Our latest ERP Information Day, held at our Arklow, Co. Wicklow HQ, was well received by all. With fifteen attendees representing ten separate firms all looking at their options for ERP, the event proved to be an informative and very useful one for all involved.
We had targeted this event at manufacturing and field service companies operating in the South East region, however on the day we had representatives of companies as far flung as Cavan and North Dublin seeing the benefit in making a longer journey to participate. Aside from these, we had people travelling to us from Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, along with a few from the locality.
With the initial introductions and networking completed, the presentations began – the first session covering the background to Profitsflow, the ERP product (EFACS) that we represent and some information on the software author, Exel Computer Systems. After a short introductory overview of the product – highlighting here the interface, summary of the software modules and a glimpse of some of the dashboard, drilldown and reporting capabilities, we paused briefly for a welcome coffee break providing further networking opportunities.
Happily caffeinated and ready for more exciting ERP, we started into a more detailed presentation on the product itself. As the audience was comprised of manufacturing companies only, a large portion of this presentation was focussed on the needs of manufacturing companies. We explored the software’s features starting with CRM, prospect and pipeline management, moving on to quotations and estimating, then generating a confirmed sales order from a quotation. We then progressed that order to manufacturing, where we examined the MRP output suggesting requirements for purchased parts and raised some purchase orders. Having received the goods, we issued stock to the works order to manufacture the product, and used our shop floor touchscreen interface to add labour time to the works order. On completing the works order we were able to review stock consumed including batch and serial traceability, see the finished product booked into stock, and review some detailed “Actual v Expected” costings analysis and reports. We then dispatched the finished product which produced an invoice posted to the sales ledger. At each relevant point during the presentation we looked at the various standard reports and discussed how the system could be easily tailored to specific requirements based on questions from the audience using the built-in configuration toolkit.
Main presentation completed, all that remained was a short Q&A session (our presenter must have covered just about every eventuality!) and buffet lunch with, you guessed it, yet more networking.
Looking forward to the next one in Dublin in September – keep an eye to our events calendar for more details!
Feedback from the Audience
An excellent opportunity to see the software at an early stage without committing someone to do a full detailed presentation at our premises. Definitely a valuable exercise, would recommend to anyone considering implementing ERP.
Engineering Manufacturer, Carlow
It is great to get the opportunity to meet others going through the same process, even if just to compare notes.
Plastics manufacturer, Dublin
Looks like a great product, I enjoyed to opportunity to see it but also get a feel for how other companies also considering the move to ERP see Profitsflow and EFACS. Great presentation, thanks for the lunch!
Food manufacturer, Wexford.