Clarion Consulting Secures Six Figure ERP Contract from Batchelors

Dublin, Tuesday, 14th September 2004:  Business and IT consulting firm, Clarion Consulting today announced that it has been chosen by food and beverage manufacturer, Batchelors to deploy and maintain a company-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. 

In a competitive tender valued at six figures, Clarion Consulting will deploy the IFS suite of ERP software coupled with a portfolio of associated professional services such as project management and skills transfer.  The project will lead to greater transactional control and order transparency in manufacturing and distribution as well as direct support for Batchelors’ medium to long-term business growth objectives. 

“The food processing business demands controlled and accurate logistical operations,” according to Aidan O’Byrne, Financial Director, Batchelors.  “In choosing an ERP system, we required a future-proofed yet cost-effective solution capable of supporting a manufacturing and distribution environment with an annual output of 100,000,000 tins of produce.  Clarion Consulting provided us with an “off-the-shelf” solution, rich in transactional functionality requiring no individual customisation and meeting our go-live deadline of January 2005.”

The IFS solution addresses industry-specific issues such as supply/demand planning, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) as well as full component traceability thus raising quality standards and providing Batchelors with full conformance to recent EU directives on food traceability.  The solution seamlessly integrates with Batchelors’ current EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system, which facilitates digital exchange of orders, despatch notes and invoices to and from suppliers and customers, thus enhancing supply chain management and improving customer service.

“We were particularly impressed by the precise, real-time financial reporting functionality of the software,” adds Aidan O’Byrne. “The IFS FinancialsÔ module underpins our management control objectives, thus protecting the integrity of data and increasing the accuracy of forecasting and replenishment processes.” 
Arthur Griffin, Director, Clarion Consulting outlines Clarion’s unique “modular” approach to the project.  “Unlike many ERP systems currently on the market, IFS ApplicationsÔ is based on individual component delivery, allowing companies to implement software modules incrementally, depending on operational imperatives or budget limitations.  In Batchelor’s case, we will implement components from IFS FinancialsÔ, IFS ManufacturingÔ and IFS DistributionÔ.  This approach not only gives Batchelors the option of deploying further modules such as IFS e-BusinessÔ or IFS MaintenanceÔ at a future date but also significantly reduces deployment timescales,” he said.

Clarion Consulting has successfully deployed ERP solutions to a cross-section of industry and recently announced other contract wins with Tullow-based cylinder manufacturer, Burnside Autocyl and Wexford-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, Medentech.  All ERP deployments are underpinned by a suite of professional services including strategic reviews, business mentoring, project management and staff training.

Pictured from left to right are:  Aidan O’Byrne, financial director, Batchelors and Arthur Griffin, director, Clarion Consulting 

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