In late 2009, Derbyshire-based Reabrook Ltd recognised that its legacy manufacturing planning system had reached the end of the road. Long since out of support – prior to the Millennium, and the Y2K bug, Reabrook had actually acquired the source code – the system could no longer cope with the fast-growing Reabrook’s requirements, recalls Martin Gallimore, the company’s IT Manager.
The problem? Finding a replacement system that would offer the same business functionality as the existing system and its ecosystem of spreadsheets and manual systems that supported it in critical areas.
Chemicals manufacturer Reabrook, explains Gallimore, operates as two businesses, each with complex competencies in aerosol and liquid-filling at their core.
“We’re not an ordinary manufacturer,” he observes. “And in part, that’s why we had stayed with the previous system so long.”