AXON Ups Bigbon Group’s Game

AXON connects all stores, outlets, and procurement data in an assimilated and accessible manner for one of Malta’s top clothing retailers.

Franchise operator for Bershka, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Oysho, Massimo Dutti and Uterqüe; Bigbon Group is among Malta’s leading franchise operators in the Maltese fashion retail market.

We at Computime Software are proud to have Bigbon Group as one of our top clients within the retail business. This is why we wanted to find out more about such a success story. After meeting up with Chief Operating Officer Nick Spiteri Paris, we got a better idea about their business journey and why there was a need for an improved, integrated software solution for their outlets.

Representing Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, together with their passion for retail, Bigbon Group reached a major milestone once their tenancy at The Point in Sliema was finalised.

Bigbon Group has come a long way. It started out as a small family business in a shop selling women’s clothing in Birkirkara. Over the years, Bigbon Group’s size may have changed, but one underlying idea has stayed the same – the customer is at the centre of everything they do. Nevertheless, with all its triumphs, owning and managing a leading clothing company in Malta can come with its fair share of challenges. This is where our team at Computime Software were called in.

The issues before AXON

Being part of a large organisation, Bigbon Group rely heavily on their main distributor’s software applications. Stock and store information was distributed in many different systems, which did not provide a holistic view of purchases, stocks and sales.

These factors made it complex for the operations team to manage product and finance team to carry out timely and accurate accounting measures. Monitoring performance was also a challenge, since the system lacked the option to view stock and sales data, and a number of processes such as accounting imports, could not be automated.

Bigbon Group needed to move closer and align with their Principals to a JIT system that was able to streamline the purchasing activity which corresponded to actual demand. There was clearly a need for a type of software solution that provided BI reporting across all points of the distribution chain. In addition to this, automation of certain complex processes with financial reporting was also a requirement. Thus, the implementation of AXON came to inception.

AXON provided a viable solution

Once the necessity of an updated software solution was recognised, AXON was Bigbon Group’s logical choice. AXON was able to connect all their stores, through a software application which provided data in an assimilated and accessible manner.

Once installed for Bigbon, AXON was used to automatically consume data files generated from their Principals (sales, purchasing, stock movements, and item masters) and stores.

Once data is pushed to a central repository, it is condensed and manipulated to generate dashboards and reports in Microsoft PowerBI. It is then made available to the management team and accounting staff. The data is also used to generate exports to be fed into their accounting system; Shireburn.

To stay abreast with the changing environment, retailers like ourselves have to mould a new, dynamic industry unfettered by conventional barriers between the different business fields. AXON is pivotal to all this, bringing all the data to the palm of our hands on-time.

Nick Spiteri Paris
Chief Operations Officer
Bigbon Group

Recently, additional integrations were added through AXON to further provide a holistic application environment, through integrations with RotaCloud and PeopleHR. This augmented the reporting data set with information about employees and their working hours as well as shift allocation. Moreover, it facilitated the implementation of additional reports and dashboards to view:

– Employees allocation across stores
– Employee/store performance

Bigbon Group operation’s team is also working on the automation of shipping reports to be submitted to the National Statistics Office.

Solution diagram

A central warehouse solution for the consolidation of data and reporting as well as integration with the procurement system and Shireburn.

Geared to fix the issues

AXON sits on a powerful integration engine controlling the data transformation processes and the channelling of information to different systems with integral logic control mechanisms which are custom-made for each specific project.

This is a critical aspect, since it is what Bigbon Group needed – a system that could amalgamate all their shops’ data in one unified and accessible database. AXON was able to connect their business systems, whilst providing them with full application integration and real-time data monitoring.

AXON to the rescue

AXON is an integration orchestrator, allowing the design, adaptation and administration of referential and transactional data integration, workflows between multiple applications and systems, whether real-time, scheduled or manually triggered. Using pre-built or customised connectors, AXON is technology-independent, utilising web services, database queries and lower-level communication protocols such as TCP/IP or UDP. This can occur between any application or system, whether on-premises or cloud based.

