The operational differences were immediately noticeable. For example, the company’s test and release quality assurance process had been rationalised across the four main business units. The same idea was used elsewhere too.
“We managed to pull all the different ways of working from the four business units together into one process for each functional area like purchasing, finance and sales.”
Mettis Aerospace has spent two years building on these achievements. The new database, using Microsoft SQL Server, is a single data repository which also helps when tailoring the system.
“The killer feature for us is flexibility. We have used the EFACS E/8 Customisation Toolkit and Workflow module a lot,” says Dave Green.
Workflow has seen users go completely paperless for purchase requisitions. The Customisation Toolkit allows additional fields to be added to applications for workflow or reporting purposes.
Document Management pulls together vital information and provides easy, auditable access. Users also enjoy “far superior” standard search capabilities.
More automation and streamlining of business processes is planned, in order to increase productivity. Contract Control and Engineering Change Control modules are being looked at too.
“The availability of data is now vastly improved. We can get at the data like we have never been able to before,” says Dave Green.