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Branston Engineering are specialists in CNC turning, CNC Milling and Steel Fabrication
The challenge was to source a warehouse and stock control software package suitable to their size and needs, from a large number of potential suppliers.
Analysis and consultancy advice to save costs
Oakwell provided a free assessment of their operational and warehouse requirements for this. A study of the companies’ supplies, stores, and production was made. Although the recording system was found not to be complex the current spreadsheet and PC does require updating.
A matrix summary sheet of the client’s specification requirements was drawn up in which the key required components were; listed, grouped, and a score weighting made for overall evaluation purposes. Discussion with the client identified the cost budget expected with the level of support.
Supplier market research identified a shortlist of potential software packages within budget and fitting the criteria requirements, to which the weighted score produced a recommendation.
Branston Engineering said;
“Just to let you know that we finally decided on a new system.
We have gone for a system called Job Pro.
Essentially this is of American origin but is anglicised and sold by a subsidiary based in Ireland.
The system itself is based on a database programme called Filemaker.
We have gone for this for several reasons, basically it does what we want to do, be it of course in a different way to our existing Pegasus system, some parts are better some are a bit of a pain. It in addition has an excellent CRM function, we never thought about this but seeing how it works made us realise the advantages.
It is not expensive at around Euro 1,000. You can buy support by the hour rather than getting into a support contract that you might never use. The system can be customised to an extent be it that major changes have to be done by the distributor and are charged for but not at unreasonable rates or you can do a small amount of customisation yourself.
But probably the major reasons are that you can download a fully functioning demo system that runs for a month giving plenty of time to play around and also there are numerous video tutorials on the internet. Also the Irish guys are not at all pushy.
Time will tell if it is the right decision.
Just thought I would let you know the outcome after your efforts.”