“Well planned is half done.” This old Finnish idiom is more than true when it comes to an SME’s IT systems.
“A well-planned IT environment used in a carefully considered way enables functional solutions for small businesses – and even with reasonable annual costs,” says Avagro Oy’s CEO Anssi Väättänen.
Avagro operates out of Laitila and specialises in agricultural machinery and equipment for vegetables, potatoes and berries. The company imports machinery and other products from several European countries, Israel and the USA. The company’s own production includes Rapi machinery for strawberry farming. The products are sold directly to end customers without intermediaries.
Avagro uses a Microsoft Dynamics NAV system provided by Digia.
“It’s important for us to send both sales quotes and purchase orders quickly and accurately. It’s also important to be able to check our sales statistics quickly, and likewise our customer-specific history data. One major new feature is reporting: sales tracking by product category and group, as well as by supplier and salesperson,” says Väättänen.
“Avagro has about 10,000 products in its product register, about 3,000 of which are currently active. One great help has been the system’s pre-programmed formula that quickly calculates a sale price for new products. And when the system also contains product descriptions, you can put together a quote in minutes,” says Väättänen.
Long-term cooperation benefits both parties
Avagro has been working with Digia since 2005, when Avagro’s then new owner, Anssi Väättänen, wanted to invest in an efficient ERP.
“At that time, Microsoft software seemed to be the safest choice, as there was also a solid local provider that was strongly committed to meeting client needs,” says Väättänen.
Avagro has thoroughly considered objectives for its IT solutions. The company has also kept all of the basic information in the system up to date, so that NAV has become a real tool and not just a cost item. When the new system was introduced, Avagro paid particular attention to designing and internalising new working methods. With a long history of collaboration behind them, the two companies were able to deploy the system to a fast schedule and without heavy training days. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV software steers Avagro’s processes all the way from sending quotes to inventory management.