"We based our decision on key criteria, which included flexibility and scalability," says Matthew Butlin, IT Manager and project manager at Poupart.
The company's search included industry specific suppliers as well as global players such as SAP
The solution which most comprehensively addressed Poupart's requirements was Microsoft Dynamics NAV, delivered by Tectura
a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
"We looked at the financial status of all the vendors, the track record and expertise of the partners and, of course, how we felt about working with them," continues Butlin
"The Microsoft solution ensured strong integration with the rest of our IT infrastructure and Tectura
, with their excellent methodology, disciplined and thorough approach and general industry expertise, were simply head and shoulders above the rest."
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is at the heart of the Poupart solution, which also includes Microsoft BizTalk Server and Microsoft SQL Server, standardising business processes across the group.
The company-wide project involved 80 users in finance, sales and marketing, product management, technical, operations and purchasing.
In addition, Tectura
installed Microsoft Commerce Gateway to automate the exchange of data with the supermarkets using EDI, and with the pack houses and growers, via a web-based XML application.
"The project was delivered on time and within budget," confirms Butlin