30 January 2014
A worldwide provider of agricultural products, AB Agri runs a rapidly evolving business, with manufacturing operations in many countries, a large vendor network, and stringent requirements for manufacturing management and cost control. The business supplies products and services to farmers, feed and food manufacturers, processors, and retailers.
At AB Agri, cost control requirements extend to many different areas of the business. For example, product formulations need to incorporate the lowest-cost components available, and production planners and purchasers have to be able to track the quickly changing costs of raw materials. At the same time, they also need to make sure manufacturing operations make timely use of components that have an expiration date and avoid having to repurchase them.
Because AB Agri expects continuing international growth, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system needs to be able to scale globally, supporting a large variety of business operations and relationships with customers and vendors.
After a review of leading ERP systems, it implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX for its operations in the United Kingdom. The main Microsoft partner assisting with the company’s implementations of Microsoft Dynamics AX was the HSO Group. Today, 650 AB Agri employees use the solution.