The clarity to choose thanks to ERP

Posted on 2 Mar 2015 by The Manufacturer

Having the ability to integrate all areas of the business to create one version of the truth is what most businesses strive for. HSO explains how their software can help achieve this goal.

Deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is an expensive proposition, not just in terms of licensing cost and maintenance, but in terms of resources and time. However, selecting the right system and the right vendor to implement it will greatly increase productivity and be a secret weapon in terms of competitive advantage, to companies in any industry.

AAF partners with HSO for ERP overhaul

AAF Ltd, a leading supplier of air filtration solutions across the globe was looking to replace the company’s legacy ERP system.

After a review of an initial 97 ERP systems and a shortlist of 17, which included all the major players, Microsoft ERP partner of the Year 2014, HSO Enterprise Solutions, was selected to implement a company-wide ERP project based on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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The review included a competitive pitch process spanning the operational breadth of the business, tested and scored against a predefined demonstration script covering all core technical requirements, as well as the capabilities of solution partners to deliver.

The company, which operates heavily in the power generation and oil and gas industries, wanted to replace its existing system with an off-the-shelf solution in response to incremental growth, increasing customer demands and a growing need to be more agile across its business, combined with upward labour cost pressure on margins.

“The growth of our business stretched the capabilities of our current systems,” explains Robert Carling, AAF Ltd general manager. “HSO was selected because the company was able to demonstrate clear fulfilment of functional requirements, an ability to integrate the system with existing Microsoft solutions such as Office and SharePoint, and a strong, long standing relationship with Microsoft.”

Commenting further, Nick Carr, AAF Ltd project manager, ERP implementation said: “HSO came in and delivered a very professional and knowledgeable demonstration. They seemed to understand our business from the outset and gave confidence that they would deliver AAF Ltd a powerful solution whilst minimising the risks involved.

“Ten years ago when we first took a look at ERP alternatives, we had originally decided to progress with an alternative system.

“This time round we included Microsoft Dynamics AX in the mix and came to understand the close functional fit and capabilities that Microsoft Dynamics AX provides right out of the box; Engineer to Order support for tight project manufacturing control and scheduling; excellent production capability for our made to order components, procurement, our warehouse and inventory management, our financial ledger, our logistics and ability to manage resources – everything.

“With Dynamics AX we gain the functionality needed to develop a secure and future proofed platform for growth.”