ERP system breathes fresh air into company

LIKE many successful manufacturing companies in Australia, ActronAir, Australia’s largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems, was outgrowing its existing IT system.

LIKE many successful manufacturing companies in Australia, ActronAir, Australia’s largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems, was outgrowing its existing IT system.

The company was experiencing major growth, with the number of employees growing to 70, and needed a system that would grow with them.

Some of the challenges the company faced with its existing system were poor reporting, no standard costing information, financial data was very basic and didn’t handle variance reporting, was not user friendly, and no inventory ageing capability.

After reviewing several systems including SAP, Sage and Pronto, ActronAir selected Microsoft’s Dynamics AX., with the system installed and configured and staff trained with an accelerated implementation process of only several months.

The company has now been running live on Dynamics AX since October 3rd 2006 and has 35 concurrent licences with approximately 70 total users.

As the system has now total acceptance and is providing the base information and processes as required in the original plan, ActronAir is now moving onto enhanced functionality to take advantage of the flexibility and features of the product.

The company selected ePartners to implement the ERP system.

Steve Bryant, ActronAir’s financial controller said the implementation of Dynamics AX was impressive. “All our staff has quickly grasped the new technology. This has enabled us to achieve greater productivity, higher retention of valuable staff and most important a more satisfied workforce”.

Luke Schweizer management accountant and power user of Dynamics Ax for ActronAir said the next phase for the system will be to automate more functions such as bar coding, service automation and to install business intelligence tools.

“The system design to meet the requirements of ActronAir was very important in the decision of implementing Dynamics AX.

“One of the key selling points was the quick development by ePartners for specific business requirements to meet ActronAir’s business processes.

“These included modifying the standard cost function to enable ‘on costs’ to be calculated automatically which involved four new fields in the item master and calculations based on these fields. This modification was written in Dynamics within one hour of the spec being signed, tested and implemented successfully within one day,” Schweizer said.

* David Giang is a practice partner with ePartners 02 8876 8300.