IPU turned to CPiO to help support its decision to move to Sage Line 500
As the IPU business began to grow and diversify, the company identified the need for a more powerful, fully integrated solution. IPU first implemented Tetra Plan in 1988, and folllowing an upgrade path with Sage products moved to a Sage CS3/3 UNIX solution. This was a good fit for 90% of the business but the decision was made to move the company systems onto a Microsoft platform.
IPU once again turned to CPiO to help support its decision to move to Sage Line 500 on Microsoft SQL Server. Successfully they implemented a 16 user Sage Line 500 solution across the business. To give even greater flexibility CPiO suggested installing a SalesLogix CRM solution to sit alongside Sage, providing IPU with an easier front end to view and manipulate data. Subsequently, CPiO has installed an integrated email solution using the latest in VPN (Virtual Private Networking) technology, supported by a strong antivirus Watchguard protection system. The integration of Sage Line 500 and SalesLogix has proved highly beneficial to IPU. As a front end to the Sage solution, SalesLogix has provided the team with a faster, easier method of moving around the system, particularly with sales orders. Users no longer have to wade through lines of products and each division can filter the data so that they are only dealing with their particular area of this diverse business. Management reporting has also improved through the proper use of the Works Order Processing module. With the information that SalesLogix and the Sage Report Writer can pull together decision makers have a more powerful solution to their reporting requirements. The company is also planning to develop the web interface between its website and Sage Line 500, attracting a new breed of online customer.