The National, Friday, May 13, 2011
By ANCILLA WRAKUALE
UMW Niugini, a leading diversified industrial enterprise, received a business award from Pronto Software, the market leader with enterprise resource planning (ERP) for 20 years in partnership with the company.
The presentation was made at the Ela Beach Hotel yesterday at the launch of the new version of the Pronto business software called Pronto-Xi dimensions.
“UMW was our first customer in PNG and to be able to say we’re still in partnership 20 years later is a strong testament to our ongoing commitment to deliver value and simplify information technology for our PNG customers” Pronto managing director David Jackman said.
UMW general manger Andrew Cooper said the company used Pronto software as the national system for its four branches.
“It is a privilege and honour to be recognised as a longstanding customer with Pronto,” Cooper said.
He told The National that the software had given the business the ability to grow immensely from 100 employees in 2005 to 420 employees today.
Cooper, who had been the company’s GM for the fourth year, said business had grown tremendously with a turnover of K30 million previously to K300 million with K120 million value of stock in the warehouse.
The company uses the software for its finance, service departments, stock control, spare parts and payroll systems.
General manager of Pronto Steve Hillyard said they had 35 customers in PNG that comprised mostly of major businesses in manufacturing, retailing, and engineering such as UMW Niugini, Bishop Brothers, City Pharmacy, Steamships and others.
Hillyard said their PNG customers were excited about the new release of the software that would be in its testing period.
He said Pronto was easy to use and fast to implement and it empowers their customers to do things themselves and make changes and produce business reports effectively.
Pronto-Xi provides enhanced reporting capabilities, instant business insight and control of the entire supply chain from manufacturing, distribution, service to the retail point of sale.