AXON provides an easy-to-use interface where connectors are registered and managed, and transactions are completely assessed and scrutinised. Furthermore, alerting features allow users and administrators to be notified of exceptions or when human intervention is required. AXON provides instantaneous live monitoring of data streams and can activate alerts and data update actions based on events captured from those data streams.

Technology that empowers Retailers

Following fashion means keeping up with current trends. This also rings true for technology, since it too is ever-changing. Investing in software like AXON can have great benefits when running a successful business like Bigbon Group.

AXON’s innovative software is comprised of features that enhance Bigbon Group’s business, in terms of time management, efficiency and ultimately generating revenue – which after all, is the goal of every business.

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A holistic data ecosystem empowers faster decisions

Integrating your business applications ensures both transparency and efficiency in your business operations.

Running a smooth operation in today’s world requires a business to be keenly in-tune to the critical systems which keep the business afloat. We are constantly touching data from various applications, and have become very much plugged into and dependent on what this data is telling us. So much so that these operational systems have drastically changed what’s expected of us at the workplace, and the turnover rate of work has increased to a dizzying capacity for a large number of companies.

While this new reality has created a lot of exciting opportunities across the board, it also comes with its unique spate of challenges. One of these, quite simply, is being able to understand and process the intricacies of all of these systems in a way that doesn’t compromise your working routine or, worse still, the very integrity of your business critical data. For this reason, and several others we will outline in more detail below, investing in an application integration solution may just be the best strategic move to grow your bottom line.

Keep human error at bay

One of the biggest risks of being overwhelmed with loads of data coming from different systems is that it exposes your company to human error. In the best case scenario, you might just make a small mistake that you can paper over with a polite, apologetic email. But being forced to juggle and redirect important data all by yourself or your staff – thus potentially overburdening even your most important employees – could lead to more serious mistakes that may leave a lasting impact on your business.

Perhaps, this is the most compelling day-to-day reason for adopting an application integration solution as part of the core technological toolkit within your business. This is where AXON Integration comes into play – it connects your business systems, providing you with full application integration and real-time data monitoring.

Keep a steady flow across all applications

While the technology revolution has ensured that basic data compatibility is a thing of the past, you certainly don’t want to end up with efficiency issues when it comes to transferring data from one application to another, even more so when such a task is just part and parcel of your daily work. If you need to communicate by SMS, email or other means, or if the task requires you to tap into your Customer, Financial or Document Management applications – an integration tool might just be the secret ingredient that you need to streamline data flow and optimise your operations.

Application integration solutions are in fact a perfect example of this. They connect all the necessary systems, data, and processes that are essential to your business, allowing you to take real-time action on your data. AXON provides an easy to use interface where connectors are registered and managed, and where transactions are fully audited and monitored. Alerting features allow users and administrators to be informed of exceptions or when human intervention is required. AXON provides real-time live monitoring of data streams and is able to trigger alerts and data update actions based on events captured from those data streams.

Keeping it flexible, and at a healthy pace

We have already mentioned some of the challenges inherent to connecting your business applications and ensuring the proper data flow amongst these systems. But in this often complex landscape of automating workflows, some benefits also emerge. Among these is the flexibility that comes along with a solution such as AXON Integration.

AXON is an integration orchestrator, allowing the creation, modification and management of referential and transactional data integration workflows between multiple applications and systems, whether real-time, scheduled or manually triggered. Using pre-built or customised connectors, AXON is technology independent, utilising web services, database queries and lower-level communication protocols such as TCP/IP or UDP, between any application or system whether on-premises or cloud based.

As with most tools that facilitate workflow automation, the real winners are your employees. Finally able to pursue more strategic work within the company itself, they can allow the technology to do the heavy lifting for them. AXON ensures that repetitive, frustrating tasks that nonetheless are important and require your full attention in fact get seen to with efficiency and minimum effort from your employees.

Allowing you to focus on what matters

While every business has their own operational processes, the management of data is something they all have to focus on. It is often a cumbersome, time consuming task which needs to be tackled manually, and cannot be avoided. For this reason, making all your data flow in one single system allows you to run a proactive business operation.

