December 2014 Oak Brook, IL
Software development company michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) and Foodservice Distributor, Renzi Foodservice, recently teamed up to extend Renzi’s legacy ERP system with mobile apps, better reporting, True Profit Analysis capabilities, and more. Renzi Foodservice is a Foodservice Distributor servicing parts of New York and Vermont. mrc is a global software development and consulting company specializing in web application development software.
Facing an expensive ERP upgrade, Renzi Foodservice chose to explore their alternatives. They began searching for ways to:
- Extend their current ERP system with new features: Renzi needed to add custom features (like mobile capabilities, portals, budgeting, etc…) to their existing ERP system.
- Deliver better reporting: Renzi wanted to move away from a time-consuming, Excel-based reporting process. They needed a way to deliver reports and pivot tables via the web.
- Connect data from multiple systems: With data living across multiple systems, measuring true profitability and creating budgets presented a challenge. They needed to connect data from disparate systems into a single location.
To address these needs, Renzi teamed up with software developer, mrc. In a recent joint webinar, Renzi explained how mrc’s development platform, m-Power, helped them:
Deliver real-time data access to employeesRenzi created a company-wide, secure portal that ties into their ERP system. This gives employees a centralized location to access inventory, reports, budgets, and more.
Improve their budgeting process and provide a complete view of financial dataWith m-Power, they created web-based budgeting applications that pull data from multiple sources. This lets Renzi easily create accurate budgets and measure true profitability of products, routes, and customers.
Provide mobile access to their data and avoid a $75,000 module feeUsing m-Power, Renzi created a mobile version of their web portal. It lets salespeople access real-time inventory straight from their ERP and gives executives instant access to analytics. The best part: It lets them avoid the $75,000 cost for their ERP’s mobile module.
Streamline reporting and give executives a clearer view of the businessWith m-Power, they delivered web-based BI and reporting applications. These apps give executives real-time access to their ERP data, at any time.
“We chose m-Power for its flexible Business Intelligence capabilities, but also realized that it offers a far more extensible platform as compared with other more specialized BI tools,” says Paul Millard, Senior IT Manager at Renzi Foodservice. “With m-Power, we’ve consolidated our data into a secure web portal where each department can easily access the data and reports they require in seconds. We have utilized m-Power to extend capabilities of our existing Retalix ERP database—avoiding modification costs and giving us more bang for the buck.”###
For additional information contact mrc via phone at 630.916.0662; via fax at 630.916.0663; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
mrc's development tool suite, m-Power, is used to create business applications and can run on any database or platform that supports Java (e.g. OS/400, Linux, Unix, and Windows). m-Power is used to create an endless variety of business web applications such as: Mobile apps, Web reports, dashboards, eCommerce apps, business intelligence, and more.
mrc was a recipient of the Apex Award for application development, is a long-time IBM Business Partner, and has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.