Speed Things Up with High-Speed proALPHA Business Cloud
At first glance, industrial plants, wind farms and luxury cruise liners don't have much in common, except perhaps that they are all colossal projects and that, in an emergency, fire fighters can't just put out the fire with a turntable ladder. If a wind turbine's nacelle catches fire at a height of 100 meters, the fire needs to be detected and fought automatically. This is why supervision and security of these plants should be in the hands of specialists like North German EMDION GmbH. As a system integrator, it plans, engineers, produces and installs tailor-made safety, communication and information systems for use in industry, by offshore wind farms and cruise shipping. This includes access control systems, gas detectors, smoke detectors, gas extinguishers and foam extinguishers. The company based in Emden also maintains these systems on a regular basis.
The 24 employees at EMDION have many years of experience in the business. Before the company was founded in January 2017, they all worked for the Wärtsilä group. When the group decided to discontinue business in Germany, the employees did not hesitate and simply took over the business, including all on-going projects. This was a huge challenge for Wilfried van Schwartzenberg, co-CEO Friedrich Baur and their colleagues. They had to organize their company's operative structure within almost no time, because they were busy with customer projects right from the very beginning.
- Order processing incl. billing fully implemented within just a few weeks
- Fully integrated accounting and cost accounting
- Mobile access to documents for service technicians
- Cloud reduces upfront investment in IT infrastructure
- ERP functions from the cloud tailored to business processes
- Focus on core business, decreased utilization of internal resources
No Time for a Long Selection Process
EMDION has picked its ERP system from a choice of three. Van Schwartzenberg did not want to continue working with the system they had used before. "It was not modern and flexible enough," he explains. "We need a solution that can be easily adjusted to our needs." For a number of reasons they chose proALPHA.
Van Schwartzenberg's former employer had repeatedly considered replacing the old ERP system with proALPHA. And the many customer references proved that proALPHA is a comprehensive solution capable of planning and implementing large projects. Since proALPHA has a number of customers in the plant engineering industry, it could excel with specific know-how of the industry. Another advantage is the extensive support in commercial processes, most notably in accounting. "We are engineers and not accountants. So we need a powerful ERP system here. Accounting has to run without much manual work. We wanted our profit and loss statement to be generated directly by the system and daily closings at the push of a button." And most importantly: As an investment in our future, we wanted ERP from the cloud.
Wilfried van Schwartzenberg, CEO of EMDION GmbH