Pentre Group set to benefit from integrated management information with Datel implementation of Sage 200

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Leading UK specialist manufacturer Pentre Group has commissioned Sage Business Partner Datel to implement a Sage 200 Financials and Commercials solution that will provide integrated support to the business. The new solution replaces a Sage Line 100 system and will assist Pentre in supplying reels, drums, spools and ancillaries to the international wire and cable industry. Sage 200 will support the company’s financial and manufacturing processes and management of multiple warehouses.

We felt that Datel had the right, proactive approach and were, like the Sage 200 solution, a good fit with our business

The Pentre Group is a leading specialist manufacturer of reels, drums, spools and ancillaries for the international wire and cable industry. The company has recently commissioned Datel to implement a Sage 200 Financials and Commercials solution that will provide integrated support to departments throughout the business.

Financial Controller Julie Meal explains the reasons behind the choice of Sage 200: “Our previous solution, Sage Line 100, was coming out of support and we were also seeing all the signs that it was time to move to more powerful technology. Although we had added manufacturing functionality onto the core financials, we still had to manage our diverse business using spreadsheets. These are labour-intensive and make it difficult to get the whole picture on the business.”

Setting out to find a replacement, Pentre reviewed the ERP systems on the market. Julie points out: “As existing Sage users, it obviously made sense to look at what Sage could offer us, but we kept an open mind. Having investigated solutions such Microsoft Dynamics NAV, we found they were over the top for our needs. We would be paying for functionality that would have little real value for our users.”

Migrating within the Sage range emerged as the best way forward and Pentre sought a Sage Business Partner with the expertise and skills to help define precise business requirements, customise and implement the software, and assist users in adopting the solution.

When Datel helped Pentre to explore the potential of Sage 200 Financials and Commercials, it proved a natural fit, according to Julie: “Datel showed our senior management team that Sage 200 offered a straightforward solution, with a familiar look and feel to Sage Line 100, which would help us to gain maximum return on our investment. Our business users in finance, sales, planning, purchasing and dispatch just want something that does the job without unnecessary complexity.”

Commenting on the choice of Datel, Julie says: “We didn’t have huge capacity in-house to allocate to this project; therefore we needed a Sage Business Partner who would keep the momentum going and guide us in to a successful implementation. We felt that Datel had the right, proactive approach and were, like the Sage 200 solution, a good fit with our business. They are, after all, the largest Sage Business Partner in the UK, with expert teams for implementation and support.”

One area of the business that Julie expects to significantly improve with the adoption of Sage 200 is management of the company’s warehousing operation. There are five warehouses in the UK, one in the Czech Republic and two satellite warehouses on customer premises: “Currently all the data is held on spreadsheets, whereas the new system will bring all the information together and give us clear visibility of stock location and volumes.”

This is just one of the benefits of having an integrated solution. Julie says: “We’re looking forward to replacing the manual process of entering figures into spreadsheets with having data that flows across the business.” Sage 200 will also help Pentre to manage its manufacturing processes efficiently, identifying wastage and providing functionality such as bill of materials, estimating, planning and works order processing.

For Datel, Jo Fulton, Sales and Marketing Director, says, “We look forward to working with Pentre to implement a system that will both generate valuable management insight and support users across the business day to day. The first on-site workshops are about to take place to define Pentre’s precise requirements for the new business software, with a view to going live with Sage 200 in April 2013.”

About the Pentre Group
With a head office in Leigh, Lancashire, the Pentre Group, employs over 200 people and has manufacturing facilities located in the UK and the Czech Republic. Pentre products are sold through a global network of agents and distributors. The company was established in 1988.

About Datel
Datel is a software provider and leading Sage Business Partner in the UK offering ERP, accounting and CRM solutions from Sage. Datel supports over 900 customers worldwide in industries such as food and beverage, distribution, manufacturing, e-commerce and clothing and footwear.

Offering Sage ERP X3, Sage ERP 1000, Sage 200 and CRM solutions Sage SalesLogix and Sage CRM, Datel specialises in understanding business requirements, tailoring a solution to specific needs and providing award-winning customer service and Sage Support.

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