After evaluation SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX, the company’s knowledge and experience gained over 12 years in using Dynamics AX, was one key factor in the decision to upgrade to the latest version. The second was its existing relationship with AlfaPeople, which it had worked and collaborated with for 16 years – including a supervisory team based at AlfaPeople’s Switzerland office. AlfaPeople’s knowledge of the client and all its processes created efficiency and saved time throughout the project. Björk Ragnarsdóttir, IT Manager at Reel Alesa said: “With AlfaPeople and Microsoft Dynamics AX, we have an unbeatable combination. AlfaPeople is a competent partner with know-how and global presence and Microsoft Dynamics AX is a platform which can cover each customer’s need.”
The benefits of Microsoft Dynamics AX demonstrated to Reel Alesa that it was the right choice for compatibility with other Microsoft solutions and that it was flexible and customisable over time, like a kit which could be built up in the future.
Expectation for the project was high and as well as progressing with the overall business transformation project, daily operations had to be maintained in parallel, as Patrik Ernst, Managing Director for Reel Alesa explains: “Throughout the transformation Reel Alesa Ltd. wanted to be flexible enough to increase our daily controls and project management capabilities, develop project management skills and launch a spare parts business in a profitable way.”
The first challenge in the installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was the integration of Bluestar PLM
, a native AX PLM and the replacement of a whole host of manual processes which would instead feed automatically into the new ERP solution.
In addition to Bluestar, add-on’s of Officeatwork and the migration of the current DMS/CRM solution (which was based on Lotus Notes), Sharepoint, MS Dynamics & Add on, were integrated into Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The new cloud-based solution was also rolled out the Alesa in France and Canada, so the whole company could input, access and use the improved management information and associated processes.