What was EBL’s experience like in terms of collaboration, right from the very start to Go Live?
The project implementation started in April 2015 with the conception phase.
To ensure a successful migration, we used the MECOMS Implementation Workbench with the Ferranti pre-processors to migrate the master data using standard AX functionality.
This provided the basis for a successful migration and was a key step in the whole project implementation process, which took 13 months from diagnostics to operation.
The Microsoft Dynamics functionalities for HR, Finance, Logistics and Project Management went live in January 2016. The MECOMS Go Live followed on 9 May 2016.
MECOMS is deployed with maximum out-of-the-box functionalities together with certain customizations to meet Swiss legislation, such as the ‘Installationsanzeige, Periodische Kontrolle und Sicherheitsnachweis’ to manage all quality assurance and registration processes.
All parties involved enjoyed a transparent, open collaboration, and worked as one team. Tanja Williams, Project Manager, says: “Working with a team made up of different expertise, from different countries, and from different companies was a real pleasure. It was exciting to see how the team grew closer and closer together and achieved huge success over the lifetime of the project, around 13 months. EBL and all implementation partners worked as one team to reach one goal. Regardless of which company they worked for, all project members came together to form one competent team.”
As stated by Philippe Kienner: “The entire management team of EBL also highly appreciated the commitment and the responsiveness of all the consultants involved from Ferranti Computer Systems.”
How would you rate the performance of MECOMS up to now?
Philippe Kienner, Chief Information Officer EBL: “Before we implemented MECOMS, we were using software that was tailored to our needs over the past 15 years. As we decided to use, as much as possible, all standard out-of-the-box functionalities provided by MECOMS, we were not expecting MECOMS to meet our needs and existing business processes as well as the old software we used before did.
Since going live with MECOMS, our feedback is that MECOMS is easy to use yet still very flexible. We can package our products and prices in a much easier way. Daily business handling, such as move-ins and move-outs, is also much easier.
The fact that MECOMS is fully integrated into the Microsoft look and feel is definitely one of the reasons that our users “feel at home” with MECOMS.
At EBL, we produce around a million invoices per year, and these are distributed over the year to allow for smooth operations. We have now started evaluating our utility processes and identifying where efficiencies can be made, and we continue to work with Ferranti to increase performance even further.”
What did you appreciate most about working with Ferranti Computer Systems?
Mr. Philippe Kienner, Chief Information Officer EBL: “When an issue was raised, Ferranti reacted immediately and provided us with the right knowledge and support at the right moment!”
We also found that Ferranti’s MECOMS Implementation Workbench is a great tool for providing us with the right information in the lead up to the rollout, as well as allowing a very good overview of all progress made in the configuration of the software”.
We are now looking forward to testing the many usability enhancements that will be available in the new MECOMS R4.”
What did we, Ferranti Computer Systems consultants and members of the EBL project team, think about the MECOMS implementation for EBL :
Christopher Claes, MECOMS Functional Solution Architect:
“When we were working together with consultants from EBL, it felt as if we had always been one MECOMS team”.
Michael Goossens, MECOMS Application Consultant:
“From the first day, we have all been focusing on offering maximum out-of-the-box functionalities with the standard MECOMS™ solution”.
Hans Van den Fonteyne, MECOMS Functional Solution Architect:
“The high performance that we demonstrate with MECOMS at EBL is also made possible because MECOMS™ is an integral part of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform”.