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BE-terna achieves the 2023-2024 Microsoft Business Applications Inner Circle award.
4 min read • May 10, 2021
Whether it’s the kitchen or bath, the a&n&a
GmbH & Co. KG is the expert in household cleaning cloths
and sponges. Ever since 2005, the company has been using the Microsoft Dynamics
NAV ERP system in all areas of business, from production to accounting. After
15 successful years with the operating system, the changeover to the
successor is currently underway: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, which
is set to go live in August 2021. The objective is to guarantee update capacity
and to benefit from new functions.
changeover from NAV to BC
Drogies is the Head of Digitalisation and
Monitoring at a&n&a and
is impressed by the upgrade to
We just wanted to be up-to-date, have
access to the newest apps and increase the flexibility of the software
a&n&a has been using the Microsoft Dynamics NAV business
software solution for the last 15 years, making the selection of a new
software solution easy: "Once
Navision, always Navision," as Drogies enthusiastically reports. One of the
main arguments for the changeover is the update speed and the new technical
offered by Business
Central. Because instead of 100 days in NAV,
updates in Business Central now only take 2 days – a huge step forward! The import of industry solutions and
extensions from the App Store is performed with just a few mouse clicks.
ultimately comes down to the project team!
In selecting an implementation partner,
the a&n&a company relies on the competence of BE-terna and the
employees. The project team impressed Jürgen
Drogies and his team with highly-qualified
product expertise and superb customer support:
Often it is impossible to say whether a
company is good or bad, but when the right project leader is on board, in this
case, David Thiele, it really makes the difference! Ultimately, success simply
depends on the people. Overall, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with how
well and professionally the cooperation is running. The whole BE-terna team is
fully on board!
Central as an all-purpose cleaner
The BE-terna team will go on to
implement the upgrade to Business Central in the German locations of Merenberg
and Limburg. The subsidiary in the Czech Republic, which specialises in the
production of sponges, will also follow suit with the upgrade to Business
Central. Within the company, everything from order entry, the finance and production departments to
electronic data interchange (EDI) will be handled through Business Central
in the future.
There is no area in which Business Central
will not be utilised,
explains Drogies. Currently, a&n&a relies on the on-premises variant
for data protection reasons and infrastructure. The switch to Cloud will take place in the next few years and
BE-terna will stand beside a&n&a as an experienced partner.
IOT and AI:
The possibilities are endless
BE-terna set the ball rolling, as it doesn’t
end with process optimisation at a&n&a!
The Head of Digitalisation has
We want to be in a position to understand
which cause has which effect so that we can draw conclusions for improving the
processes. The possibilities are endless.
Alongside various pilot projects aimed
at dovetailing business processes
more closely with each other, the company has held a workshop with the
Fraunhofer-Institut, IOSB-INA from Lemgo on the topic of sensor technology and
retrofitting. Building on this, a pilot project in production has been utilised
by which vibration analyses can
be implemented in order to detect sources of interference and to be able to make predictions using
artificial intelligence. The data generation during this process will be
processed and made available online in Business Central for further use.
Integrating IOT and AI will not only
increase data quality, but also the quality of the end products and customer
satisfaction. The BE-terna experts are looking forward to standing with
a&n&a as partners in future.
Comprehensive service and good quality
have formed the philosophy of a&n&a for 30 years. a&n&a has one of the most efficient, modern production facilities in
Europe and guarantees brand quality in all fields. a&n&a offers the complete range of cloths and sponges. Own
brands are a strength of this innovative company: LEH, discount and drugstores are supplied
throughout Europe. a&n&a customers benefit from complete service,
from packaging to design.
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