After a thorough evaluation of enterprise solutions, SPC Ardmona ultimately chose to go with QAD. According to Frizzell, “SPC had been using QAD software for over ten years. QAD also had a strong local support base, which meant that they would be able to assist us with our system integration and upgrade. Another important consideration was that QAD was delivering on its vision of improving supply chain efficiencies and lowering transaction costs, which is consistent with where we want to take the SPC Ardmona business.”
SPC Ardmona and QAD Australia worked collaboratively to develop a two-phased approach to integrate the two operating systems (Phase 1) and upgrade to the latest MFG/PRO eB2 software (Phase 2)—all while continuing to meet the day-to-day needs of the business.
For SPC Ardmona, it was important that QAD consultants be involved during the process. This would help to ensure that the system integration was handled in a way that would facilitate a smooth transition to MFG/PRO eB2, maximizing system functionality and ensuring that the company’s systems were fully compatible with future releases of MFG/PRO. Phase 1 commenced in April 2002. With the company’s peak season due to start in December, timing was tight.
The original SPC site was running MFG/PRO v7.3, so the initial phase involved converting and loading the Ardmona site’s legacy system data onto MFG/PRO. This included an adaptation of Ardmona warehouse processes to the SPC custom built pallet tracking system and the re-introduction of full MRP planning into the Shepparton site.
With both sites now running MFG/PRO, QAD and SPC Ardmona commenced an evaluation of processes across the two sites, before adopting those that were deemed to best suit the needs of the business going forward. Original system modifications were also evaluated to identify those that could now be handled with the standard functionality of MFG/PRO. Seven months later, the integration was complete, ready for SPC Ardmona’s peak season to commence. Phase 2 commenced in March 2003 and involved upgrading to MFG/PRO eB2; QAD’s flexible, scalable and easy-to-install manufacturing software. Both phases of the project were completed on time and on budget. According to David Frizzell, “QAD’s local MFG/PRO support base had been a real advantage in successfully completing both the system integration and software upgrade on time and according to the budget.”
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