur for digitalisering

For Norxe var valget enkelt. De starter med blanke ark, og de har planer om å vokse.

– Skybaserte systemer gjør det veldig mye lettere å få på plass det de trenger, kun for de som trenger det akkurat nå, og uten å investere. De betaler måned for måned og kan øke antallet brukere etterhvert som bedriften vokser.

Men Ramstad mener at også mer etablerte bedrifter må se at det er denne veien utviklingen går.

– Uansett om man er små eller store, etablerte eller nystartede, har en it-avdeling eller ikke, burde man bruke tiden sin på kjernevirksomheten, ikke bruke masse tid på it, sier Ramstad.

Når digitaliseringen skyter fart er det helt sentralt å ha systemene på plass.

– Det nytter ikke å digitalisere om du ikke har en solid grunnmur i bunn. Det Norxe gjør med RamBase og oss i Mazeppa, er å bygge en slik grunnmur i bunn, fastslår Ramstad.

 

Av:  Anne Lindeberg

You must get out of the “80s”

Is it reasonable to stick with the old ERP system?
The ERP system is the heart, lungs and veins of the company. Over the years, the system has been adapted and developed to fit changes in the business environment and requirements. It’s gradually been moved away from the standard solution, and you’re stuck in a customized version. In addition, new needs have been solved with extensive use of Excel and other simple solutions. The setup and workflows have become personal dependent, and represent a risk to the company if key personnel leave the company or get sick.

At one point, it will be contra-productive to continue adjusting. You will meet technical limitations and possibly financial constraints. Your company has thus accumulated a technical debt, which can be difficult to handle.

The initial response to this situation is to look around for a completely new solution. Most people understand that changing everything is like having a heart-, lungs- and veins transplant, and will consequently be an extensive exercise. The solution are to try to avoid getting in this situation again.

You must get out of the ’80s’ …

The next generation of ERP solutions will most likely be in the cloud. This means that you buy ERP as a service (SaaS). Currently, the selection is somewhat limited, and especially for the more advanced industry solutions and solutions for industry and production. Some of the established vendors are re-launching old solutions, rewritten for the cloud. Others sell “cloud”-solutions that are in fact just your current ERP solutions outsourced to the vendor. The third option are vendors that have started with blank sheets, and made an ERP cloud solution from scratch, specially designed to be a real multi-tenant solution, and offered as a service in the cloud.

Say goodbye to the server park and maintenance costs
With a cloud solution, one avoids installing technology, infrastructure, upgrades, and maintaining old servers. Mirroring of servers, backup routines and physical security is included in the service.

There is the possibility of getting some resistance from existing IT personnel, but they will instead be able to spend their time supporting users, optimizing routines and workflows, focusing on what’s really creating value for your business.

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Buying the ERP system as a service delivery will be more predictable, and cost will start running from the time you start production. This means that there is money to save in the project / implementation period.

Your data is stored in a safe place and in a country without legal or political challenges.

ERP in the cloud, a solution on managing “technical debt”

Now, manufacturing companies with complex needs, can move their ERP system into the cloud, “says Aage Ramstad, CEO of Mazeppa Consulting. Ramstad has 30 years of experience from the ERP industry, and digitalization of the value chain has always been a key focus. The renewed focus on digitization that we currently see is very good, and the Norwegian industry, especially SMB companies, must make sure to get rid of its technological debt before it’s too late.

It has become easier

– It has become easier than ever to exchange ERP systems. With a cloud-based system, investments in infrastructure and servers in the start-up phase are eliminated. Instead, you subscribe to a subscription that runs from the time you start working on the system. The result is more predictable costs, as opposed to the traditional pricing models most businesses are used to today. Upgrades are implemented automatically, at no additional cost, and the backup and security operating environment is handled by the supplier, says Ramstad. The upside of this is that more customers share a common system, thus sharing costs. The downside is that you must stick to the standard solution, which must therefore be relatively functional.