In many ways, application integration and workflow automation is a must for any company looking to boost revenue. The obvious benefits of AXON Integration, such as data quality peace of mind and smoother process workflows, are surely business differentiators. But the more long-term benefits are all about a healthier bottom line and a happier workforce, which are the cornerstones of any business of any size, anywhere.

Be safe – increase control of your outward payments process

Improve accuracy and efficiency for the electronic transfer of money by automating your outward payments process

In a world growing ever more reliant on constantly interconnected digital networks, the automation of financial transactions is inevitable. But while personal transactions via digital methods have become second nature to all of us, it is not a given that everyone is comfortable with fully automating certain transaction processes.

However, there are several advantages in automating your outward payments process, which are worth considering if you want to make these transactions both safer and more efficient for you in the long run.

AXON Outward Payments enables banks to process outward payments more efficiently. This is achieved through an automated mechanism for the electronic transfer of money from account holders to other financial institutions or across multiple institutions, via computer-based systems.

A safe solution

Locating an adequate outward payments solution for your business adds yet another layer of security to your banking transactions. First of all, such a system by necessity reduces human error, and by extension, traces any incompetence that might come into play. Secondly, a proper outward payments solution includes robust monitoring and reporting mechanisms, which will put you at ease while transactions are executed.

In fact, AXON Outward Payments automates the entire outward payment process with limited or zero direct intervention of bank staff. This solution ensures a robust integration payments service that can monitor, alert, and report transactions, along with managing approvals – delivering a seamless, automated, and secure outward payment solution for SEPA and SWIFT.

Optimise your current outward payment system

AXON Outward Payments allows you to interface your outward payments with a single payment service, such as SEPA. The solution also allows you to securely monitor, validate, and approve outward payments through the SWIFT network. Likewise, AXON Outward Payments integrates with internal banking applications in order to extract customer and account information, and execute the necessary bank account transfers.

Automate payment checks and flag validations

AXON Outward Payments can be configured to include various payment checks and validations including all the standard IBAN and BIC checks. Furthermore, the solution can perform other advanced checks such as beneficiary monitoring via access to PEPs, watch lists, or nominated payees lists – providing a robust workflow automation which enables banks to be more flexible. Additionally, AXON Outward Payments executes validation checks and flags any abnormalities, ensuring that suspect payments are held until they are reviewed by a designated bank employee. AXON Outward Payments is an agile solution which is crucial to the outward payment process.

It will make your staff happier

While the overseeing of outward payments may superficially create another task for an employee to jump on and gain some work hours out of, in the long run it simply boils down to yet another monotonous task that is bound to give very little satisfaction to the employee in question, and result in squandered talent for the business as a whole.

With this in mind, automating your outward payments ensures you have more options when it comes to allocating the right tasks to the right staff members – while utilising AXON Outward Payments to streamline and optimise your outward payments process.

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AXON Automates Your Outward Payments Process

Automating your outward payments process is a logical step for your bank – enhancing both efficiency and accountability every step of the way.

“There’s an app for that” is the new adage for the 21st century. While this same adage has come under fire in certain quarters, suggesting that our over-reliance on technology has made us app-slaves, doesn’t mean that the sudden raft of technological innovations we are bombarded with are all to our detriment.

On the contrary, when it comes to important tasks such as financial planning, technology can help us become better organised and more accountable. The fact remains that certain tasks require computer-like efficiency and organisation anyway, so letting an automated process do the heavy lifting for you can free up time and ensure all aspects of the process are being handled accurately.

Nowhere is this truer than in the case of automating your outward payments process. Here’s a few reasons why this could be a good step forward for you and your bank.

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Smooth payment flow

It’s certainly to be expected that your outward payments process will flow in a smoother fashion once you give way to a more automated system. Likewise, it keeps your own business reputation more than intact. This is where AXON comes into play.

AXON Outward Payments enables banks to process outward payments through an automated mechanism for the electronic transfer of money from account holders to other financial institutions or across multiple institutions, via computer-based systems.

