Consolidation Of Various Systems
The main management and IT challenge was that Saracakis operated 12 software solutions on three platforms, with separate systems for many divisions, for example sales and distribution, which required extensive IT support. “When we had different systems and different suppliers the cost was really high,” says Chondroudakis. This was the primary reason why Saracakis decided to overhaul its IT in 2009.
Local solution suppliers were seen as inadequate to support the requirements of such a large business, so this left Saracakis with a choice between large automotive-system specialists SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX complemented with Annata Dynamics IDMS, which produces dedicated systems for fleet operations.
After calling in Dynamic Integrated Solutions (DIS), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with ERP specialization, Saracakis carried out six months of research and trials, including the ones among the software firms’ customers, before opting for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and Annata Dynamics IDMS, along with investments in IT infrastructure, such as on-premise HP Blade servers required for the ERP solution.