Rakon installs SAP

Auckland-based electronics firm Rakon has gone live with mySAP All-In-One for its finance and sales functions and will have its inventory and manufacturing systems enabled for the package later this year.

Auckland-based electronics firm Rakon has gone live with mySAP All-In-One for its finance and sales functions and will have its inventory and manufacturing systems enabled for the package later this year.

Rakon general manager David Grant says offerings from Epicor and Mapics were considered, but a US website that ranked ERP vendors, and consistently placed SAP highly, sparked Rakon's interest.

"Initially we steered away from them, because we thought they were too expensive, but we got them in and they demonstrated it."

The pay upfront nature and the ability to cope with Rakon's manufacturing environment won the day for SAP.

"Ours is a very complex business in terms of process manufacturing - there are lots of co-products and by-products."

SAP handles that complexity, whereas other products would have required workarounds, he says.

MySAP All-In-One replaces a Linux and Informix-based in-house ERP system which Rakon had outgrown.

"We developed some modules in-house, but as with all companies that have gone down that path, you find users want changes and extra modules and you never get around to making them."

The finance and sales modules of mySAP All-In-One went live over the weekend and inventory and manufacturing are scheduled to do so in 2-3 months' time.

Another user of mySAP All-In-One is Lighting Direct.

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