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Infor, provider of business software for mid-market companies, has announced that Stork Power Services, a solution provider for power generation equipment and a division of Stork Technical Services, has completed the implementation of Infor ERP LN at three of its six operating companies. The solution will help enhance processes, consolidate existing knowledge at a higher level, react faster to customer and market requirements, and increase competitiveness.
As the global demand for energy continues to grow, new business opportunities, calling for fast decisions and on-time order fulfillment, are opening up to Stork Power Services. Despite merging the activities of its operating companies in 2004, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) has continued to run separately for all six units. This complicated data exchange and optimization of processes has resulted in duplication of work for many functions, including: replenishing inventory stock and securely allocating responsibilities and resources. As a consequence, Stork Power Services decided to migrate to a single flexible platform allowing multi-site business processes: Infor ERP LN.
Stork chose Infor ERP LN following a review of the market. This analysis showed that Infor offered an appropriate solution for its requirements due to the multiple modules suitable for Stork's applications. Stork is using the Infor ERP LN modules for Finance, Project Management, PDM, Service and Manufacturing. By the end of this year, Stork Turbo Blading at Sneek and in the United States, as well as Stork Gears & Services at Rotterdam, will go live. Infor will manage and maintain the software. The hardware is operating from Infor at Hilversum.
Ren De Swart, Group Controller Stork Power Services, is pleased with the ERP package. "Now we are able to automate entire processes and centralize data that we used to manage with huge amounts of Excel files and separate software packages that lacked proper communication and caused isolation of knowledge within individual staff," said De Swart. After improving project control and reduction of duplicated data input, Stork Power Services is now focusing on halving the amount of stock it holds.
Thanks to the new standard and the consistent integrated way of working, Stork can attract other organisations better as information is available faster for relevant players. For example, with 82 million inhabitants and green energy as a popular theme, Germany is an interesting market for Stork. As De Swart notes, "Our wheel gear framing enterprise in the Netherlands and our German enterprise which has knowledge of generators can become partners in green energy. Infor's integrated ERP system will be able to support that."
"One of the main benefits of Infor ERP LN is the high level of integration, putting an end to siloed information management and separated process automation," says Theo Koster, Regional VP Infor Benelux. "The scalable, multi-language, multi-site open systems platform gives Stork a solid foundation to automate productivity, improve quality, and compete globally."