With an unwavering commitment to meeting the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality, Beaver Valley Alloy Foundry (BVA) is always looking for ways to improve its business. The company faces constant pressure to keep customers happy and production flowing smoothly while keeping prices down and profits up. To edge out the competition and meet client expectations, BVA made the decision four years ago to change from an on-premise ERP system to the B&L Cloud. More than generic accounting or manufacturing software, the Odyssey SaaS system meets the special needs of foundries, die casters, investment casters, machine shops and related operations. Odyssey SaaS is based on the Progress OpenEdge application development platform, an unbreakable technology platform that has been powering over 47,000 businesses for more than 30 years. By focusing on factors such as performance, cost, reliability, scalability, flexibility and ease of maintenance, Progress Software enables B&L to focus its efforts on functionality, trends and industry best practices.
BVA is a forward-looking specialty steel foundry producing quality castings in carbon and alloy steels, stainless steels, tool steels, Hadfield manganese steel, alloy irons, and nickel-based alloys. Serving a variety of industries such as metal, mining, construction, petro/chemical, transportation, food, the utilities and numerous others, BVA specializes in commercial grade castings from a few pounds to those exceeding 5,000 pounds.
With a lean staff of 44 employees, every individual plays a significant role at BVA. Yet, prior to moving to SaaS, Dayna Dierdorf was not only responsible as BVA’s Controller, but she also served as the company’s sole IT resource. “I would manage the nightly backups and the periodic updates. And I would deal with the inevitable and often unexpected headaches that come with managing hardware and software. Where all of my attention should have been focused on the business, I would instead find myself spending precious time making system tweaks or installing a patch or update.”
In addition to enabling Dierdorf to move her entire focus back to the business, BVA also believed SaaS would offer a lower total cost of ownership over time because the company would no longer be responsible for purchasing or maintaining the software, hardware or servers. All updates, backups, security and disaster recovery needs would also be automatically handled by B&L.
BVA chose to become an early adopter of Odyssey SaaS to drive greater efficiency, accuracy and productivity across its business. “To maintain our success we are constantly evaluating what we can do to run a leaner and more efficient business and cut costs where we can,” explains Tom Forster, Owner and President of BVA. “You just have to do a better job at everything; each little improvement counts. We believed that moving to the SaaS model would deliver enhanced short- and long-term efficiency, productivity and cost benefits. And I am happy to say Odyssey SaaS has done just that.”