Rapid Growth Supported by Dynamics 365 F&SCM

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If you run a distribution business and it is growing rapidly, Congratulations!  But even as you high-five your teams, you realize that often problems come with rapid growth. You have to be sure your business systems and processes can keep pace.

At Western Computer, we’ve been working with manufacturers and distributors for decades, and over the years, we’ve learned how to use the best technology and practices to benefit our clients.

Recently we were approached by a customer whose distribution company was experiencing rapid growth. The problem was that they were operating several disparate systems that just couldn’t keep up with the level of work.

As an entry-level company, they started with basic systems added to them as they went along.  But, as orders increased and the business grew,  their supply chain became more complex. Without a unified technology stack, they were stuck with data silos, manual processes, and an incomplete picture of their organization.

What they needed was an integrated cloud-based solution that could scale with their rapid growth. And they needed it quickly.

Western Computer is known nationwide for our advanced distribution expertise, lean deployment practices, and integrated distribution solutions on a unified Dynamics 365 platform. We committed to deploying a Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&SCM (Finance and Supply  Chain Management) solution for our client in just three months.

The 90-day deployment challenge

Implementing a powerful distribution software solution such as Microsoft Dynamics in just three months might seem impossible.

Our client wanted their new distribution software solution to be up and running quickly to align with their fiscal year-end. They evaluated various partners and options, but many were unable to work with their accelerated time constraints. When they sat down with our team at Western Computer, we recommended Dynamic 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management as the best solution for their business needs. We assured them that we had the experience, expertise, and proven deployment methodology to get them live before year-end.

All onboard to reach our goal

We’ve done enough implementations to know what it takes to get the job done on time and within budget. We secured a commitment from our client to allocate all necessary resources and personnel so everyone would stay focused on the project. A phased implementation strategy enabled rapid deployment of priority functionality.

We provided automated workflows across accounting, supply chain management, warehousing, and more. We streamlined and standardized cross-departmental processes in a unified system.

Finally, we mapped out a strategy for future items with more functionality that could easily be incorporated later.

The deployment was a success!  Our client was up and running on Dynamics365F&SCM in just 90 days. It was another win for our dedicated team at Western Computer.

Rapid time to value

Our client is impressed with the increased functionality, improved distribution processes, and analysis tools. Their solution is fully functional now, and they can add capabilities in further phases as their business continues to grow.

Among the improvements accomplished within the three months are:

Unified cloud technology 

We replaced our client’s legacy standalone ERP system with a solution that included financials and Warehouse Management, Fulfillment, Fixed Assets, and Shopify Connection.

Increased efficiency 

Our client now has standardized, streamlined business processes across their entire organization with efficient automation and workflows. We also advised them on finance and distribution best practices for optimizing their business as it grows.

Real-time visibility 

The new system provides complete real-time visibility into all aspects of their operations. With Power BI reporting, they have improved data accuracy and integrity.

Scalability for expansion

One of our client’s goals for the future is in-house manufacturing. They have the systems in place, including embedded WMS, fixed assets, budgeting, forecasting, etc. The scalability of the Dynamics 365 platform gives them an infinitely capable cloud solution to grow on.

Ongoing nurturing and support

Western Computer is the perfect partner for a growing business. Our mission has always been to educate and empower our clients, and it’s the most rewarding aspect of the work we do here. We’ll continue to share our many years of distribution expertise and advise our customers through growth and success.

Your industry is complex, but managing your supply chain shouldn’t be. If you’d like to know more about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management and what it can do for your growing distribution business, contact our experts at Western Computer.

By Western Computer, www.westerncomputer.com



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