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ERP end user report Analysis
Modern ERP systems need to be capable
of stock control, financials, marketing,
inventory control and much more.
<< courier system, then that books all the
deliveries for us. All stock inventory is
dealt with by Vantage, so we don’t need
a separate WMS.”
Collier believes the biggest advantage
Monument Tools benefits from through using
Solarsoft xVP is, at the manage ment level,
the company can see at any one point
exactly what it is buying and selling. “We had
a sales and warehouse system before, but
we hadn’t been able to interrogate our bank
or purchasing, sales ledger and everything at
the same time prior to using xVP. Previously,
we always had to walk into someone else’s
office and ask them a question. It’s now all
on the same integrated system.” As regards
Vitalograph, Keane outlined the fact that
Exact Alliance provides seamless integration
with the Exact Globe finance system, which
ensures that invoices are prepared
accurately and sent out as soon as the order
is fulfilled. “The integration with the finance
system has a big impact on cash flow,” he
said. “We can get an invoice sent out as
soon as the order has been fulfilled, without
having to wait for forms to be raised and
data to be physically entered. This saves
several days for each invoice, which means
we also get paid several days sooner.”
Working as a team
In terms of processes during implementation
leading up to ‘go live’, Maurer explains that
Rochester Meat Company’s internal
implementation team was composed of a
project manager and representatives from
key departments, as well as upper
management ‘champions’ to whom the
company could escalate issues that needed
to be resolved. This group of people worked
with a team from CDC Software that included
technical support during installation,
application consultants and a project
manager. “This setup worked very well and
we completed our phased implementation on
schedule,” said Maurer. “We were a bit over
budget, mostly due to customisation, but we
had excellent change management processes;
so these overages were not surprises.” >>
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