Diversified agriculture group, Overberg Agri, is implementing the Sage ERP X3 enterprise application suite to standardise its business processes group-wide and consolidate its various operations and subsidiaries onto a unified platform.
Datacentrix has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new business solution.

Overberg Agri will be rolling out the Sage ERP X3, Sage CRM, Sage Retail Management Solution, Sage Enterprise Intelligence, and Sage Inventory Advisor software. It will also be rolling out Aritmos’s vertical management software for cooperatives, food and agricultural companies – which was developed on the Sage ERP X3 platform – as well as the DocuVision electronic document management system – which all integrates tightly with Sage ERP X3.

Says Andre Uys, MD at Overberg Agri: “Our existing business solution was not keeping up with the evolution of our business and could not deliver the timeous management information we need to make the best possible business decisions.

“What’s more, we were becoming increasingly concerned about the business risk we faced because of our reliance on a single supplier. We also knew that we needed to start using IT more effectively as a competitive edge in an agriculture sector that is becoming increasingly technology-driven. That prompted our search for a new, integrated business solution.”

Uys adds that as a large business with diverse interests, Overberg Agri requires a flexible solution that will facilitate easy interaction between its many subsidiaries and operations. Sage ERP X3 fits this need and provides a modern technology backbone for the company’s growth.

“With Sage ERP X3, we’ll be able to standardise processes as well as work more effectively with uniform workflows throughout our business,” he adds.

“We’ll also have real-time financial information on which to base our decisions. Consolidating all companies and affiliates on a central system will deliver enormous benefits to us in terms of total cost of ownership, efficiency, collaboration and information-sharing.”

Says Johan Hanekom, Business Unit Manager, ERP Business Unit at Datacentrix: “The pace of the agricultural industry in Africa is relentless. Organisations in this market need industry-specific business solutions to improve competitiveness and efficiencies in this volatile sector. Sage ERP
X3 addresses their diverse and complex requirements.”

“Our solution for agriculture seamlessly integrates all processes from planting to harvesting, packaging to marketing as well as sales management,” says senior vice-president of sales, Sage ERP X3 AAMEA., Keith Fenner “It helps agriculture companies to see what’s happening in their businesses in real-time, streamline their processes, and ultimately, compete more effectively.”