Referred by a peer in the same industry, Verhaert’s team contacted Organi, a Progress application provider, also based in Belgium.
“After a demonstration of Progress OpenEdge, we were extremely impressed with Organi’s expertise and technology,” says Verhaert. “We saw tremendous potential in partnering with Organi. They offered impressive solutions, a long list of customers and proven industry success.”
Additionally, having a close relationship with the chosen vendor was important. “In a larger, multinational company, employees are constantly coming and going,” said Verhaert. “With Organi, we were confident we would be working closely with the same people from the beginning of the implementation to the very end. They were truly committed to our success.”
SVK had an immediate need for a bookkeeping application, so that was the first solution implemented. “It was critical from the start to have access to analytical overviews and financial information at our fingertips,” said Verhaert. The second phase of the project involved replacing all of SVK’s existing applications with a single integrated ERP system for managing every aspect of the business, including sales orders, purchase orders, inventory management, warehouse management, compliance management, electronic archiving (EDM), CRM and BI.
Built on the Progress® OpenEdge® platform, SVK’s system is fault-tolerant with built-in failover capabilities in the event of technical interruption or a disaster.
Following a smooth implementation, SVK was able to recover all of its historical data from the previous systems, which included data on more than 5,000 products. The cutover from the old systems to the new integrated system was seamless, causing no interruption to its business.