Increases staff efficiency and satisfaction

Automating your payments could arguably lead to not just increased staff efficiency, but also satisfaction. Working with an automated system means less time spent with manual procedures which may be prone to human error. So staff can rest easy knowing that funds are being distributed and monitored through a seamless outward payment solution for SEPA and SWIFT.

But this also has an inevitable knock-on effect on staff satisfaction, as having been freed of cumbersome, but nonetheless responsibility-heavy financial tasks, will leave employees more time to focus on creative tasks, and allow the true talent of the company to emerge to the forefront by taking more initiative.

Optimise your current outward payments process

It makes everyone more accountable

A machine has no mercy. Ironically, that should be a comforting statement when it comes to dealing with outward payments, especially when you have to assure their ‘safe transport’ to others. An automated system is an intrinsically incorruptible mechanism that will not only allow you to execute outward payments, but also to do it in a way that is traceable by all and open to scrutiny in case anything goes wrong.

AXON Outward Payments ensures a robust integration payments service that can monitor, alert, and report transactions, along with managing approvals – delivering a seamless, automated, and secure outward payment solution for SEPA and SWIFT.

Streamline Your Data with AXON and Gain Insight to Better Decisions

Streamline your data with AXON and help your company get the edge it needs

Data clutter may just be one of the leading causes of inefficiency in companies – whatever their nature of commercial interests. Taking steps to streamline your data with AXON can improve the way your company processes information, which helps smoothen your operations and ensures that both your employees and customers emerge happier from their experience with your company.

Just in case you remain unconvinced about the direct benefits of data streamlining, we’ve lined up a few more reasons in the hopes of convincing you that this is the way forward for a cleaner, quicker, and far less stressful way to work.

It reduces costs

If you need a game-changing reason to take steps towards data streamlining, we’d be hard-pressed to find a more convincing one than this, our number one point – reducing costs.

The universal drive to cut costs and increase profit applies to companies of any type, and data streamlining can actually play a key part in that. By ensuring that all of your data and information flow is, in fact, flowing through the right channels instead of slipping through the cracks, you’re also ensuring that your resources are not going to waste.

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It focuses your company’s priorities

Getting stuck on data management for your company is a bit like being demoted to the role of traffic warden when you should be running the police force.

So putting off implementing a long-term system for data streamlining may not be the wisest course of action if you want a company that runs efficiently. It can also be a serious impediment to growth, since tending to the data pile-up stops you from troubleshooting other areas where your company may be floundering.

More depressingly still, letting precious time go to waste in this way also stops you from dreaming up some of the most effective and creative solutions for your company to grow.
So nip the data management problem in the bud, and start looking at ways of expanding your operation to new heights!

It simplifies your tasks, first and foremost

Operating with a fully streamlined data setup means that any and all organisational tasks (and hurdles) that you’ll have to face will be rendered easier and more pliable to quick troubleshooting.

In an age when we’re all connected and reliant on our technological tools to keep running at tip-top shape at all times, it is crucial to ensure that your data is flowing in the right direction. With this hurdle out of the way, any challenges you company might be facing could be dealt with head-on, without the need for you to stop what you’re doing, or postpone important tasks.

Simplification of such tasks basically means that you can deal with problems in-the-moment, apart from having some of the organisational benefits we’ve already covered above.

It will make your staff happier

It should go without saying that a smoothly running company benefits everyone – from top to bottom. The bosses are happy because their overall operation is heading towards its necessary goals, and the employees are happy because the data they require to do their job is relayed with clarity and confidence, allowing them to focus on their tasks without any doubts and ambiguities hindering their progress.

For this reason, and once again because data flow is such a crucial aspect of our workplace experience in this day and age, a company that has made data streamlining its top priority through using a solution like AXON Integration is bound to score higher on the staff satisfaction chart.

Smoother data translates to satisfied customers

The logical and most valuable sum of all of the above is that the benefits of data streamlining will spill over from your efficiently run operation, to the satisfaction of your staff, and finally down to your customers.

Even if they don’t know about the ins-and-outs of your data flow, customers will certainly sense the end result of a well-managed data streamlining setup – project outcomes communicated clearly and with confidence, deadlines met at every turn, and customer satisfaction all-round.

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