Limitations in QuickBooks and inefficiencies using a dozen spreadsheets and email for sharing information meant that Brickstream could no longer grow business profitably. They needed help working with software vendors, understanding options - including on-premise vs. SAAS - and fitting together the pieces in the IT puzzle to cost-effectively streamline workflows and better connect employees, customers and partners.
Brickstream selected Microsoft Dynamics GP for core financial accounting, and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation was chosen as the IT platform for web portals and to deploy business applications that manage workflows and connect people and processes.
"Microsoft SharePoint is the key technology piece for Brickstream. It is the platform for business-critical applications and extending information in Dynamics GP to improve productivity and operation flow," said Jack Burnett at TwinEngines.
TwinEngines delivered a phased project structure for implementing the business systems strategy and defined the technology architecture. Utilizing SharePoint's web portal functionality, TwinEngines developed Brickstream's extranet for customers and BrickNet, the new company intranet for employees. Multiple versions of order spreadsheets and email orders were replaced with a new sales order application developed with secure access for customers and employees, data entry rules, automatic notifications and approval workflows.
The first phase concluded with the successful implementation of Dynamics GP, the SharePoint portals, and the sales order applications. While Brickstream gets accustomed to the new accounting software and new sales order process, TwinEngines is already developing the next phase: connecting BrickNet with Dynamics GP and connecting Brickstream's 3PL vendor for the seamless flow of inventory and orders through purchasing, sales orders, shipping and invoicing.
"We are very pleased with the strategic roadmap for our business systems, and how well the team at TwinEngines delivered what was promised on time and on budget," commented Iain Currie, VP of Operations at Brickstream.
About TwinEngines - www.TwinEngines.com
TwinEngines is a technology solution company located in Atlanta, GA, We understand manufacturing, the business processes and the people that make things. Our strategic roadmaps map your unique business processes with the right mix of information technology systems. Our solutions span your value chain:
Integrated Shop Floor
Mobile Data Collection
All integrated with financials and ERP business systems to synchronize information across your organization and with your customers, suppliers and partners.