Infor, provider of business applications specialised by industry and built for the Cloud, has announced that the Egbert Taylor Group, the manufacturer of four-wheeled metal bins, has successfully deployed Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine).
The Cloud-based ERP application is expected to help improve decision-making, drive growth and boost customer service by improving the sales order process and enhancing visibility into the availability of new products, stock and production capacity.
As a configure-to-order business offering over 1.5 million different combinations of bin sizes, colours, lids, and end customer logos the Egbert Taylor Group will use Infor CloudSuite Industrial to track stock levels and provide accurate delivery schedules and use Infor Configure Price Quote to manage the guided selling process for their configured items.
Following a thorough review of the market, Infor CloudSuite Industrial was selected for two reasons. First, it enabled a tightly integrated business process between customer sales ordering and procurement – of critical importance to the Egbert Taylor Group's customer service improvement objectives. Second, the completeness of functionality for build-to-order businesses in the application suite means minimal customisations as the Egbert Taylor Group replaces a legacy ERP solution which was restricting growth.
Over the course of 15 years, the legacy system had become extensively customised with many modifications undocumented. This began to restrict new product development and time to market, inhibiting the ability of the Egbert Taylor Group to respond quickly to changes requested by new and existing customers.
The Egbert Taylor Group chose to deploy via the Cloud to capitalise on the lower upfront costs, help reduce risk, support business continuity and ensure that the business always has access to the latest version of Infor CloudSuite Industrial. The Cloud infrastructure will also enable the Group to roll out Infor CloudSuite Industrial to its field sales team with minimal disruption.
"Our legacy systems were reaching the end, and as such we required an effective system that enables us to have greater visibility of the business and its processes," said Andrew Davies, Finance Director of Egbert Taylor Group. He continued, "Our objectives included improving working capital management through streamlined production processes as well as the benefits of integrating our quoting process into a single Cloud-based solution."
"Build-to-order and configure-to-order manufacturers like Egbert Taylor Group need robust and fast processes that are keenly aligned to their specific business," said Phil Lewis, VP solution consulting for Europe, Infor. "By putting the technology behind these processes into the Cloud, they can remain agile and incrementally expand the benefits of Infor CloudSuite Industrial throughout the business as it grows, without disruption."