USA: Polish Beverage Maker Selects QAD and IBM PowerSystem to Support Rapid Growth
Sales at Hoop have increased by 70 percent annually, sending the company in search of an out-of-the-box, fully integrated enterprise solution that would increase efficiencies and support its rapid growth.
"The QAD and IBM PowerSystem will enable us to better manage the intense demands on our two bottling facilities, contain costs and build our e-business capabilities as we grow," said Malgorzata Mazur, Hoop SA financial controller. "Enterprise solutions from other vendors were difficult to implement and would have slowed us down. QAD's ability to quickly deliver an integrated solution at a reasonable expense was very attractive."
Starting in February, Hoop SA reviewed enterprise solutions offered by Oracle, J.D. Edwards, and QAD. Based on the recommendation of its top executives charged with the selection process, Hoop selected the QAD and IBM PowerSystem solution on June 29, 2000. Mazur said the PowerSystem solution won out because of its fixed price, quick implementation capabilities, production functionality and ease of operation. He also noted that PowerSystem is scalable and supports the Polish language and euro and zloty currencies.
"We believe that the QAD and IBM PowerSystem solution will further facilitate the development of our operations, introducing a level of performance that will attract more business partners," said Mazur. "With it, we should also be able to cut production time, reduce costs, and improve overall efficiency at our plants and headquarter operations."
Hoop SA chose a PowerSystem solution with an IBM RS/6000 Unix database server and an IBM Netfinity NT server running QAD MFG/PRO v. 9.0 applications. This scalable and comprehensive out-of-the-box enterprise solution is optimized for fast implementation and future growth. It comes with pre-loaded, pre-integrated, and pre-configured software.
The QAD and IBM solution initially will connect 110 users at Hoop's headquarters in Warsaw and its production facilities in Bielsk and Tychy, Poland. By the end of 2001, Hoop plans to extend the solution to up to 90 distributors.
About Hoop SA
Based in Warsaw, Poland, Hoop S.A. produces fruit-flavored carbonated beverages, cola, and mineral water. Founded in 1992, the company has developed rapidly, with sales increasing 70 percent annually in recent years.
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