Children's puzzle and jigsaw manufacturer Ravensburger, has selected Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server to replace its 10-year-old minicomputer system.
The company manufactures toys based on popular children's characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Noddy and Wallace and Gromit. It felt its ageing mini system was fragmented and outdated in terms of the requirements of the business. The mini mainly runs the company's accounting, sales invoice and stock systems. Manufacturing systems are standalone, deployed at individual Ravensburger warehouses.
Ravensburger's parent company in Germany has a fully integrated system based on SAP under Windows NT and SQL Sever. But the UK office considers the SAP solution too complex for its own operations. Instead it has chosen an application called E-FACS NT developed by Microsoft solution provider, Exel, which brings together all the company's stock, warehouse and MRP II systems.
Terry Brown, deputy managing director at Ravensburger, told PC Week: "We have acquired technology for the future, not something that would quickly become obsolete." He added: "We also wanted to incorporate our PC-based skills developed through using Word, Excel and Access over a number of years."
Brown said the business objectives for acquiring the new software was to increase sales performance by providing information to recognise opportunities.
E-FACS NT is written in C and has been developed by Exel over the last 11 years, first on Unix and then Windows NT. It is based on NT, BackOffice and SQL Server 6.5.
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