Microsoft added yet another popular company to its list of Dynamics AX customers, namely Aston Martin.
The renowned global automaker adopted Microsoft Dynamics AX with the assistance of Microsoft partner eBECS in an attempt to source a new accounting system.
The company, well known for its precise design and production of hand-built, high-performance sports cars, chose Dynamics AX courtesy of its flexibility across all ledgers, Microsoft notes.
With Microsoft’s product
, Aston Martin could benefit from a single integrated system that would handle general, purchase, fixed assets and sales, while also making operations and information flow more efficient.
“It is no accident that we have chosen Microsoft Dynamics AX to sit at the very center of our business — it works well with all our systems, providing us with an accounting platform that allows us to manage all the business challenges and opportunities,” said Bradley Yorke-Biggs, strategy and IT director, Aston Martin.
“We have been able to get financial data generated quickly, our cash-flow management processes and aged debtors reports are rapidly processed, and it gives us much greater efficiency in reporting.”
When deciding to adopt Microsoft Dynamics AX, Aston Martin took into consideration the fact that it needs to understand the profile of its customers and distinguish them from people who are making more generalized inquiries.
The automaker also extended the use of Dynamics
AX to its financials module, and replaced spreadsheets and unconnected databases, thus benefiting from a comprehensive and fully integrated database of contacts.
At the moment, the company is considering the possibility to move some of its systems to the cloud, and it has started to evaluate Microsoft’s Office 365 product for that. Moreover, it is looking into a more complete implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX in 2013.
“With the full implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, we will have a far more accurate and resilient product structure and engineering change management environment,” said Yorke-Biggs.
“Currently this is a manual process, but this solution will bring with it an electronic change management capability, which is a big leap for us. It will improve the integrity of the system we use and affect changes to manufacturing faster but still respect our unique engineering and manufacturing concept.”