To achieve these pricing benefits, the system must be “Multi Tennant” –  simply having one’s own complete installation in the mountain of a supplier doesn’t do it. Many of the major ERP vendors, with systems written in the 80’s and 90’s, have a significant task in front of them, adapting these systems to a new era and a new technology.

The implementation process and review of the business processes will still require customer engagement and effort, but as all the definitions of how to set up the system for the individual business are eliminated, it may still require less effort than with a traditional system. The main effort is in defining users and their roles.

– It is therefore important that such an implementation takes place together with a review of how the business is working. The world around us changes rapidly, and the market conditions have changed the last 5 to 10 years. It is a great opportunity to trim these work processes while implementing a new ERP-system. This is a very important part of a digitization process.

ERP as a driving force for digitization

-We are entering a time when the requirements for conversion will be higher. Implementing new business solutions that support new business models is important to avoid set-backs. I would recommend companies to use the implementation of new ERP solutions as the driving force for digitizing the value chain.

A Norwegian industrial adventure

Hatteland’s ERP-system RamBase is a state-of-the-art solution for the industry segment. Hatteland is an innovation company that has demonstrated its ability to develop modern and high-tech solutions for an international market. Rambase was developed because of Hatteland’ s own need for a superfast and feature-rich ERP solution for the electronics business, a business that was later sold to Arrow, one of the world’s largest electronics distributor. Arrow is today RamBase’s biggest customer, and their system runs in the mountain hall in Nedre Vats. This is an important feature with RamBase – data is stored in a secure mountain hall in Norway, giving you full control of valuable data.

– In Mazeppa, we have been working on the implementation of ERP systems for several years, and have good experience with manufacturing companies. We have worked with large customers like Kongsberg Aerospace and Defense on the ERP system Infor LN, and we have smaller customers like Norxe AS at Rambase and Topro AS at Infor M3 (formerly Movex). Our business consultants’ expertise is now been offered to small and medium-sized businesses, and we base our ERP-recommendation on customer requirements and needs.

How big is your company’s “technical debt”?

Many Norwegian industrial companies made their investments in ERP solutions 5 to 10 years ago, and as such projects are demanding for the customer organization, it is a known issue that companies postpone upgrades and updates. Upgrades have been halted since the last project, which have created a gap between today’s requirements and the initial requirements at the time of the investment. Many businesses are still running solutions that have expired, and the longer you wait the bigger this gap will become.

This situation can be described as “technical debt” because the lack of adjustments of functionality results in a very demanding upgrade, and the whole process repeats itself.
– Technical debt describes the distance between ideal and the actual functional and technical solutions in your business. Having a modern foundation in the form of a modern ERP engine that supports your business strategy is essential for survival in an ever-changing and internationalized world.

As the right use of modern technology is becoming increasingly more important in meeting customer demands and expectations, technical debt is an issue that every company must consider. Businesses that have the will to adapt, will be able to keep in control of their technical debt, and will be more likely to succeed in the future.

New customer on the Infor ERP LN, Glamox’s German subsidiary company

Mazeppa has signed an agreement on the implementation of Infor LN at Glamox its subsidiary in Germany. This company manufactures advanced industrial lighting. The project is part of a larger project that aims to collect all operations in Glamox into a joint logistics, “One Glamox”.

Glamox is a leading supplier of lighting in an international market, and well known for quality and design, including Luxo, as many specially, Norwegians has had on his school desk in childhood ..

This is a very important project for both Glamox and Mazeppa Consulting, and will strengthen its position as Infor LN which ERP system to Norwegian Industries.

 

 

Norxe goes live with RamBase from Mazeppa

Norxe AS in Fredrikstad build advanced projectors for professional usage. The company was established recently and comprised of very experienced employees, well qualified within this industrial segment.

The production is in Fredrikstad and the company plans to sell their equipment in the international market for simulators, V&R, attractions, control rooms and in the medical segment.

