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Cloud Success: Array Technologies, When the Mission is Critical

ATI_Solar.pngNext week, SAP Business ByDesign users will travel to the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind conference.  The SAP Business ByDesign Users Conference is three full days of training, collaboration, consulting, and networking opportunities to help users propel their cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.  We hope you can join us to hear from top SAP ByDesign executives on development and what’s next for the business management solution.  To see if ByDesign is right for your company, discover how a solar manufacturer solved its supply chain challenges – and avoids costly fines – with the help of SAP Business ByDesign.

Demanding Customers

While some business processes are important, others are truly mission critical.  For instance, marketing is important.  But sales – the lifeblood of your company – is mission critical.  Important processes can be handled by ordinary software.  But when you need real-time data to power your most vital processes that calls for an ERP solution.  Case in point is Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), the leading U.S.-based manufacturer of smart, cost-effective, reliable, and robust solar tracking and racking systems for homeowners and businesses.  But its most critical market is utility companies and these companies can be extremely demanding.  If ATI misses a delivery deadline, it can incur costly fines and penalties.  After all, ATI’s products are an integral part of a utility company’s solar array system. Any holdup in construction can be extremely costly.  That’s why ATI graduated from PeachTree software and implemented SAP Business ByDesign designed for midsize companies.

Better Logistics

ATI knew that the key to meeting the demands of its utility customers, was better management of logistics – especially for imported components with long lead times.  According to Jeff Sanders, Configuration Manager, “we chose SAP Business ByDesign for its supply chain features, its ease of use, its full range of capabilities, and its cloud-based platform.  “We have to make sure that we deliver our product on time,” he adds.  And SAP Business ByDesign, working with SAP Partner, Navigator has helped the company streamline its manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics processes to help ensure that products are delivered on schedule.

A More Accurate Picture

ATI also wanted to gain a more accurate picture of its financial position – in real time.  And today, SAP Business ByDesign enables Array to see its financial position on a daily basis, leading to better decisions on cash flow and capital deployment.

Rolling Out

ATI continues to roll out SAP Business ByDesign to more and more employees.  “The employees who use SAP Business ByDesign are generating business for us,” Sanders says, “and we’re growing faster and faster every day.”

What’s Your Mission?

Which processes are critical to your company’s mission? Are they functioning as they should, or do you find your company performing time-consuming workarounds?  As ATI illustrates, an ERP application can help your most important processes – and all your processes – operate more smoothly.  For the full story on Array Technologies, click here.

See you in Las Vegas!

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