Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ware advises SMEs to invest in technology

Ware advises SMEs to invest in technology
By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Saturday March 29, 2008 [03:00]

ZAMBIAN Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) should emulate their colleagues in the far East and invest in technology to enhance their productivity, Softline ACCPAC has advised. Regional director for Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, Aruna Ware said investment in Information Technology (IT) by most countries had been the at the core of their economic fortunes in recent times.

Ware said this in an interview after Softline ACCPAC organised a one-day seminar with Emerging Technologies Limited on the usage of Softline ACCPAC payroll and human resource software.

She also stressed that investment in the procurement in technology SMEs needed to move in tandem with investments in training of human resource.
“What is the essence of investment in technology when the people to use it do not understand it?” Ware asked. In fact if you look at the success of the SMEs in Asia, technology has been at the core of that.”

Ware also counselled SMEs not to perceive technology as a production but as something they should embrace wholly to enhance their efficiency.
And Emerging Technologies managing consultant Mwango Musonda said his company was investing in technology to ensure that the local entrepreneurs had the full understanding of the innovations.

Musonda said Emerging Technologies was striving to uphold integrity to ensure that the ACCPAC ERP that would be distributed on the local market was original and was proof of manipulation.

Musonda also said: “In our marketing process, our targets are SMEs and we are creating software that would meet the specifications of all the category of SMEs.”

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