IT staff were frustrated with the amount of time they spent supporting an accounting/financial system, a warehouse management system and in some cases a logistic system. Diagnostics were taking longer than normal and there were continuous problems, not to mention looking after the database(s) and any connectors/workflows. Over 83% of the IT personnel I spoke to agreed that an all-encompassing integrated solution would save them time and money and allow them to concentrate on making IT drive the business forward.
Warehouse managers were frustrated that ‘a so called best of breed solution’ was not best of breed for their specific business. They had developed their own way of working which was outside the norm. Wave picking was mentioned as a preferred way of doing things or a mixture of both ‘Wave and Batch’. To summarise, all of the warehouse managers I spoke to agreed that flexibility in the warehousing management system would allow them to work in a much more efficient manner.
Finance directors were less open about discussing their frustrations, but nearly all of them agreed that they could save 12 – 48 days per year (or 5 – 20% of their working schedule) if they had better reporting solutions, if their financial processes were more automated within the business and if they could easily access elements of the warehousing system/other supported business systems through one integrated solution.
When I introduced the concept of Dynamics Nav it certainly raised a few eyebrows. Many people still see Nav as a financial/accounting system to compete with the likes of SAP, Sage and in some cases Quickbooks. In simplicity, NAV has financials at its backbone but is also be a fully functional warehouse management, ERP, CRM and integrates with most shipping/logistics applications. You customise NAV to your business processes and not vice versa. Most businesses that use Nav, use it for at least 87% of their processes.
Every person I spoke to at the event agreed that an all in one solution is favoured over multiple point solutions.
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