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Partnership plans to disrupt the ERP market

Partnership plans to disrupt the ERP market

Newly launched cloud ERP solution Uniconta has partnered with Akhani Technologies, Africa’s ingeniously disruptive advisory, business automation and digital solutions firm.

Together they plan to disrupt the ERP space by targeting a niche market that has been overlooked by the traditional ERP vendors.

Uniconta is a software-as-a-service system designed to be easy-to-use and purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis. The new Cloud ERP solution was specifically developed to help companies work more efficiently, faster and achieve their business goals easier. It was specifically designed for businesses that need fast access, security, and a solution that is extremely easy to customise to their needs.

Akhani Technologies co-founder and CEO Xolisa Vuza said it has always been their strategy to find the right partner for its ERP capability. “We looked around for some time and battled to find an ERP solution that resonated with our strategy and matched our values in terms of ease of use, cost and ability to be customisable, which are key aspects of what customers want.”

“At Akhani Technologies, we are driven by a strong belief that the emerging markets are ready for innovative solutions across their spectrum of business layers. There is a large set of businesses that are not automated and run on paper and spreadsheets that are inefficient and chaotic. Some have tried free ERPs that are unreliable and have no support contracts behind them. Uniconta is truly the solution that can accommodate the small guys,” he explained.

Uniconta SA CEO Keith Mullan is excited about the prospects of this partnership. “Uniconta is expanding throughout Africa and is looking to appoint highly skilled Uniconta partners to grow its market share. Uniconta will provide partners with so many opportunities and put them ahead of any competition because of the latest technology used.”

Vuza said Uniconta addresses all the client’s challenges and business aspirations – all at the same time. “This is truly a unique differentiator. We found that Uniconta ticked all these boxes for us and the fact that it is a cloud-based solution was a cherry on top.”

“Quick speed to market, competitive pricing, rich functionality and flexibility to customise, coupled with rich API functionality to integrated Uniconta with the rest of the client landscape brings real value to our clients,”he added.

According to Vuza, most large ERPs bundle supply chain management, finance and Human Resources into one solution, leaving a critical function such as CRM that customers always need. “The result of this is that customers get a very expensive solution that does not cover critical aspects of their business and are forced to go on a very expensive implementation of a solution for CRM, leaving them with budget constraints.”

“Uniconta solves this for us with its CRM component that is part of the solution. This, we feel, is a huge differentiator. The second aspect is our ability to contribute to the localisation of this product along with fellow partners and the distributor. This will ensure that this solution is relevant to our local market so we are excited about the prospect of adding value,” he concluded.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.