embraceTALK is the ACS-Embrace Newsletter which is published two to three times per year. Included are informative and interesting articles, which TALK about new modules and functionality, system highlights and technology trends. You will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), useful user tips, team embrace information, social responsibility articles and a whole lot more.
We also showcase customer success stories highlighting how companies leverage Embrace ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions to solve the day-to-day challenges of running a business profitably and successfully in the 21st century.
All issues are available for download.
embraceTALK Issue 20 - December 2020
Welcome to our December 2020 edition of embraceTALK – which introduces a brand new and very different look. We hope you like it.
What an unusual year 2020 has been! These new trending words say it all: COVID-19, flatten the curve, self-isolating, social distancing, elbow bump, PPE, WFH and top of the list, digital transformation. In this edition we drill down into the what, how and why of digital transformation, and explore the pivotal role ERP plays in this process.
We recognise our clients and take great pride in presenting a case study on how Belting Supply Services streamlines operations and enhances efficiencies with Embrace ERP.
embraceTALK Issue 19 - December 2019
Welcome to our December 2019 edition of embraceTALK. Every year we say it: “where did the year go?” Looking back we realise that 2019 was a really busy year and a lot was accomplished. We look forward to sharing some of these achievements with you. this edition we focus on and TALK about the Embrace Desktop User Interface and how it delivers an Engaging User Experience (UX).
Jack Welsh, the legendary former CEO of General Electric hit the nail on the head when he said that there are only 3 measurements that tell you everything you need to know about the performance of your organisation. He went on to list employee engagement as the first, followed by was listed first., followed by customer satisfaction, and cash flow.
We take great pleasure in presenting our case study on how WABCO South Africa puts the brakes on inventory overages and shortages with Embrace Cloud ERP and how moving to the cloud “has changed their lives”.
We wish you all a wonderful festive season and every success for a productive and prosperous 2020.
embraceTALK Issue 18 - July 2019
Welcome to our winter edition of embraceTALK. We’re already halfway through 2019 and it’s proving to be a year of exciting and innovative developments.
The TALK that has permeated South African businesses this year has been based around new and emerging technologies and how business can leverage them for competitive edge and profitable growth.
With the focus on agile business solutions and iERP, the question everyone is asking is, “What will next generation ERP look like?”
It is no surprise that in this addition we focus on and TALK about cloud ERP, Mobility, UX, IoT, 4IR, (AI), Machine Learning, Data, BI, visualisations and analytics.
Our special feature looks at how Embrace ERP leverages these emerging technologies to enable you to remain agile and embrace your competitive edge. We take great pride in presenting a case study on how ABES Technoseal leverages superior service and flexibility with their Embrace ERP solution. Enjoy the read!
embraceTALK Issue 17 - June 2018
Welcome to our winter edition of embraceTALK. It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2018.
The TALK that has permeated the South African marketplace this year has been “solid signs of growth of the Manufacturing Industry”, with government committing “to address the decline over many years of our manufacturing capacity, which has deeply affected employment and exports.”
It is no surprise that in this edition we focus on and TALK about ERP Manufacturing technology and solutions. Our special feature explains how manufacturing companies can plan, execute and control production more effectively with Embrace Manufacturing!
We take pleasure in presenting our case study on how Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) found “a perfect fit” with Embrace ERP and by implementing a single end-to-end ERP solution with integrated manufacturing, have reaped a rapid return on investment.
At ACS-Embrace it is our mission to build lasting win-win partnerships with our clients. Our client TALK feature is testament to this and we take great pride in sharing our 30 year, 20 year and 15 year client anniversary celebrations.
Don’t forget to follow us on our Social Media platforms to stay current with the latest Embrace ERP news.
embraceTALK Issue 16 - October 2017
As we head into the fourth and final quarter of 2017, welcome to another edition of embraceTALK!
In this edition we focus on and TALK about integrated reporting, “data driven decision making” and decades of win-win partnerships.
The Embrace Financial suite provides Financial Officers with complete control and real-time visibility, throughout the entire enterprise, empowering them to report on and paint a picture of the business in its’ true reality.
Taking this one step further, don’t miss the report back on our BI Seminar earlier this year.
We take great pleasure in presenting a case study on how The Capital Equipment Group (CEG) directs business growth, based on reliable, real-time information!
Team Embrace continues to grow and expand and we embrace this opportunity to introduce you to our newest team members! While 18th July is “Mandela Day”, Team Embrace strives to make every day a Mandela Day and to this end embarked on a number of projects, making a difference in the lives of many. One such initiative was “The Photo Project”, and we humbly share our experience with you.