Norxe is now “live” with RamBase after a successful but intensive project that took as little as three months to complete from start to finish. The project has been run according to plan with substantial involvement from the customer. Norxe is a recent “startup” company so all routines and work processes were established during the implementation project.

The project group consisted of Norxe key personnel together with Mazeppa and Hatteland consultants.

 

We wish Norxe all the best with future successful development of their unique business.

 

 

 

Hatteland and Mazeppa goes into partnership

RamBase skyløsning fra Mazeppa

After more than 10 years’ investment Hatteland has developed a brand new Cloud Based (SaaS) ERP Solution RamBase which they are now beginning to sell and distribute through a Global Partner Network. Mazeppa is the first partner.

RamBase Partner Program will ensure that RamBase is distributed through a highly competent partner network which will successfully sell and implement RamBase solution for mutual business benefits. Hatteland has already international experience through distributors of their highly successful Robot based Logistic solution AutoStore. Hatteland’s intention is to achieve the same with RamBase.

RamBase Business Platform is an innovative, flexible and fast platform with large potential business benefits for both customers and partners.
RamBase is not just another Cloud based ERP-Solution, it has been architected and developed for the Cloud only (there is no “On-Premise” solution). The platform is developed in HTML5 and utilizes open WEB-standards. This ensures easy integrations with other solutions and customer processes.

“With this solution we can offer our partners and customers enormous potential” , says Stig Hatteland CEO – Jakob Hatteland Computer AS.

Mazeppa takes community responsibility

After the terrible tsunami in 2004 Mazeppa employees voted unanimously to donate a percentage of the company’s profits to charity every year.

This is our way to take CSR (Corporate Social  Responsibility). An important reason for Mazeppa’s success has been our employee’s education, competence and industrial skill. We believe in education for all and in order alleviate poverty, disease and fight social injustice all countries need to educate their children.
For the last six years Mazeppa has contributed to building a school for children in Jhelary, a village in Kashmir in Pakistan.

Why Education?

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One of our employees, Tanveer Ahmed grew up in the village of Jhelary, went to school there and dreamed of becoming a Business Consultant.

In 2005 over 10 000 people died in the well-known earthquake in Kashmir. Jhelary was also hit and the local primary school demolished. Education has always been important for Jhelary inhabitants and to enable children from 6-12 years old to go to school the local inhabitants started a great project to rebuild the school. Everyone participated with what they could – some gave land, others expertise and workforce. Unfortunately they lacked funding for the project as central and local government did not participate.

Mazeppa employees therefore decided to donate funding to rebuild the school. The school is now rebuilt and an extension is planned for children from 12-15 years.

Mazeppa’s contribution is solely for rebuilding the school.  The school is run by the Read Foundation. Then we know the children are looked after and are given the best starting point for further education.

There are very close bonds between the Jhelary inhabitants and Mazeppa due to the school project and Tanveer. We are delighted about all the happy stories we hear and have seen pictures of the children who are now receiving an education. Our modest contribution is making this possible.

The following organizations have been awarded funding from Mazeppa:

 

Year Organisation
2004 Tsunami victims Medecins Sans Frontieres
2005 Medecins Sans Frontieres
2006 Medecins Sans Frontieres
2007 Medecins Sans Frontieres
2008 Asker Product and building School in Kashmir (Jhelary)
2009 Building School in Kashmir (Jhelary)
2010 Building School in Kashmir (Jhelary)
2011 Building/operate School in Kashmir (Jhelary)
2012 Building/operate School in Kashmir (Jhelary)
2013 Building/operate School in Kashmir (Jhelary)

Mazeppa Consulting; from IT Company to consultancy business..

We are now faced with a new generation of ERP systems, which are sold as a service available in the cloud. Norwegian business and industry must prepare for Manufacturing 4.0, the next industrial revulusjon The entire value chain must be digitized and we as consultants must move from the IT industry to become more streamlined business consultants

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