Munyi adds that reporting and analysis is now based on more relevant, accurate and up-to-date data. “This has created more accountability and transparency, resulting in better management decisions,” she says.
As the new system is now based on an industry standard infrastructure, CMC Motors Group is able to take advantage of thin client technology, such as Microsoft Terminal Services, to roll out the solution to its branches at low cost. Additionally, the implementation of SQL Server has ensured better integration with other systems than was previously possible. Munyi says that the system’s “usability and friendliness” has significantly shortened the deployment and training time for the many end users.
Integrated Solution Enhances Productivity
At month end, Njonjo says that the integrated system is already fully geared to produce full financial statements and any reports required. Tasks that are critical to the effective management of the business are achieved without intervention from the IT department.
He says: “Our employees, especially those at management level, are able to do their work faster and more accurately. With a system that they can trust, everything from parts ordering, sales, purchasing, and management reporting has greatly improved.”
Cost-Effective Implementation Boosts Business Value
Revamping its dated infrastructure has not been a simple project. However, the system was carefully evaluated and selected on the basis of its ability to improve business performance and has had far reaching benefits for CMC Motors Group. The company has addressed all the business challenges it was facing.
“The old, custom-built systems were expensive and complicated to maintain. They were almost impossible to expand or change, and were barely satisfying even basic business requirements,” says Njonjo.
Microsoft and AkiliAfrica have delivered a complete solution and they answer all customer requirements with professionalism and efficiency. CMC Motors Group stands to benefit not only from more effective business management, but also a lower total cost of ownership. Contributing factors include the availability of local support, the product quality, and the relatively low acquisition cost of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution over its competitors.