ISS Group Now Implementing iPurchase for QAD User Organization MTF

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QAD User Organization Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) digitizes their purchasing process and vitally improves purchase order requisition.

'We now have 200+ personnel using the ISS Group iPurchase™ system. Implementing this Digitized system has reduced errors, improved cycle time, and improved our relationship with our suppliers.' - Rushik Patel, IT Manager, MTF

ISS Group has helped the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) digitize their processes by implementing their purchasing process solution, iPurchase™. Until recently, MTF dealt with a slow and cumbersome paper-based process to requisition materials. Requisitions would get misplaced or stopped at the desks of absent employees, and constant changes were needed because of manual input errors between requisitions and purchase orders. MTF also needed to be able to quickly and easily requisition materials from any location and any device, whether from a computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone.

After a thorough review of existing Purchasing Management and Approval Workflow solutions from other suppliers, MTF selected ISS Group as their vendor. ISS Group specializes in Process Digitization™, helping companies displace outdated analog processes and replace them with efficient digital business processes. For MTF, ISS Group suggested iPurchase™, an application of the iApprove approval routing engine (Approval Workflow) specifically designed for creating Purchase Order Requisitions and Purchase Orders. ISS Group is the only vendor in the QAD community to offer a robust solution like iPurchase™, which provides the features and functionality required along with seamless integration to the QAD ERP application. The web-based system also allows for full visibility to requisitions throughout the process, with easy but controlled approvals via email and web links to the web system. iPurchase also delivers Mobile functionality as well for professionals on the move.

“When ISS Group demonstrated that the combined solution could greatly reduce cycle time and forward the final approved fully compliant PO directly to the vendor, eliminating errors, missing and inaccurate information, and replacing paper with a digitized process, we knew iPurchase was the way to go,” said Rushik Patel, the IT director in charge of the project at MTF. “ISS Group’s personnel were extremely reliable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. They were able to answer questions, resolve issues, and make sure that the system was running completely the way it was intended at all times.”

A key differentiator in the ISS Group solution was the ability to provide an off-the-shelf real-time integration to their QAD ERP system. The goal was to improve relationships with suppliers, as well as reduce the cycle time between the creation of a requisition for material, controlled routing of that requisition for approvals, and converting that requisition into a Purchase Order routed automatically to the supplier. The key requirement was to reduce the entire requisition to PO cycle to delivery and improve accuracy and control.

ISS Group performed the implementation on time and within budget, and now the buyers can focus on important purchasing issues instead of non-value-add time. There is now visibility and auditability of the entire process for requisitioners, purchasing, and finance. Most of the personnel at MTF are now using the ISS Group solution. MTF can track the complete history of the digitized requisition process, and because of the integration with the QAD ERP application they do not need to maintain master data in two disparate systems.

By implementing iPurchase, MTF now has complete control of the entire purchasing process for hundreds of employees in real-time affording Process Standardization, Reduced Process Cycle Time, Elimination of Maverick Spend, Improved Process Visibility and Tracking, Elimination of Paper Forms, Improved Supplier Relations, and Improved Financial Controls.

About The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation:
The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing clinically sound, safe allograft tissue. They are comprised of a national consortium of academic medical institutions, organ procurement organizations and tissue recovery organizations.

About ISS Group:
ISS Group delivers solutions which digitize business processes to connect people and processes via the cloud, mobile devices, and social networks, for Mid-market and Divisions of Fortune 1000 Manufacturing and Distribution organizations.

ISS Group has developed a proprietary development and implementation methodology named Process Digitization™ to transform business processes from the old and slower 20th century way of operating a business (Analog) into the new and faster 21st century way of operating a business in real-time (Digital). This innovative methodology transforms business processes to leverage current technologies, including the Internet (or Cloud), Mobile Devices, Social Media, and Rules-based Approval Routing and Workflow technology. By utilizing these technologies, connectivity between people and business processes are significantly improved affording ISS Group’s Clients bottom line benefits. Find out more at http://issgroup.com/.

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