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ERP end user report Analysis
Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with
end users within a broad range of vertical
sectors concerning the rationale behind sourcing
their particular Enterprise Resource Planning
solution, how such systems can leverage
business advantage during a downturn, and
the roadmap for future development.
ithin the Enterprise acquired by Halma in 2005, our systems Exact Globe financial management system
Resource Planning (ERP) requirements were assessed and we started way back in the 1990s and I have to say it
solutions market, looking at what was available in the ERP has always been very reliable,” said Frank
prospective end users are marketplace in early 2007, eventually Keane, general manager of Vitalograph
in little danger of having assessing around 30 systems. We eventually Ireland. “You want your finance system to
a dearth of vendors and solutions to turn to got our list down to six vendors and, with a simply get on and run the business and
with a view to sourcing a system that is an project team of ten people, attended half-day
accurate fit for their specific business and demonstrations of each system. We then
operational requirements. But what are some undertook very specific grading criteria.”
of the key reasons to invest? Texecom – a Texecom went live with Epicor Vantage in

Following significant sales
growth of 27 per cent last year, we
member of the Halma group of companies September 2007 after a five-month implemen-
required a solution that would help
– manufactures intruder alarm products; tation project. “The core advantage of Epicor
including a range of motion detectors, control for us was its level of flexibility,” said Bowden.
expand our business into Europe”
panels, perimeter protection devices, heat “It was the ability to modify the system to
– Keith Alison, HoMedics.
and smoke detectors, external sounders and what we wanted it to do. Every system we
power supplies. IT manager Andy Bowden looked at had to be capable of stock control, with Globe I never hear of any problems.”
explained that Texecom previously used financials, marketing, inventory; all standard More recently, the company identified that
another business management system, stuff. But then we also wanted to see that we its manufacturing and warehouse systems
alongside a multitude of databases and could automatically process functions in the were not working quite so effectively. “We
spreadsheets. Then in late 2006, it was system and input data.” were running information on production
decided that Texecom needed to move to schedules and stock control on a variety
a centralised system. of spreadsheets spread right across the
Labour intensive company,” explained Keane. “This was
“We’re based across four sites in the UK, hugely labour intensive and resulted in
so data was previously being re-keyed all Vitalograph is a worldwide provider of inaccurate stock information and no integration
over the place and we simply weren’t able respiratory diagnostic devices, clinical trials whatsoever. We knew there had to be a
to provide financial information in a timely and medical equipment servicing. Vitalograph’s better way of managing the production
fashion, which is demanded by a plc,” relationship with Exact Software began more process so we carried out an extensive
Bowden explained. “So, when we were than ten years ago. “We implemented the search of the market before deciding to >>
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