W&H Group launches blitz project with Infor LN and Infor BI
Infor today announced that the W&H Group, a leading global manufacturer of dental transmission instruments and equipment, will modernize its existing ERP infrastructure with Infor LN and deploy the corporate performance management solution Infor BI for the first time. The aim is to streamline processes across international locations and to have access to up-to-date, accurate information anytime, anywhere to make informed decisions.
The family business based in Bürmoos, Austria, will unify its heterogeneous structures with Infor LN. Some of the company's locations around the world used the predecessor solution Baan, others third-party ERP systems. Now all subsidiaries will shift to the current version of Infor LN. The solution is designed for international manufacturing companies enabling them to model complex inter-company processes.
The planned analysis and reporting project will also benefit from the data harmonization with Infor LN: Infor BI will be implemented at eleven locations to close keep track of market changes and react quickly to them. Previously, the W&H Group had no central reporting solution in use. They were looking for a solution that would not only cover reporting and analysis, but also planning, budgeting and consolidation. Infor BI convinced W&H as a complete corporate performance management system. They also chose the solution for its best practice modules, enabling the W&H group to keep time effort and expense manageable. With the modules, Infor offers comprehensive support for the rapid set-up of cubes and thus reduces the customization effort.
"For us, a fast implementation schedule was important. We decided for Infor BI in November and started the implementation in December. In May, we already went live with the sales reporting," says Wolfgang Hochradl, Finance Director, W&H Dental Bürmoos GmbH.
In the first step, Wolfgang Hochradl and his team will focus on standard reports and flexible self-service queries for the sales and finance departments of the subsidiaries. Therefore, they created a central data warehouse and defined an access authorization concept in Infor BI. The combination of Infor LN and Infor BI also helps to define standardized processes for all sites, so that sales and service can spend less time on administrative work and focus on their customers.
"We want to support our processes consistently. With its international footprint, Infor reflects our own business approach and delivers everything in a one-stop-shop," says Wolfgang Hochradl. "In addition, Infor offers an appealing ratio of licensing and depth and breadth of functionality."
The W&H Group already plans to expand their use of Infor BI. Planning will follow in spring 2014 to support the planning and budgeting phase for their financial year 2015.
"We have built our portfolio of business applications so that enterprises can meet their business requirements in terms of industry focus, internationality and functional depth and breadth in a one-stop shop," says Gerhard Knoch, Vice President and General Manager DACH at Infor. "The W&H Group is a good example that our strategy strikes a chord with the market."
About the W&H Dental GmbH
The W&H Group, a family business based in Bürmoos, Austria, is one of the leading manufacturers of dental transmission instruments & appliances. W&H produces high quality dental turbines, hand and angle pieces, piezo scaler for prophylaxis, products for oral surgery and implantology and sterilizers. Precision instruments from W&H are used worldwide in dental practices, dental clinics and dental laboratories and are known for reliability, innovation and user-friendly operation. With over 1,000 employees worldwide W&H exports products in over 90 countries. The company has two production plants in Bürmoos (Austria), one in Brusaporto (Italy) and 19 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America.
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