Optimum designs IT user training for Stemcor's AX ERP system

Stemcor, the independent steel trader, has used the specialist IT skills consultancy Optimum to design and produce training courses and materials to support the introduction of its new Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. 

Optimum's approach is to develop bespoke system training programmes that are user focused and role-based to ensure that people can do their jobs efficiently immediately after go live. Following a day long scoping exercise at Stemcor to establish the new business processes resulting from AX and which staff would need training on what parts of the system and when, Optimum created full reference guides, detailed lesson plans and exercises to enable Stemcor's own team to train an initial 100 employees how to use the ERP system over a three week period. The full global deployment will extend to over 1000 staff. 

Simon Bray, group director of IS at Stemcor, said: "We didn't have the resource or the skill set in-house to write training documentation and plan formal classroom training on that scale. Optimum was the only consultancy who specialised in producing ERP training materials and could deliver to the standard we required within the timeframe." 

As well as producing the documentation, Optimum consultants trained Stemcor's trainers to familiarise them thoroughly with the materials and the lesson plans. For the initial phase of the global roll-out to users from finance and from the steel distributor operations, an Optimum consultant worked alongside Stemcor's own team and delivered the AX training at one of the group's four training centres. Optimum also provided post go live assistance to support users. 

Stemcor's turnover in 2009 was 3.5bn from trading 15 million tonnes of steel and steel-making raw materials through a network of 80 offices worldwide.

Bray reflected: "AX is a complex system and will touch every part of our group operations so we wanted to be able to deliver the customised training materials ourselves to build a sustainable training package for implementations. Optimum has designed courses and materials that are both detailed and structured but flexible as well which our internal trainers will be able to follow and then build on."

He added: "Optimum added value by producing consistent, high quality documentation to deadline which we couldn't have done to the same standard ourselves. I'm at the top end of being pleased."
Optimum is an IT training skills consultancy, founded in 1998.  The company designs and delivers specialist user focused training to ensure users fully engage with strategic IT system so that the organisation will achieve maximum return on their investment. Using our proven methodology, Optimum translates the business and staff needs into relevant training programmes ensuring that the systems will be used as effectively as possible across the organisation throughout its lifecycle. The courses and training materials are tailored to the client's specific requirements and resources.  Optimum is also the preferred training partner for a number of system vendors who recognise the value that user focused training adds to their customers' investment in technology.  

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