Morgan, the British sports car manufacturer, has revealed that it is rolling out a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to replace an outdated Sage solution. With the company desperately needing to improve the performance of its operations, the Malvern-based firm will replace Sage 500 with IFS Applications.
Morgan, which is one of the world’s oldest automotive brands at 105 years old, is to abandon an existing ERP solution and use IFS Applications as a way to streamline its manufacturing process; this, in turn, will provide the car maker with the means to provide better customer service. The implementation, which is estimated to take around 18 months to complete, began last month and will be distributed across the company’s entire network, allowing all departments to access areas such as sales, production, R&D and customer service via the ERP solution.
With the initial roll-out under its belt, Morgan has revealed that it plans to incorporate IFS Applications into its wider dealer network, meaning that manual processes can be replaced with direct orders and facilitate faster selling around the world. Describing the way in which IFS would help, Morgan explained that its current paper-based and siloed planning would become a “more dynamic way of tracking business processes”. The ERP will provide a way to correctly manage costs and time scales when manufacturing new vehicles; at the same time, it will be of benefit to sales calls and customers.
In further moves to aid the company, the use of IFS Applications will mean that ‒ for the first time ever ‒ Morgan’s ten databases will be brought together. Instead of having to flit between spreadsheets and datasets, this will enable decision makers to gain a simple and quick oversight and facilitate better choices. Costs can also be managed far more accurately than in the past; for example, it is expected that around 40 hours will be saved every week simply because timesheet data will not have to be manually analysed.
Morgan’s technology director, Graham Chapman, said: “Having robust technology in place will help us remove inefficiencies, so we can continue to evolve as a business and deliver a quality service to our customers. With IFS we have the ability to use the software to run multiple streams and business units across the group, ensuring they communicate with each other effectively.”
The company was initially only looking for ERP for one division; however, due to the flexibility of IFS Applications, it decided to roll it out across its entire business.
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