Manufacturer outgrows Excel spreadsheets

ERP system implemented

Manufacturing firm Vanglobe has just completed the implementation of a new ERP system to replace Excel spreadsheets.

Vanglobe CFO Paul Clarke said the system was necessary to accommodate rapid growth as the company moves toward revenues of $100 million.

Within three months of joining the company, Clarke was charged with upgrading the company's current financial system.

Clarke sought advice from the Queensland Manufacturing Institute, which recommended home grown ERP vendor Pronto Software.

"We had outgrown spreadsheets and needed a more comprehensive system to give us a clearer picture of manufacturing operations and performance overall," he said adding that the company wanted complete control of the business.

"We also wanted a one system, one vendor scenario so we didn't want to have to rely on any third party suppliers."

With offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and New Zealand, Clarke said the company required a system with planning, financials, distribution, quality management and laboratory capabilities.

Pronto Software managing director David Jackman said manufacturing is a key vertical for the company "that we will continue to aggressively pursue."

The Vanglobe implementation began in June 2006 and was completed in December.

Many of the larger ERP players, such as SAP and Oracle, have shifted their focus to win deals in the midmarket.

This includes offering hosted ERP offerings that allow smaller companies to get their software up and running quickly.

For example, SAP has just released a set of on-demand ERP applications and expects to attract 10,000 new customers by 2010.

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