Early TROPOS go-live unleashes Foxs benefits

The Leicester-based manufacturer of Glacier Mints and other popular sweets had an end-August target for shutting down its earlier system, provided by its former parent company. SSI had the new 25-user system ready for go-live in record time, facilitating a switch-over three months inside the deadline.

The solution includes a TROPOS browser, White Paper Printing, Application Designer, Active Workflow, and Business Information Templates. Also in the contract were CODA Financials, Cognos, Crystal Reports and two servers. The system is managed remotely by SSIs Managed Services Division.

Foxs Confectionery finance director Peter Roberts was very conscious of the amount of work involved in replacing a full ERP system in such a short timescale. Staff from both Foxs Confectionery and SSI on the project team were committed and highly motivated to meet the deadlines. They achieved it, having put in a great deal of time and effort to ensure everything went smoothly. Live running on the new system did identify some areas for further review but overall, it was very successful.

Big Bear Ltd. is the company formed by the management buy-in that acquired Foxs Confectionery. We plan to grow through both organic development and a series of further acquisitions, which we will now be able to bring on board and integrate more easily within our new business processes.

SSI managing director Trevor Lewis says the Foxs deployment went particularly well. They were already experienced ERP users, so for us it was a case of replacing the existing legacy system and providing a modern system to meet the increasing challenges as the business grows.

TROPOS gives Foxs Confectionery an integrated interface with its external sales agency, Food Brokers. This provides faster, more accurate input for production planning and profit forecasts. Reports that used to be prepared manually each month are now updated daily.

Lewis says: TROPOS is designed around the individuals role in a food manufacturer, and fully integrated with desktop applications. This means users manage the information in the way they want to use it - TROPOS does the rest.

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