"Many small to mid-sized manufacturers often rely on error-prone and time-consuming manual processes because of the perception that all ERP systems are expensive and difficult to implement," said Frank Leonard, president of Infor channel partner Baesis, a leading authority on manufacturing solutions in New England.
Baesis helped Providence, RI-based Utilidata select Infor VISUAL and will assist in its implementation.
"Infor VISUAL is the right solution for companies like Utilidata, providing robust ERP functionality that is easier to implement and simpler to manage," Leonard said.
Utilidata provides volt and volt-ampere reactive (VAR) optimization tools to large energy companies. The company selected Infor VISUAL because of its modern, user-friendly interface and ability to manage necessary operations, from quoting and order management to scheduling and billing.
"Our business has been growing quickly, and can no longer be supported effectively with disparate systems that require manual data entry and too much time to locate critical information," said Mike Wynne, controller, Utilidata. "Infor VISUAL was the right solution to gain greater insight into our data, significantly improve operational efficiencies, and prepare us for continued growth."
- Infor VISUAL will provide Utilidata's users with easy access to data, helping to speed day-to-day operations through faster retrieval of accurate, reliable information.
- By managing all financial processes with Infor VISUAL, the company will reduce manual entry requirements for its accounting department. An enterprise-wide view of spending will enable enhanced drill-down and analysis for improved budgetary decisions.
- Infor VISUAL will deliver real-time insight into projects for greater visibility into progress and incurred costs. Automated workflows and project-based accounting will also enable improved tracking of costing, time and billing on an individual contract basis.
- Infor VISUAL's advanced materials resource planning and inventory tracking functionality will help Utilidata to more effectively balance supply and demand and optimize materials use.
"By incorporating financials, planning and scheduling, project management, and manufacturing execution functionality into a unified solution, Infor VISUAL enables companies like Utilidata to form a more complete view of their operations," said Mark Humphlett, director of industry and product marketing, ERP, Infor. "With unmatched visibility into processes, inventory and orders, decision-makers can ensure more efficient use of time and resources to help increase profits."