Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV with six other distribution centers across the U.S., Erickson International makes window film and then turns the material into window coverings for residential and commercial use. The company runs two manufacturing lines; one that makes state-of-the-art window films, and a coating and laminating line where it produces its final products. Erickson sells to B2B customers in the automotive, commercial building, and other industries.
The corporate office upgraded its financial software from QuickBooks to Sage 100 to better track its manufacturing processes. Several of its distribution centers, however, remained on QuickBooks.
The legacy manufacturing module provided by Sage was difficult to implement, didn’t provide the process manufacturing benefits the company needed, and ran terribly slow on the company’s on-premises servers. Sage 100 also lacked the ability to handle Erickson’s different entities; it only supported the headquarters’ financials.
“There was a lot of data to move from one software to another just to manage inventory and sales,” says Elena Mheidze, CFO. “We put a lot into big spreadsheets and then entered data into another system.”
Needing better inventory transparency, cloud-based access, and greater operational efficiency, Mheidze, who also manages the company’s IT infrastructure, searched for a modern ERP that could be accessed from anywhere. She wanted to eliminate the headaches and costs associated with on-site servers, and wanted an affordable system that was flexible and could grow with the company.
“Cloud was Number 1,” she says, adding she also needed a single connected system that provided a high level of data visibility into every part of the business.
With her old system, she had to VPN in and out of the various distribution sites to figure out what was in inventory and what was being used to make products, which was very time consuming. She also had to communicate with each center exchanging information via spreadsheets rather than using Sage 100, she said.