The MPS solution brings together Sage Enterprise, Datalinx and MPS-developed software, and includes both Business Alerts and Internet functionality that will allow APS customers to use the Web to extract management information, make general enquiries and place orders.
Established 50 years ago as a print and mailing service, APS' services now include specialist healthcare communications, a PR and marketing consultancy, a design agency, digital reprographics, print production, print management services, finishing, storage and distribution facilities. Based in Stockport, Cheshire, APS employs 220 people and boasts many major blue-chip companies in the financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors as its customers.
Due to the company's rapid growth, APS found themselves in a situation where there were a number of disparate systems, but little consolidated management information available. There was no centralized company information regarding total sales, stock levels and costs, and an overall picture of
performance could only be arrived at by looking at each individual system in turn, which was costing the company unnecessary time and resource.
Following a lengthy evaluation process of other leading ERP applications, APS selected as its core application Sage Enterprise. When it came to choosing a business partner to implement and support the system, the team at APS were impressed with the responsiveness, competence and synergy demonstrated by MPS. David Shields, commercial director of APS, commented: "MPS was able to show
that it understood the business needs of APS, and that its technical ability, particularly with Microsoft and ODBC functionality, would help to meet these needs competently." By integrating the many existing applications, the MPS solution will minimize the need for manual consolidation work, thus saving APS valuable time and money. It will also enhance the ease of access and quality of
management information available to APS staff.
David Shields is confident with his choice of software and supplier: "The MPS and Sage Enterprise solution will facilitate the future expansion of Allied Publicity Services and provide a scaleable solution over the coming years. By improving visibility and the flow of information across our company, we will be able to make better informed decisions and therefore maintain our edge over our competitors."