Auto Parts Distributor Saves 50 percent on ERP Selection with TEC
TEC’s Best Practices for Software Selection Helps Company Save on Sound Decision
Montreal, QC, August 19, 2010 – Arias Motors, the Dominican Republic’s leading auto parts distributor, had clear objectives about its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection: a timely implementation, an affordable total cost of ownership (TCO), and a structured evaluation process to guarantee a best-fit selection.
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), the impartial advocate for the enterprise software purchaser, helped Arias Motors select a system integrating all functional areas, from back-end processes to supply chain management (SCM). The process was completed in far less time than projected and at a savings of 50 percent on its initial estimated investment for the project.
In order to continue to thrive amidst fierce competition in the import business, Arias Motors shifted its focus from an importer and distributor of auto parts and motorcycles to a distributor of its more than 20,000 product lines including its own brand of replacement parts.
IT director, Juan Vianey, realized its current legacy system no longer supported the company’s growing needs. But rather than spending considerable time documenting business processes in every department, Vianey decided to hire the services of a software expert for requirement gathering and chose Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC).
Impressed by TEC’s streamlined approach to software selection, Arias Motors also opted for assistance with vendor demonstration script moderation, contract negotiation, and the development of an implementation work plan. Vianey adds that “TEC’s professionalism and outstanding experience led us to engage them in additional advisory services.”
Since the company needed a single integrated system, a phased implementation was not an option. Vianey added that “TEC’s project manager clearly understood the situation Arias Motors was in, and its vision, as well as its weaknesses.” TEC ensured the implementation work plan met the timely delivery Arias required and mitigated any misunderstandings between the client, vendor, and implementer. In the end, Arias Motors was able to make its decision in a record time of five weeks and achieve savings of approximately half of the estimated investment.
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