For more news and information on what is happening at ACS-Embrace, we invite you to connect with and follow us on our social media platforms.
embraceTALK Issue 15 - April 2017
Welcome to our first newsletter of the year. 2017 certainly kicked off on a positive note and we have seen a lot of activity in the marketplace. Embrace Version 14 has taken our Embrace community by storm and our cover story explains why.
Currently implementing the latest version is Astore Keymak, a member of the Hudaco Group, and we take great pride in presenting a case study on how they embrace enhanced performance, profitability and growth!
Our special feature explores how Astore Keymak, along with many other businesses who do not need a complex MRP solution, simplifies the process with the Embrace “Kitting” solution.
On a personal note, my highlight of the year to date, has been a visit to “Techdom”, to meet and interview the young, creative and dynamic members of our Embrace Technology Team. Tapping into their vision, we were able to discover more about the revolutionary technologies the team are researching, developing and implementing which will accelerate Embrace to the forefront and we take pleasure in sharing this interview with you on page 6.
Also, just in case you missed it, Embrace has gone Social!
Follow us on the different social platforms to stay current with the latest ERP and ACS-Embrace news.
embraceTALK Issue 14 - December 2016
As 2016 draws to a close we look back and celebrate some of the highlights and milestones achieved. We TALK about our newly established Outsourcing Division, meeting the increased drive for outsourced services, along with the benefits this team brings to the table.
Over the past few months our team numbers have swelled and we are delighted to welcome and introduce 8 new team members and wish them a long and successful career at ACS-Embrace.
Our special feature TALKS about our partnership with EAI South Africa and how ACS is poised to embrace the mobile revolution. There is no doubt that mobile has become the method of the masses as these devices provide users with a rich exchange, anytime and anywhere.
Read all about our plan to improve our overall digital presence and be sure to enter the draw for our festive wine and chocolate hamper.
During the course of the year we have celebrated long term win-win partnerships with some of our clients and we are honoured to share these significant milestones.
Thank you for your continued support and we wish you every success for a productive and prosperous 2017!
embraceTALK Issue 13 - March 2016
In this edition we “embrace the future” with the launch of Embrace Version 14. Our special feature talks about the leading edge enhancements and developments in this version, along with the boundless business benefits it brings.
It is with great pride that we present our case study in which we TALK about the successful beta site implementation at Merck South Africa and how this new platform will enable them to embrace the digital transformation, take advantage of self-help apps and improve the customer experience.
There has been a lot of TALK about harnessing the power of business intelligence and this edition explores the synergistic relationship between Embrace ERP and QlikView BI, which will allow for improved performance and visibility.
The past few months saw ACS celebrating long term business relationships with some of our clients and we are honoured to share these significant milestones with you.
In 2016 we will continue our commitment to you and our people – prioritising the passion and focus that sets ACS-Embrace apart from others, as we………….
“Release the past, capture the present and embrace the future.”
embraceTALK Issue 12 - October 2015
The year kicked off with our special 30th Anniversary celebration, at Montecasino, “An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH – “Celebrating 3 Decades” and what an amazing and entertaining evening that was! Write-ups and pictures were featured in the local press; in fact, ACS-Embrace has made at least 10 press appearances this year!
We take great delight in sharing excerpts from Steve’s speech as well as other special moments shared at this momentous occasion. By popular request and in preparation for the imminent release of Embrace Version 14 our special feature unpacks the UAT process.
It is with enormous pride that we showcase how Antalis, our very first ACS-Embrace client, continues to “Optimise Embrace for Growth and Competitive Advantage!"
We have participated in many Expos this year, including the “Buy Local Summit” “autoMechanika” and the “TruckX” Expo, where we proudly showcased Embrace alongside two of our prestigious clients, namely MAN Truck & Bus and Tata, both of whom were nominated for numerous awards, proving that with Embrace...... Success is not an option. It comes bundled with the software!
embraceTALK Issue 11 - March 2015 (30th anniversary) edition
Welcome to our special 30th Anniversary bumper edition of embraceTALK – in which we pay tribute to those who have made this possible - our staff and clients!
We invite you to join us on a journey through the past 3 decades of ACS-Embrace as we expose you to glimpses of some of the highlights, great achievements and fun times we have experienced and enjoyed together.
It is with great pride that we share messages and testimonials from some of our clients who implemented Embrace during our first decade of existence and today are still successfully running on our world class, end-to-end Embrace ERP solution.
