Fern Plastic Products Selects InetSoft for Their ERP Business Intelligence Solution
UK based moulding company chooses Style Intelligence to create data mashups from Baan ERP system data
Piscataway, NJ – July 26, 2011 – InetSoft Technology (www.inetsoft.com), an innovator in data mashup driven dashboard and reporting solutions, and CampionPPS, a business and systems consultancy focused on optimizing business performance, announced that Fern Plastic Products, a 52-year old injection moulding company, has chosen InetSoft’s business intelligence solution to deliver KPI dashboards and real-time reporting alongside their Baan ERP system.
Previously Fern extracted data used from their Baan ERP system and manually created KPI graphs and matrix style reports. The manual manipulation of data in Excel spreadsheets created a time consuming process that had the potential for inaccuracies in the presentation of the data. CampionPPS are InetSoft’s UK strategic partners, and they helped Fern implement Style Intelligence to mashup data from their Baan ERP system and other operational data sources enabling interactive dashboarding, analysis and reporting functionality. Operational reports are now automatically sent to each manager on a daily basis. Month-end reporting processes have been automated, and data governance has been greatly improved.
“We are delighted with the results we’re getting out of InetSoft’s Style Intelligence – real-time, instant access and visibility, 24/7,” stated Gavin Harper, Production Director at Fern Plastic Products. “The process of generating the management information pack was taking us as a team on average 6 hours a week to generate the various elements to the pack. So that's valuable time we've got back now. And we can see our KPIs whenever we need to now - this was only available and up to date once a week beforehand.”
“Helping Fern create a robust BI platform that generates more value out of their Baan ERP system was a gratifying application of our domain expertise with manufacturers and the flexible, easy-to-use BI toolset that our partner, InetSoft, offers,” commented Steve Wilson, Managing Director at CampionPPS. “This kind of repeatable BI solution for Baan overcomes the limited information access capabilities of a very popular ERP application and yields tangible time and manpower savings.”
Mark Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer at InetSoft, notes how well equipped Style Intelligence is to meet Fern’s specific needs: “Most enterprise resource planning applications, like Baan, are very good at managing processes, but they often suffer from two major problems: inadequate reporting and silo-ing of data. Style Intelligence solves both of these problems with its data mashup engine which enables live connections to multiple operational data sources, including many traditionally closed ones like Baan or SAP, so that organizations can quickly create dashboards and reports that offer a unified view of corporate performance. CampionPPS knows our BI software well and has again demonstrated their expertise in performance management and project management with this highly productive deployment.”
About Fern Plastic Products
Fern was established in 1959 and produces technically challenging plastic injection moldings and supply them to heating and plumbing, domestic appliance, electrical and electronics, hydraulic and pneumatics, automotive, medical and defense sectors in the UK and Europe. Value added services include gas injection, assembly, laser-marking, printing, metallic finishes through painting and chrome plating with JIT and Kanban delivery systems. The Company is privately owned by the Directors. The company has grown steadily and acquired an excellent reputation for technical competence and providing excellent quality and customer service. For more information, please visit www.fern-plastics.co.uk
CampionPPS is a business and systems consultancy focused on bringing people, processes and systems together to deliver real, tangible improvements to business performance. CampionPPS provide a wide range of services all designed to improve a client’s business results with a strong focus on getting more value from their business systems. The consulting model is about complementing a firm’s own team to create a strong and successful partnership. CampionPPS’s reputation for success has developed by exceeding client expectations and taking ownership and responsibility for delivering results. For more information about the company’s services, please visit www.campionpps.co.uk.
Since 1996 InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. Application highlights include visually-compelling and interactive executive dashboards that ensure greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting. InetSoft’s patent pending Data Block™ technology enables productive reuse of queries and a unique capability for end-user defined data mashup. This capability combined with efficient information access enabled by InetSoft’s visual analysis technologies allows maximum self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer. InetSoft solutions have been deployed at over 3,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.