We also look back at the significant contributions our Outreach team have made at the Ikhwezilokusa Home during the past decade.
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F. Kennedy
embraceTALK Issue 10 - January 2015
Our special feature focusses on our end-to-end Embrace ERP solution with the fully integrated “best of breed” Rental and Hire Module – going where no bolt-on has gone before!
We take great pride in presenting our case study on how Criterion Equipment drives growth, maximises revenue per rental and boosts profitability with the fully integrated Embrace Rental Module!
In 2015 we will continue our commitment to you and our people – prioritising the passion and focus that sets ACS-Embrace apart from others.
“Whatever you do, embrace it with all your heart.”
In closing, thank you for your continued support and we wish you a productive, prosperous 2015!
embraceTALK Issue 9- October 2013
Welcome to another edition of embraceTALK in which we focus on delivering superior customer service to enhance the customer experience and drive productivity and profitability upwards. On this note, we take great pride in presenting our Case Study on how Embrace Drives Shrinkage Down & Profitability Up at Taeuber & Corssen SWA to Deliver Fast Measurable Consistent Growth!
embraceTALK Issue 8- March 2013
In this edition we recognise that every company is unique and there is no such thing as “one size fits all”, which is why we pride ourselves on being able to easily tailor Embrace to suit client specific requirements, ensuring a perfect fit. Taking this one step further, future releases of Embrace will include “user exits”. These are routines that facilitate site-specific customisations without affecting the standard programs and its features. They also support software upgrades and follow-on releases, eliminating the need to “recustomise”, allowing clients to embrace the latest release of software.
embraceTALK Issue 7- November 2012
In this edition we talk about the Embrace User Forum, inviting all our clients to seize the opportunity to join this group and become part of a community of unmatched intellectual capital, offering unparalleled networking and idea sharing opportunities.
embraceTALK Issue 6- April 2012
In this edition we recognise that “Service” is the most powerful differentiating factor for businesses today and TALK about aligning our team strategy to meet the demands and challenges in an ever-changing IT and business environment. To this end we have set up a new division, namely the ACS Support Centre, to serve the needs of our valued client base. In the words of Sam Walton, “Our goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary!”
embraceTALK Issue 5- December 2011
We TALK about a new software technology, called Web services, that has caught “techdom's” attention at ACS-Embrace. There is no question that these represent the next big technology change in computing. Read all about it in our Special Feature and see how Web services can change the way you use all your computing resources.
embraceTALK Issue 4- August 2011
In this edition, we focus on our Customer Support Division, under the leadership of Marcel Kitay and TALK about plans in place to deliver “Service beyond Excellence”. This team goes the extra mile, and in the words of Roger Staubach, “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” Take note of our special feature, which includes some tips on how to maximise you Data Base efficiency with just 10 minutes of basic system housekeeping every day.
embraceTALK Issue 3- March 2011
Welcome to 2011 and our third edition of embraceTALK. The New Year heralds change, challenges and exciting new projects. Samantha Blignaut has once again picked up the reins as Projects Director and in this issue TALKs about our professional Projects Team, a team that understands best business practice in terms of delivery and implementation of solutions, a team that strives to deliver beyond solutions…
embraceTALK Issue 2- December 2010
Welcome to our second edition of embraceTALK. This edition focuses on current and new developments within Embrace. We TALK to Ian Foster, who gives us an in-depth look at what happens behind the scenes in the ACS-Embrace Development Division. This team keeps abreast of technology trends and ensures that your Embrace business solution continues to meet your needs. Our special focus module for this edition is “Workflow”, which comprises a flexible and customisable workflow engine for modelling business processes. This module has been fully integrated into Embrace.
embraceTALK Issue 1- September 2010
Welcome to our first edition of embraceTALK, which we plan to publish on a regular basis, to help you “embrace” what is happening at ACS.
Our Embrace software business solution is constantly evolving to meet your current and future business needs. Over the years, existing modules have been updated or rewritten. New modules have been developed and fully integrated into Embrace. This edition will focus on some of these enhancements, as well as giving you ideas on how to maximise your use of Embrace in order to realise the full benefits of the system and help you maintain your competitive edge.
Our special focus module for this edition is “Output Management”. We also TALK about exciting enhancements to the U2 Data Base, with a new release to look forward to.
We are pleased to announce that ACS has launched Embrace QuickStart! The difference is in the implementation methodology. Embrace QuickStart is ideally suited to smaller enterprises. We are proud to present a case study on one of our new users. “In six, short months, they have benefited significantly from our Embrace functionality and system controls.”